Weird – some British Airways ex-160 tier point routes from Gatwick only show 80 tier points from Heathrow! (Updated)

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The switch of British Airways Gatwick short-haul services to Heathrow has led to an interesting but annoying quirk – some routes which offered 160 tier points now appear to only offer 80.

EDIT: following our article, it now looks like British Airways has updated its system and the destinations that dropped to 80 tier points are now back up at 160 tier points return. All is well!

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 was 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.

If you made such a booking for Summer 2020, however, you might be in trouble.  You may now only receive 80 tier points for your flight!

New BA short haul seat 1

This is the list of ALL British Airways routes which used to offer 160 tier points.  Most of these routes were ALWAYS Heathrow routes and so still earn 160 tier points.

Some of the Gatwick routes have now dropped to 80 tier points following the switch of all short-haul Gatwick flights to Heathrow.  Is this an accident or not?  We don’t know.

The data is taken from the BA tier points calculator here.

  • Algiers – still 160 tier points
  • Athens – still 160 tier points
  • Bucharest – still 160 tier points
  • Catania – still 160 tier points
  • Chania – still 160 tier points
  • Corfu – still 160 tier points
  • Dalaman – still 160 tier points
  • Funchalnow only offers 80 tier points return from Heathrow

British Airways tier points Funchal

  • Gran Canaria – still 160 tier points
  • Heraklion / Crete – now only offers 80 tier points return from Heathrow
  • Istanbul – still 160 tier points
  • Kalamata – still 160 tier points
  • Kefalonia – still 160 tier points
  • Kiev – still 160 tier points
  • Kos – still 160 tier points
  • Lanzarote – still 160 tier points
  • Larnaca – still 160 tier points
  • Malta – still 160 tier points
  • Marrakech – still 160 tier points
  • Mykonos – still 160 tier points
  • Paphos – now only offers 80 tier points return from Heathrow

British Airways Paphos tier points

  • Reykjavik – still 160 tier points
  • Rhodes – still 160 tier points
  • Santorini – still 160 tier points
  • Sofia – still 160 tier points
  • Tenerife – still 160 tier points
  • Thessaloniki – still 160 tier points
  • Tirana – now only offers 80 tier points return from Heathrow
  • Zakynthos – still 160 tier points

Don’t dispair if you do have one of these routes booked.  It may post correctly once you have flown it, with the number thrown up by the calculator simply being an error.

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  1. BA hasn’t flown to Kyiv since October last year

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