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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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  • Will says:

    Finally a clear policy on this:)

    • Clayton says:

      @Will now now. This is BA we’re talking about. Two things that aren’t known for is A. Any competencey in all things I.T. and B. Coming up with something sensible and sticking with it.

      While I think we’re all hoping this is the final version it’s also wise not to count your chickens 😆

      • Will says:

        At least they’ve put it in writing clearly now so should it not materialise as they state you can go back and reasonably ask them to apply it as stated.

        Previously they could have wangled a number of possible outcomes from it

  • tiriavpo says:

    Rob – maybe your final bullet point under ‘I now have it slightly easier’ could read:

    – get to the full tier point target during the remainder of the year, from 1 Jan 23 to 8th September 2023, if I haven’t achieved the reduced target by 31 Dec 22.

  • WaynedP says:

    Nice to have this cleared up now, thanks.

    Am I right to assume that Reward Flights DO count towards the number of flights on BA metal required for status retention/achievement ? Doesn’t specifically have to be cash flights to qualify.

    • Rob says:

      No, they need to be cash.

      • WaynedP says:

        Thanks, pity. No chance of renewing my Gold under this offer then, as my two scheduled long haul BA flights this year are both Avios + companion voucher flights.

  • Nobby says:

    ‘Revert back…’

    Shocking grasp of correct grammar by BA…

  • jamesv92 says:

    Unnecessarily wordy policy still..

    To confirm my year ends February so will I have the reduced target February to 31st December?

  • Michele Baldrick says:

    Sorry if this question has been answered. My Year End is January 8th so I had enough tier points to retain Silver for this year until Jan 2023. My question: if I accumulate 450 Tier Points before December 31st 2022 will I retain Silver OR do the new/old levels of 600 Tier Points or 50 eligible flights apply?
    Thanks

  • Al says:

    Hi Rob, thanks for the heads up on this. I’ve just read the ‘how do I benefit ‘ FAQS & am a little confused. At the very end it says that if your tier point year ends in 2023, but you have qualified for status via the reduced tier point threshold, ‘your membership will be automatically renewed in January 2023’. Taken literally, this implies that if your normal tier point year ends in (say) March 2023, it will be reset & you will have have a new membership year running from Jan 8th 2023 – Jan 7th 2024 (causing a loss of months in your year). Is this correct? Any clarification you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Rob says:

      You’re confusing two different things.

      In January 2023, EVERYONE gets their account looked at. If they earned enough TP to renew at the LOWER threshold, it is processed immediately. If they didn’t, the threshold goes up to the standard level and you keep collecting.

      So, for me, if I was Silver with a September 2023 year end and had got 450 TP by 31/12, in January BA would look at my account, see I’d got 450 TP by 31/12 and extend my membership at that time until September 2024.

  • Fraser says:

    Hi, I’m blue member at present, but thanks to the current BA holidays offer, will qualify, for silver after a trip in March. My exec club tier points year ends 8th Sept 22, card expiry 31st Oct 22. How long will my silver status last?

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