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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

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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 ba.com 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.

Conclusion

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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  • Nick says:

    Are the extensions based on status now, or at expiry date? If someone gets promoted between now and May, would that new status then be valid longer?

    • Rob says:

      Makes no difference – if you earn Silver now with an 8th May 2022 year end, you get it to 8th May 2023 anyway under the normal rules (eg rest of current year and all of following year).

      • Bimbo says:

        I think it might make a difference. As a September, what happened last year to me was that my Silver got extended to 2022, but I managed to qualify for Gold after the extension and so I ended up with Gold until 2023. I kept quiet as I’m not sure it was meant to happen. Or maybe I’m just confused, but felt wrong to get 2 years and something.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Great news all round Silver for another year and my plan to hit Gold again after May 22 requires fewer TP for a while longer.

    • AJA says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure. After May 22 your next TP end date will be 8 May 2023 when the thresholds will return to normal.

      BA’s website states:
      “Members with a Tier Point collection end date from January 2023 onwards can retain or upgrade their Tier status according to the normal thresholds.”

      So while you will have Silver for the year 9 May 2022 to 8 May 2023 (card year end 30 June 2023) you will require 600TP in that year to retain Silver or 1500TP to upgrade to Gold

  • Richard G says:

    Just got the email. Probably a good thing as I’d given up on trying to retain status for next year.

  • Mighty Hunter says:

    I think there’s a misunderstanding here. Reading the blurb on the exec club site, it says:

    Members with a Tier Point collection end date between July 2022 and December 2022 can benefit from the reduced Tier Point thresholds to retain, or upgrade, their Tier status.
    and –
    Members with a Tier Point collection end date from January 2023 onwards can retain or upgrade their Tier status according to the normal thresholds.

    I would read that as not requiring the threshold to be reached by 31st December 2022 but reduced thresholds will apply for the whole tier point year for all cardholders with a renewal date of December 2022 or earlier

    • Bluekjp says:

      Agree Fully. That just struck me as I read the article for the first time. Under the ‘Just for clarity’ example the article is wrong or poorly worded.

      • Rob says:

        We had this problem before when BA last did the tier point extension. ba.com is wrong, I think. The article is correct.

        Go back to BA’s email today and it clearly says “Don’t forget, in addition to protecting your current Tier for another year, we have made it easier for you to reach the next Tier and enjoy the benefits you deserve. We’ve reduced the amount of Tier Points needed to upgrade your status by 25%. This reduced threshold will now be applicable until December 2022.”

        This was sent to someone with an 8th April year end.

        • AJA says:

          @ Rob I’m not so sure.

          The website says:
          “This means that Members with a Tier Point collection end date up to June 2022 can benefit from the reduced Tier Point thresholds to upgrade their Tier status.

          Members with a Tier Point collection end date between July 2022 and December 2022 can benefit from the reduced Tier Point thresholds to retain, or upgrade, their Tier status.”

          It looks like anyone with a TP end date of Jan 2023 or later will need to earn the usual 300/600/1500TP.

          I haven’t received an email from BA and I think this is because my Tier Point year end is 8 Feb 2023. From the wording posted above by Mighty Hunter and that on BA’s website it looks like I need to earn 600TP by 8 Feb 2023 to retain Silver beyond 31 Mar 2023. I don’t think earning 450TP by 31 Dec 2022 will cut it.

          • Bluekjp says:

            100% of members will have a 2022 year end of course, so everyone will benefit from the reduced figure through to their year end in 2023. It is at this point, when you reach your 2023 year end that you then begin chasing the original levels for the next renewal. It seems very clear to me. In fact, crystal seems opaque by comparison.

        • AJA says:

          The website also specifically states: “Members with a Tier Point collection end date from January 2023 onwards can retain or upgrade their Tier status according to the normal thresholds.”

          • Rob says:

            Update: I have adjusted the article because BA asked me too.

            However, I am sure BA is talking nonsense. Are they seriously expecting global travel to be back to normal in 18 days time? It would need to be, if someone with an 8th January year end is expected to earn the full 1,500 tier points between 9th Jan 2022 and 8th Jan 2023.

            We will find out if I am right or wrong on 9th January, because those with a Jan year-end will either see a requirement for 1,125 tier points for Gold or 1,500.

          • AJA says:

            @Rob I sincerely hope you’re wrong and BA is right in thinking that travel is returning to normal but I have little confidence in travel returning next year to anything remotely like 2017 levels let alone 2019. The status extensions and reduced TP requirements, while nice, are only helpful if you’re actually flying (which I’m currently not doing, so it’s moot). The one positive for me is the extension of the BA Holidays double tier points promo which might be helpful – 2 80tp route holidays is enough for me to retain Silver.

