Earn Double Avios When Flying on British Airways

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British Airways Executive has announced a Double Avios offer that will apply to flights booked and flown between now and 31 December, 2017.

Only your first EIGHT flight sectors will qualify for Double Avios. (so a trip from Edinburgh to London to New York would count as two sectors, with the return counting as an additional two sectors)

The following flights will qualify:

  • ALL flights on British Airways booked with a BA flight code
  • Transatlantic flights on American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair or OpenSkies, booked as a BA codeshare (i.e. with a BA flight code)
  • Domestic and regional BA (operated by SUNAIR of Scandinavia) flights within Europe

It is worth stressing that you will NOT earn Double Avios on flights operated by Vueling – even when booked under a BA codeshare – so you should look at the separate double Avios promotion from Avios.com.

At InsideFlyer UK, we believe you should “earn and burn” your Avios, not save them up and give BA the chance to devalue them…

Another element of this promotion that many people find annoying is the fact that only base Avios are doubled. So, if you happen to purchase a cheap Economy ticket that only earns 25% of miles flown, you will only receive an additional 25%. But you won’t earn more than a 100% bonus either, as tier and cabin bonuses are excluded from the promotion.

In order for a frequent flyer to maximise the benefit of this promotion, therefore, careful study of your travel plans is required. If you tend to mix long-haul Business Class flights for work with cheap flights to Europe at the weekend, you might want to consider crediting those cheap flights elsewhere. You wouldn’t want to earn an extra 125 Avios from a cheap flight to Paris and miss out on double Avios if your ninth flight of the autumn happens to be to Hong Kong in Business Class…


Registration is required so you should make sure to click here and complete that step before you forget… In order to be eligible, your Executive Club account needs to be registered anywhere EXCEPT Canada, the US, Mexico and South Africa.

In addition, buried in the fine print is a clause that says “all sectors of the journey must be booked, ticketed and purchased in a participating country”. I take this to mean that you wouldn’t receive Double Avios if you booked a one-way (or return) ticket FROM North America to Europe.

I also note that this promotion is restricted to BA members older than 18. Are there any Household Account families out there who have been caught out by this before?

Haven’t We Seen This Before?

We have indeed… except the offer was for Triple Avios and ran between January – March 2017 and also between September – mid-December 2016.

Even though Double Avios often sounds better than it actually is, I’m sure nobody minds receiving additional Avios this autumn… But will this actually make you change your travel plans? Let us know in the comments section.





    • Craig Sowerby says

      According to the terms & conditions, no. I’ve been trying to find examples in prior promotions where the date of purchase didn’t matter but it seems that most of the time you also had to book within the promotional period.

      It makes some sense… a company wants a promo to incentivise new spend, not hand out bonus Avios for travel spend BA has already received.

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