British Airways Household Accounts More Flexibility – Book For Non-Household Friends and Family

Dec 17, 2013

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British Airways Household Accounts can be a tremendously useful tool for pooling miles from several in order to book awards from a single aggregate account, but until now, one of the major limitations is that if you pooled your accounts into a household account, you could only book award travel for members of that household rather than anyone you wanted. That has changed now, however, with the announcement that you can create a list of five friends and family members in addition to household members for whom you can use your Household Account Avios to book trips.

BA HouseholdThe rules for households remain the same:

1. There has to be a Head of Household. This person will have full control of who joins/leaves the Household.
2. Anyone can join your Household, they just need to have the same address as the Head of Household on file in their Executive Club account. Your address on file can be changed at any time, free of charge.
3. A maximum of seven individuals can be in a Household.
4. Elite status is earned by the individual, not by the Household, so your status depends on your individual travel.
5. When awards are booked, the miles will be pulled proportionately from each member’s account.

But what has changed is the following:

Once you have a Household Account, you can create a list of family and friends, so you can spend your Household Avios on more people who are important to you, and who don’t live at the same address as you.

You can nominate up to 5 people to be on your friends and family list.

Individuals nominated to the Family and Friends list must remain on the list for a minimum of six months – so you can’t remove or add members more than at six-month intervals.

Only one Family and Friends list is permitted per Member – so if you only have four members in your household, you can only have up to four friends and family outside the household.

If a Member is also part of a Household Account, where they are not the nominated Head of the Household Account, then their Family and Friends list will be shared with the Head of the Household Account – so the Head of Household is the one who has to add new people to the list.

There are no residential or geographical limitations – your family and friends list can include anyone living anywhere, and they don’t have to be a member of the Executive Club to be on your list, you just have to have their name, email address and date of birth to add them.

All in all, this is a great change that makes BA’s Household accounts much more flexible and useful since you can now use the opportunity Household Accounts provide to pool Avios, and then use them for up to 5 people outside the household, making household accounts a much more versatile, attractive option for a lot of folks who might have avoided using them before. It also means that if you take advantage of the current 20% Amex transfer bonus to British Airways, your miles can get you even farther.

For more information, check out my post on Maximizing British Airways Household Accounts.

Hat tip: Head for Points.

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