The UK Avios Rewards Programme is closing this summer and members will be transferred to the British Airways Executive Club – if you’re an Avios member, here’s what you need to know.
British Airways Executive Club accounts will be set up for Avios customers from early summer 2018, but if you already have one you can transfer your Avios across now.
If you’re an Avios customer without a BA account, your new British Airways Executive Club account details will be sent in the coming weeks, and your Avios balance will be moved across by the end of July 2018.
There are currently three schemes that use Avios points: Avios, the British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus – so this change essentially consolidates the first two into one scheme.
Last month it was revealed that sweeping changes to the scheme are en route, but Avios says the move to the BA club is separate to these. See our MSE Major Avios shake-up likely ‘by the end of the year’ News story for more information.
See 31 tricks to boost and max Avios guide for more information.
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Avios says members will be able to collect and redeem their points with 12 more airline partners when they move to the British Airways Executive Club.
These include: Latam, Malaysian, S7, Royal Jordanian, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Finnair, Qatar, Japan Airlines, Air Italy and Alaska. Members can also continue to collect and spend Avios with British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus.
It says the changes do not affect the Avios currency and outwardly, there will be little change to the scheme.
If for any reason you wish to opt out of the transfer, you can do so before 20 May, and you will then have six months in which to spend your Avios.
Will I still be able to collect Avios in the same way?
If you collect Avios with a Lloyds Avios credit card or TSB Avios credit card, you’ll still be able to use this – your Avios rewards will be added to your new BA Executive Club account.
If you auto-collect with Tesco, the situation will be the same.
If you have a Lloyds upgrade voucher you can you can still book online with this until the programme closes and as long as it’s in date. After this you’ll need to contact Avios to book on 0344 49 33349.
For full details see the FAQs section on the Avios website.
‘Outwardly there will be very little change’
Avios commercial director Chris Treadwell said: “This move is good news for members. Outwardly there will be very little change for them other than their Avios will have a new home.
“However, they will also enjoy all the advantages that being a British Airways Executive Club Member offers including a smoother online experience, even more ways to collect and spend Avios, plus the tier benefits.
“This consolidation will improve collection and spending opportunities, simplify the customer experience and be more attractive to current and future Avios partners.
“Our business is centred on creating a world-class loyalty currency and this move will enable us to focus on enhancing airline loyalty programmes and developing new partnerships for them and any new programmes we bring on board.”