British Airways and American Express partner to offer tier points on everyday spending

British Airways and American Express have joined forces to introduce a new opportunity for British Airways Executive Club Members.

In an unprecedented move, members can now accumulate Tier Points through everyday spending on the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card. This collaboration provides a novel avenue to unlock travel benefits, including lounge access.

This initiative, available until May 21, 2024, allows eligible Cardmembers to earn an additional 200 Tier Points by using their card for various transactions. Tier Points, traditionally earned through flying, contribute to achieving airline status and provide a range of perks such as priority boarding, fast-track security, increased luggage allowances, and lounge access.

Cardmembers of the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card can earn up to 200 Tier Points through the following spending thresholds:

* 100 Tier Points for a £15,000 spend

* An additional 50 Tier Points for an extra £5,000 spend (totalling £20,000)

* Another 50 Tier Points for an additional £5,000 spend (totalling £25,000)

To participate in the offer, Cardmembers must enroll in their online account by May 20, 2024. The spending must occur after enrollment and before the offer expires on May 21, 2024, to qualify.

These earned Tier Points will complement those acquired through air travel, aiding in reaching British Airways Bronze, Silver, or Gold status. Each status level brings valuable travel benefits, such as free seat selection, lounge access, additional baggage allowances, and more.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Offer, said: ‘Over the last year, we’ve introduced lots of improvements to our Executive Club loyalty programme. We expanded our Reward Flight Savers programme to 100% of the network last December, enabled Members to use their Avios towards a British Airways Holidays booking in February and introduced Avios-Only flights in April. Making Tier Points available as part of everyday spend is just the latest step in rewarding our customers more than ever.’

Current benefits for British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers include earning 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent on purchases and 3 Avios for every £1 spent with British Airways or British Airways Holidays. Additionally, Cardmembers can earn a Companion Voucher, granting a companion free travel on the same flight and in the same cabin, or a 50% discount on the Avios price when traveling solo.

British Airways’ Executive Club Members to collect Avios based on ticket price

British Airways Executive Club Members can now accumulate Avios based on the ticket price when booking their flights – a shift away from the previous distance-based system.

This new approach also extends to eligible ancillary purchases like pre-paid seat selections, upgrades, and excess baggage. Under this investment in the airline’s frequent flyer programme, it is expected that the new model will result in a 20% increase in the issuance of Avios to the overall member base. Most members will either collect more or the same amount of Avios as before under this new framework. This revised model also applies to flights marketed by Iberia and American Airlines.

The quantity of Avios collected depends on the Member’s Tier status:

* Blue members will receive 6 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Bronze members will receive 7 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Silver members will receive 8 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Gold members will receive 9 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Offer, said: ‘In line with other airlines and loyalty schemes, we are making collecting Avios as simple and consistent as we can for our customers. With our forecast showing that we’ll be issuing more Avios, we’re looking forward to helping many of our Members get one step closer to their next trip away.

‘As well as investing in this new way of collecting Avios, we continue to make it easier for Members to collect as part of their everyday spend – from their daily commute and weekly shop to morning coffee and treating themselves.’

In addition to this adjustment in Avios collection, British Airways will continue to make it easier for members to accumulate Avios as part of their everyday spending, whether it’s through their daily commute, weekly shopping, morning coffee, or treats. British Airways Executive Club members can now collect Avios in multiple ways including using the British Airways American Express Credit Card, traveling with Uber, converting Nectar points, and shopping on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The qualifying costs include the base fare and carrier-imposed charges on commercial tickets for British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia marketed flights, as well as upgrades (online or airport), pre-paid seating charges, or excess baggage on British Airways and Iberia marketed and operated flights. For Iberia marketed flights, Avios collection will follow the Iberia Plus proposition. For other airlines, customers will continue to collect Avios according to the accrual model of each specific airline.

British Airways announces changes to Avios collection programme

British Airways has announced changes to its Avios loyalty programme, simplifying and expanding the way customers can collect Avios on flights.

Starting from October 18, 2023, Executive Club Members will have a transparent and consistent method for earning Avios based on their Tier status. The new collection model allows members to earn up to nine Avios per £1 spent, depending on their Tier status.

In addition to these changes, British Airways will allow members to collect Avios on ancillary purchases such as upgrades, pre-paid seat selection, and excess baggage. This means that customers will be able to accumulate Avios not only from flights but also from additional items they purchase, either in advance or at the airport.

