Main Frequent Flyers Programs British Airways Executive Club

British Airways Executive Club

Program overview 

British Airways Executive Club is one of the best Oneworld frequent flyer programs. This program is good for those who are looking for short domestic flights within the US and internationally. 

Miles earned under British Airways’ program are called Avios.



Program website 

Approximate miles value

1.2 cents per point 

Miles validity 

36 months without activity

Program accrual

% of miles flown + bonus for booking class

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

200,000 in 1 calendar year 

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Not allowed 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

Unlimited number of stopovers, but no price discount. BA charges separately for every segment.

Family account


Upgrade option

Yes to the next class

Online booking

Yes for all flights 

Airline partners 

Aer Lingus, Air Italy, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7, Sri Lankan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc

Credit card partners

Chase (1:1 ratio, instant transfer), American Express (1:1 ratio, instant transfer), Capital One (1:1 - usually instant)

Hotel partners 

IHG (5:1 ratio, 6 weeks transfer), Marriott Bonvoy (3:1 ratio, 3 days transfer), Hilton rewards (10:1 ratio, 30 days transfer), World of Hyatt (2.5:1 ratio, 6-8 weeks transfer), Radisson rewards (10:1 ratio, 4-6 weeks transfer), Best Western (5:1 ratio, 4-6 weeks transfer), Accor Live (2:1 ratio, 4-6 weeks transfer)    

Co-Branded credit card in the US 

Chase British Airways Visa Signature card

Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Ideal program for short domestic flights on American Airlines 
  • Accessible through all major credit card and hotel partners
  • Family account (households can pool their miles in one account)
  • Good website and solid customer service infrastructure
  • Best program to upgrade British Airways operated flights (best for Premium to Business and Business to First)
  • American Express runs a 25-40% transfer bonus offer 2 times per year. Chase runs a 30% bonus offer from time to time
  • Oneworld Emerald members can assign their seats for free. All others have to pay extra for seat assignments in all classes, except First
  • Ability to transfer to Aer Lingus and Iberia at 1:1 ratio to expand redemption opportunities


  • High taxes/surcharges, generally this is not the best way to book British Airways flights
  • Need to cancel award bookings no later than 24 hours before departure 
  • Only saver award availability is offered. If saver is not available, no other options are offered

Excellent for  

  • US short domestic direct flights on American Airlines - 9,000 Avios in Economy and 16,500 Avios in First (For example: New York - Chicago).
  • US West to Hawaii for 13,000 Avios in Economy and 38,750 Avios in Business. (For example: Los Angeles - Honolulu). 
  • Miami to Latin America for 13,000 in Economy (For example: Miami - Lima). 
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo for 38,750 Avios in Business. 

Insider Tips

  • If you are looking to get an award on British Airways flights by transferring points from a credit card, British Airways Avios is not usually the best deal due to very high taxes. If you see the flight is available it will also be available on Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. The miles required can sometimes be slightly higher, but you save hundreds of dollars in taxes, especially in premium cabins.
  • Compared to British Airways Avios, Iberia Avios often comes out with lower taxes for the same rewards. You can instantly transfer points between programs as long as you have both accounts open for 90 days. Sign up for both accounts even if you don’t have immediate need so that you can satisfy the 90-day rule if you need it later.
  • Think of the Executive Club for travel on American Airlines: American Airlines AAdvantage program does not have direct card transfer partners (unless you get AA co-branded credit card). When you see the American AAdvantage Saver reward available, it is likely an even better deal on British Airways executive club for the same flight/reward.
  • The extremely high taxes make this program worthwhile in premium cabins only for British Airways operated flights.
  • This is likely a must for those based in London but best combined with the Homebase Stopover strategy.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



Comments: 2
Jean Ferris 07 Nov 2021 at 18:28:52 #
I have just completed a BA flight between London LHR - Rome Fiumicino return. Reservation number VJFK6R. I did not add my BA membership number on either leg. How can I do that?

Many thanks,
Jean Ferris
Pavlina Kochmarivska 09 Nov 2021 at 20:16:22 #
Hi Jean! Thanks for your comment! It is not too late for you to earn the miles for this flight. You have up to 6 months after the completion of the flight to do it.

You can claim missing Avios points on the British Airways web-site (

1) Login to your account
2) Select "About Avios" in "Discover"
3) Select Claiming missing Avios
4) Enter your ticket number and click Continue
5) Add all required information in the next steps.