One of the nice features of the British Airways Executive Club program is that they allow the creation of household accounts. Household accounts allow up to six people living at the same address to pool their Avios and apply them towards a single redemption. The “catch” is that when you create a household account you can only redeem Avios for people registered to your account.
Anyway, British Airways has just added a huge new benefit to household accounts by introducing a “my friends and family” plan. If you have a household account you can now also create a list of up to five nominees that aren’t in your household account that you can still redeem Avios for.
Here’s the description:
The Head of Household can create and manage the Family and Friends list for all Members, so that collectively you can spend your Household Avios on more people who are important to you. They don’t have to live at the same address as you either. You can also make cash and reward flight bookings for them more quickly because their personal details will be filled in for you.
- Share your Avios with more people than those in just your Household Account.
- Your family or friends don’t need to be members of the Executive Club to benefit.
- There are no residential or geographical restrictions on who can benefit.
And then here are some of the major terms:
You can have five people on your Family & Friends list
A person cannot be removed from your Family & Friends list until they have been on it for six months
Only the head of the Household Account can add or remove people from the Friends & Family list. De facto, it is one Family & Friends list per household account, rather than per person.
You need the full name, date of birth and an email address to add someone to your Family & Friends list
This is a huge improvement. I’ve never had a household account due to the inability to redeem AVIOS for someone outside the account, though with this change I might just create one.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)