In July 2023, British Airways Executive Club announced changes to the way members will earn British Airways Avios on paid flights.
The changes kicked in as of October 18, 2023, and passengers now accrue Avios with a revenue-based earning model. This is a change from the previous distance- and fare-based system, and the UK-based airline has now joined the ranks of other carriers who have switched to this structure.
British Airways Implements Revenue-Based Model for Earning Avios on Flights
British Airways has changed the way passengers earn Avios on paid flights.
As a reminder, passengers historically earned Avios based on several factors, including the total distance flown, the fare bucket, and their Tier status.
As of October 18, 2023, the Avios earned is now based on each British pound (£) spent on base fares and carrier-imposed surcharges, as well as status level:
- Blue members earn 6 Avios per £1 spent
- Bronze members earn 7 Avios per £1 spent
- Silver members earn 8 Avios per £1 spent
- Gold members earn 9 Avios per £1 spent
In addition to restructured earning rates, British Airways Executive Club now allows members to earn Avios on ancillary costs, such as baggage, seat selection, and cabin upgrade fees. Previously, passengers didn’t earn Avios on these fees.
It’s important to note that this change doesn’t impact the Tier Points model, which is used to calculate your Executive Club status. Even after October 18, 2023, you’ll still earn Tier Points according to your fare class and the distance flown, which can be predicted using the airline’s calculator.
Flights with Iberia have also adopted the same revenue-based earning model, whereby Executive Club members will earn Avios based on the price paid instead of the distance flown. You’ll also earn Avios on ancillary charges when flying Iberia as well.
However, for flights marketed by other Oneworld airlines or independent partners, British Airways Executive Club members will continue to earn Avios based on the number of miles flown and adjusted for the fare bucket they’re in.
In other words, if you credit the points earned from flying with other Oneworld airlines to your Executive Club account, there won’t be any changes to the earning rate, even after October 18, 2023.
Who Stands to Benefit from Revenue-Based Earning?
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