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British Airways extends Executive Club elite status – for Gold members only

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British Airways is about to announce another 12 months extension of elite status for some Executive Club members.

The screw continues to tighten, however. This latest extension will only benefit Gold and Gold Guest Lists members, although there is a carrot for Silver members.

British Airways Executive Club status cards

There will be no further extensions 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 last year.

Who gets an extension?

Gold Guest List members

If you are a Gold Guest List member (you can learn how to earn the elite Gold Guest List status here), and your tier point year ends between July 2022 and December 2022, you will receive a full 12 month extension.

Gold members

The extension announced today covers Gold members of British Airways Executive Club who have a tier point collection end date between 1st July 2022 and 30th September 2022.

If your tier point year ends during this three month period, your existing status level will be rolled over automatically for another 12 months.

Silver members

A different policy has been announced for Silver members whose tier point year ends between 1st July 2022 and 30th September 2022.

There is NO extension.

However, the number of tier points you need to retain your status is being halved, from 600 to 300 tier points.

Given that you can earn 160 tier points from a single Club Europe return flight to ‘far’ Europe (here are some ideas), I consider this reasonable.

The reduced threshold will not show for you on but your status will be extended automatically if you reach the 300 point threshold.

Everyone else

By everyone else, I mean:

  • Gold members with a tier point year ending after 30th September 2022
  • Silver members with a tier point year ending after 30th September 2022
  • All Bronze members
  • All Blue / basic members

….. you continue to benefit from the reduced tier point requirement.

British Airways status extension

The following tier point rules apply until 31st December 2022:

  • 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)

You can confirm this on here.

Let me clarify how this works, because it has caused confusion in the past.

Let’s assume you are currently Silver and your tier point year ends on 8th February 2023. To requalify you must EITHER:

  • earn 450 tier points by 31st December 2022, or
  • earn the full 600 tier points by 8th February 2023

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.


It is clear that not everyone will be happy with the changes which will be announced today.

However, realistically, BA and the rest of 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 has 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. BA has taken the first steps today to doing that.


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Comments (190)

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  • SNB says:

    After 15 years at Gold and more recently Silver level, I’m finally resolved to waving goodbye to BAEC. In order to get 300 tier points by 8 August I would have to take 4 long flights that I don’t need costing many hundreds of pounds in the next 3 months. Notwithstanding the cost to the environment (and my general well-being given the current state of operations of many airports) of taking unnecessary flights just to get a Silver card, it’s clear to me that the main benefits that I value – choosing a seat for free and lounge access – I could pay for directly and probably come out ahead financially (not BA lounge access, obviously unless travelling in Club, but they’re no great shakes and often crowded anyway). So I won’t be chasing the tier points. These past two years I’ve had multiple BA flights cancelled; wasted hours of my life trying to contact BA by phone to rebook holidays using FTVs; the two BA flights my kids took recently were nearly 3 hours late both ways and the bags were not unloaded on the return sector. There are many recent reports of woeful, unreliable BA service. I feel my well of loyalty to BA has run dry, which comes as something of a relief. Thanks to this website I did a status match with ITA recently which gives me SkyTeam Elite Plus until January 2024, so I’ll be giving those airlines a try. This isn’t a moan about BA not extending my Silver status for free – I can see that this is a reasonable commercial position for BA to take – more a realisation that I’m personally relieved to be free of the “need” to chase or retain BA status. Moving on…

    • Rob says:

      Er, no.

      To get 300 TP by 8th August you book a 5 night BA Holidays ‘flight and car/hotel’ package under the double tier points offer on a 160 TP route, such as Malta.

      You don’t even need to stay 5 days. Nest a flight back and don’t pick up the car. Job done for a few hundred pounds, although it makes more sense to have 5 nights away.

      • Babyg says:

        or 1 long haul flight (return) to TLV… for 280points (you need 4 x ba flights) so that could be something short…

      • Patrick says:

        Forgive my ignorance…what does it mean to nest a flight back – you mean travel back early on a separate booking? But you would need to actually travel on the return flight in order to get the TP? Thanks!

        • Rob says:

          Yes. Fly out on Sat AM with a return booked for following Sat PM. Book a separate flight home Sat PM and back following Sat AM. You’ve basically faked a holiday with no need for time off work.

    • Boscott says:

      Good points – well made.

  • Mirp says:

    No email from BA but my gold card now expires 08/23 so I am happy. Thanks for the heads up Head for Points.

    • MJB says:

      Same as Mirp, GGL through to 30/9/23 although no email from BA. Thanks TeamH4P for keeping us up to date.

  • Judy says:

    I don’t know why I find this so confusing. I’m Silver with a TP year end of 8 May 2022. I don’t fit into any of the categories mentioned above ie TP ending between July and September or after September 2022.

    So do I qualify for the reduced 300 by 8 May 2022 or not? Sorry!!

    • Rob says:

      No. You are a huge winner. You are, literally (as an 8 May year end) the last Silver cardholder to get another full year extension, hence the 2023 year end showing on your account. Every Silver member with a year end from 8 June onewards has been screwed, but not you because you scraped in.

      If you do 450 TP by 31/12 then you requalify until end June 2024.

      • Patrick says:

        8 June year end also got an extension. My TP year ends 8 June and silver card was extended to 31 July 2023 over winter.

  • G1712 says:

    Should the reduced 450TP by end 2022 for Silver be showing in the app? My collection year ends March 2023 and its still saying I need 600?

    • Rob says:

      No. BA has chosen not to put this in the app because it is too confusing.

  • SP says:

    Sept year end here, I was only 105 tier points short of requalifying, but it’s good to know I don’t need to bother getting those. The Oct 2023 expiry date is showing for me in the app already.

  • NorthernLass says:

    I’m terrible at working this out!
    My year end is July 8th. I have 2 BA legs which will get me 180 TPs after that. Does this mean that if I can get another 2 BA legs plus 270 TPs by the end of this year, I will be Silver?

  • George K says:

    OT: I recently qualified for Gold for the first time and was looking forward to the welcome pack with the usual card/tags. (Rather than a DYKWIA obsession, I am more into this stuff because of a collecting bug).

    Have they stopped doing those? Do I have to go through the replacement card option?

  • Anna says:

    Is this right?
    MAN-LHR-EDI return in CE gets 160 TPs
    MAN-LHR-EDI CE out and ET back gets 90 TPs
    This would give me the 270 TPs I need, plus the 180 I will already have = 450 for Silver.
    It would be great if someone could confirm as I’ve got the flights ready to book!

    • Rob says:


      • NorthernLass says:

        Thanks, Rob, that seems ridiculously easy – 2 UK weekends away!

        • Polly says:

          You are 10 TPs short, double check the figures before you book, or plan another Y trip for 5 TPs each way…good plan tho.

          We are doing a BA holiday 5 d, somewhere, for double points, plus another short trip in CE. Decided to stick with the 450 plan as opposed to the 300. Worth it for almost 2 years at silver…we are AUG 8th yr end. So, finally a bit of luck on our side…

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