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Are you waiting for your double tier points from BA Holidays? – and a reminder of how it works

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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.

BA Holidays double tier points

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
BA Holidays double tier points

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 protected] – which is apparently effective if you are chasing your points after 30 days.)

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.

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Comments (72)

  • Paul says:

    What happen in the case of a booking on the 25th March 2022, returning on the 6th April. Do I only get one way, both ways or nothing at all as not complete by the end of March.

    • AJA says:

      My understanding is that it applies to holidays booked by 22 March for departures up to and including 31 March ie you can come back after 1 April and still benefit. I note that the article says trips completed by 31 March.

    • ChrisC says:

      The T&Cs just say outward flight has to be before 31st March.. no mention on any restrictions on the inbound date or a trip must be completed by date.

      d. Travel is for outbound departures between 9 June 2021 and 31 March 2022 inclusive (final outbound departure date is 31 March 2022)

    • Rich says:

      This sounds very much like a ‘take a screenshot’ situation.

  • ChrisW says:

    I imagine there’s some rather confused rental car operators in Athens right now wondering why so many prepaid rentals haven’t been collected!

  • Soso says:

    Hi ! If I want to refer someone to the Amex BAPP, should I use my platinum card or do I have to use my BA card ?

  • James says:

    I had a 10 night BA holiday in Maldives last month. Outbounds got changed to QR – should this make a difference to my qualification? The paper tickets we got show QR flight codes.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, must be a BA flight. However, as you are on Qatar, you get double anyway as it is 4 flights vs 2 so 560 return.

      • James says:

        Surely this would class as a codeshare Rob?

        • James says:

          Also we came back with BA in F. Interesting to see how this plays out and I will be pushing for it.

          • Nick says:

            BA*QR qualifies if booked through BA Holidays. QR*QR does not.

          • James says:

            Hi Nick, so you believe we should be fine? I’m struggling with this one and I know I really shouldn’t be! LHR – DOH in Economy was definitely a BA flight code. DOH – MLE in Economy I believe was QR. MLE – LHR was BA in F.

          • Nick says:

            James, the easiest way to look at it is that all flights on the booking have to be sold on a BA code. If any is sold on another airline’s code then the booking doesn’t qualify (at least under the T&C – you might be lucky anyway).

        • Rob says:

          Not on a QR flight number.

  • Stephen W says:

    I booked a holiday (for 2) in Madeira for Jan 2022 before the offer started. Will I get double tier points or did it need to be booked after the offer started?

    • AJA says:

      The original offer which was for travel booked before the end of September specifically included existing holiday bookings as long as travel was during the promotional period and for a minimum of 5 nights with hotel for the entire booking. I think therefore that you should be covered.

  • Linda says:

    Quick question. The article refers to your year end but does that mean the tier points collection year end or the card expiry as these are two separate dates? In my case, tier point year ends 8 Feb but the card expires on 31 March.

    • Rob says:

      TP year end, because that is when the points must post by if you want them in your current year.

      • Linda says:

        Hi Rob. Then wouldn’t I be better having them post in the earlier part of my next TP year, thereby giving me silver status for longer – or have I got that completely wrong?

  • Martin S says:

    I’ve got 14nts Antigua C/W rtn with hotel – Dec 21
    5nts Boston First rtn with hotel – JAN 22
    Hoping these trips will qualify for the double TP promotion ?

  • brett says:

    what is the cheapest CE with rental car that someone has seen from ex Man, or otherwise in order to get 4 segments via London?

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