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British Airways cuts Moscow, Amman and Cairo to 80 tier points each way in Business

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As we covered a few weeks ago, British Airways has retired the ex-BMI Airbus A321 fleet which flew many mid-haul routes. These were short-haul aircraft which still had flat beds in business class and so justified higher ticket prices.

Moscow had it even better, being served by a long-haul aircraft with First and Club World on selected services. Cairo has also had long-haul aircraft in the past – I remember flying back from there in First Class many years ago.

British Airways BA A320neo

Going forward, these routes will be served exclusively by standard short-haul British Airways aircraft. A five hour flight now gets you the same cramped seating as the hop to Amsterdam.

To tie in with the reduced service, British Airways has cut the tier points you receive for flying three routes in business class. Routes which used to be treated as long-haul are now treated as short-haul.

As you can see from the BA tier point calculator here, Amman now shows as just 80 tier points each way in Club Europe – the same as Heathrow to Athens:

Weirdly, as you can see, the Royal Jordanian flight between Heathrow and Amman still earns you 140 tier points each way as it is over 2,000 miles. This is the cut-off for partner flights.

Oh, and on Royal Jordanian you’ll get, at least in normal times, a flat bed seat on a Boeing 787 too as I reviewed here.

The same applies to Moscow and Cairo. Both now only earn 80 tier points each way in Club.

Beirut and Tel Aviv, the other routes historically served by the ex-BMI A321 fleet, still show as 140 tier points each way. Beirut is not expected to return, however, and Tel Aviv faces direct competition from Virgin Atlantic.

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Comments (28)

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  • Matty says:

    If only there was a way to tempt people back on to your aircraft… 🤔

  • James says:

    BA really are determined to make their offering less and less appealing.

  • Mr. AC says:

    > Moscow … will be served exclusively by standard short-haul British Airways aircraft
    If that will be the case even for summer when BA operate a 787 on the route, then I guess it’s time for me to take a hard look at the Aeroflot status match…

    • C says:

      Prior to late 2011, BA had operated SH aircraft to Moscow. They only went to LH to better compete with Aeroflot, and at the time BD and UN.

      • Genghis says:

        I remember flying LH to Moscow in 2005 for a university field trip.

        • Cam says:

          Most aircraft 2003-2011 were 757/767, and then A320/767 after retirement of the 757s. Definitely SH configuration, though occasionally there would be a LH aircraft sub.

  • KevMc says:

    Presumably this means they’ll be classed as short haul routes now and therefore eligible for Reward Flight Saver? (I won’t hold my breath!)

  • Jonathan says:

    Getting a visa to go to Moscow in the first place has never been easy

    • Alex M says:

      You need to apply in person and pay a hefty fee (same applies to Russians applying for a UK visa) but otherwise its very quick and straightforward.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Nice to know that in the middle of an existential crisis BA can still find time to focus on the small things!

  • N says:

    Hasn’t BEY been cut from the schedule?

  • mvcvz says:

    Not true. It is remarkably straightforward. I’ve done so three times in the last decade.

    • Paul says:

      It may be if you live in London. Most EU countries now have electronic visas but alas the insignificant inhabitants of a drifting rock off the coast of Europe don’t! Another exceptionalism dividend

      • Steve K says:

        Nothing to do with EU/Non-EU.
        Russia applies reciprocal Visa arrangements to each country – if you make it tough for them, they make it tough for you.

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