Ian Romanis, British Airways’ Director of Retail and Customer Relationship Management, said: ‘We continue to listen to our customers’ feedback and ideas to evolve our Executive Club. This is a simpler and more transparent system offering more opportunities to collect Avios than ever before and rewarding loyalty based on customers’ cash spend. It’s a tried and tested model already used by a number of global airlines, including our sister airline Iberia.’

Under the new model, the number of Avios collected will be based on the amount spent rather than the distance travelled, providing a more consistent and clearer approach to earning rewards. The revised earning rates for flights from October 18, 2023, based on Tier status are:

* Blue members: 6 Avios per qualifying £1 spent

* Bronze members: 7 Avios per qualifying £1 spent

* Silver members: 8 Avios per qualifying £1 spent

* Gold members: 9 Avios per qualifying £1 spent

These changes will also apply to flights marketed by Iberia. The amount of Avios collected on Iberia market flights will follow the Iberia Plus proposition.

These changes are part of ongoing improvements to the Executive Club. Earlier this year, British Airways introduced Avios-Only flights, where 100% of seats are exclusively available to members as Reward Seats. The airline also offers various ways for members to collect Avios, such as using the British Airways American Express Credit Card, traveling with Uber, converting Nectar points, and shopping at the British Airways Avios eStore.

British Airways launches Avios- only flights

British Airways has announced the launch of its first Avios-Only flights, on which 100 percent of the seats are solely available to Executive Club Members as Reward Seats.

The first Avios-Only flight will be the inaugural flight from London Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh on November 3, 2023, followed by a selection of flights from London Heathrow to Geneva in February and March 2024. More routes will be announced throughout 2023, with all flights available for booking now.

Return flights to Sharm El Sheikh will be from £1 + 27,500 Avios per person, with an option to reduce this further with a Companion Voucher. Club Europe (business class) fares start from £1 + 48,500 Avios. The Egyptian holiday hotspot recently became the latest addition to the network of British Airways’ London Gatwick-based subsidiary, BA Euroflyer.

Following this, the next Avios-Only flights will be the BA728 from London Heathrow to Geneva on February 10, 2024, February 17, 2024, February 24, 2024, and and March 2, 2024. Flights will be from £1 + 18,500 Avios per person, with options from £1 + 30,000 Avios in Club Europe. The respective BA729 return flights will operate as Avios-Only flights a week later.

Ian Romanis said: ‘We are always looking for new ways to reward our loyal customers and offer value wherever we can, which is why we are excited about this brand-new option for Members. Sharm El Sheikh and Geneva will be the first of several flights as we roll more out in 2024.’

Tom Stoddart, BA Euroflyer’s CEO, said: ‘We are proud to be operating British Airways’ first Avios-Only flight. BA Euroflyer is the only short-haul carrier based at Gatwick to offer a loyalty programme, and now we’re offering more value and choice than ever for our Members.’

Reward seats are those that can be purchased using Avios at static rates. British Airways guarantees a minimum of 12 and 14 reward seats on short and long-haul flights respectively, and this will be the first flight with every seat available to purchase using Avios. Members booking the Avios-only flight can do so in any cabin as they normally would through, with a selection of return options available as reward seats.

The new Sharm El Sheikh route will be operated by BA Euroflyer three times per week throughout the winter season, with a fourth service on Saturdays until December 15, 2023.

British Airways Holidays customers can use Avios when booking holidays

British Airways Executive Club members now have a new option to redeem their Avios towards the cost of a British Airways Holidays booking.

Customers choosing a flight and hotel and/or car package with British Airways Holidays, can now use Avios towards the total price of a holiday when making their booking. Alternatively, customers can secure their holiday with a deposit just using Avios, paying any remaining balance with cash in as many or few instalments as they like, provided the balance is paid off in full four or five weeks before travel for short haul trips or seven weeks for long-haul.

British Airways Executive Club Members will also continue to earn Double Tier points with British Airways Holidays. To qualify they need to book flights and hotel, or flights and car hire, for five nights or more and travel before December 31, 2023. This includes solo travellers and any holidays already booked.

Claire Bentley, Managing Director of British Airways Holidays, said: ‘Now more than ever we want to give as many options as possible when it comes to booking that much needed holiday, so we are really excited to offer our Executive Club Members the ability to spend Avios on a package with British Airways Holidays.

‘When people book with us, they can do so knowing that we take their holiday seriously. As well as a wide range of holidays to suit all travellers and budgets, we have a dedicated helpline available to customers at any point during their holiday, so they can switch off and relax knowing that they are in safe hands.’

There are several ways for customers to collect Avios to spend on holidays, including spending on the British Airways American Express Credit Card, travelling with Uber, converting Nectar points and shopping on the British Airways Avios eStore.

