British Airways launches Avios-only flights for Executive Club Members

British Airways has launched its first Avios-only flights, offering 100% of the seats exclusively to Executive Club Members as Reward Seats.

The first Avios-only flight will be the inaugural flight from London Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh on 3 November 2023, followed by several flights from London Heathrow to Geneva in February and March 2024.

More routes are expected to be announced throughout 2023.

Return flights to Sharm El Sheikh start from as little as £1 + 27,500 Avios per person, and Club Europe fares start from £1 + 48,500 Avios.

The next Avios-only flights will be the BA728 from London Heathrow to Geneva on 10 February 2024, with flights starting from £1 + 18,500 Avios per person. Reward Seats can be purchased using Avios at static rates, and members booking the Avios-only flight can do so in any cabin as they normally would.

Ian Romanis, a spokesperson for British Airways, said,

We are always looking for new ways to reward our loyal customers and offer value wherever we can, which is why we are excited about this brand-new option for Members. Sharm El Sheikh and Geneva will be the first of several flights as we roll more out in 2024.

Tom Stoddart, CEO of BA Euroflyer, British Airways’ London Gatwick-based subsidiary, said,

We are proud to be operating British Airways’ first Avios-Only flight. BA Euroflyer is the only short-haul carrier based at Gatwick to offer a loyalty programme, and now we’re offering more value and choice than ever for our Members.

The new Sharm El Sheikh route will be operated by BA Euroflyer three times per week throughout the winter season, with a fourth service on Saturdays until 15 December 2023. All flights are available to book.

British Airways protects Tier status for Executive Club members

British Airways has announced it will be protecting the Tier status of Executive Club members for a further year. This means that any member renewing in 2021 will enjoy their status for another year, irrespective of how many Tier Points they earn.

Eligible members will receive an additional 12 months on their Tier status expiry date which will be updated in their Executive Club accounts this week.

Niall Rooney, Head of the British Airways Executive Club, said:

As we await the Government’s decision in April and plan for the safe restart of travel as soon as possible, we want to thank our Executive Club members for their loyalty during the most difficult time in the airline’s history.

We know many of our members haven’t been able to travel, but today’s news means they can keep their benefits for longer and use them when they’re able to fly again. We hope this complements a number of measures we’ve already introduced, including our book with confidence commitment, which provides flexibility and reassurance for our customers.

No British Airways Executive Club member, including Bronze, Silver and Gold card holders will lose their Tier status in 2021.

The announcement means that qualifying members will have received two years of protection. It also means that no British Airways Executive Club member will lose their Tier status in 2021.

On top of this Tier extension, in February, British Airways announced a six-month extension to all Executive Club vouchers, due to expire before 31 December 2021. This was the third extension that was applied, following similar extensions in March 2020 and October 2020 and included Gold Upgrade Vouchers and American Express Companion Vouchers. British Airways is also adding an additional six-months validity to all new Companion Voucher or Travel Together tickets earned between June 2020 and the end of December 2021. 

Finally, British Airways continues to reduce the amount of Tier Points needed to reach each Tier by 25% for those whose Tier Point collection year ends before July 2022.

Important Changes To The BA Exec Club Program.

A note to all British Airways Executive Club (EC) members (which is almost all frequent business travellers), we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to read about the changes to the EC program regards earning and redeeming your Avios points.

Should you have any questions about the changes please do not hesitate to contact Paul Baker at


New British Airways Check-in Area In Paris CDG.

From 17 to 30 June 2013, the British Airways check-in area at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport will be temporarily located in Hall 8 of the departure level in Terminal 2A. This is to accommodate a redesign of the existing check-in area.

Once completed the redesign will streamline the check-in area for British Airways customers, with new counters and seating areas, including a premium area for Club Europe and Silver and Gold Executive Club members.

From 1st July 2013, the new check-in area will be located at door 9, level 0, in Terminal 2A. Access to the new check-in area is via two entrances, firstly, two lifts in terminal 2A, or escalators and stairs from terminal 2C.

Lastly, and again from 1st July 2013, Club Europe, plus Silver & Gold Executive Club members will also have access to two new OneWorld lounges : the Cathay Pacific First & Business Class lounge, or the American Airlines lounge also opening 1st July.

Upgrade To First With BA!

Book a fully flexible Club World return flight by 22nd March 2013 and, subject to availability, upgrade either your outbound, or inbound, journey to First Class. Inbound travel must be completed by 14th April 2013.

This upgrade offer is also valid on American Airlines services to the US and Qantas flights to Singapore & Sydney. Executive Club members will also be awarded Avios & Tier points for the cabin they actually fly in.