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I get a lot of questions on British Airways Avios points, and started a series on how to use British Airways Avios points 2 years ago and finally finished writing it.
British Airways allows members of its frequent flyer program to join Household Accounts. This is a great way for families or folks who live at the same address to pool British Airways Avios points together for award tickets!
Book British Airways Award Flights Like a Pro:
- Part 1 – Love it or Hate it: An Introduction to British Airways Avios Points
- Part 2 – What Does a Distance Based Award Chart Mean?
- Part 3 – Taxes and Fees
- Part 4 – What Else Can I do with British Airways Avios Points?
- Part 5 – Using British Airways Avios Points to Upgrade Paid Tickets
- Part 6 – Using Cash and Points
- Part 7 – Household Accounts
- Part 8 – The British Airways Companion Pass
- Part 9 – How to Find Award Availability
- Part 10 – The Best International Awards Using British Airways Avios Points
- Part 11 – The Best Domestic Awards Using British Airways Avios Points
- Part 12 – The Best Short Distance Awards Using British Airways Avios Points
How Does It Work?
To set-up a Household Account, all members must have their frequent flyer accounts registered at the same address. You can have up to 7 members in a household.
Children under 18 normally can NOT open a British Airways frequent flyer account. However, children under 18 CAN open a British Airways account IF they are part of a Household Account.
One person is designated as the “Head of Household” and is in charge of who gets to join or leave the household.
While in a household, each member earns British Airways Avios points separately.
But when you use British Airways Avios points for flights, they don’t come out of 1 person’s account. They’re deducted from each member’s British Airways Avios points balance in proportion to the size of their account. I’ll explain!
You can redeem British Airways Avios for anyone in your household, as well as up to 5 other people on a “Friends and Family List.“ However, the number of outside friends and family you can add is based on how many people are in your household. For example, if you have 3 people in your household, you can only add up to 3 friends and family members.
Household Account Scenario
So let’s say Emily is the head of a household that includes Emily, Daraius, Joelle, and Trixie. Each person earns their own British Airways Avios points, whether it’s through a credit card, flying, or other promotions.
The household has 100,000 British Airways Avios points, with each individual’s balance below:
- Emily: 40,000 British Airways Avios points (40% of the household balance)
- Daraius: 30,000 British Airways Avios points (30% of the household balance)
- Joelle: 20,000 British Airways Avios points (20% of the household balance)
- Trixie: 10,000 British Airways Avios points (10% of the household balance)
Emily would like to redeem an award ticket for Daraius for 50,000 British Airways Avios points. None of the household members have enough British Airways Avios points in their individual account for this award ticket.
However, they DO have enough British Airways Avios points in the total household account.
Because the award costs 50,000 British Airways Avios points, British Airways will take points out of each member’s accounts in a proportional manner. Because Emily’s account is 40% of the household account balance, 40% of the required British Airways Avios points will be pulled from her account. Daraius’ account has 30% of the household balance, so 30% of the British Airways Avios points will come from his account, and so forth.
- Emily: 20,000 British Airways Avios points (40% of 50,000 British Airways Avios points needed for award ticket)
- Daraius: 15,000 British Airways Avios points (30% of 50,000 British Airways Avios points needed for award ticket)
- Joelle: 10,000 British Airways Avios points (20% of 50,000 British Airways Avios points needed for award ticket)
- Trixie: 5,000 British Airways Avios points (10% of 50,000 British Airways Avios points needed for award ticket)
However, Emily cannot redeem British Airways Avios points for her friend Kristen, because Kristen isn’t a part of the household. However, she can add Kristen to her friends and family list to make a redemption for her.
Because there are 4 people in Emily’s household, she can add up to 4 people to her friends and family list.
Are There Any Restrictions?
You can read the terms and conditions for Household Accounts on the British Airways website, which includes a FAQ about adding folks to your friends and family list.
Here are some of the more important restrictions:
- Business addresses for Household Accounts are NOT allowed, only residences
- All members of the Household Account must be registered at the same address
- If you dissolve a household, you can NOT create or join a new one for 6 months
- If a child’s account is in a household that is dissolved, all of the British Airways Avios points in the child’s account will go to the head of household
- Once established, you can NOT add or remove members from a Household Account more than once every 6 months
You can pool your Avios points together with other people in your household to get more Big Travel with Small Money!
You can have up to 7 members in a British Airways household account, including children under 18 (who normally can’t have a British Airways frequent flyer account).
You can also create a list of family and friends and book award tickets for them from the Household Account.
This is a good way to share miles with folks you live with plus your family and friends without incurring any fees for sharing miles.
Are you part of a British Airways Avios Household Account?