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 never did pause the expiration of Avios due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, you need to continue generating 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:

  • Earn Avios when you fly with British Airways or one of its partner airlines.
  • Earn Avios for your hotel stays with BA’s extensive list of hotel partnerships. From Accor, IHG, and Hyatt to Airbnb and, you can earn Avios on a vast array of hotel bookings.
  • Earn Avios when you hire/rent a car with Avis or Budget.
  • Earn Avios when you shop with one of British Airways’ shopping partners — including The Bicester Village Shopping Collection and Heathrow Rewards. It is worth noting most of these partners are in Europe. However, Executive Club members from all over can subscribe to The Economist to earn Avios.
  • Purchase Avios with a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 200,000 per year.
  • Transfer Avios: up to 27,000 Avios to one member per year with a maximum of 162,000
  • Earn Avios for everyday spending when you pay with your British Airways Visa Signature® Card.

If you don’t already have it, now is a great time to get the British Airways Visa Card. You can currently earn 100,000 bonus Avios. Plus cardholders get up to $600 in statement credits to offset taxes and fees on Reward Flight bookings.

British Airways Visa Signature® Card
British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Annual Fee$95
Welcome BonusEarn 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

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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American Express® Gold Card

Annual Fee$250
Welcome OfferEarn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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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