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Executive Club

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The Ace Line

While recent devaluations take British Airways' loyalty program down a few notches, its distance-based award chart still holds some good values in economy and short-haul flights.

  • Only 4,500 points for short-haul (<450 mile) flights outside of N. America
  • Within N. America, 7,500 point short-haul awards are still a decent option
  • Ample ways to earn points with multiple credit cards/transfer partners
  • Massive fuel surcharges on many international awards
  • Poor premium-cabin redemption rates
  • Connecting flights are priced as separate awards
Discover Destinations on Executive Club



Accrual Type: Distance-based

Earn miles by miles flown. See our guide to earning points for more.

Credit Cards

This is a list of branded, program-specific credit cards, in addition to flexible reward cards. Not sure what is kind of card is right for you? Our guide weighs the pros/cons for each type of card.

Disclosure: This selection of cards is for reference and is not guaranteed to be complete or up to date. AwardAce does not earn any commission for any links.

British Airways Visa Signature® Card
Airline Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Flexible Transfer Card
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card
The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card

Transfer Partners

Program Partner Ratio Transfer Time
American Express 5:4 Instant
Chase 1:1 Instant
Starwood Preferred Guest 1:1 10-14 days

The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to Executive Club.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.


Airline Type Pricing Type

Don't know what airlines are bookable? See our list of particpating airlines.

A distance-based program prices award flights by miles flown. Learn how to optimize these programs in our guide below.

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Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide

Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.

Airline Online Phone Surcharges Alliance
Aer Lingus (EI) Yes Yes $
Air Berlin (AB) Yes Yes $ oneworld
Alaska Airlines (AS) No Yes $
American Airlines (AA) Yes Yes $–$$$ oneworld
British Airways (BA) Yes Yes $–$$$ oneworld
Cathay Pacific (CX) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Dragonair (KA) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Finnair (AY) Yes Yes $$–$$$ oneworld
Iberia Airlines (IB) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Japan Airlines (JL) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
LAN Airlines (LA) Yes Yes $ oneworld
Malaysia Airlines (MH) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Niki (HG) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Qantas (QF) Yes Yes $$–$$$ oneworld
Qatar Airways (QR) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Royal Jordanian (RJ) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
SriLankan Airlines (UL) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
TAM Brazilian Airlines (JJ) Yes Yes $ oneworld

Policies and Fees

Expiration: Points Expire 36 months since last activity.

For some programs, an activity can any accrual of miles (e.g., crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles). For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.

Fees and Charges

Fees USD
Close-in 0
Phone Booking 25
Change Award 55
Cancel Award 55

Phone booking fee is waived for flights that cannot be booked online.

Key Airlines and Resources

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Primary Airlines Code City Name
British Airways (BA) LHR London Heathrow
LGW London Gatwick

Elite Status


Tiers (4) TP
Bronze 300
Silver 600
Gold 1500

Tier Points (TP)
Usually calculated through some combination of miles and/or base fare

Elite Benefits

Benefit Blue Bronze Silver Gold
Collect Avios points
Share Avios with a Household Account
Pay to Transfer Avios Free
Bonus Avios on flights 0.25 0.5 1
Flight benefits
Priority waitlist
Priority check-in
Free seat selection 24 hours before departure 7 days before departure At time of booking At time of booking
Priority boarding
Additional baggage allowance
Lounge access when flying with BA + partners
Use of oneworld First class check-in desks
Lounge access
One Gold Executive Club partner card and two Silver cards
Concorde Room Card
Reservation Assurance
No booking or service fees forÊPriority Reward bookings
Gold Priority Reward
Additional reward flight availability in economy
Gold Upgrade for Two voucher
Two Gold Upgrade for One vouchers

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