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British Airways Executive Club Review

By Dan Rafter / January 25, 2011

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Do you fly frequently with British Airways? You might benefit from joining the airline’s Executive Club, its frequent-flyer program.

Like most such programs, the Executive Club allows you to earn free miles with every flight that you take on either British Airways or with its partner airlines. You’ll receive extra miles, too, if you fly higher classes.

Enrolling is a fairly simple process. It’s also easy to redeem your British Airways miles for flights. And if you don’t want to wait to earn free miles, you can always purchase British Airways miles online with your favorite credit card.

Enrolling: To enroll in the British Airways’ Executive Club, log onto the online membership sign-up form. Once here, you’ll have to fill out a form that asks you for your name, e-mail address, mailing address and preferred language.

You’ll also have to create a user name and password to access the club. Once you complete this basic information, you’ll be a member of the Executive Club.

Earning Miles: You’ll earn free British Airways miles every time you fly with either the airline or one of its affiliated partners. The list of affiliates is a long one, making it easier to earn free miles. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Mexicana and Royal Jordanian.

For every mile that you fly on an approved airline, you’ll earn one free British Airways mile. You can boost your rate of earnings, though, by upgrading to pricier seats. If you move up in class to the World Traveller Plus cabin, you’ll earn a 25 percent bonus on the miles that you earn for every flight. You’ll earn a 50 percent bonus for flying the Club Europe/Club World cabin and a 100 percent bonus for flying First Class.

Credit Cards: You can also earn British Airways miles by applying for a British Airways American Express Premium Plus card. In fact, you’ll earn 6,000 of these miles after you make your first purchase with this credit card. With the British Airways American Express credit card you’ll earn 1,000 British Airways miles if you spend $500 within the first three months of activating your account.

You’ll also earn miles with every purchase that you make with both cards: With the American Express card, you’ll earn one British Airways mile for every dollar that you charge. With the American Express Premium Plus card, you’ll earn one-and-a-half miles with every dollar that you charge.

Spending your Miles: Spending the miles you’ve earned is easy: Log onto the Executive Club’s flights page and search for a flight heading to a destination that you want to explore. Make sure, of course, to log into your Executive Club membership first so that you can spend your free miles.

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