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Has your British Airways Executive Club status been extended this afternoon?

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Slightly earlier than I expected, British Airways appears to be processing Executive Club status extensions this afternoon.

Take a look and check.  If it does not show what you expect – and mine doesn’t (EDIT: does now), and neither does my wife – leave it and take another look later.  There are a lot of accounts to get through!

NOTE:  If you are using the BA app, you need to log out and log in again each time you check.  If you keep checking it without logging out, it won’t change.

Here is a reminder of what to expect.

British Airways Executive Club status extended

How will the British Airways status extension work?

Full details are on this page of the British Airways website.

Your current membership tier will be extended by 12 months, for memberships renewing between 8th July 2020 and 8th June 2021.

And you need fewer tier points to requalify ….

After your extension, you will be able to requalify for the subsequent year for 25% fewer tier points than are normally required.

This means that British Airways Bronze status will require 225 tier points (was 300 points), Silver status will require 450 tier points (was 600 tier points) and Gold status will require 1,125 tier points (was 1,500).

If you qualify by segments, Bronze will require 18 one-way cash flights and Silver will require 37.

Similar drops apply to Gold Guest List and the sub-tiers inside Gold Guest List.

The reduced tier point thresholds apply to all membership years which expire up to, and including, 8th July 2022.

British Airways is extending your elite status by 12 months

When the extension was first announced, I went back to BA with a few questions.  Here is my understanding of how it will work but please don’t take any specific action without additional confirmation:

I am already above the reduced tier point threshold.  Will I be promoted immediately?

Yes.

For example, if you were currently on 250 tier points with a membership year ending on 8th August, you should be promoted to Bronze today or very soon.

I gained a new (NOT renewed) status in my current membership year, so I already have it for next year regardless.  Do I get an additional extension?

Yes.

For example …. if your year-end is 8th September 2020 and you qualified for Silver status in February 2020, you already have Silver status until 31st October 2021.  This will be extended to 31st October 2022.

However, you would need to earn the FULL 600 tier points between 9th September 2021 and 8th September 2022 to retain your Silver status for 2023.  The lower tier point thresholds only apply to membership years which end on or before 8th July 2022.

I have already requalified for my current tier. Do I get a further extension?

No.

For example, you are Silver and your year expires on 8th September.  You already have 600 tier points to renew until 31st October 2021.  You do not receive a further extension.

I have an 8th June year-end and did not requalify for status.  However, I won’t drop down a level until 31st July 2020.  Do I keep my old tier?

No.  You will still drop down a tier.  However, your new lower tier will be rolled over.

For example …. if your year-end was 8th June 2020 and you failed to retain Gold, you will still drop to Silver on 31st July.  However, your Silver status will last for two years instead of one year.

My year-end was 8th March / 8th April / 8th May and I failed to retain status due to reduced flying.  Can I have my old tier back?

No.  However, you will retain your ‘soft landing’ tier (Silver if Gold, Bronze if Silver) for two years instead of one year.

I am not a member of British Airways Executive Club at the moment.  Can I join and benefit from the reduced tier point threshold in my first year?

Yes.  You would only need 225 tier points for Bronze, 450 tier points for Silver and 1125 tier points for Gold.

The new reduced tier point thresholds will apply to all membership years which end up to 8th July 2022.

I am a BAEC member but have no British Airways status at the moment.  Do I still benefit from the reduced tier point threshold?

Yes.

If you are a Blue member and reach the reduced qualification requirements (225 tier points) for Bronze status before your next tier point collection end date, your membership will be upgraded to Bronze for the remainder of your tier point collection year, and the year after.  These are the normal rules, albeit at the reduced qualification thresholds.

The reduced thresholds will also apply to your next membership year too, as long as it ends on or before 8th July 2022.

Is the requirement to fly a minimum number of British Airways segments still suspended?

No.  This rule is back on the books.

To earn or renew Bronze status you will need to earn 225 tier points plus fly at least two British Airways one-way flights for cash.  To earn or renew Silver or Gold status will require the requisite number of tier points plus flying at least four British Airways one-way flights for cash.

