As promised last week, British Airways has processed (or is at least in the middle of processing) the final batch of status upgrades and extensions today.
However, there were two scenarios under which you wouldn’t have been done before today.
If your Executive Club year-end was 8th May or 8th June:
If you have an expiry date of 8th May or 8th June, your status had not yet changed.
There is a reason for this. If you had an 8th May or 8th June expiry date, your membership card was still valid and ran until 30th June or 31st July respectively.
This appeared to confuse the BA IT system. However, the extensions were done today as promised. Here is my wife’s account:
To be honest, I thought that her extension would not be done until the end of July 2021, but it has been done today.
If your status was due to be upgraded with reduced tier points:
British Airways has applied the new, lower, tier point thresholds today. As a reminder, these are:
Bronze status – 225 tier points (was 300 points)
Silver status – 450 tier points (was 600 tier points)
Gold status – 1,125 tier points (was 1,500 tier points)
If you qualify by segments flown, these targets have also been reduced by 25%.
If you have reached this number of points, check your British Airways account. It should have been upgraded.
You should also see that the number of points you need for promotion is reduced. Here is my Mum’s account, showing that she can be Bronze for 225 tier points rather than the usual 300:
Hopefully everyone who was due an extension or promotion has now received it.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)