British Airways quietly removes some hotel benefits for Executive Club Gold members

Jun 8, 2020

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British Airways has quietly removed one of its hotel elite benefits for Gold membersLangham and Mandarin Oriental have been removed as hotel partners of the British Airways Executive Club, and Gold members no longer have access to Langham elite benefits.

As first reported by Take Off With Guru, British Airways has removed both Langham Hotels and Mandarin Oriental from its list of hotel partners. As a result, Gold members who were previously able to take advantage of the partnership benefits will no longer be able to.

With the Langham 1865 programme, Gold members were previously granted Voyager status, which is Langham’s second-highest level of status. With it, members are entitled to late check-in and checkout, a room upgrade when available, suite upgrade voucher, welcome fruit and the ability to earn Avios on your stay among other benefits.

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BA’s website no longer shows Langham has a hotel partner. And by trying to visit the page where programme details lived, you’ll find an empty page. Interestingly, the partnership hasn’t ended in all cases. If you’re a Gold member and have an existing reservation with Langham made on or before 1 April, you’re still eligible to earn Avios on the stay.

British Airways has also ended its hotel partnership with Mandarin Oriental, which offered Gold members similar elite-like benefits, without granting them status outright.

This is a small but disappointing development from the BA Executive Club. For high-tier Executive Club members, hopefully, it’s not the sign of further devaluations to come.

While the Langham and Mandarin Oriental benefits and Avios-earning opportunities are now gone for Gold members, there’s still a list of participating partner hotel programmes with the Executive Club. For example, with Airbnb, Executive Club members can earn 3 Avios for every £1/€1/$1 spent. And with Kaligo, you’ll earn between 5 and 20 Avios for every pound spent.

While these hotel partnerships alone won’t be enough to earn you Avios for a future redemption, they do help to keep your Avios earning at its maximum. Keep in mind, too, that Gold Guest List Executive Club members earn Hilton Honors Diamond status as a benefit.

Featured photo by Ben Smithon/The Points Guy.

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