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BA gives EU members ANOTHER year on reduced tier point thresholds

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When British Airways Executive Club was restructured in 2011, the biggest losers were members based in Continental Europe.  They had previously enjoyed far lower thresholds for earning Silver and Gold cards.  A Silver card required just 400 points (600 for a UK member) and Gold required just 800 points (1,500 for a UK member).

A lot of UK residents took advantage of this disparity by ‘moving’ their BA accounts to the address of an office or friend in Europe, in order to achieve status with fewer tier points.  However, there were downsides to this – you couldn’t have a British Airways American Express card, so no 2-4-1 voucher, and you couldn’t convert Tesco points to BA.

BA Gold

To allow European members to have a very soft landing to the new system, BA agreed that status members could renew for the next two years – 2012 and 2013 – under the old system.  If you were a Euro-Gold in November 2011, you could renew in 2012 and 2013 with just 800 points.

2014 was the year that this all came to end.

Except it isn’t going to.

BA seems to have been spooked by something.  I’m not sure what, but presumably they have looked at the travel patterns of these grandfathered members and decided that few of them would retain status at the standard 600 / 1500 level.  BA is probably guessing that most of these members would defect to other airlines rather than continue to fly BA without their previous status.

Whatever the reason, BA has decided to extend grandfathered memberships for another year.  If you currently earn Silver for 400 points or Gold for 800 points, you will be told shortly that you will be allowed to requalify for 2015 based on these numbers.

Good news for Euro members.  Bad news for people who were complaining that the Heathrow lounges were getting too crowded!


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Comments (26)

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  • RogerWilco says:

    I jumped on the BAEC bandwagon too late, so had no status at the cutoff. Really pisses me off – had I joined 2 months earlier, I’d had been at least Silver with 3 years of easy re-qual. OK, I clock up 2-2,5k TP p.a 🙂 so no REAL biggie

    • BlackberryAddict says:

      So surely it doesn’t make a difference for you – you’re Gold anyway – even on the normal thresholds?

      • RogerWilco says:

        Strictly speaking – no. But were I to requal at 800TP I could get AA’s EXP, too. (there are many cases where it is more worthwile crediting to AA than to BA – e.g most of AY’s alphabet credits 25% Avios but 100% AA miles) Or could put more effort into my *A gold, which only I renewed by a struck of luck (SK’s excellent promo last fall)

        • Blackberryaddict says:

          OK, fair enough. I’ve never been in the situation where I could have more than one status card.

  • Flying Piggie - Helping you get the most out of airline and hotel loyalty programmes says:

    […] A scoop by Raffles at Head for Points was followed a couple of hours later by an email from British Airways making it official. European-based members of the British Airways Executive Club will have at least 1 extra year before Tier Point thresholds equalise between Continental Europe and the rest of the world. […]

  • jking says:

    To be frank, I’m not really sure the point of this post. It’s certainly not a scoop as it’s been discussed at length on Flyertalk. It’s good of course if BA honour an additional year for qualification at the lower rates for EU members. New BA Euro members cannot take advantage.

  • Kathy H says:

    What a shame I moved back to the UK whn I did 🙁

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