British Airways launched a very interesting promotion yesterday for anyone who is chasing British Airways Executive Club status.
Very simply, if you book a BA Holidays package this Summer, your flights will earn double BA tier points. You can find out more here.
Tier point targets have already been reduced by 25% due to coronavirus.
Put these two deals together and you can earn status for just 37.5% of the flights that would normally be required.
How does the BA Holidays offer work?
The good news is that this is not a short term offer so you have time to plan.
When you travel on a BA Holidays package between 9th June and 30th September, you will earn double tier points.
This only applies to tier points and not Avios. You only earn standard Avios from your flight.
You can make a booking up to 21st September 2021 so you have four months to ponder.
Is there a catch?
At least two people must travel together.
You must stay away for at least five nights.
You must pay for a car or hotel for the full length of your trip.
Nipping off for a quick overnight break on your own won’t cut it. Neither will booking a hotel for just one night of a seven night stay. Your trip must start in the UK.
Do existing bookings count?
Yes – if they are BA Holidays bookings
No – if you have an existing stand-alone BA flight booking and were planning to ring up to add a hotel or car hire to it
Must I book my hotel through BA Holidays?
‘Flight and Car’ bookings count. You don’t have to book ‘Flight and Hotel’, or ‘Flight and Car and Hotel’.
Some people book a car but forget to collect it. I have seen some stories of the rental company fining people €50 to compensate them for the lost profit from overpriced insurance, but I reckon that is the worst that can happen.
Must I fly on British Airways?
Your flight must be BA operated or be a codeshare which carries a British Airways flight number.
How does the maths work here?
These are the current tier point thresholds:
- Bronze status requires 225 tier points (was 300 points)
- Silver status requires 450 tier points (was 600 tier points)
- Gold status requires 1,125 tier points (was 1,500 tier points)
The reduced tier point thresholds apply to all membership years which expire up to, and including, 8th July 2022. At least, this is how we interpret the rules which are unreasonably confusing.
How many tier points will I earn?
In simple terms, looking only at premium cabins:
- Business Class to ‘near Europe’ – usually 80 tier points return, now 160 tier points
- Business Class to ‘far Europe’ eg Greece – usually 160 tier points return, now 320 tier points
- Club World return – usually 280 tier points return, now 560 tier points
- First Class return – usually 420 tier points return, now 840 tier points
Here’s an interesting tip, but it might annoy your partner
If you live in London, you may want to consider booking your trip from Manchester instead.
The extra short hop in Club Europe would earn you an extra 160 tier points return.
A booking such as Manchester – Heathrow – Athens, return, in Business Class would earn you 480 tier points (80 + 160 + 160 + 80). This is enough for British Airways Silver status.
Remember that as well as earning enough tier points, you must take four British Airways or Iberia flights during your current membership year to be promoted. One return flight from London to New York would NOT get you Silver status from scratch, because whilst you would have 560 tier points, you would only have taken two flights.
I really want to do this but don’t want a 5+ day holiday
Whilst I don’t recommend this, you could nest your trip so it looks like this:
- you book a seven night ‘Flight and Car’ trip, Saturday to Saturday
- you fly out on British Airways on Saturday
- you forget to collect your car
- you fly back immediately on easyJet or another carrier
- you have a week at home as usual
- the following weekend you fly back on easyJet
- you take your scheduled British Airways flight home
I can’t think of any sensible reason to do this, especially given that covid testing may still be in place which would add to the costs and complications, unless you had a tier-point loving friend as the ‘2nd traveller’. Personally I’d have a week long holiday and do it properly.
What are the other benefits of booking with BA Holidays?
Even without this offer, there are many good reasons to book with BA Holidays:
- booking a ‘Flight and Hotel’ or ‘Flight and Car’ package can be cheaper than booking a flight on its own, since British Airways will often use BA Holidays as a way of quietly selling seats without cutting its headline flight prices
- you earn an additional 1 Avios per £1 for every £1 you spend at BA Holidays
- if you have the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card, you get double Avios via American Express if you use it to pay for your holiday
- you only need to pay a deposit now – which can be as low as £60 per person – with the balance not due until three weeks before departure
- you can change your booking, or cancel for a voucher, up to three weeks before departure – no excuses required
The ‘two people, five nights’ minimums mean that this is not an offer for the dedicated tier point runner.
It is, however, worth considering seriously for everyone else.
Have you spent your life assuming that you would never earn a British Airways Silver card? You can now get one simply by flying Manchester – London – ‘far’ Europe for a five day holiday with your partner. You can’t argue with that.
With the offer running until September, you could even lock in Gold status with a couple of trips.
Remember that status lasts for:
- all of the rest of your current tier point year, plus
- all of the following year, plus
- a stub period of seven weeks at the end
If your tier point year starts on 8th June 2021 and you booked a 450+ tier point trip after that date, you would earn and retain Silver status until 31st July 2023. This represents the rest of your current year, all of the following year and the stub period at the end.
You also get a soft landing. A Silver would drop to Bronze for the year to 31st July 2024. A Gold would get a year of Silver and a year of Bronze, locking in lounge access until 2024 and free seat selection until 2025 …..
Find out more
You need to do the maths to see if this offer works for you.
Don’t forget that your partner is likely to have a different Executive Club year-end date to you, so a plan which fits around you may not work for them.
I strongly recommend you visit this special page of the BA Holidays website to learn more before booking.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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.)