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Four regional British Airways weekend flights which offer 160 tier points

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I ran this article last year which focuses on British Airways Club Europe routes from London which earn 160 tier points return.

If you are chasing Bronze, Silver or Gold status in British Airways Executive Club, it is worth looking at this list.  Some of the 160 tier point routes are very good value (a lot are ‘leisure’ routes flown from Gatwick and do not attract premium pricing) and most offer you a pleasant long weekend away.

In the current British Airways short haul sale, for example, Catania in Sicily is £215 in May, June and July.   That is excellent value for 160 tier points and a few days in Italy.  My list of BA short haul sale deals is here.

The point of this article is to highlight four interesting deals on the British Airways ‘regional weekend’ services which also offer 160 tier points.

You should remember that tier points are pretty much the only reason to book Club Europe on these flights.  The ‘regional weekend’ services are flown on Embraer 190 aircraft with 2 x 2 seating.  This means that Club Europe has no seating benefit over Euro Traveller.  You will get lounge access and Fast Track security.

If you chasing tier points, however, they are worth a look.  Some destinations from the regions earn 160 tier points whilst the same flights from London only earn 80 tier points.

Here is my article showing all of the Summer 2018 weekend BA services from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.  There are also services from Edinburgh.

These services generally start in late May and run until either the end of September or end of October depending on route.

These are the flights you may want to consider for a tier point run:

Manchester to Malaga (160 tier points, but only 80 tier points for London to Malaga and Bristol to Malaga)

Birmingham to Malaga (160 tier points, but only 80 tier points for London to Malaga and Bristol to Malaga)

Edinburgh to Palma (160 tier points, but only 80 tier points for London to Palma and Manchester to Palama)

Manchester to Mykonos (160 tier points from London and Manchester due to length)

If you want to do something similar from London, the 160 tier point routes from Heathrow and Gatwick are listed here.


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Comments (24)

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  • David says:

    I’ve just booked an ALC-MAN in Club for £133 ! 🙂 With the sad demise of Monarch, Ryanair are now the dominant carrier on this route… so nice to have BA operating, sadly only a 1 weekly rotation.

  • Janet says:

    Where do you see how many tier points you can get ? I have tried to make a dummy booking and it tells me how may avios but cannot see how many tier points? Thanks.

    • Travelling Inspector says:

      In the drop-down from the ‘Executive Club’ tab on the opening page, under ‘Using your Avios’ click on ‘Collecting Avios’ then click on the blue ‘Find out how many Avios you will collect’ which takes you to yet another page with a blue ‘Flight calculator – how many Avios and Tier Points will I collect?’ Click on this and it takes you to the Avios Flight Calculator page which has drop-downs to select and boxes to complete… These will finally give you the answers for all ticket types on that route (one way). Simple, huh?

  • KevMc says:

    If it is just for a TP run, you could do MAN-AGP-BHX in a day, to avoid the overnight stay in Spain. It looks like it can be had for less than £220 having had a very quick look.

  • Martin says:

    “You should remember that tier points are pretty much the only reason to book Club Europe on these flights. The ‘regional weekend’ services are flown on Embraer 190 aircraft with 2 x 2 seating. This means that Club Europe has no seating benefit over Euro Traveller. ”

    That’s bad. Even domestic US airlines configure their E175s and E190s First cabins with two seats starboard and one seat port, which is perfect both for single flyers and couples.

    • Lumma says:

      To be fair, the BA website says that you’re guaranteed either or a window or aisle seat in Club Europe with no middle seats. Which is precisely what they’re giving here.

  • Martin says:

    Lumma

    That makes sense for a 6-across aircraft like a 737 or an A320.

    But (some of) these flights are on an E190 which is 4-across (and should be 3-across in First as I noted above). So every seat on the plane is either a window or aisle seat, meaning that First/CE has no onboard benefit.

    • James says:

      Still technically correct thought Martin, even if it is a bit of a cheap shot on BA’s part.

      All the regional services are on the Embraers iirc.

  • Ed says:

    Gatwick – Catania (sicily) is £108 each way, so £216 ret! for 160 points

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