In addition to packages with British Airways Holidays, British Airways Executive Club Members can use Avios to pay, or part pay for flights, as well as seat selection, upgrades and on board food and drink.

Qatar Airways and British Airways partners with IndusInd Bank to launch new credit card

Qatar Airways Privilege Club, British Airways Executive Club and IndusInd Bank have announced a new partnership, to introduce a unique multi-branded credit card powered by Visa.

A first-of-its-kind initiative, the multi-branded credit card is expected to be launched in the first quarter of the financial year 2023 – 2024. Under the arrangement, members will be able to collect Avios, the rewards currency for British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Airways Privilege Club, by signing up and choosing their preferred loyalty programme.

This credit card will be available in the Infinite variant of Visa, and will offer rewards, multiple benefits for frequent travellers, and will give customers the flexibility to choose their preferred airline loyalty programme and select their preferred travel destination to collect maximum Avios.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, said: ‘Today Qatar Airways Privilege Club takes another step forward in providing our members with the best offerings in the industry, introducing a first-of-its-kind Visa multi-branded credit card, in India with IndusInd Bank.

‘When adopting Avios as our rewards currency, we promised members that new and exciting opportunities would come, this collaboration with oneworld partner British Airways is another manifestation of this. We look forward to seeing our members in India availing the extensive benefits of this new partnership, which is designed to enhance their future travels.’

Oliver Currell, Head of Financial Partnerships, IAG Loyalty, said: ‘We are delighted to launch the new British Airways and Qatar Airways credit card with IndusInd Bank; a unique multibrand credit card. The Avios currency will give Indian consumers great value rewards and opportunities to do more when it comes to global travel and experiences.’

Commenting on the initiative, Soumitra Sen, Head – Consumer Banking & Marketing, IndusInd Bank, said, ‘IndusInd Bank has always been a pioneer in bringing forth some of the most innovative propositions through its array of banking solutions and suite of credit cards. We are now delighted to collaborate with Qatar Airways and British Airways, to launch this multi-branded credit card, that aims to transform the way India travels. A credit card thoughtfully designed to meet the expectations of discerning travellers with a value proposition curated around travel and bespoke offerings. With this credit card, our aim is to shift the power of choice completely into the hands of the customers.’

British Airways and Uber partner to offer Avios via Uber

British Airways has announced a partnership with Uber, which will allow Uber users to collect Avios on every journey booked via the Uber app, by linking their British Airways Executive Club and Uber accounts.

Starting later this month, members of the airline’s loyalty programme will be eligible to collect 1 Avios for every £1 spent on any ride, whether by car, coach or train, booked on the Uber app in the UK. These can then be put towards worldwide flights, upgrades and extras.

Avios is a global loyalty currency used by airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Qatar Airways. It can be collected by flying worldwide and through everyday spending, with Uber becoming the latest addition to the British Airways Executive Club. All British Airways Executive Club Members will be able to collect Avios through the Uber App by the end of the month.

As an inaugural offer, members who link their Executive Club and Uber accounts via the Uber app will receive 250 bonus Avios.

Andrew Brem, General Manager at Uber UK said: ‘We’re thrilled to be able to help Uber users collect Avios on every single journey they take. So everyday trips, such as going to work or to the shops is helping you to get somewhere a little more exotic with British Airways.’

Ian Romanis, Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways said: ‘Avios helps to open up the world, wherever our customers wish to travel. From beach holidays in the Indian Ocean, to city breaks in Europe and beyond, it’s such a valuable currency that is so easy to collect – our Members can do this easily as part of their everyday lives. We’re thrilled to welcome Uber on board in helping to bring our customers travel plans to life.’

Avios can be used as part-payment towards Reward Flights, with British Airways guaranteeing a minimum of 14 Reward Seats on every long-haul flight, and 12 on every short-haul flight, to and from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

British Airways and American Express offer ‘Companion Voucher’ to solo travellers

British Airways and American Express have jointly announced the launch of Companion Voucher for travellers embarking on solo adventures around the world.

Effective immediately, cardmembers who have earned a Companion Voucher since September 2021 on either the British Airways American Express Credit Card or the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card can choose to redeem it when booking a solo trip, receiving a 50 percent discount on the Avios cost of the booking. Cardmembers can still choose to use the Companion Voucher to travel with a friend as they would have previously – receiving a second seat for a companion travelling on the same Reward Flight booking as them for no additional Avios.

