Do British Airways Avios Expire?

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Yes, British Airways Avios expire after 36 months in an account with no activity. Per the British Airways Executive Club terms and conditions:

“Your Avios stay with you as long as you collect, spend, purchase or share at least one Avios every 36 months — any longer and your Avios will expire and be removed.”

British Airways is not pausing expiration of Avios due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, you'll need to generate activity to keep your Avios balance from expiring. Click here for the major airline and hotel loyalty programs that have paused expiration.

Ways to Avoid British Airways Avios Expiration

You have plenty of options for keeping your Executive Club account open: earning Avios, spending Avios, or transferring points into Avios.

How to Earn British Airways Avios

British Airways Executive Club offers a large number of ways to earn Avios, including:

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Plus earn a Travel Together Ticket after you spend $20,000 total on purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 5 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 3 Avios.
  • Earn 3 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 2 Avios. Plus earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • 10% off British Airways flights starting in the US when you book through the website provided in your welcome materials.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Simply tap to pay with your contactless British Airways Visa Signature Card. Just look for the contactless symbol at checkout. It's fast, easy and secure!
  • 3X Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL
  • 2X Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations
  • 1X Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases

Ways to Redeem British Airways Avios

British Airways Transfer Partners

Whether you're looking to top off your account or avoid expiration, British Airways has quite the network of transfer partners. Here are the best options for transferring points:

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Track Your Avios Expiration Through AwardWallet

You can add your British Airways Executive Club account to AwardWallet. If your Avios are close to expiration, we'll give you a heads up. We'll even show you when your Avios are set to expire.

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British Airways Executive Club account balances and expiration

Our Take

British Airways Avios have one of the more generous expiration policies compared to other global airlines. 12- and 24-month expiration policies are typical. So, 36 months is quite generous and gives you time to keep your Avios balance alive. Couple this longevity with some excellent redemption sweet spots, and Avios are an attractive option.

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    The BA Avios eStore is great for collecting a few points to make sure the account is kept active. I used to use ebay on there a lot, but I’m not sure that it is still there. There are plenty of other great stores on there though, so it is easy to keep avios from expiring.

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    Thanks for the heads up with this: British Airways is not pausing expiration of Avios due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Understandably since they already have a generous expiry policy.

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    Articles like this are a great reminder to stay on top of expiration dates… even though I have 18 months left til expiration I’ll be looking to their shopping portal to reset it back to 36 months. And yes the fuel charges can be steep the miles are worth keeping alive.

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    The 36 months rule is quite good to keep live the Avios account with BA.
    And of course we have AwardWallet to keep an eye on this 😉

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    BA Avios are a great mileage currency to use for one segment flights, esp. domestic on AA so you can avoid the exorbitant fuel surcharges which sometimes are almost as much as just paying cash for a ticket….makes me wonder how BA stays competitive at all with such outrageous surcharges….if they didn’t have AA domestic flights with Avios I wouldn’t bother with Avios at all.

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      If you live jn the Uak, they’re basically the main game and don’t have to worry too much about competition.

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    This is great and very helpful. I have some BA miles and just wondering the ways to avoid the expiration.

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    Much more generous than AAdvantage’s 18 month validity

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    I am buying anyway books from Kobo Rakuten so I am buying them through BA British e-store to prevent Avios from wxpiring and to earn a little Avios

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    Always worth highlighting that moving your Avios to/from Iberia Plus does NOT reset the clock.

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    They should pause or retroactively pause the 36 month clock. Absurd!

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    angelo fonseca says:

    it is certainly a benevolent expiration date. and the possibility of renewing the validity of the points is fair, as it requires the client to have a minimum of activity in 3 years, which is very reasonable.

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    I have used almost all my Avios miles for short domestic flights within the United States on American Airlines. I would never fly British airways to London.

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    If only everyone’s expiration policy was as generous as BA’s!

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    Is refund considered an activity for the purpose of Avios expiry?

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    Good resource. Disappointed in Avios for not pausing/extending expiration due to COIVD like other airlines. Good suggestions to give me the activity I need to trigger another 36 months. (As noted above by another poster, transferring to Iberia account does not trigger another 36 months — a family member learned that one the hard way).

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    Avios miles are amazing for people living on the West coast because you can use them on Alaska Airlines flights (no fuel surcharge, plus the points are based on distance and not dollar’s spent). I definitely use my Avios more often that every 36 months.

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    I just transfer 200 Amex Membership Reward points into 250 Avios, and it’s pretty much instantaneous.

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    In case of car rental with Avis it is possible to collect 500 Avios in 1 day

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    A hotel booking through Pointshound or Rocketmiles also works.

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    First of all they give you three years which is a long period of time and on top of it it is very easy to earn avios in multiple ways that I simply cant imagine anyone loosing all their avios with BA

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    A good way to prevent miles from expiring is to donate a small amount (like 500 Miles) to a good cause such as Make a Wish and your points will stay active.

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    One of the better frequent flyer expiry policies out there! I just hope that they keep it this way!

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    Vic Pizzitola says:

    Thanks so much for all the useful information! Without AW, I’d be losing points or forgetting points all the time. You keep me organized and always have ideas for earning more and more points! You ROCK!!!

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    Yeah, no real excuse for letting Avios expire. The shopping portal makes it easy to earn a couple of Avios whenever necessary.

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    Can I register for e-rewards to earn BA Points and keep my account alive or just by invitation only?

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    I sometimes use BA as my frequent flyer program when renting a car from Avis.

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    Are the transfers between AVIOS and BA helps to keep account alive?

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    The only way I earn Avios now is via my UK credit card. I keep them in an avios.com account and transfer to BA when I need to use them.

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    ADAM PARSONS says:

    In the UK you can also transfer the min amount of Clubcard Vouchers over to avios to keep your account from expI ring.

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    36 months is a long time!

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    The simplest way to prevent expiry is to convert 2000 CarlsonClub points IMHO

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    If you just want to earn a few Avios to keep the account active, the BA shopping portal is really useful, and includes US sites such as ebay.