Do you drop from Gold to Silver in British Airways Executive Club if you don’t earn enough tier points?
Losing British Airways status is often a cause for concern. In this article we’ll look at what happens when you no longer reach the requirements to maintain Gold status with British Airways Executive Club.
As with any loyalty program, if you do not collect the minimum required tier points for Gold status, you will be demoted at the end of your membership year.
The good news is that you will be able to enjoy the Gold status benefits for, at a minimum, a full year. This is because once you accrue the relevant number of tier points for Gold, you gain status immediately for the remaining membership year plus the full year following, guaranteeing at least 12 months status and likely longer depending on when you become a Gold member. It’s also worth noting that your Gold card typically expires 7-8 weeks after your membership year end – giving you another month or two of benefits.
For example, if your membership year runs to 8 September and you earn 1500 tier points between September and November 2019, you will be promoted to Gold immediately and:
retain Gold for the rest of the 9 September 2019 – 8 September 2020 year
keep it for all of the 9 September 2020 – 8 September 2021 year
if you get demoted, your Gold benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2021
after 30 November 2021, you drop down to Silver which you keep until 8 September 2022
if you get demoted again, your Silver benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2022, at which point you drop to Bronze for a year, and then finally to Blue a year later
Once that time is up, however, and you have not fulfilled the maintenance requirements, you will demoted.
Unlike some frequent flyer programs, with British Airways Executive Club you will never be demoted more than one tier. In the industry, this is called a ‘soft landing’ since, even if you don’t collect any more tier points, you will gently be lowered to the next tier down until you reach Blue membership. That means that after your Gold card expires you still have a year of Silver and another of Bronze before you lose elite status entirely. We wrote a full article here about British Airways ‘soft landings’ and how they work.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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