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Get 160 tier points from £180 in the British Airways sale

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We covered the new British Airways and BA Holidays sale last week. You can check out the best offers here.

In this article I want to look at Club Europe routes which are offering 160 tier points at good prices.

British Airways Club Europe sale

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

This means:

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.

Club Europe British Airways sale

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 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 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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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:

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 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 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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

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.

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.

Comments (72)

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  • John says:

    Great prices but thanks to BA I am not interested in TPs until November and have no intention of booking so far in advance. 50% chance of some form of restrictions in winter

    • James says:

      Nice to see you’ve woken up on the optimistic side, John.

    • Mike says:

      Now is not really the time to be encouraging travel. I am definitely not making any Summer / Winter travel plans – Easter 22 at the earliest

      • ChrisC says:

        And that’s your decison to make. And if it suits you then absolutlfine.

        I don’t think Rob is encouraging anyone to travel if they don’t want to

      • Yuff says:

        Plenty of people need to travel now, next week and in the near future. That’s what this site is for.
        Now that PCR test costs are being targeted for profiteering, May half term to a green list country is looking pretty good.

  • Jonathan says:

    BA will surely have to extend status. A very irresponsible article encouraging people to fly unnecessarily while the pandemic still has exponential growth across the globe and the challenges with climate change. Article writers need to see the bigger picture, be innovative and move with the times. Tired rehashed articles pre the pandemic is not the way to go.

    • Genghis says:

      I thought status already had been extended? I’m now thru to Nov 22.

      • Jonathan says:

        They’ve extended for anyone with a TP collection year ending in 2021 so I’m extended to July ‘22 whereas my wife is still January ’22.

        I also don’t think it’s irresponsible for BA to be running a sale on flights for next year. They will need to start getting some cash in the door asap & it’s up to the government to decide when it’s safe to let us travel, not BA.

        If we’re still not safe to travel again next year then the whole travel industry is toast.

    • Barry cutters says:

      Hardly irresponsible .

      The rules change on 17th may . Allowing international travel. If some people choose to fly to one destination over another Due to the cheap price / high number of TP- that’s totally up to them .
      As I’m sure you know , there will be a traffic light system in place . In any case for most of these destinations if not all You would need some combination of vaccine/testing out / testing in / isolation .

    • mradey says:

      Yawn……. . . . . . . . .

    • Capt Hammond says:

      Perhaps you should start your own blog, Jonathan, lecturing people on how they should behave and criticising them for not following your obviously infallible moralistic standards. It’s clearly wrong for people to make informed choices based on their risk assessments and the government’s own publicised guidelines. Glad you’re here to tell us how we are all so wrong.

      • Roberto says:

        +1 Jonathan loves telling everyone else what to do.

      • Nick says:

        +1 Jonathan should go elsewhere for his lecturing. This is a frequent flyer forum!!

    • Roberto says:

      Lockdown forever and fly on then?

    • Economist_Nearby says:

      …and avoid cliches like “see the bigger picture, be innovative and move with the times”

    • DT says:

      Grumpy commenters need to comment later in the day, have a coffee and a few deep breaths. Tired, grumpy commenters pre their coffee is not the way to go.

      • Dubious says:

        +1 I often have to encourage myself to do this in the morning before responding to my colleagues emails…

    • Tim says:

      Are you on the correct site Jonathan?

  • Erico1875 says:

    This is a blog, especially focusing on BA, Avios and their points!
    What else would you suggest the team write about Jonathan?

  • ChrisW says:

    I’d be adding at least £180 to the cost of each of these status runs for a PCR test for each end.

    I would love a cheeky status run this year but I don’t think it will be feasible with all the new rules and restrictions.

    • Neil says:

      Yes and I think all the comments about making them more affordable just means they will be required for a very long time to come and so a factor in everyone’s holiday planning for a long time to come – except for merchant bakers of course

      • Neil says:

        oops should have been bankers but maybe there were lots of bakers in the Maldives looking at property too

  • JonD says:

    Malta and Reykjavik would look to be the 2 best options for Green countries.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    £180 plus the cost of 3 PCR tests upon your return 🙁

    • James says:

      How much are PCR tests. These are done once returned back to the UK?

      • Optimus Prime says:

        At the moment you need a test done 72 hours before your return, so the cost would depend on where you are at that moment. Then you need another 2 tests once you’ve returned to the UK and right now they cost £210 per person (for the 2-test pack).

        • Yuff says:

          Article in the times today says they are being reduced to between £40-60 in ,one with other countries

          • Rob says:

            Unlikely, because VAT is 20% for a start and those countries charging £50 are subsidised and have no VAT.

            Randox will do £60 BUT you need an airline invite code – and this presumably involves the airline making a payment to Randox as an incentive to get your original booking. Virgin Atlantic will think you are happier paying £300 for a flight and £60 for a test than £260 for a flight and £100 for a test.

          • Yuff says:

            Quote for eurofins for single PCR tests is £44.90

          • The Original David says:

            In China they are about £9, I can do it in 10 minutes at lunch time, and results are online that night. I’ve had 6…

    • Rhys says:

      You don’t need 3 PCR tests when you return from a green list country!

      • Optimus Prime says:

        My bad, the pre-departure test doesn’t have to be PCR.

        As of now Bulgaria would be on the amber list, wouldn’t it? That requires 2 PCR tests when you’re back.

        • Tony says:

          Although there is a good chance the country you are going to will require a pre departure PCR test and won’t accept lateral flow. Everyone is assuming the UK is the only country setting Covid requirements. Some may also require a test to release scheme and quarantine. Why would only the UK have requirements on arrival and not any other countries? Admittedly many are desperate for tourists and will probably minimise requirements on arrivals from high vaccination countries.

          • Lord Doncaster says:


            Perhaps in France the ‘Kent variant’ is known as the “UK Virus” but that’s about it… Most other countries respect the UK as being one of the few countries in Europe to now have the virus under control.

        • Rhys says:

          As of now we don’t know what countries will be on which lists!

          • DeB20 says:

            Since many countries still see the UK as the super spreader of the Kent mutant virus, known overseas as the UK virus, the entry requirements for UK residents into many countries could be tough.

            As I’ve been at the receiving end of the anti-UK virus sentiment overseas, I make this statement based on experience. Mr Shapps has been on TV shows twice, including Peston, quoting Singapore as a country with whom the UK government is negotiating for a travel corridor to be opened. The government of Singapore is not as sure as our dear minister about this happening in the next few months.

  • Bluekjp says:

    Another smart deal in this sale, as in the previous sale, is a fare of £252 to Tirana from Nov through to March for a day return issued on one ticket on certain days of the week where two flights operate. You arrive at about 1pm and depart at 7pm. If you need 160 TP’s and haven’t got the time to be away for a period this is the optimum way to achieve that on the safety of one air ticket.

    • lumma says:

      Or you could stay in Albania for 1 night and enjoy an interesting city in a fascinating country?

      • Tocsin says:

        +1 – a week in Albania was one of my cancelled trips last year 🙁

    • ChrisW says:

      Tirana is great. Excellent, very affordable Italian restaurants.

      • johnny_c-l says:


        Had a couple of nice Italians in Tirana washed down with Korcha beer.

    • Joe says:

      The whole of Albania is magnificent. Some stunning hiking in the mountains in the north!

  • Magneto says:

    Apologies for the stupid question, but I reset (to blue) on 8 March. The BA website doesn’t make it particularly clear, but that means I just need 450 TPs by 7 March 2022 for silver? I have a return booked in F to SFO in August so should be easy enough to collect the remaining 30 TPs by next March if that trip can go ahead…

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