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The ultimate guide to British Airways Executive Club

To the point British Airways Executive Club is a loyalty program that is easily accessible in Canada and you should know about it to save a lot of money on your travels! With this ultimate guide, you'll discover how to earn and use British Airways Executive Club Avios miles.

Earn British Airways Executive Club Avios miles

Let’s discover together how you can earn Avios, thanks to:

  • Travels with Oneworld companies
  • Car rentals
  • Hotel stays
  • Booking an apartment on Airbnb
  • Credit card welcome bonuses
  • Credit card purchases
  • Hotel points conversion
  • Redeeming Membership Rewards points

Travels with Oneworld

British Airways Executive Club is the British Airways frequent flyer programme.

The airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance, which includes 14 airlines around the world.

It is therefore possible to earn Avios miles by travelling on board:

  • British Airways
  • or one of the member airlines of the Oneworld Alliance
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Oneworld airlines

There are 14 member airlines of the Oneworld Alliance:

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Note that LATAM will withdraw from the alliance during 2020.

Alaska Airlines will join Oneworld in 2021.

Booking classes

All airfares have dozens of different booking classes.

You will earn miles based on:

  • the booking class of your ticket
  • your destination
  • the airline you fly on

To find out how many Avios miles you will earn with your flight, check this page, which is provided by British Airways Executive Club.

With British Airways

Unlike other frequent flyer programs that allow you to earn miles based on the cost of your ticket, British Airways Executive Club has kept a distance-based system.

You will earn between 25% and 300% of the distance traveled in Avios miles, with a minimum of miles for each fare category.

In addition, members with Executive Club status get a bonus based on distance travelled:

  • Blue: 25%
  • Silver: 50%
  • Gold: 100%
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With partners

Avios miles can also be earned for flights on any of the 14 Oneworld airlines AND other partners.

For example, here is the earning rate on American Airlines (Oneworld member):

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And on Alaska Airlines (non-Oneworld member in 2020):

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With car rentals

British Airways Executive Club partners with car rental companies including:

  • Avis
  • Budget

This makes it easy to earn Avios miles on every rental.

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With hotel stays

British Airways Executive Club is partnered with a number of hotel groups and online booking sites including:

This makes it easy to earn Avios miles on each hotel stay.

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With Airbnb

British Airways Executive Club is partnered with Airbnb, which allows you to earn Avios miles on every rental:

  • 3 Avios per dollar
  • 500 Avios for the first booking
  • 8,000 Avios when you become an Airbnb host for the first time
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With credit cards welcome bonuses

British Airways Executive Club has partnered with 3 institutions in Canada that offer credit cards for direct or indirect earning of Avios miles:

  • American Express
  • HSBC
  • RBC

Each of these cards will offer:

  • a welcome bonus at the time of application
  • offer Avios miles for every purchase made

This is a great way to earn lots of Avios miles quickly!

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British Airways Executive Club and American Express

American Express offers 4 cards with Membership Rewards points that can be transferred 1:1 to the British Airways Executive Club program:

Consumer Cards

Small Business Cards

Our choice is the American ExpressMD Gold Rewards Card because it offers 2 Membership Rewards points/$ (that’s 2 Avios miles/$) for:

  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Drugstores
  • Travel purchases

Approximately once a year, American Express Membership Rewards offers a bonus conversion of Membership Rewards points to Avios miles. It then becomes very interesting to convert your points!

British Airways Executive Club and HSBC

HSBC offers, as part of its HSBC Rewards program, a credit card that allows you to transfer points into Avios miles: the HSBC World Elite Mastercard.

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The transfer is done per HSBC points increments:

HSBC Rewards Points Airline Miles
25 000 10 000
35 000 14 000
45 000 18 000

Thus, 2.5 HSBC points = 1 Avios mile (or 5 HSBC points = 2 Avios miles).

Once or twice a year, HSBC Rewards offers a bonus conversion of HSBC points to Avios miles. It then becomes very interesting to convert your points!

British Airways Executive Club and RBC

The British Airways card

RBC offers 1 credit card directly affiliated with the program: the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Card.

From time to time, this card offers a welcome bonus, of which this is a typical example:

  • 15,000 Avios miles on application
  • 25,000 Avios miles after $5,000 in purchases in 3 months
  • 10,000 Avios miles on renewal after the first year

In many cases, in order to get the full amount of miles, you must renew the card for another year.

