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Do I drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

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Do you drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if you don’t earn enough tier points?

Losing 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 Silver status with British Airways Executive Club.

Do I drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club?

As with any loyalty program, if you do not collect the minimum required tier points for Silver status, you will be demoted.

The good news is that you will be able to enjoy the Silver status benefits for, at a minimum, a full year. This is because once you accrue the relevant number of tier points for Silver, 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 Silver member. It’s also worth noting that your Silver 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 600 tier points between September and November 2019, you will be promoted to Silver immediately and:

retain Silver 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 Silver benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2021

after 30 November 2021, you drop down to Bronze which you keep until 8 September 2022

if you get demoted again, your Bronze benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2022, at which point you drop back to Blue

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 Silver card expires you still have a year 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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