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Big news: BA changes the rules AGAIN on how many tier points you will need to retain status

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I hope you haven’t sat down over Christmas and worked out a plan for how you were going to retain your British Airways Executive Club status, because you may need to tear it up and start again.

British Airways has changed the rules – again.

BA will claim that it has simply ‘clarified’ what was announced before, but I have the mechanisms of the previous structure in writing from the airline and the new structure is different.

BA changes the rules AGAIN on how many tier points you will need to retain status

As a reminder, British Airways has been offering the following tier point thresholds during coronavirus. These apply both to renewing your tier and to moving up a tier:

  • 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)

What did BA announce in December?

In December, the airline announced the following, as we covered here:

The reduced threshold would only apply to your tier point collection year which ended in 2022.

This meant, if your year end was Saturday (8th January), you would already be back to the old thresholds for your renewal. As of yesterday, you would be chasing 300 / 600 / 1,500 tier points instead of 225 / 450 / 1,125.

As I wrote back in December, this made no sense. If your year-end was early in 2022 you got nothing from the new policy. I doubt anyone outside BAEC was expecting a massive improvement in the global travel situation by 9th January 2022 which would suddenly make full tier points easy to earn.

BA changes the rules AGAIN on how many tier points you will need to retain status

What has now changed?

On Friday, a new policy appeared on ba.com here.

I will cut and paste it below before I explain it:

How do I benefit from the reduced Tier Point requirement to upgrade or renew my Tier?

Currently, the 25% reduced Tier Point thresholds apply to all Members until 31 December 2022 as follows:

  • Bronze: 225 Tier Points or 18 eligible flights
  • Silver: 450 Tier Points or 37 eligible flights
  • Gold: 1125 Tier Points

From 1 January 2023, the Tier Point thresholds will revert back to normal i.e:

  • Bronze: 300 Tier Points or 25 eligible flights
  • Silver: 600 Tier Points or 50 eligible flights
  • Gold: 1500 Tier Points

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.

Members with a Tier Point collection end date in 2023 can benefit from the reduced thresholds to renew or upgrade their status for the following membership year, if they earn the required number of Tier Points by 31 December 2022 only. From 1 January 2023 the reduced Tier thresholds will no longer apply.

Please note, Members with a Tier Point collection end date in 2023 will see the normal Tier Point threshold in the ‘My Account’ area on ba.com and the British Airways app from the start of their Tier Point collection year.

If your Tier Point collection end date is in 2023 and you are eligible to upgrade your Tier status under the reduced Tier Point thresholds, your membership will automatically be upgraded once you have earnt the required number of Tier Points. There is no need to contact us to arrange this.

If your Tier Point collection end date is in 2023 and you are eligible to renew your Tier status under the reduced Tier Point thresholds, your membership will be automatically renewed in January 2023. There is no need to contact us to arrange this.

Please note, you will still need to have flown the minimum number of British Airways or Iberia flights to qualify, which is two flights for Bronze membership, and four flights for Silver and Gold membership.”

What does this mean?

This is what the new rules mean, simplified:

Irrespective of your Executive Club year end, the reduced tier point thresholds will apply until 31st December 2022.

Let’s take my account as an example. My year end is 8th September.

Under the December 2021 announcement, this is what I was facing:

  • earn the reduced tier point target during the year to 8th September 2022
  • earn the full tier point target during the year from 9th September 2022

I now have it slightly easier:

  • earn the reduced tier point target during the year to 8th September 2022
  • earn the reduced tier point target during the period from 9th September 2022 to 31st December 2022
  • get to the full tier point target at some point during the remainder of my membership year, from 1 January 2023 to 8th September 2023, if I haven’t achieved the reduced target by 31 December 2022

The big winners from the policy change slipped out on Friday are those whose Executive Club years end early in 2022. People like me benefit less, and obviously if your year end is 8th December then you don’t really benefit at all unless you go crazy between 9th and 31st December 2022.

This is, however, a sensible change by British Airways which will hopefully allow people – especially those whose year ends are coming up soon – to plan with confidence for the rest of 2022.

Find out more ….

You can find the revised text on this page of ba.com.

Scoll down to “How do I benefit from the reduced Tier Point requirement to upgrade or renew my Tier?”.


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Comments (102)

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  • Simon Barlow says:

    Ooh! This is great, I hope! Year end was 8th Jan. So now I can earn the reduced points during 2022 to get the status!!

  • Richard says:

    My BA app has a tier point collection year ending 8th January 2023 and it requires me to collect 1,500 tier points to renew Gold membership, not 1,125 tier points.

    As an aside, I’m still waiting for the double tier BA Holidays offer to show in my account from Club Europe flights flown at the end of September, in spite on an e-mail querying why they hadn’t been credited. Anyone else had a similar delay?

