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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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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 card

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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.

(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.)

Comments (172)

  • F says:

    On the drop-down menu Jordan is not offered as a departure country, although BA do fly from there.

  • Briand says:

    Sorry, put this in the other Tier bit earlier…Best on here I think.
    I’m going to go for a quick TP run. Current situation;
    Year finishes Feb 9
    Zero tier points
    Looks like it’s dead easy to get Silver with minimum effort in one foul swoop or have I missed a trick.. obviously hoping for 2 years silver. I’d be happy to move my nearly 2million Avios over to Iberia, close down and start with a new account if that’s more sensible..thoughts?

    • Rob says:

      Either option would work. You could arguably open a new account which would give you nearer the max 26 months of status.

      • J says:

        Is this actually a viable option? What happens if you open a new account, achieve gold, but your original account has a household/loads of avios? Can we just simply merge?

        • Rob says:

          No, you’d be abandoning your old account, although you could obviously keep redeeming the Avios. Not sure what happens if you have a BA Amex and try to change the BA account on it.

          • Mikeact says:

            But how many min/max lifetime tier points do you actually need to make it worthwhile?

      • @soundnomad says:

        You would lose any lifetime tierpoints accrued if I remember correctly. As I asked this about this a while back and that was the snag.

  • Briand says:

    I would delist my wife from household, so she would go back to a stand alone account…and then invite her back again when the dust has cleared…or she could invite me..makes not a jot of difference.

  • sammyj says:

    Anyone found anything even remotely interesting for the Oct half-term holidays (23-31st)? I’d love to bag silver for the family of 4 in preparation of travel next year, but prices seem to be well over £1000 each for any 160pt routes that week (for obvious reasons) other than ski resorts in Bulgaria, and even those jump from £392 to £600+ each from MAN.

  • Milly says:

    I have a club Europe flight and hotel trip booked with BA holidays for 6 of us to Athens for 5 nights in October 2021 from London. Manage my bookings only shows 160 tier points for the trip. Am I missing something?

    • AJA says:

      No. The double TP do not show in MMB. You should receive them automatically up to 30 days after you return from Athens. Keep boarding passes though as you may have to contact BAEC to claim if they do not post.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. You are giving BA ludicrously too much credit for its IT.

      The double points will arrive as a bonus a few weeks after your trip, as per rules, almost certainly added manually by someone in the BA Hols office.

      • simonbr says:

        The offer T&Cs state bonus TPs are added to the account “within a month of the return flight”. I have called BA a couple of times to chase as now well over one month from return. Staff at call centre appear unaware of the offer, wanting to read the T&Cs themselves, then stating they need to email “head office” to investigate. Quite frustrating having to chase a headline reward like this!

  • davef says:

    Does this still qualify if I book a BA Holiday via a travel agent such as Trailfinders?

  • h1jfg says:

    Is there any risk in BA refusing to honour the double tier points if you “forget” to collect the hire car? Looking at EDI-LHR-DXB in Premium Economy. I calculate I will get 40+180+180+40 = 440TP. So would just need another quick trip EDI-to-LHR to get me Silver.

    • AJA says:

      There is a risk as the T&Cs state the car hire should be for the duration of the trip but I am not sure how BA would know unless the car hire company tells BA.

      • h1jfg says:

        The car hire company will have been paid for the car hire. For the full duration of the trip. Including insurance. So why would they care if the car was never picked up. They could hire it out again!!

        • h1jfg says:

          I guess worst case I just get the normal tier points and lose the £60 extra I would pay for the cheapest car hire. Best case I get an extra 220 tier points for £60. I’m flying to Dubai anyway, so think its worth having a punt for £60.

  • Wendy Maccoll says:

    Flying next week with BA holiday 7 nights, glasgow, Heathrow, then Madrid so 4 flights in club Europe plus hotel . ECM expired 26th august appreciate tier points are once completed booking say 200 tier points , iwhat should it be later? Trip booked 10 days ago, thanks .

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