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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)

  • Keith says:

    My card expiry date appears to have been extended (now showing August 2021) but my BAEC tier hasn’t been upgraded (currently have 520 TPs, so should be silver under the new rules but am still showing as bronze even after refreshing and logging out). Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Janie says:

      Yes. Currently on 560 tier points, end date October and still showing bronze. Contacted BA and they said the upgrade won’t happen until renewal in October?

  • Ian says:

    What are the sub-tiers in Gold Guest List? The BA website has no mention of GGL now.

  • Ben says:

    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.

    This doesn’t make sense to me, why would they penalise an already loyal member who has already reached their renewal threshold for next year?
    It means I would have to earn the same amount of points for 2020-21 even though there is a possibility that the rest of 2020 will be very limited travel opportunities.
    But a member who has reached a new level now will have to earn no points in 2020-21 and will only have to collect points in 2021-22 to retain status in 2022-23
    Unless I’ve misunderstood something?

    • Hassan says:

      Agreed – I am in the same boat and don’t quite understand BA’s rationale here.

  • Chris says:

    Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere but i’ve trawled through comments and can’t see it

    Is BAs statement inclusive or exclusive of June 8th 2021? I just don’t know if that day is included or if it’s for years up till that day. I moved up from Silver to Gold last month due to the reduced TP requirement. I can’t figure out if i also get the year’s extension, my account didn’t change yesterday

    • Rob says:

      Neither did my wife’s (8 June 2021), neither did a few others on Flyertalk. I will chase this.

    • Rachel R says:

      I also have a 8 June tier point year and haven’t had an extension, although I did get the email on 11 June saying that I would. My partner’s year runs to 8 May and he hasn’t had the extension (yet) either.

    • Mawalt says:

      My wife has the year end date of 8 June and she got an email a few weeks ago about the status extension (she qualified for gold under reduced tier requirements) – hasn’t got the extension yet but, if the email is to be trusted, should get extended to July 2022.

    • Riccatti says:

      Same situation, soft landing into lower tier.

      No extension so far

  • Tical says:

    Re-qualified for Gold on June 8th but have not had a year’s extension (i. e. Gold only showing until June 2021)

  • Tim says:

    Reached out to BA via webform as on 1300 tier points with a end date of Sept 08.
    While extended I was still Silver and expected to be moved to Gold. This was BAs response.

    Dear Mr..
    Thank you for getting in touch with us.

    I have checked your account and can confirm that you will be upgraded to Gold under our lowered thresholds, which take place as of 29 June 2020.

    • Mark says:

      I did the same on 1210 points and they told me I wouldn’t move to gold until my renewal in Aug…

  • GrahamP says:

    Others have made the same point. I have 1660 tier points in my year to 8 August, so have already requalified for Gold to Sept 2021. Myy account has now been amended to show an expiry date of Sept 2021. Non event, but I still got the standard email a few weeks ago saying “Something to make you smile, 12 months extra on us”. NO IT’S NOT. Why is BA effectively penalising those who have flown the required tier points in the past 12 months, and rewarding those who have not ? Makes no sense, but then again badly thought through policies are par for the course at BA.

    • DavidB says:

      Like you, I requalified late last year (with over 1900 TPs) and my expiry date was 8 June/July card date. My card showed the normal July 2021 expiry when I did cross 1500 but is still showing that date even though I received the email about the extension. Most others I know did get their extension, though I suspect BA hasn’t gotten around to May and June members yet. Will keep checking every day…though I suppose no urgency.

  • vinz says:

    Yes, mine has been extended too! Yay 🙂

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