British Airways offers “household accounts” that allow you to pool miles from multiple frequent flyer accounts to redeem a single award.
You can pool points with six people who live at the same address. That increases the usefulness of signing up family members who are just taking a single trip, since their miles aren’t stranded — you can burn them. And it increases the usefulness of credit card signup bonuses, even, each family member can sign up for the card and you can take the miles from their account towards your own accounts (pretty selfish of you, right?).
The downside to creating a household account has been that you could only redeem for members of the household. You’ve given up the ability to redeem award tickets for people that aren’t linked in the household account — no other family (who don’t live with you) or friends.
That restriction has changed. You can now create a household account and also have “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 put up to 5 people on this friends and family list. Once you add someone they have to stay on for six months before you can take them off (to create room for someone else).
This is a big improvement to the household account program.
(HT: Head for Points)
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