When Can Your Child Start Collecting British Airways Avios?
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While your child can obtain a British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) number for British Airways once you know his or her name and date of birth, he or she cannot begin collecting Avios and Tier Points until you purchase a seat for your child. To obtain a BAEC number for your child after birth, you need to set up a Household Account.
Children Younger Than 2 Earning Avios
You can also choose to purchase a seat for your child as soon as they are a few days old but do not have to. You are only required to purchase them a ticket after he or she turns 2. In an old fashioned British way, children under 2 are addressed as Master (Mstr) or Miss on their BAEC account. Your child enters as a Blue member. On your child’s account, you can nominate an adult as a third party nominee for data protection reasons and then be able to call and discuss their account freely.
Even though my under 2-year-old has flown more than 20 segments with BA, we have never paid full fare for his seat (just 10% of Avios or cash plus taxes and fees) and therefore, his account looks like this:
Children Older Than 2 Earning Avios
Once a child turns 2, he or she begins to accrue Avios and Tier Points, finally contributing to the household finances through points. They earn at the level of adults, including on partner airlines.
Once older than 2, they also upgrade in title to Mr. or Ms. This is what an over 2-year-old’s account looks like:
BA Status for Kids
If your children are flying with you, they will likely obtain the same BA status that you have. However, make sure you double check the differences in your Tier Point collection years, since it will be based upon when you signed your child up for his or her account. Soon, your 2-year-old can be getting you into the lounge and hitting Silver status. A child obtaining status is one way around not having enough guests allowed into the lounge for your family. Likewise, your child will start accruing Avios at an increased rate with higher status just like an adult.
Spending Your Child’s Avios
While some other programmes require your child to accrue enough miles on their own to redeem a ticket in their name, BA works a bit differently. Due to the nature of BA Household Accounts, your children will individually accrue miles but anyone on the Household Account can spend them. It’s worth also checking out partner airlines for redemptions.
Expiry of Your Child’s Avios
The Avios your child earned will stay in your household account as long as you collect, spend, share or purchase at least one Avios every 36 months — even if someone else is travelling within the same Household Account, so keep those kids flying every three years (or spend their miles yourself).
We at TPG UK say that having children shouldn’t necessarily mean that you stop travelling. Hopefully, you can maximise your children’s Avios and have them to see parts of the world sooner with a Reward Flight Saver they earn on their own.
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