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 (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.