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What happens to my British Airways tier points at the end of my membership year?

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In this article I want to look at what happens to your British Airways Executive Club tier points at the end of your membership year.

If you’ve already read our guide about what British Airways tier points are, you’ll know that they’re a way of tracking your elite status with British Airways. The more tier points you have, the higher up the ladder you can climb and the more rewards are open to you, such as complimentary lounge access, seat selection and more.

what happens to my tier points at the end of the year?

It is impossible to spend tier points – they are not a reward currency like Avios – and, crucially, they are also reset to zero at the end of your membership year. This is because elite status at British Airways is based on a year-to-year basis.

That means that you must surpass the minimum requirements for Bronze, Silver and Gold status within the year, before your tier points are reset.

It is possible to get a two week extension of your British Airways membership year if you are close to the next tier threshold as this article explains.

If you fail to earn enough British Airways tier points to retain your status, you will get a ‘soft landing’ which is explained here.

However, in addition to tier points, you will also see your lifetime tier points displayed on the Executive Club website. This is the cumulative balance of your tier points, and counts towards achieving British Airways lifetime status, which you can read more about here.

(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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