What are British Airways tier points? You may be confused by the two different point systems that British Airways Executive Club operates. In this article we’ll look at what tier points are and what they are used for, and how they differ from Avios points.
Avios and tier points make up the two different scoring systems that British Airways uses to reward loyalty. Avios is the reward point currency. These can be used to pay for free flights (called ‘redemptions’, taxes and charges will apply) or to upgrade to a higher cabin. You can also spend them with British Airways partners, including on car rental, hotels, wine and travel experiences.
Tier points, however, cannot be spent. Unlike Avios, which you can earn in many different ways, tier points are only rewarded for eligible British Airways and partner airline flights. Additionally, tier points expire at the end of each membership year.
So what are British Airways tier points used for?
Tier points determine your elite status with British Airways. There are four different tiers of membership with Executive Club – Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold – and each comes with its own list of benefits. Your membership level is dependent on the tier points you hold.
The threshold for Bronze status, for example, is 300 tier points during a given membership year. This article lists each British Airways route and the tier points you earn.
If you are a frequent flyer, tier points are essential for achieving the perks associated with elite status, including lounge access, priority check in, additional checked bags and much more. You can see an in-depth overview of all the associated benefits of each British Airways Executive Club tier in this article.
(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 get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (June 2021 offer)
The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.
You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:
If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.