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BA Club Europe domestic flights confirmed as 40 tier points each way

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The new British Airways Club Europe domestic services started yesterday.

It had not been fully clear how these flights would be treated for tier points.  The publicity material put out by British Airways was vague on this point, not intentionally.  The fact that you only get 20 British Airways tier points for domestic Spanish flights in business class on Iberia meant that we couldn’t be certain that the same would not apply here.

However, the British Airways tier point calculator was updated yesterday.  This is what you will receive on a flight from Heathrow to Manchester:

Club Europe domestic tier points

Club Europe is confirmed as 40 tier points each way.

This opens up some interesting possibilities for tier point runs.  Domestic Club Europe flights can be obtained for under £200 on some dates – Leeds Bradford has the best deals – and, importantly, do not require a Saturday night stay.  This makes it fairly easy to sneak one in if you need the tier points to gain or retain status.

If you are booking a long haul Club World flight for cash, you might also want to see how much extra – if anything – it costs to add in a domestic connection.  If you need the tier points, the quick train ride up to Manchester from London, just to fly straight back down and then connect to your long haul service, may be worth it.

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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

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Comments (53)

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  • Marcw says:

    Now it´s time to look into booking BA Avios flights at Iberia Plus, particularly if you are flying from the regions. This is particularly useful if you are Avios rich but no cash.. However, you do not get the free domestic flight. Let´s make an example:
    MAN-LHR-JFK in Business:
    BAEC: 50.000 Avios + £370
    IbPlus: you can choose MAN-LHR in domestic: 54.000 Avios + £270 (MAN-LHR in economy)
    Basically 4.000 Avios saves you £100.
    Similarly, if you choose economy all the way:
    BAEC: 13.000 + £210
    IbPlus: 17.000 + £195
    4.000 Avios saves you £15.

    Now, return MAN-LHR-JFK-LHR-MAN
    Economy IbPlus: 34.000 Avios + £277
    Business (domestic in Y): 108.000 Avios + £351
    Economy BAEC: 26.000 Avios + £305
    Business BAEC: 100.000 Avios + £552

    It’s nice to get a “free connection” in “business” paying an extra £100 each way. I’d rather fly economy ans save £100 each way per person.

    Take home message: IbPlus allows mixed class redemption and taxes and surcharges are cheaper (sometimes also valid for non-strop to/from London).

    • Anon says:

      This could be particularly useful for those not using a 241…

    • David2910 says:

      Interesting, thanks. Did you try the return as two singles as well?

  • Billy says:

    They were offering Club Europe to Inverness for £66! Of course I missed it.
    Have family up there so will work out great for me.

  • wayne sambrook says:

    This will work great for me, Manchester & Birmingham are on my doorstep, it’s always a chore driving down to Heathrow, now some great tier points are easily available.

  • Aceman says:

    Does BA connect any 2 regional airports that dont use LHR as a hub?

    Eg, could you do LHR-LBA-EDI return? that could get good very quickly….

  • Ruth4325 says:

    This is excellent news as my current trip EDI-LHR-DEN out in WTP and back in CW was going to leave me 15 tier points short of silver with two months to make up the difference.Not any more!

  • surfnode says:

    If you get an upgrade to business at the gate (not paid but operational), will they credit you 40 TP? This happened to me on Monday but I “only” got 20 TP.

    Interestingly they offered me an upgrade for GBP 70 (oneway) in the app, although not on the return where I had a cheaper tariff (both HBO though). On return business class looked completely empty.

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