Frequent business flyers get perks at British Airways
This traveller knows lots of business people who fly with British Airways and who have neglected to take advantage of its executive and frequent flyer options. This is a shame, considering that BA boasts some of the most luxurious executive lounges in the world and its miles programmes can be used towards flights with several major carriers.
Interested passengers should head to the airline's website where they can apply for membership of its Executive Club. Like most airline rewards schemes, this is a tiered system. Passengers start at Blue Level and as they collect more points (or "Avios" in BA-speak), they move up to Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Blue tier members get priority check-in and free seat selection seven days before departure, while membership of the latter two tiers gives free access to BA and partner lounges as well as extra baggage allowances.
Gold members also enjoy complimentary Elemis spa treatments at Heathrow and New York's JFK Airport.
The airline has 60 of its own dedicated lounges and eligible passengers can access an additional 90 run by BA carriers. Travellers flying in first class or with Club World, Biz Bed or Club Europe tickets also have free entry.
Passengers can earn "Avios" points by flying with partner airlines like Iberia and American Airlines. They can also be collected by using hotels and car rental companies that are connected to the airline's network. Those with a BA American Express Card can also build up points. There is also a household account option, meaning passengers can pool their points with anyone living at the same address.
An economy flight between Dublin and Heathrow generates 500 points, while a business class flight between Heathrow and New York's JFK generates 5,187. To put this in context, a free flight between Dublin and Heathrow requires 4,500 points and passengers would also pay £45 in taxes if they are in Blue or Bronze levels.