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.
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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