Which BA Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points return?

Which British Airways Club Europe routes offer 160 tier points for a return flight?

I often get emails from readers who say “I need XXX tier points in the next few weeks to reach British Airways Bronze / Silver / Gold status – how can I do it?”.

If you need to earn a small number of tier points – between 80 and 160 – the easiest way is a weekend break to one of the few destinations flown by British Airways which offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe.

This is twice as many tier points as the usual Club Europe return which earns 80.

On some routes, you won’t pay much more for a 160 tier point route than you would for one with 80 tier points.

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Here are the routes which I know currently offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe.  I may have missed some – if so, please post in the comments and I will update the list.  Tallinn is not on the list even though Helsinki is 80 tier points each way.

Remember that, as well as earning the required number of tier points, you need to have flown four segments (ie two return flights) on cash tickets on British Airways planes.  You cannot earn status purely by flying on British Airways partner airlines.

The price next to each city was the lowest fare showing on Wednesday in the ba.com Low Fare Finder for Club Europe over the next 12 months.

(EDITS:  Catania and Heraklion added)

  • Athens (£434)
  • Algiers (£554)
  • Bucharest (£380)
  • Catania (£272)
  • Chania (£620)
  • Corfu (£512)
  • Dalaman (£470)
  • Fuerteventura (£340)
  • Gran Canaria (£380)
  • Helsinki (£396 – Finnair from Manchester / Edinburgh also earns 160)
  • Heraklion / Crete (£472)
  • Istanbul (£300)
  • Kalamata (£478)
  • Kiev (£474)
  • Kos (£508)
  • Lanzarote (£340)
  • Larnaca (£370)
  • Madeira / Funchal (£272)
  • Malaga (ONLY from Manchester and Birmingham, London shows 40 tier points each way)
  • Malta (£270)
  • Marrakech (£292)
  • Mykonos (£534 – cheaper from Manchester)
  • Palma (ONLY from Edinburgh)
  • Paphos (£370)
  • Reykjavik (£334)
  • Rhodes (£482)
  • Santorini (£640)
  • Sofia (£382)
  • St Petersburg (£398)
  • Tenerife (£342)
  • Thessaloniki (£282)
  • Tirana (£582)

Catania, Istanbul, Malta, Madeira, Marrakech and Thessaloniki are the stand-out bargains at £300 or less return.  The Manchester to Mykonos service was selling for £209 return at one point, but with only one flight per week – and those cheap seats quickly taken – you are unlikely to find that price.  The same goes for the Manchester / Birmingham to Malaga and Edinburgh – Palma services.

This list is more about convenience than price, however.  After all, you could easily spend £400 on two return flights to Amsterdam over two different weekends which would be cheaper than many of the places above.  This list is for someone who needs up to 160 tier points and wants to achieve it in one go whilst visiting somewhere different – and, in Winter, somewhere warm!

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Comments

  1. Just checked a few flights to TFS in December. Despite being logged in (BA Silve), I can only see the amont of Avios I will get for the flight. How/where do I find out the amount of tier points I will get without actually booking the flight?

  2. I’m really struggling to find a 160 Tier Points run in June/July for a reasonable price (under £300, LHR or LGW). Any route suggestions?

  3. Related, avios redemptions from BHX are 50% off the avios price. Must book before June 30th for travel up to November 25th. Florence, Ibiza, Malaga, Palma Majorca available.

  4. Prins Polo says:

    Is Finnair correct? I remember someone on flyertalk saying that only BA gives 80 TPs on SH+ routes – with other carriers it’s always 40 (?)

    • Yes, probably because it is a codeshare. The BA tier point calculator works for partner airlines too so you can check.

  5. O/T – Where do people recommend as a long haul destination for using the BA 241 voucher coupled with a couple of Hilton VISA reward vouchers?

    • Rudolph says:

      Tokio

      • Thanks Rudolph – I agree, and am fortunate to have already been. While I would not be unhappy to return, I’m curious about other long haul locations with a good Hilton property at the other end. Cheers again!

        • Genghis says:

          Conrad New York? Conrad HK? WA Shanghai?

          • Thanks Genghis, Been to NY x times but not a fan (anymore). Been to Shanghai & HK. Will keep looking! Not sure what KL, Singapore or even Thailand can offer in terms of quality Conrads or high end Hiltons

          • Genghis says:

            We stayed in KL DT end of April and whilst v cheap (10k HHs) and a suite upgrade, we weren’t impressed. There were serious staff shortages. It’s also not the place to use a free night voucher! 3* TA review left.

            We also stayed at the Conrad Singapore in April. I wasn’t that impressed overall 3* TA review left.

            We were impressed with the Conrad Bali but at only 50k HHs probably not the “best value” for a free night voucher. But 5* TA review left.

            The Conrad Ko Samui does look great per @awanderlusttraveller’s recommendation, but seems awfully overpriced if you’re tagging on a cash night.

          • Interesting and sorry to hear re Conrad Singapore – I’ve always had really excellent treatment there (and never bothered having lunch after their rather extensive breakfast buffet!)

          • Genghis says:

            @Alan. It wasn’t bad, just not a 5* experience. Dated rooms, restaurant and lounge heaving at breakfast (I wouldn’t describe it as “extensive” or tasty), lounge heaving for afternoon tea and “cocktails” (booze choice very limited), no help with luggage on check in, told “upgraded room” but no different to room booked, not even on a higher floor or with a better view. We also stayed at the Intercontinental in Singapore and really enjoyed our stay there. 5* TA review left for that.

          • Interesting – last there a couple of years ago and it was much better than that and I had some really nice corner suite upgrades. By comparison I’ve only stayed in a couple of ICs recently (Wellington and San Francisco), both of which were decidedly underwhelming! Ah well, the fun of travel!

        • awanderlusttraveller says:

          Conrad Koh Samui, you can squeeze in other places in Thailand, KL or Singapore on the same trip too, with Airasia flights

  6. OT: But recently flew on AA metal from JFK to ORD in what was advertised as “First” however, only received TP’s + Avios for CW (i.e. BA Biz) – is there any merit in me arguing for TP’s of what should have been in first? (i.e. receiving 60 vs 40)? – I’m on the verge of actually hitting gold this year after only being silver for 3 years so every little helps me :))

    • Scallder says:

      This got changed a little while back so you now get the Avios and TP of business (because that’s what it really is rather than first!)

      On the flip side redemptions in the US now only cost 2x economy for ‘first’ rather than the 3x they used to