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British Airways Introduces Avios Part Payment Options

by Continental Club on October 29, 2013  |  One comment • Tagged as: , , ,

British AirwaysMembers of the British Airways Executive Club can now use Avios to ‘part pay’ for shorthaul flights across the UK and Europe. The new option is available for seats in domestic, Euro Traveller and Club Europe cabins – and is not dependent on traditional ‘redemption’ availability. So, for the first time, members wishing to use their Avios can do so when booking any domestic or European shorthaul flight – albeit to a capped level of a maximum £30 fare reduction.

British Airways Avios Part Payment

As the above screenshot shows, the discount offer is shown even when the purchaser is not yet logged into their account. This is potentially a reflection of the fact that the discount is also available to members of an Executive Club Household Account booking for or on behalf of non-HHA members. Ordinarily, HHAs are limited to redeeming Avios held within them on the maximum six participating members.

Part payment has been the subject of much discussion in recent months, prompted in no small part by a survey sent out to Executive Club members which canvassed opinions on the perceived ‘value’ of an Avios point, and how that might be applied to a revenue fare. Members might have been hoping for the opportunity to use their Avios to part pay for longhaul fares, given the generally well-regarded levels of availability of the shorthaul Reward Flight Saver product.

However, those with smaller Avios balances who simply wish to release an easy benefit are likely to welcome this latest opportunity to spend their points. And those with higher balances travelling at short notice on domestic routes may also be interested in another potential ‘sweet spot’ (beyond being able to part pay for passengers outwith a Household Account)….

That is to make use of domestic flights purchased on a one-way basis, to derive double the discount opportunity out of a round trip. So, for trips where the one-way sector cost exceeds around £100, the opportunity exists to split the trip into two one-way bookings and use up to 9,000 Avios to save a total of £60 on the round-trip cost. The £4.50 per passenger per journey booking charge for credit card holders will eat into the net saving, though this can of course be avoided by paying with a debit card.

There’s no such opportunity to employ a similar strategy on European round trips, as the discount is currently only available when originating from the UK.

Fares discounted through the use of Avios part payment will however continue to earn Avios themselves, as well as Tier Points, based on the passenger’s level of Executive Club membership.

For full details and to book, visit ba.com.

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British Airways Introduces Lifetime Executive Club Membership

by Continental Club on September 10, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , ,

In a move that has been widely-rumoured for some time, British Airways has unveiled details of its ‘lifetime’ Executive Club membership benefits. Members logging in to their online accounts at ba.com will now, for the first time, see their date of joining and the total number of Tier Points earned since that date, alongside the usual annual totals.

BA Exec Avios

The cumulative total is relevant to long term frequent flyers, as BA has announced that members reaching 35,000 Lifetime Tier Points will be awarded Lifetime Gold status in the Executive Club.

Those members who reach 100,000 Lifetime Tier Points will be afforded Lifetime Gold Guest List status, which conveys an even greater level of benefits when travelling, including increased lounge guesting privileges, double Avios and Hilton HHonors Diamond membership among others.

Existing Gold Guest List members working towards their lifetime status will also be offered new rewards as they pass annual thresholds of 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 Tier Points. Bonus credits of 50,000 Avios or additional redemption or upgrade vouchers will be to choose from.

To review member Lifetime Tier Point totals, log in to your Executive Club account at ba.com. For more information on Lifetime Gold and Lifetime Gold Guest List member benefits, click the relevant links in the article above.

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Continental Club Guide: Converting Virgin Atlantic Miles To Avios

by Continental Club on March 26, 2013  |  9 comments • Tagged as: , , , , , ,

AviosMany loyalty programme members are now used to the idea of being able to use their points and miles for rewards in other programmes, and also being able to transfer loyalty currencies between programmes.

Converting Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles to Avios, the currency of the British Airways Executive Club (and Iberia Plus, and the standalone Avios programme) is something that a significant number of Continental Club readers look for help with from us.

Virgin Atlantic New Livery

As the two largest ‘network’ airlines based in the UK, and each with a large frequent flyer programme, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are both deeply involved with other travel and non-travel partners.

So, if you’re sitting on some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles and you’d like to send them over to British Airways, then the good news is that you can. The bad news is that you can’t do it directly; you need to make use of a third party programme with which both airlines are associated. And the worse news is: it’s not particularly good value.

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