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Get Silver in one EU trip with double tier points from BA Holidays – solo travellers now included

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Over the Summer, British Airways has been running a very interesting promotion for anyone who is chasing British Airways Executive Club status.

Very simply, if you booked a BA Holidays package, your flights would earn double BA tier points.

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.

The deal has now been extended and tweaked so that solo travellers can also participate. You can find out more here.

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How does the BA Holidays offer work?

The offer now runs into next Spring, which is good news.

When you travel on a BA Holidays package between 24th August 2021 and 31st March 2022, 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 22nd March 2022 so you have seven months to ponder.

Is there a catch?

Yes, but one fewer than there was.

The rule that at least two people must travel together has been scrapped.

This has interesting repercussions. You may, for example, now be able to book longer business trips via BA Holidays and earn double tier points.

The other rules remain as they were:

  • you must stay away for at least five nights
  • you must pay for a car or hotel for the full length of your trip
  • 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

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Must I book my hotel through BA Holidays?

No.

‘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?

Very nicely.

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 although BA appears to have quietly extended this deadline without telling anyone.

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How many tier points will I earn?

This Head for Points chart lists the tier points you will earn on each British Airways route.

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

If you live in London, you may want to consider booking your Business Class trip from Manchester or another domestic starting point instead.

The extra short connecting 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 would add to the costs and complications, but it should work. Personally I’d have a week long holiday – even if you were working from the hotel and not taking any annual leave – and do it properly.

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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
  • 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

Conclusion

Removing the ‘two person’ restriction means that this offer is now interesting for the dedicated tier point runner as well as anyone simply looking to book a holiday.

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 in Business Class for a five night holiday. You can’t argue with that.

With the offer running until 31st March 2022, 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 September 2021 and you booked a 450+ tier point trip after that date, you would earn and retain Silver status until 31st October 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 October 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.

If you are not going to travel alone, don’t forget that your partner is likely to have a different Executive Club year-end date to you so a flight 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.

The ba.com guide to tier points and how they work is here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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:

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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:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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Comments (172)

  • Lynn says:

    I already have a flight booked to Toronto, business class in one direction and premium economy in the other. If I add a car to this booking, will it qualify?

    • Andrew says:

      Says in the article – no. Unless you cancel and rebook as a holiday.

    • AJA says:

      No. You could cancel the existing booking for an FTV and use that to pay for a new BA Holidays booking.

  • Gary says:

    I am booked to go to Phuket, but with Qatar. The flights have a BA flight number. So this means from my one week long holiday I earn 1,120 tier points?!….

    • DZOO says:

      A “Qualifying Booking” is a British Airways Holidays booking that meets all of the following criteria:
      a. The booking must be for a British Airways Holidays Flights + Hotel or Flights + Car or Flights + Hotel + Car package booking originating in the UK only and the hotel or car element of the booking must be booked for the duration of the trip.
      b. British Airways flights including codeshares and British Airways marketed and/or operated flights only.

    • AJA says:

      Yes. Enjoy!

    • AJA says:

      My previous answer assumes the hotel in Phuket is part of the booking. If your booking is flight only then no.

  • Simon says:

    Does this apply to everyone on the BA Holidays booking ?? Or just the lead traveller who paid ?

  • DZOO says:

    Interesting… (I saw it had been discussed a bit in the 2p / Avios thread last weekend) so if I call BA Holidays I can get an e-voucher applied?

  • Isobel Brown says:

    Will the extra tier points be applied after travel? My upcoming trips are just showing normal tier points on the app.

    • Andrew says:

      Yes. BA’s IT won’t be sophisticated enough to be able to show the bonus holidays tier points on flight booking.

    • ChrisC says:

      They will be added up to a month after travel.

    • AJA says:

      Apparently the bonus TP take up to 30 days after the flight to post. You may need to chase BA afterwards so keep screen shot of the BA offer and also keep boarding passes.

  • Vin says:

    Anyone with experience as to how long it takes for the double tier points to be added ? It’s been a month since return from BA holiday and my account has still not been updated.

  • Iain says:

    Will it work for a 14 day holiday flight booking but only 7 day hotel reservation, it’s qualified on previous offers?

    • Andrew says:

      See comment above with the terms pasted, and in particular: “… and the hotel or car element of the booking must be booked for the duration of the trip.”

  • Alastair says:

    So leaving from Manchester adds extra tier points. Would it be possible to add additional stop offs, ie points run, to get to your final destination?

    • Andrew says:

      In theory yes, but might need to be done on the phone as the holidays site is a bit clunky.

    • ChrisC says:

      Could be any UK airport not just Manchester!

    • Tim says:

      Is this possible though? It is not like the U.S., or to a much lesser extent the Lufty bloc, where an additional transit point can sometimes be added for minimal cost, turning a four segment trip into a six or more segment trip, for example. BA is essentially LON out and in (two segments), with the option of two more if you don’t start your trip at LON.

      • Jonathan says:

        Only if you can connect to BA codeshares. Works very well in US eg. MAN-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS & return = 720 x 2 = 1440.

        May be possible to get some Finnair connections with BA code. Tallinn used to be a popular TP run (LHR-HEL-TLL) when it was frequently available at <£200 & a widebody on the LHR-HEL sectors.

        • Jonathan says:

          LHR-HEL is an 80TP sector so above itinerary would be 480TP’s & ~8000 Avios for a Gold.

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