RBC Rewards Cards

RBC, through its RBC Rewards program, has several credit cards that offer travel points that can be transferred to Avios miles at a 1:1 rate:

The RBC Avion Visa Infinite card regularly offers promotions to earn 20,000 to 30,000 RBC Rewards points.

Two to three times a year, RBC Rewards offers a bonus conversion of RBC points to Avios miles. It then becomes very interesting to convert your points!

With purchases made on credit cards

To earn Avios miles faster, it’s best to use one of the credit cards (see choices above) as often as possible!

The miles earning rate will often depend on the issuer and the type of card:

So, one of the best cards for earning Avios miles is the American ExpressMD Gold Rewards card: between 1 and 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar or 1 to 2 Avios miles per dollar (or even more if you convert your Membership Rewards points during a conversion promotion).

With hotel points conversion

Most hotel loyalty programs allow you to convert your points into Avios miles.

This is a sneaky way to get Avios miles! Especially during conversion promotions offered by Aeroplan.

For example, it is possible to convert Marriott Bonvoy points into Avios miles.

By maximizing both programs, and converting during a promotional period (such as the one offering 30% more miles), it is possible to do this:

60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
=
25,000 Avios miles
+
30%
=
32,500 Avios miles

If you got:

But if you would like to earn Avios miles instead of using your points for free nights, this is a possible solution for you!

Consumer Cards

Small Business Cards

With the conversion of Membership Rewards Select points

Using Marriott Bonvoy to earn Avios miles is also a way to turn Select Membership Rewards points earned into Avios miles:

While the other 4 Membership Rewards cards offer 1:1 transferability to the British Airways Executive Club program, these two cards can only transfer points to hotel partners.

So, if you have the American Express Cobalt Card or the American Express Business Edge™ Card and would like Avios miles, here is the way to proceed during a promotional period:

50,000 Select Membership Rewards
=
60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
=
25,000 Avios miles
+
30%
=
32,500 Avios miles

Consumer Cards

Small Business Cards

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Using British Airways Executive Club Avios miles

Let’s discover together all the different ways of using Avios miles:

  • Airfares
  • Car rentals
  • Hotel nights

Free flights

The best use of Avios miles will be to book airline tickets. This is called “flight reward“. You still need to know the tips and tricks to use Avios miles correctly.

The fare structure for flights on British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling

British Airways Executive Club has a fare structure based on:

  • the distance to be covered (divided into 9 zones)
  • the season (peak or low season)

Here is the applicable fare structure for flights on:

  • British Airways
  • Aer Lingus
  • Iberia
  • Vueling
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Economy Class

For economy class flights, it will cost:

Zone Distance in miles Low Season Peak season
1 1-650 4,000 4,500
2 651-1,151 6,500 7,500
3 1,152-2,000 8,500 10,000
4 2,001-3,000 10,000 12,500
5 3,001-4,000 13,000 20,000
6 4,001-5,500 16,250 25,000
7 5,501-6,500 19,500 30,000
8 6,501-7,000 22,750 35,000
9 7,001+ 32,500 50,000
Premium Economy Class

For flights in premium economy class, it will cost:

Zone Distance in miles Low Season Peak season
1 1-650 5,750 6,750
2 651-1,151 9,500 11,250
3 1,152-2,000 12,750 15,000
4 2,001-3,000 20,000 25,000
5 3,001-4,000 26,000 40,000
6 4,001-5,500 32,500 50,000
7 5,501-6,500 39,000 60,000
8 6,501-7,000 45,500 70,000
9 7,001+ 65,000 100,000
Business Class

For business class flights, it will cost:

Zone Distance in miles Low Season Peak season
1 1-650 7,750 9,000
2 651-1,151 12,750 15,000
3 1,152-2,000 17,000 20,000
4 2,001-3,000 31,250 37,500
5 3,001-4,000 50,000 60,000
6 4,001-5,500 62,500 75,000
7 5,501-6,500 75,000 90,000
8 6,501-7,000 87,500 105,000
9 7,001+ 125,000 150,000
First Class

For flights in First Class, it will cost:

Zone Distance in miles Low Season Peak season
1 1-650 15,500 18,000
2 651-1,151 25,500 30,000
3 1,152-2,000 34,000 40,000
4 2,001-3,000 42,500 50,000
5 3,001-4,000 68,000 80,000
6 4,001-5,500 85,000 100,000
7 5,501-6,500 102,000 120,000
8 6,501-7,000 119,000 140,000
9 7,001+ 170,000 200,000

Fares for flights with Oneworld partners

British Airways Executive Club has a different fare structure based solely on distance (divided into 9 zones).

