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British Airways extends Executive Club elite status again – for some people

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British Airways has announced a second extension of elite status for some Executive Club members by a full year.

British Airways last extended elite status in June 2020. With travel not resuming properly until 17th May at the earliest, it became clear that something had to be done.

This extension means that ALL members will retain their status until at least the end of February 2022.

British Airways Executive Club status cards

Who gets an extension?

We should say first that British Airways is NOT calling it an ‘extension’. It is calling it ‘protection’.

This not just semantics. It will make a difference for some people. Rob, for example, has Gold until 31st October 2022. He will NOT receive an extension until October 2023. However, if he was due to be downgraded on 31st October 2021 he would have benefitted.

Only members with a tier point collection end date between the 1st July and 31st December 2021 will receive protection / an extension.

For clarity, your tier points will still reset to zero at the end of your current membership year. BA is not extending the time period you have to earn the necessary points for requalification.

Unlike Virgin Atlantic, which has been able to extend status in three and six month increments, the way that Executive Club is set up means that it can only process 12 month extensions.

This means that British Airways has chosen to limit the status extensions to those whose status was set to expire in 2021 – ie. those whose membership year resets between 8th July and 8th December.

These members would have had no more than six months, and often less, to (re-)qualify for their tiers from the point at which travel is likely to resume.

On the other hand, members with year ends between January and June 2022 should have a decent period to renew. That said, it is questionable how many people will able to manage five long-haul return business class flights before 8th January in order to retain Gold. Let’s see if BA decides to revisit this later.

What are the reduced tier point targets?

Tier qualification targets have already been dropped for all members whose membership year ends up to 8th June 2022.

Regardless of whether you qualify for protection / extension today, you may still be able to make the most of the 25% reduction in tier point requirements for each status tier.

Of course, not all members will qualify for this either. Rob’s year-end is 8th September so he will never get the opportunity to requalify under the reduced threshold.

For those who will have the chance to requalify under the reduced thresholds:

  • Bronze status will require 225 tier points (was 300 tier points)
  • Silver status will require 450 tier points (was 600 tier points)
  • Gold status will require 1,125 tier points (was 1,500 tier points)

The changes are not yet visible on ba.com or within your Executive Club account, but should start rolling out from tomorrow.


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Comments (133)

  • Alan T says:

    ‘What’s more, we’ve decreased the amount of Tier Points needed by 25% for members upgrading to higher Tiers until 30 June 2022. This is the same for upgrades thresholds too, making that next Tier more achievable. This results in lower Tier qualification thresholds, as shown below:’

    This implies that upgrades before 30th June 2022 need only meet the reduced thresholds, even for TP year ends after that date, but as usual, it’s badly written/ambiguous!?

  • DavidW says:

    Sorry to be umpteenth person to need help from Rob or anyone else. My tier point expiry date is 8 Nov 21 and the card now expires 31 Dec 2022. So I think I stay Silver until end of 22 but when do I need to requalify by in order to avoid dropping to Bronze in 2023? 8 Nov 2023??

  • Alan T says:

    From the BA.com webpage on this:

    ‘What’s more, we’ve decreased the amount of Tier Points needed by 25% for members upgrading to higher Tiers until 30 June 2022. This is the same for upgrades thresholds too, making that next Tier more achievable. This results in lower Tier qualification thresholds, as shown below:’

    So my question is, as I have a TP year end of October, If I collect 1125 TPs before 30/6/22 in my 21/22 TP year, will I be upgraded to Gold, or do I need 1500 ( as I’m not a June TP year end) as indicated within this HfP article?

    • Rob says:

      1,500 on my reading – it is clearer in BA’s press release where the wording is different.

      • Alan T says:

        Thanks Rob.

        Oh well, assumed it was so.

        Clearly the proof reader of that website paragraph was somewhat distracted given the double ‘upgrade’!

  • DavidW says:

    Thanks so much. BA comms and FAQs absolutely dire on this one.

  • Andy says:

    My TP year ends on 08th July. Is my understanding correct that I need 1,125 tier points to upgrade Gold? Do I also need to have the 4 BA/IB segments?

    • Alan T says:

      As Rob says above, the press release says this:

      ‘And finally, British Airways continues to reduce the amount of Tier Points needed to reach each Tier by 25 per cent for those whose Tier Point collection year ends before July 2022.’

      So if you are talking 21/22 TP year the answer, like me, is no, you need 1500, only those with June or earlier ends get the reduced threshold, based on that information.

      If you mean this TP year 20/21, then yes, if you can get the flying in?

  • Tom says:

    My tier point year ends September 21, with the (Silver) card extended until October 22. While I could hit 450 points between now and September, I’m unlikely to get enough for Gold. Am I right in thinking that there’s no point crediting those 450 points to BA if they’re more useful to me somewhere else? Hitting silver this year is not going to give me silver till 23 right?

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