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British Airways changes Avios miles earning

Avios and British Airways

British Airways Executive Club members will undergo a change from October 18, 2023.

From this date onwards, for all bookings for flights on British Airways, the basic accumulation of Avios miles will be based on the ticket price and eligible options.

This means you’ll earn Avios on :

  • Basic fare
  • All fees and surcharges imposed by the carrier
  • A paid upgrade
  • Seat selection
  • Baggage fees

Then, to these Avios accumulated on the price of the ticket and its other options paid in Pound Sterling (£) will be added additional Avios according to membership status:

Status Additional earning
Blue 6 miles Avios / £1
Bronze 7 miles Avios / £1
Silver 8 miles Avios / £1
Gold and more 9 miles Avios / £1

Please note that the rewards chart for Avios exchanges remains unchanged.

Currently, Avios accumulation with British Airways is based on distance flown, fare class and Executive Club membership level.

For example, a person traveling from London to Rome currently receives between 674 and 2694 Avios miles, depending on these criteria.

Avios exemple

How to earn Avios Miles in Canada

In Canada, one easy way to earn Avios miles is by transferring points (from other financial institutions) into Avios miles. There are also occasional transfer promotions with additional bonuses of 30-50% from American Express Membership Rewards, RBC Rewards and HSBC Rewards, for even more.

More directly, Avios Miles can also be earned with the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card.

Avec la Carte Visa Infinite British Airways RBC, vous pouvez obtenir jusqu’à 60 000 miles Avios en prime de bienvenue.

Avec cette carte, vous bénéficiez d’un billet pour compagnon de voyage (en dépensant 30 000 $ ou plus au cours d’une année civile). Et vous pouvez profiter d’une réduction de 10 % sur les vols British Airways en réservant avec votre Carte Visa Infinite British Airways RBC.

Vous obtenez 2 miles Avios par dollar d’achat auprès de British Airways et 1 mile Avios par dollar pour tous vos autres achats.

Et vous bénéficiez de nombreuses assurances : Assurance soins médicaux d’urgence hors de la province ou du pays, Assurance accident de voyage, Assurance retard de vol et achats d’articles de première nécessité, Assurance cambriolage à l’hôtel ou au motel, Assurance collision et dommages pour véhicule de location.

Bottom line

Every flight booked up to and including October 17 will earn Avios according to today’s criteria. Even flights booked now that take place later than October 18 will earn Avios according to distance.

Then, from October 18, bookings will be made on the new scale.

The people who will be most disadvantaged are those who buy inexpensive or discounted tickets. They’d better book before October 18! Since it doesn’t matter whether someone pays $100 or $1,000 for the same ticket, the distance and Avios miles are the same.

For those who pay a higher fare class or spend more, this change will bring them much more in Avios!

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I'm Caroline, a loyalty program specialist! I use my points to travel more often and at a lower price with my spouse and our two children. I'm passionate about writing about the latest rewards news and how to put more points in your pocket.

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