This price list is only applicable to travel with other Oneworld members.

Zone Distance in miles Economy Pr. Economy Business First
1* 1-650 6,000 9,000 12,500 24,000
2 651-1,151 9,000 12,500 16,500 33,000
3 1,152-2,000 11,000 16,500 22,000 44,000
4 2,001-3,000 13,000 25,750 38,750 51,500
5 3,001-4,000 20,750 41,250 62,000 82,500
6 4,001-5,500 25,750 51,500 77,250 103,000
7 5,501-6,500 31,000 62,000 92,750 123,750
8 6,501-7,000 36,250 72,250 108,250 144,250
9 7,001+ 51,500 103,000 154,500 206,000

For Zone 1 flights within North America, fares start at 7,500 Avios one-way (economy) and 15,000 Avios one-way (business/first class).

One rate per segment

British Airways Executive Club allows you to book one-way tickets. However, if your itinerary includes several segments, it will cost you more in Avios miles.

It will be more interesting to find a direct flight (like Montreal – Miami) than a flight with a connection (like Montreal – Philadelphia – Miami).

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Travelling with children

The British Airways Executive Club programme is particularly interesting for families!

There are “Infant Flight Rewards (children under 2 years of age AND traveling on the adult’s knees).

The required fee will be 10% of the cost in miles of the adult rate (+ taxes). So if a one-way ticket costs 7,500 Avios for an adult, it will cost 750 Avios for a child under 2 years old!

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Modifying and canceling a flight reward

British Airways Executive Club allows you to change or cancel flight rewardup to 24 hours prior to flight departure.

The fee will be CA$58 (no fee if you are a Gold member). The miles and taxes will be fully refunded.

If the cancellation is made within 24 hours of booking, there will be no charge! Convenient, if you find a route that suits you better. However, you must call British Airways Executive Club at 1 (800) 247-9297

The flight rewards availability

Flight rewards will be posted on British Airways Executive Club from 355 days before flight departure.

However, for some airlines, tickets will not be posted until 300 days prior to flight departure.

The sooner you do it, the more likely you are to get the flight reward you want. However, carriers regularly “release” seats based on their inventory. It is therefore not uncommon for a flight to be unavailable 300 days before departure, and to appear available 100 days before.

Carrier surcharges

On British Airways Executive Club, when booking a flight reward, a fee is added to the amount in miles.

This fee includes:

  • airport taxes
  • a possible “surcharge” from the carrier

The carrier surcharge was introduced by some airlines such as British Airways or Qatar Airways when the price of oil reached record highs.

Since then, this surcharge has not been removed and is a way for airlines to earn money.

Also, there is an unavoidable departure tax in the UK, so one will seek to avoid leaving the UK.

However, if you are smart about searching for flight rewards, you can avoid the carrier surcharge: some airlines do not charge any surcharge at all.

Airlines without surcharge

In order to avoid carrier surcharge, you must know which airlines don’t charge it on reward tickets.

Here are the airlines who DO NOT add a surcharge:

  • Aer Lingus
  • American Airlines (excluding transcontinental flights)
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Iberia (to Spain only)
  • Qantas (excluding transcontinental flights)
  • Japan Airlines (excluding transcontinental flights)

It is therefore possible to travel to different places in the world without having to pay surcharges, and in particular throughout the United States on the American Airlines network. To learn more about these different companies, see this article.

Short-haul flights: the best deal

A great use of Avios miles: to book short-haul flight rewards. These are “local” destinations.

In North America, these are certain flights operated by American Airlines that will cost 7,500 miles one way or 15,000 miles round trip. Like Montreal – New York for example.

But it’s especially useful in some countries like Japan. Here is an example of a reward flight:

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Tools

There are several free and paid tools to find reward tickets on British Airways Executive Club.

If Expertflyer will suit advanced users, Award.Flights is easier to understand and is free.

This is an extension to add to your Chrome browser that automatically searches British Airways Executive Club based on your queries.

To learn more about how this tool works, read this article!

For car rentals

Avios miles can be used to rent a car.

Here is an example of a car rental, for a week, in Miami.

