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Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points?

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Which British Airways Club Europe business class routes offer 160 tier points for a return flight?

I often get emails from readers who say “I need XXX tier points in the next few weeks to reach British Airways Bronze / Silver / Gold status – how can I do it?”.

If you need to earn a small number of tier points – between 80 and 160 – the easiest way is a weekend break to one of the few destinations flown by British Airways which offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe.

This is twice as many tier points as the usual Club Europe return which earns 80.  On some routes, you won’t pay much more for a 160 tier point route than you would for one with 80 tier points.

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Two weeks ago I introduced ‘the Head for Points BA tier point calculator’ chart – click here.  That article listed every British Airways route together with the tier points it would generate in each class.

The data is also available in a spreadsheet which you can download here.  Downloading and manipulating the spreadsheet makes it easy to see which British Airways routes currently offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe.

However, to save you having to bother, I have published the full list of 160 tier point Club Europe routes below.

Remember that, as well as earning the required number of tier points, you need to have flown four segments (ie two return flights) on cash tickets on British Airways or Iberia planes to get Silver or Gold, and two segments for Bronze.  You cannot earn status purely by flying on British Airways / Iberia partner airlines.  (This is not strictly true due to rules with codeshares but, for all intents and purposes, assume that it is.)

The price next to each city was the lowest fare showing on Tuesday in the Low Fare Finder for Club Europe over the next 12 months.

  • Algiers (£557)
  • Athens (£352)
  • Bucharest (£300)
  • Catania (£230)
  • Chania (£612)
  • Corfu (£502)
  • Dalaman (£528)
  • Funchal (£280)
  • Gran Canaria (£382)
  • Helsinki (£296 – Finnair from Manchester / Edinburgh also earns 160)
  • Heraklion / Crete (£516)
  • Istanbul (£372)
  • Kalamata (£478)
  • Kefalonia (£466)
  • Kiev (£318)
  • Kos (£488)
  • Lanzarote (£350)
  • Larnaca (£402)
  • Malaga (ONLY from Manchester, London is 40 tier points each way)
  • Malta (£310)
  • Marrakech (£302)
  • Mykonos (£500)
  • Palma (ONLY from Edinburgh)
  • Paphos (£360)
  • Preveza Lefkada (new – added since this article was published)
  • Reykjavik (£290)
  • Rhodes (£520)
  • Santorini (£566)
  • Skiathos (£410)
  • Sofia (£298)
  • St Petersburg (£320)
  • Tenerife (£352)
  • Thessaloniki (£342)
  • Tirana (£600)
  • Zakynthos (£440)

Bucharest, Catania, Funchal / Madeira, Helsinki, Malta, Marrakech, Reykjavik and Sofia are the stand-out bargains at £300 or less return.  The Manchester to Malaga service is also under £300 at times (Summer weekends only).

This list is more about convenience than price, however.  After all, you could easily spend £400 on two return flights to Amsterdam over two different weekends which would be cheaper than many of the places above.  This list is for someone who needs up to 160 tier points and wants to achieve it in one go whilst visiting somewhere different – and, in Winter, somewhere warm!

(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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Comments (96)

  • Alex says:

    Well interesting 🙂 I’ve been to HEL twice last weekend, with flights booked during the August sale. 400TPs with an AMS trip in the middle for just under 600GBP. I needed 360 for Gold (when I get back from 2 TATL trips in the spring), so all in the bag now.

    I’ll think about other destinations next time, it was cold in HEL in January!

    • Cormac says:

      I’ve booked a return to HEL with a visit to OTP in the middle. I get to spend most of a Saturday and Sunday in March surfing around the T3 lounges. Was able to use the AMEX £200 off as well!

    • Riku says:

      it was -20 in Helsinki yesterday, something to consider with BA since their evening flight from HEL is always a bus plus stand departure. We’ve had about three feet of snow in the last week also.

  • Mr Dee says:

    For anyone interested in the rebate issue, I have received clarification after about 6 emails that the rebate period doesn’t start until your renew date which is not when you originally signed up but will be January 1st. Seems Ambassador support is next to useless first telling me to wait 6-8 weeks, then its because I didn’t rebook the stays and now it is because it doesn’t start until the renewal date.

    Thankfully I now have 12 months to get some rebates…

    • Alan says:

      Is that just for stays after 1st January or do you have to rebook all stays after that date too?

      Any luck getting them to give you an ex gratia credit given they didn’t make this clear?

      • Mr Dee says:

        I don’t know but I presume the person saying that I had booked too early was incorrect and it was the fact that my renewal hadn’t been processed and it was actually from Jan 1st, they are not helpful and each person has a different answer.

    • Genghis says:

      I saved a screen shot of the terms from my last renewal in Aug 18.
      It notes “you will receive 10% of redeemed points back on Reward Night redemptions for 12 months”. No mention of timing. Use the principle of contra proferentem in any complaint.

      • Mr Dee says:

        I am not hopeful to get through to anyone capable as they stop replying after I explain their terms

        • Mr Dee says:

          I will of course persist thanks

        • rams1981 says:

          They told me via email and phone to re-book anything after you renew.

          • Alan says:

            Hmm – OK certainly rebooked after renewing but not sure if after new year ticked over or not. Will keep an eye out. Unfortunately can’t do so for next one as sold out now (on the upside fantastic value redemption!)

        • Mr Dee says:

          No mention of needing to reboot and had no reason to ask them this via email or phone, seems like just a way to get out of paying out by making up terms

      • Alan says:

        Ooh fantastic phrase, definitely filing that away for the future! 🙂

  • Max says:

    Budapest is only 80 not 160 return!

  • Anna says:

    OT but BAish – redemption finder seems to have been unavailable for quite a long time now!

    • Tom1 says:

      Yes – worryingly long time.
      I think Rob said that Tim is now working at/for Avios – so is hopefully best placed to fix the problem!

    • James says:

      Yes I noticed a week or so ago.
      Have sent a couple of messages of support to him and he took the time to reply.

      He didn’t explain what the problem was.
      Big shame…..unless BA are paying him big bucks to add the functionality to their website now !

  • James says:

    Any coming in around the £1 per TP ?

    Big ask !!!!!

    • APPL says:

      Not quite £1/TP, but LGW-MAD-BCN-MAD-LGW on Iberia Express can be bought for £167 at TravelUp. Earns 120 TP, so around £1.4/TP.
      It needs 2 days stay, so makes for a nice break, or you can nest them if you are making more trips.
      Not sure if it was new booking offer, or if it’s still available, but I got £10 off next flight voucher from them after first booking last year.

  • garye says:

    If you part pay with Avios do you still get the full tier points?

  • Frank says:

    In general, and specifically for LHR to KEF route, if you upgrade to a higher class of service, do you get more tier points as well?
    Thanks for your help!