    • Robert says:

      That’s same for me, but if I’ve understood it correctly, all of us with a year end date in 2023 have the whole of 2022 to hit 1125 points, so that gold will renew until 2024.

    • AJA says:

      @Richard, re the TP thresholds see my reply to Chris immediately above your post.

      Re the double TP not posting if 30 days have elapsed since your return date ( yes in your case) send your membership number, date of birth, email address and postcode for each passenger in the reservation to exec-club.socialmedia@ba.com and they will award the Tier Points for you

      See also this article:
      https://www.headforpoints.com/2021/10/23/double-tier-points-from-ba-holidays/

  • Alan says:

    Very sensible change. If they meant this before then they should have said so. Mind you given the recent status extension to May 2023 I can’t see myself making use of this – not much travel booked so far for this year and lots of vouchers to use up so can’t see me earning much by way of TPs.

  • Hulk says:

    BA are a joke.
    I qualified for Gold in November via the BA holidays double tier points. I haven’t been able to use of any Gold benefits on my travels since as they haven’t awarded the double tier points. So I’ve effectively lost at least two months of Gold.

    On a side note, still having to call them to use FTV’s is a joke.

  • Doug says:

    What a mess! Who is in charge of the Executive Club right now???

    • Rob says:

      Apparently Niall Rooney has gone and a graduate trainee called Lucy has taken over. Still TBC.

  • Ryanfozzie says:

    I read this and panicked!!!! Could someone give me some assurance please?

    TP End Date: 8th March 2022

    Trip 1, 490TP, April 2022 (Will get me silver at the reduced TP earning rate until 31st December 2022)

    Trip 2, 645TP, July 2022 (Will now get me gold at the reduced TP earning rate until 31st December 2022)

    • Daftboy says:

      That looks correct to me, for what it’s worth

    • MilesOnPoint says:

      Correct. You are well within the time limit as you will have earn the requisite number of tier points for Gold at the reduced rate of 1,125, well before the cut off date of 31st December 2022. Your new Gold status will then be valid until 30th April 2024. This will soft land to Silver status which will be valid until 30th April 2025.

    • tiriavpo says:

      Yes, that should make you gold all the way through to 30 April 2024 – as long as there are also 4 qualifying BA flights in there.

    • Clayton says:

      @eyanfozzie No you get your status for the year it’s earnt until the end of your next so you would go gold in July and keep it till your anniversary march ’24 in your case. So all told a nice.

      Obviously if one of your trips hadve been prior to this march it would’ve curtailed things but I’m guessing that you’ve planned them as you have intentionally.

      Whilst I can’t see the UK going stupid on flight restrictions may I suggest that you make alternative location bookings using miles ( if you have enough sitting in your account of course). This will give you flexibility to switch if they’re not for business and remember that you can cancel an avios booking upto 25 hours before departure without any penalty.

      Having cancelled/ re routed/ changed to a totally different country and/ or continent no less that 19 times in 2020 and 6 times this year it’s become my go-to bit of advice for anyone with miles sat doing nothing. If you do need to change location then you can simply call up and have them book a revenue fare which will be available in the inventory as you already had X seats booked on points. BA C/S are normally more than capable of doing this while your on the phone especially if you get through to Newcastle.

      If you don’t have said points or its business trips then of course ignore all that lol

  • AlisonH says:

    I’m not totally up to speed with all of this, please could you help.
    Gained bronze in November 2021. My normal tier point collection end is 8th Aug 2022. Card expiry is now showing as 30 Sep 2023.
    My BA account is saying I need 70 more tier points to gain Silver. If I gain Silver by say July will Silver status be retained until Sep 2023? Thanks.

    • tiriavpo says:

      If that extra 70TPs gets you to 450 before 8 August, and you have 4 qualifying flights, you will upgrade to silver – which will last until 30 Sep 23. The status achieved lasts for the rest of your current year and the following year.

      • Alison says:

        Thanks @tiriavpo. Re the 4 flights, when I look on my BA account it only mentions the ’70 tier points or 32 eligible flights’. It doesn’t mention the 4 flights at all.

  • Jerome says:

    After returning from the states last week 05 January, I reached 450 tier points and was advanced to Silver status. Below the tier points sum in my Executive Club account it says “year ends June 2022”. Does this mean my Silver status only holds until then, or does it mean that after June 2022 my tier points sum reverts to zero? How long will the Silver status last? Thank you, it’s slightly confusing for me!

    • tiriavpo says:

      Your TP collection year runs until 8 June each year, at which point the balance is reset to zero. Your membership (and status) year runs to 31 July. The status you achieve lasts for the remainder of the year in which you achieve it and the following year – so you will be silver until 31 July 23.

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