  • MKB says:

    “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.”

    This sounds too good to be true. I meet this criteria and I am currently Gold until May 2023. Am I really being rolled over to May 2024? I’d be very (pleasantly) surprised if I were.

    • Bimbo says:

      That’s what happened to me last year! It feels like a glitch, so fingers crossed.

    • Mighty Hunter says:

      i asked this on page 1 and Rob said no.

    • LS says:

      I was in this situation in the last batch, and didn’t get an extension. What it should say is protection from dropping status for 12 months, not an extension.

  • Mirp says:

    I’m confused too.

    My tier post year ends July 2022.

    Will I get extension or not?

    • Mirp says:

      My confusion is over — no extension for July 2022. I just read my partner’s email with his BA status extension. He has a May 2022 expiry date.

  • NorthernLass says:

    I still struggle to understand all this. OH’s year end is July 8th. In August 2019 (last time we flew BA!) he got Bronze from one long haul trip, and obviously it’s not been much use to us in the interim. When will he return to being blue? No cash trips planned for the foreseeable as we have so many avios and 241s to burn through, plus there’s my re-kindled affinity for LCCs!

    • AJA says:

      I think your OH will drop to Blue on 1 Sep 2022 unless the required 225TP are earned by 8 Jul 2022 to retain Bronze until 31 Aug 2023.

      • NorthernLass says:

        Thanks AJA, that actually would work well as we’d be able to select seats 7 days in advance on our March, April and July trips!

  • DoogieDoo says:

    Based on my flight in Club World a week ago I don’t think it’s a case if BA cutting people loose, rather time for passengers to cut BA loose based on the awful service, poor food and miserable crew. Maybe time for a status match and airline loyalty switch……

    • Mighty Hunter says:

      It’s certainly about time they got a grip of crew standards. Before she took redundancy early last tear, my wife was a CSD who always either welcomed gold card holders personally using their name, or, on a busy A380 flight, made sure the lead crew in the cabin did.
      She’s flown 16 sectors in business class as a gold card holder since November last year and hasn’t been spoken to once.
      There’s no managers in crew report any longer, nobody checking standards, and friends still flying tell her they are embarrassed when they see what’s going on around them.
      All the legacy of Alex Cruz and Covid, but I think and hope the new CE will make a difference soon – or customers will go elsewhere.

      • dougzz99 says:

        I hate any sort of status greeting, it’s naff to me. I’ve recently just done two BA long hauls, the flights were delayed by 1.5 hours on the outbound causing a missed connection, and 3.5 hours on the inbound. I further waited 2 hours for bags at LHR. These delays were undoubtedly down to insufficient staff for cleaning and prepping the aircraft. Both flights the crews were fairly mediocre, little other than minimum service. I’m typically a defender of BA, but these were probably the worst two BA flights I’ve taken. The AA connections at the far end were both as normal for AA, which I’m OK with.

      • Amy C says:

        That’s appalling. From 2013-March 2016 I worked indirectly for BA as a mystery flyer and flew in all classes a minimum of twice a month. They used to allocated different status’ to me to test whether crew acknowledged me as they should (as you describe). Mostly they did. But at least that and numerous other things were being monitored via a very costly mystery flight program. I had to write a very comprehensive report about everything. They didn’t do brilliantly overall by my recollection but at least they were trying to sort things out and get feedback re where they needed to improve. Cruz came in and binned off the program immediately as a cost cutting measure. They’ve been getting progressively worse ever since.

    • Anuj says:

      I’m amazed at how popular BA is on here because when you compare them to other airlines their premium offering is just so poor, apart from the advantage of direct flights from London I just don’t get it.

      • Rhys says:

        I think you underestimate how much of an advantage direct flights are.

        No other airline, not even Virgin, will fly you direct to Europe, Asia, America, Latin America, Africa…

        • Anuj says:

          Maybe it’s an an age thing too. I don’t think people my age think of BA as cool or aspirational in the way the Middle Eastern airlines seem

          • Peter K says:

            You’ve got the nail on the head, basically. Direct flights. I personally don’t think there are really any aspirational carriers West, certainly none with a decent FF scheme.

            East it’s a different matter, but for many saving an extra 4+ hours in an airport waiting for a connection is worth a worse service.

            Also, most FF schemes are also not great compared to BA. It really is the jewel in their crown.

      • dougzz99 says:

        BAEC is a very good program. If you want to fly primarily from London it’s the only game in town. It’s also easy to use other airlines in OW and maintain BA status pretty easily.

      • Alan says:

        Yep and if you don’t live in the SE they’re not direct anyway so you’re as good flying KLM or QR with a connection just as you’d have with BA – plus the added bonus of avoiding LHR and their ludicrous and ever-increasing fees!

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