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Avios.com is closing, according to British Airways and Avios. Between 21 May, 2018 and July/August, Avios.com members might find that a new British Airways Executive Club account will be opened in their name, and that their Avios will be transferred across.
But less is going to change than many press reports would have you believe. The key detail is buried in the FAQ section.
If you’re a member of another airline programme you’ll continue to collect and spend Avios with the airline partners as you do today.
So, if you log in to your avios.com account and see this…
… well then nothing should happen this summer. You are a member of “another airline programme”, NOT avios.com. (even though you probably consider, as I do, that you have an avios.com account) The same applies to those who signed up for Vueling Club or Flybe.
It doesn’t matter whether you signed up for the original AirMiles scheme years ago, as I did. If you subsequently signed up for Vueling Club or Aer Lingus AerClub, then your “Avios.com” account is safe. If you want to make sure, you can sign up for Aer Lingus AerClub by clicking here. If you use the same e-mail address your accounts will probably be linked automatically. Mine certainly were when I signed up to Aer Club for a whopping 250 Avios bonus when it first launched back in 2016. (click here for details)
What About Avios.com Partnerships?
Tesco –> no change
Lloyds credit cards –> no change
Avios E-Store –> I have seen nothing from Avios or BA that suggests that anything will change. In fact, Avios.com offers an e-store for several different countries. I suppose that it is possible that the UK version will be shut down, but that doesn’t seem particularly sensible to me.
Avios.com Household Accounts
Avios.com Household Accounts will definitely be dissolved. A few details have been provided here.
However, this raises an interesting opportunity. When you dissolve or close an Avios.com household account, you can allocate the Avios to whoever you desire. (most certainly yourself!)
Biggest Overreaction of the Day…
No Simon… If an Avios.com member hasn’t figured out in the last six or seven years that they could “Combine Your Avios” to British Airways Executive Club, or Iberia Plus for that matter, there’s simply no reason to fear that millions of Avios.com members are suddenly going to discover Cathay Pacific Business Class awards (and 150K misplaced Avios) and hoover up all of the award space provided to the entire Oneworld alliance…
Am I Missing Something?
Perhaps… What do you think? Leave us a comment below…