British Airways is a popular airline for business travelers and I reckon they’re just going to get bigger with the passing of the new Open Skies agreement allowing foreign carriers to deliver service in to any U.S. city. British Airways is a member of the One World Alliance, along with American Airlines. The Executive Club is the frequent flyer program offered by British Airways.
Members collect miles by flying with British Airways or one of its several partner airlines, staying in partner hotels, renting cars from participating companies and by using the British Airways credit card.
American Airlines, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, LAN and Quantas.
British Airways Holidays, Hilton Properties, Hyatt, IC Hotels Group, Jumeirah, Mandarin Oriental, Maritim, Marriott Properties, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Radisson, Shangri-La, Starwood Properties and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces.
Car Rental Partners
Alamo, Avis and National.
Miles may be redeemed by purchasing a British Airways airline ticket or by purchasing a ticket on a partner airline flight. With this plan, your miles do not expire (provided your account stays active). If at any time your account is inactive for a period of 36 months, your miles will be forfeited. Awards start at just 9,000 miles for a one way ticket between major European airports.
Members begin at the Blue Level. At the Blue Level, you will earn miles on qualifying flights and activities, as well as receiving preferred status on standby flights, the ability to choose a seat in advance and the option to save dietary requirements to your profile.
After accruing 600 miles (including 4 qualifying flights) you will move up to Silver status. With Silver status, you can enjoy all benefits of a Blue member AND get priority check in and boarding, reservation assurance (book a full fare ticket up to 24 hours in advance and check in at least one hour before the flight, reservation will be confirmed even if the flight is full), a 25% mileage bonus with BA or Quantas and lounge access.
Upon earning 1500 miles (with 4 qualifying flights) members are moved up to Gold status. Gold members earn all benefits of Silver membership, plus lounge access anytime, use of the First Class check in desk (regardless of class flown), a 50% mileage bonus on BA and Quantas and periodic complimentary upgrades.
BA offers a nice little feature over the American based airlines with the Household Account. Up to seven members of one household, including children, can earn and redeem BA Miles together. Each member has an individual account but your miles are pooled, offering greater flexibility and getting you to your reward flights sooner. So if you and your spouse both travel British Airways frequently but separately, you can pool you miles to get to your next destination with less work.
Finally, I have had numerous people contact me from the British Airways Executive Club post I did sometime ago. These people were trying to book various rewards, such as rental cars, without any success. The difficulty in communicating with the airline may be something to consider when choosing your airline partner.