Please let us know if you receive an extension which does not seem to fit with the pattern above.  Do NOT post today to say that you haven’t received one you were expecting, as it will take a bit of time.

You can find out more about status extensions on ba.com here.


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Comments (131)

  • 900 says:

    my gold partner card got extended, here’s hoping for a soft landing next year

  • PhilW says:

    I hit Gold during my TP year and TPs reset on 8 June 2020. My card expiry date would normally be 31 July 2020. App currently shows card expiry as 31 July 2021.

    According to BA’s FAQ…

    *Members whose Tier Point collection end date was in May or June 2020, who did not meet the reduced qualification requirement for their Tier will have the 12-month extension applied to their new Tier once their current card expiry date has passed.

    I’m not sure if that means I can expect my card expiry date to be updated again after 31 July 2020, to 31 July 2022, but seems to be implied. Guess I’ll find out in 6 weeks!

  • Matt says:

    I think I may be a favourable exception. I was gold until my year reset on 8 Aug 2019 – I gained 1500 TPs before the end of September 2019 so requalified as Gold without ever dropping to Silver. Gold therefore ran until September 2021, and yesterday that was extended to September 2022.

    Your earlier question list suggested that I wouldn’t get the reduced TP requalification, as that concession would expire before September 2022. I am very tempted to get BA to confirm now that I will get the reduced TP thresholds (they wrote to me and told me I would after all) to avoid arguments in 2+ years time. Thoughts?

  • Amanda Suart says:

    What about a further extension to the Companion reward voucher? My companion voucher flight was cancelled and I have been given an extension until May 2021. This may seem generous at first blush but there’s very limited choice when trying to book business class seats. There is no point booking anywhere in 2020 because of the FCO travel restrictions and getting 2 business class seats to a long haul beach destination is proving very difficult

    • Anna says:

      Amanda – just by way of example, there is plenty of availability in CW to the Bahamas for 2021 at present. If you made a booking then needed to cancel, you would get vouchers valid until April 2022 (though it’s not 100% sure yet how similar a new booking has to be to the original one).

  • Jens Fallesen says:

    What is unclear to me is what happens at the end of the TP collection year.

    Do my points reset or will they also be extended?

    • Steve R says:

      Your points will reset as normal, only the Card Expiry date has been extended.

    • ThinkSquare says:

      As I understand it, the TP reset date is unchanged (mine reset to zero on 9th June as usual). The lower tier thresholds are the only concession.

      • Frank says:

        My account is not showing the reduced threshold: still says 600 to retain Silver. Year end 8/3/21, card expiry 30/4/22.

        And what do I need to do to keep Silver after 30/4/22? Normal qualification during 9/3/21-8/3/22?

        I’m confused.

        Thanks!

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Just 2 Point of Facts as we stand this morning. I’ve seen my other half Y/E December in the App you pull down in the Your Account Section, to force a refresh. You don’t need to log out as the article suggests. 2nd PoF, I’m pretty sure the updating stopped before May Y/E. Numerous reports across many groups I’m in. Like many hoping, this is just because they ran out of time yesterday running whatever process they were executing, and nothing more sinister……

    • Mawalt says:

      Same experience here – pulling down to refresh changed my expiry date to Jan 2022. My wife’s card still has Jul 2021 so her extension hasn’t come through yet.

  • Tim says:

    Slightly confused so would appreciate some help understanding.

    Renew November each year. Went into lockdown with 1085 tier points. Been extended to Dec 2021 as of yesterday.

    Q. Does this mean I have no interest in collecting any more tier points this year unless aiming for GGL?

    Thanks v much

    • Cheshire Pete says:

      When I was extended a year in 2017 IT meltdown, then upgraded afterwards, it also clocked the year up an additional notch.

    • Sarah says:

      Tim, if you are already gold then yes, my understanding is that there is no point earning any more TP this year. I’m on 1,320 TP, YE Sept and was told that even if I get to 1,500 TP before then that my card expiry would still be 2021, it wouldn’t get extended to 2022.

  • Al says:

    You don’t need to log out of the app, just pull down to refresh.

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