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.

Birmingham Airport opens new executive ‘Clubrooms’ lounge

Birmingham Airport has said that it has opened its fifth executive lounge, which will complement the existing No. 1 Lounge at the airport.

Opening under the Clubrooms brand, the new lounge will offer premium experience to passengers flying from Birmingham Airport. The Clubrooms offers full table service, a la carte dining, wines, cocktails and runway views. Located on the main concourse, nearest to most of the departure gates, the Clubrooms offer interconnecting rooms available to guests aged 12 years and over.

Entry is £35 for a stay of up to three hours pre-flight. Guests can also upgrade their visit with Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot champagne packages for an additional £15, when booking online.

Richard Gill, Acting Commercial Director at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We have had a successful and longstanding relationship with No1 Lounges, and we’re delighted to announce the addition of the Clubrooms to our existing lounge offer. The new lounge is located on the international pier near to the gates – a perfect location prior to boarding.

‘Customer service is a top priority for us. We have already invested significantly into the Airport’s facilities and will continue to do so, to ensure our customers have a great experience when travelling with us. Customers desiring a premium airport experience now have the Clubrooms as an additional lounge to choose from.’

Opened in 2012, the existing No1 lounge is located in the Departure Lounge adjacent to Next, and is priced at £28 for adults and £18 for children. In addition to the Clubrooms and No1 Lounge, Swissport operate two Aspire lounges. Prices start at £20.99 for adults and £15.99 for a child (aged 2-11), and both lounges offer a quiet zone and charging facilities for laptops, tablets, mobile phones and iPads. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of complimentary food, wines, beers and spirits.

The fifth lounge at the Airport is the Emirates Lounge – an executive lounge for First Class traveller, Business Class travellers or Skywards Gold members, located near gates 40-68. The Emirates Lounge offers guests complimentary fresh food, a full bar service and shower facilities. Business Class passengers are also offered a complimentary Chauffeur-drive within 70 miles of Birmingham Airport, the Airport said.

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.