In this article I want to look at Club Europe routes which are offering 160 tier points at good prices.
Remember that BA has cut status requirements by 25%
British Airways has reduced the number of tier points you need to earn status by 25% for membership years with an end date of 8th June 2022 or before as part of its coronavirus response.
- Bronze status now requires 225 tier points (Bronze benefits here)
- Silver status now requires 450 tier points (Silver benefits here)
- Gold status now requires 1,125 tier points (Gold benefits here)
With a single £200ish Club Europe flight earning you 160 tier points return, Bronze or Silver status could be yours for a relatively modest outlay. A few weekend breaks would get you Bronze or Silver status without any long-haul trips required.
What routes offer 160 tier points for the lowest price?
The prices below are the lowest fares showing on 160 tier point routes in the ba.com Low Fare Finder for Club Europe over the next 12 months. I have only listed routes around £300 return or less.
Remember that you cannot currently travel on many of the routes listed below, so you are taking a gamble on the route opening up.
Your booking is refundable to the extent that British Airways will give you a ‘Future Travel Voucher’ if you choose to cancel for any reason. You can read the terms of the ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee here.
Here are cheapest 160 tier point Club Europe deals I could see. You may need to stay a specific number of days or over a Saturday night to see these fares:
- Algiers (£286)
- Athens (£208)
- Bucharest (£198)
- Catania (£236)
- Funchal (£282)
- Gran Canaria (£272)
- Istanbul (£266)
- Lanzarote (£258)
- Malta (£218)
- Marrakech (£209)
- Reykjavik (£243)
- Sofia (£180)
- Thessaloniki (£290)
- Tirana (£194)
This Head for Points article lists all Club Europe routes which earn 160 tier points for a return flight. Some routes on that last are currently suspended, however.
The cheapest Club Europe business class deals in the sale are under £160 but these only earn 80 tier points return. On a ‘pound per point’ basis, the deals above are better.
How to book
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.
Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
You can book these fares and holiday packages on the BA website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.