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Do I drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

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Do you drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if you don’t earn enough tier points?

Losing status is often a cause for concern. In this article we’ll look at what happens when you no longer reach the requirements to maintain Silver status with British Airways Executive Club.

As with any loyalty program, if you do not collect the minimum required tier points for Silver status, you will be demoted.

Do I drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

The good news is that you will be able to enjoy the Silver status benefits for, at a minimum, a full year. This is because once you accrue the relevant number of tier points for Silver, you gain status immediately for the remaining membership year plus the full year following, guaranteeing at least 12 months status and likely longer depending on when you become a Silver member.

It is worth noting that your Silver card typically expires 7-8 weeks after your membership year end – giving you another month or two of benefits.

For example, if your membership year runs to 8 September and you earn 600 tier points very quickly between September 2021 and November 2021, you will be promoted to Silver immediately and:

retain Silver for the rest of the 9 September 2021 – 8 September 2022 year

keep it for all of the 9 September 2022 – 8 September 2023 year

if you get demoted, your Silver benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2023

after 30 November 2023, you drop down to Bronze which you keep until 8 September 2024

if you get demoted again, your Bronze benefits don’t expire until 30 November 2024, at which point you drop back to Blue

Once that time is up, however, and you have not fulfilled the maintenance requirements, you will demoted.

Unlike some frequent flyer programs, with British Airways Executive Club you will never be demoted more than one tier.

In the industry, this is called a ‘soft landing’ since, even if you don’t collect any more tier points, you will gently be lowered to the next tier down until you reach Blue membership. That means that after your Silver card expires you still have a year of Bronze before you lose elite status entirely.  We wrote a full article here about British Airways ‘soft landings’ and how they work.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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