Avios Car Rental

In some cases, this can be a great way to use Avios miles! Always compare with specialized sites like Holiday Autos. But beware of your credit card’s collision damage insurance! You’ll need to use a credit card that is affiliated with the Avios program (like the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite) or a card that covers you even if you’ve only paid taxes, like the BMO World Elite Mastercard.

For hotels

It is also possible to use Avios miles to book hotel nights.

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The value of miles

The value of an Avios mile will depend on how you use it. However, it is agreed that 1 Avios = 1.6 cents.

You could get much more value from short-haul flight rewards in Asia or flights in premium cabins (business/first class).

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The expiration of miles

Avios miles do not have an expiration date based on their accrual date.

This means that all Avios miles will remain in your account as long as you generate activity every 36 months.

Claiming missing miles

Have you travelled on British Airways or a Oneworld airline without giving your membership number?

Or have you forgotten to use your British Airways Executive Club membership number with a partner?

It is possible to make a claim for missing miles up to 6 months after the transaction. You’ll have to complete the claim form available on the missing miles page.

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The family and friends account

This is a major advantage of the British Airways Executive Club programme.

There are three components to know about your British Airways Executive Club Account:

  • My family account (7 people)
  • My family and friends (5 people)
  • My travel companions
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It is possible to open a Family account for individuals:

  • who have an individual British Airways Executive Club account
  • residing at the same address

And it’s a way for kids under 18 to earn Avios miles on their travel!

Once the accounts are combined, it is possible to earn and use the Avios miles together!

Transferring your Avios miles

It is possible – but very expensive – to transfer miles from one British Airways Executive Club member to another. We do not recommend this option (prefer the Family and Friends account option).

Status

British Airways Executive Club has 4 status levels:

  • Blue
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

Status points

To obtain one of these statuses, you must earn “status points” (which are different from Avios miles).

The only way to earn status points is by travelling with British Airways or its Oneworld Alliance partners.

The amount of status points earned will depend on the type and fare class of the ticket.

On this page, British Airways Executive Club allows you to calculate how many Avios miles and Status points you will earn on your flights.

Here is an example of a one-way ticket between Montreal and London, as a Blue member.

At the lowest economy fare (Q, O, G), you will earn 813 Avios miles and 20 Status points.

The year you joined

Unlike other frequent flyer programs that are based on the calendar year, British Airways Executive Club takes into account the date of joining the program. The amount of status points earned in the 12 months from that date determines your status for the remaining period and the following year.

Status advantages with British Airways

Blue

At this level, there are no particular advantages other than the ability to earn and use Avios miles and Status points.

Bronze

Here are the benefits of Bronze status:

  • 25% bonus Avios miles on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights
  • Free choice of seat 7 days before departure
  • Priority check-in and boarding
Silver

Here are the additional benefits of Silver status:

  • 50% bonus Avios miles on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights
  • Free choice of seat upon booking
  • Access to Business Class lounges
  • Additional baggage allowance
Gold

Here are the additional benefits of Gold status:

  • 100% bonus Avios miles on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights
  • Access to First Class check-in counters
  • Access to First Class lounges
  • Free seat selection including emergency exit seats
  • More choice for reward tickets
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Status advantages with Oneworld

Getting a British Airways Executive Club status allows you to have an equivalent on the Oneworld side.

Bronze = Oneworld Ruby

Here are the benefits of the Oneworld Ruby status:

  • Access to Business Class check-in counters
  • Access to more comfortable seats (depending on the airline)
  • Priority in waiting lists
Silver = Oneworld Sapphire

Here are the additional benefits of the Oneworld Sapphire status:

  • Access to Business Class lounges
  • Priority Boarding
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • Additional baggage allowance
Gold = Oneworld Emerald

Here are the additional benefits of the Oneworld Emerald status:

  • Access to First Class lounges
  • Access to First Class check-in counters
  • Access to priority security lines
  • More seating options (including emergency exit seating)
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Conclusion

The British Airways Executive Club is a major frequent flyer program in the world. In Canada, as you have seen above, it is very easy to earn Avios miles through credit card partners such as American Express, HSBC or RBC.

This program will appeal to:

However, don’t expect to cross the oceans: surcharges will often be too high, or flights without surcharges are very rare (like Aer Lingus). Or the distance will make the number of Avios miles required disproportionate!

This post was not sponsored. The views and opinions expressed in this review are purely my own.

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