The new British Airways Executive Club fare structure – Partner flights

To the point After notifying its program members a few weeks ago, British Airways Executive Club has just introduced a new fare structure effective May 30, 2019, applying for flights on Oneworld partner airlines. Details.

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A fixed fare structure for British Airways Executive Club

It could have been worse… While many frequent flyer programs tend to move towards “flexible” fare structures (based on the market rate), British Airways Executive Club has decided to keep a fixed fare structure.

The program has also retained what is in fact its particularity: fares in air miles according to the distance traveled.

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First Class on Cathay Pacific

However, all these rates have been re-evaluated upwards.

Here is the new British Airways Executive Club fare structure for flights on Oneworld partner airlines (excluding British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling).

Zone Distance (miles) Economy Premium Eco Business First
1 1-650 6,000 9,000 12,500 24,000
2 651-1150 9,000 12,500 16,500 33,000
3 1151-2000 11,000 16,500 22,000 44,000
4 2001-3000 13,000 25,750 38,750 51,500
5 3001-4000 20,750 41,250 62,000 82,500
6 4001-5500 25,750 51,500 77,250 103,000
7 5501-6500 31,000 62,000 92,750 123,750
8 6501-7000 36,250 72,250 108,250 144,250
9 7001+ 51,500 103,000 154,500 206,000

Note that in North America, Zone 1 does not exist.

However, the cost is the same as before for flights of less than 650 miles (e.g. Montreal – New York) or 7,500 one-way air miles.

As a reminder, here is what the fare structure was before the changes (this fare structure continues to apply for flights with British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling):

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The changes

The biggest changes concern short-haul flights:

  • For zone 1 in economy, the increase is 33% (4,500 to 6,000 air miles)
  • For zone 2 in economy, the increase is 20% (7,500 to 9,000 air miles)
  • For zone 3 in economy, the increase is 10% (10,000 to 11,000 air miles)
  • For the other areas, it is about 3-4%.

These short-haul flights remain interesting, especially in Asia (with Cathay Pacific) and particularly in Japan (with Japan Airlines).

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For example, here are some plane tickets I booked a few days before the changes, for a flight between Seoul (ICN) and Taipei (TPE), in 2020.

The cost was 7,500 Avios + $55 in taxes per person.

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While at the paid fare, this same flight is 435 CA$ / person.

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Here I managed to remove:

  • ($435 – $55) / 7,500 miles * 100 = 5 cents / mile avios

With these fare changes, that same flight is now 9,000 miles, which would give:

  • ($435 – $55) / 9,000 miles * 100 = 4.22 cents / mile avios

Knowing that we estimate the value of a mile avios around 1.7-1.9 cents, the operation is still interesting!

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The latest one from American Express(September 2018) allowed for 30% more avios miles! This means that the 25,000 point American Express® Gold Rewards Card welcome bonus was then earning 32,500 avios miles!

Bottom Line

We don’t like devaluations… but that’s the life of loyalty programs.

And as said above, it could have been much worse with the introduction of a variable tariff schedule… based on market rates.

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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