Why British Airways has relaunched its On Business scheme


British Airways is helping businesses reach new heights with the re-launch of its On Business scheme, aimed at small and medium enterprises.

Last year alone the On Business scheme saved firms £34 million on travelling to do business face-to-face, and the re-vamped programme will now enable travellers to choose between an immediate discount of at least five per cent off selected flights, or On Business points that can be used towards future trips and upgrades.

To get companies off to a flying start, the airline is offering those who sign up for the free-to-join scheme, the opportunity to earn triple On Business points on their first six flights or on selected routes with eligible partner airlines within their first 12 months of joining.

Business travellers flying on behalf of their company will collect On Business points which benefit the whole organisation as they can be redeemed on upgrades and reward flights for any staff member flying across the British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia network.

For example, 9000 On Business points can be redeemed for a return economy flight from Heathrow to New York.

The team member travelling for business personally benefits too under the airline’s Executive Club, as they can collect Avios points when they fly for business, which they can redeem on personal travel.

They can also progress through the Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold Executive Club tiers with their attendant benefits.

The changes to On Business include:

  • Simplified earn and spend, so that customers can now earn on the money they spend on each flight rather than the sectors flown. Companies have the flexibility to choose between earning points on flights or having a cash discount.
  • More flights to collect and redeem on, by flying on British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia. There will also be more reward flights and upgrades available. Customers who are members of the British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus can also earn Avios from their flights.
  • A new three-tiered programme, with each tier related to the amount spent on flights in a year, rather than distance travelled. The higher the tier, the greater the points towards reward flights and upgrades.
  • Easier and straight forward account management, with a simple-to-use management information tool with custom reporting, providing a clear view of who is earning points, where and when.


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