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British Airways extends Executive Club elite status – for some – and reduced tier points

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British Airways has announced another 12 months extension of elite status for some Executive Club members.

The screw continues to tighten, however. The initial extension in 2020 covered all members. The previous extension in September 2021 covered a quarter of the membership base. This new extension also covers only a quarter of members.

The good news is that ALL members will benefit from the extension to the reduced tier point thresholds.

British Airways Executive Club status cards

There will be no extension to American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers or any other vouchers. This shouldn’t be a surprise as BA started to expire 2-4-1 vouchers on 1st October. You can stop your voucher expiring by following this method (click).

Who gets an extension?

Only elite members with a tier point collection end date between the 1st April 2022 and 30th June 2022 have received a status extension today.

If your tier point year ends during this three month period, your existing status level will be rolled over automatically for another year. It will on your BA account by 1st January.

For clarity, your tier points will still reset to zero at the end of your current membership year. BA is not extending the time period you have to earn the necessary points for requalification.

Unlike Virgin Atlantic, which has been able to extend status in three and six month increments, the way that Executive Club is set up means that it can only process 12 month extensions.

This means that British Airways has chosen to limit the status extensions today to those whose status was set to expire in Summer 2022 – ie. those whose membership year resets on 8th April 2022, 8th May 2022 or 8th June 2022.

The deadline for requalifying with reduced tier points has also been extended

To make it easier for everyone else to qualify or requalify, British Airways has extended the period in which you can requalify with reduced tier points.

British Airways BA Amex American Express cards

For your tier point collection year which ends in 2022, you will need the following tier points:

  • Bronze status will require 225 tier points (was 300 tier points)
  • Silver status will require 450 tier points (was 600 tier points)
  • Gold status will require 1,125 tier points (was 1,500 tier points)

These thresholds will revert to their normal levels for your tier point collection year which ends in 2023.

You can confirm this on here.

What this means (at least as BA has written it, which I do not necessarily believe is actually how it will work) is that if your year-end is 8th January then you get nothing from this. You will be expected to earn 1,500 tier points for Gold between 9th January 2022 and 8th January 2023. This makes no sense since I doubt anyone outside BAEC is expecting a massive improvement in the global travel situation by 9th January 2022. We’ll find out the truth on 9th January when tier point years reset for 1/12th of members – let’s see what target they are given.

What about American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers?

There are NO extensions to companion vouchers or Gold Upgrade vouchers.

Vouchers began to expire on 1st October so it would be very unfair to those members who have already lost a voucher to extend those which remain.

You can, in any event, artificially extend your 2-4-1 companion voucher expiry date to 30th September 2023 by following this method.


Whilst only 25% of British Airways Executive Club members have received a status extension today, the extension of the reduced tier point thresholds to 30th December 2022 means that all members have an improved chance of earning or retaining status for 2023.

At some point, however, the airline industry needs to make a call. The good customers of 2019 will not be the good customers of 2023. People change companies or get promoted into roles which need less travel. Many companies will be permanently cutting back on business travel.

The industry will have to decide when it should cut people loose. Businesses need to start rebuilding their elite tiers from those who are travelling now, not those who were travelling four years ago.


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Comments (142)

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  • patrick says:

    Marvellous. I`m off to cancel a couple of QR flights.

  • riku says:

    I don’t entirely agree with the statement “Businesses need to start rebuilding their elite tiers from those who are travelling now, not those who were travelling four years ago.”

    People who are travelling now will earn the status (just like they did before the pandemic), actually they can earn it quicker at the moment.
    People who WERE travelling four years ago and not travelling that much now – by definition they are not travelling very much now so who cares if they have lounge access or extra luggage allowance. Status benefits are worthless if you do not travel.
    The only problem I see would be people who earned status in the past through work and are not travelling for work anymore but travelling a lot for leisure (but not enough to earn status from leisure travel alone), and so filling up the lounges. But how many people does this narrow band apply to?

    • memesweeper says:

      “ Status benefits are worthless if you do not travel.”

      … and correspondingly cost nothing to provide! There isn’t much incentive for an airline to cut back status holder numbers (in absolute terms) until the lounges and premium check ins are overwhelmed.

  • cannonc says:

    Just got my email too – had a TP run in place to guarantee keeping Silver that I was getting concerned about with Omicron. Not so concerned anymore

  • planeconcorde says:

    The dates given in the article are incorrect. The dates given are a cut-n-paste from a previous article. I have just received an email British Airways stating “We’re now taking this one step further and extending the 25% reduce Tier Point thresholds until December 2022.”
    As my tier point earning year ends 8th September 2022, this is a significant change for me.

    • planeconcorde says:

      1) It’s the dates in the “Who gets an extension?” section of the article which are
      incorrect. The new extension is of benefit to those members with a tier point
      correction end date between 1st July and 31st December 2022.
      2) The date given at the start of the “The deadline for requalifying with reduced
      tier points has also been extended” section also needs to be corrected.

    • Rob says:

      Not really. You have an extra 9 weeks to earn the TP you need to requalify, eg from 1st July to 8th September.

      Alternatively, if you put your foot down, you could try to requalify for the following year between 9th September and 30th December.

      It’s not a huge change. I have the same expiry date as you but fail to get excited – I can’t see how I can do 1,125 TP of travel in 15 weeks at the end of the year, especially as that period includes Christmas.

  • Alasdair Jones says:

    Is the GGL requirement reduced too?

    • Nick Burch says:

      Yes. From my email:

      > We’re now taking this one step further and extending the 25% reduced Tier Point thresholds until December 2022. This means, it will be much easier to retain your Gold Guest List status for one more year, and enjoy the benefits you deserve.

  • Calz says:

    This now means that finally all BAEC members have received 24 months of extension. I’m glad to see it. Hopefully travel will actually be a bit more normal next year. Definitely not been able to make the most of gold with so many destinations off the cards at the mo/ lounge closures.
    OT Just back from Dubai and what a faff with all the covid testing and document sorting. And even with all that, ended up positive with Omicron. :'(

    • dougzz99 says:

      Yes this is what I thought. This block just brings the April/May/June people into line with the other nine months that had already had two years.
      For me the documents and testing were far less of a problem than BAs problems with delays and ground services.

    • memesweeper says:

      Oh dear Calz. Hope it doesn’t actually make you too sick. I had it mildly three weeks ago and frankly it sucked… and still makes me cough all the time!

      • Calz says:

        Thanks. On day 7, starting to feel better although do end up feeling exhausted from carrying out simple stuff, that’s improving though. Coughing isn’t too bad. Will be glad when I’m 100 back to normal, then I can get my booster as well

  • Christopher says:

    I’m being slow – can somebody help? I’m a gold and my tier point year end is 8 Sept 2022. Does this mean I have three additional months (until Dec 2022) to earn my 1125 TPs to renew my gold? Or do I still have to earn them by 8th September?

    • Rob says:

      You still need to earn them by 8th September. So, for you, your extension is really from 30th June 2022 to 8th September 2022.

      Alternatively, you can earn 1125 between 9th September and 30th December 2022 to earn Gold for the following year.

  • Andrew says:

    Is there a reduction for the GGL threshold?

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