Ian Romanis, Head of Retail and Customer Relationship Management at British Airways, said: ‘Solo travel is a popular option for our customers, which is reflected in the number of solo bookings we have seen. We’ve listened to our customers and we’ve introduced these exciting changes, understanding that flexibility is more important than ever to them.’

Caroline Bouvet, Vice President at American Express, said: ‘Companion Vouchers are an incredibly valuable benefit for Cardmembers, so it’s exciting that we’ve been able to make it even easier for them to be used on flights. As people return to travel – looking to go away by themselves or with a friend – the British Airways American Express Cards are a great way to turn everyday spending in to travel rewards, and the only way to earn the much-valued Companion Voucher.’

Companion Vouchers are awarded to travellers who hold either British Airways American Express Card and reach the required spend amount within their Card membership year. They can be redeemed on available British Airways Reward Flights, which don’t need to start in the UK, allowing cardmembers to book either one journey for 50 percent of the Avios required, or take a second traveller on their journey – on the same flights and in the same cabins – for no additional Avios, plus paying taxes, fees and charges per person.

In addition, those booking British Airways Reward Flights using a Companion Voucher, either as a solo traveller or with a companion, will now be able to choose from a variety of options regarding the number of Avios to spend versus cash on each booking. This was previously fixed to just one Avios and cash option based on the route and cabin.

British Airways American Express Credit Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed in economy cabins, while British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card Companion Vouchers can be redeemed across all cabins. The British Airways American Express Credit Card has a representative 25.3% APR variable, while the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card has a representative 102.5% APR variable.

British Airways launches new app for Executive Club members

British Airways has announced the launch of a new app for members of its Executive Club.

The new Reward app will help Executive Club members in finding new ways to collect and spend Avios and look at personalised ways to spend Avios based on the Avios balance. The Executive Club Reward app will be in addition to the current British Airways app, which is designed to assist all British Airways customers book and service pre- and post-travel needs.

The app will help members access and make purchases through the British Airways Avios eStore. Customers can also see different ways they can spend their Avios including a tool which updates the Avios needed for booking reward flights to different destinations. In addition, customers can see the latest Avios deals, view their last five transactions, and buy Avios, view account details and access their statement via different links.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: ‘We want to offer members more choice in how they interact with the British Airways Executive Club.

‘The app is a great way that members can manage their balance and stay up-to-date with the latest ways to collect and spend Avios anywhere in the world. And with handy tools like the ability to see how many Avios are needed to book reward flights, we hope it’ll help members make the most of their balances.’

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can now collect and spend Avios with more partners, including flights with British Airways, Iberia and an additional 11 Oneworld and partner airlines including American Airlines, Qantas and Japan Airlines. Subject to applicable terms and conditions, members can also choose to cut the cost of British Airways and some American Airlines flights using Avios part payment.

Besides saving on flights, members can spend Avios with 60,000 additional partner hotels and on 50,000 extra tourist locations around the world. Through the British Airways Executive Club, members can also collect Avios on everyday spending with more partners across retail, travel and credit cards and continue to collect with several retailers on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The app can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. Members will need their Executive Club details to log in. Over the next months, more features will be added to the app to further enhance the benefits to members, British Airways said.

British Airways offering return flights to European destinations for £35

British Airways has announced return flights to several European destinations for a price of £35, plus 9,000 Avios as part of its Reward Flight Saver scheme.

The airline is offering a return price of £35 plus 9,000 Avios to destinations including Nice, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris, Dublin, Brussels, Munich and Geneva. In addition, it is offering a return of £35 plus 15,000 Avios to customers choosing to travel to Oslo, Rome, Berlin and Stockholm.

James Hillier, The Executive Club manager, said: ‘We know our Executive Club members love to have a range of ways to collect and spend Avios so we are delighted to be able to offer return flights from just £35 plus 9,000 Avios, including all taxes, fees and charges, to a host of popular European destinations like Paris, Nice and Amsterdam to name a few, so there is plenty of choice for everyone.’

Lisa Harris, Customer Director at Avios, added: ‘It’s easy to collect Avios, not only through British Airways flights, hotel bookings and car hire, but also on day-to-day shopping via the British Airways Avios eStore where you will discover over 800 plus retail partners including some or your high street favourites. With so many easy ways to collect, that next travel adventure really is within touching distance.’

The flights are available for booking, enabling holidaymakers to plan a post-summer getaway. Travellers can book through British Airways’ app or website via the Reward Flight Saver page. To book using Reward Flight Saver, Executive Club members must have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months.

Reward Flight Saver is available year round, the airline said.