One of the most attractive promotions currently running is the ‘double tier points’ offer from BA Holidays.
If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for 5+ nights via BA Holidays, for travel completed by 31st March 2022, you will receive double tier points on your flights.
This could be hugely attractive. For example, until a date to be announced in June 2022, you only need 450 Executive Club tier points for Silver status, which gets you lounge access.
You could get this in one trip. For example, booking Manchester to Corfu in Club Europe, you would get (40 + 80 + 80 + 40) x 2 = 480 tier points. You get a holiday and up to 25 months of BA lounge access and free seat selection, depending on how you time it.
There is one snag.
The double tier points do not post with your base points. The rules say that “The initial transaction will be updated when the Bonus Tier Points are added to the standard Tier Points, within one month of the return flight which is part of a Qualifying Booking.”
In reality, they are not. I spoke to BA Holidays about it this week. They confirmed that:
- as I suspected, this is a manual process which requires someone to go through qualifying bookings and queue up the bonus tier points – hence the delay
- more importantly, BA has promised me that no-one will lose out on tier promotion or renewal if their additional tier points don’t arrive before the month is up
You must build in a month of leeway though. This means that if your BA membership year ends on 8th April, you need to return from your BA Holiday by very early March. If the extra tier points don’t arrive by 8th April, BA will make amends and see you right.
However, because the terms make it clear that you need to wait a month, BA Holidays will not compensate you if – for example – you fly back on 1st April and expect your extra tier points to hit by 8th April. It won’t happen.
BA Holidays suggested that if you are missing your extra tier points you can use this form. I’m not sure if this would work in reality, because it is the form used for missing base points and not bonuses, but I am just passing on the message.
(EDIT: Someone in the comments posted this email address – email@example.com – which is apparently effective if you are chasing your points after 30 days. Others have had success by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Full details of the ‘double tier points’ offer can be found on BA Holidays here.
British Airways routes which offer the higher 160 tier points return in Club Europe are listed here. These are the routes you need to target, with a starting point in Manchester etc, if you want to get 480 tier points in one trip.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.