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Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points?

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Which British Airways Club Europe business class routes offer 160 tier points for a return flight?

I often get emails from readers who say “I need XXX tier points in the next few weeks to reach British Airways Bronze / Silver / Gold status – how can I do it?”.

If you need to earn a small number of tier points – between 80 and 160 – the easiest way is a weekend break to one of the few destinations flown by British Airways which offer 160 tier points return in Club Europe.

Club Europe British Airways routes earning 160 tier points

This is twice as many tier points as the usual Club Europe return which earns 80.  On some routes, you won’t pay much more for a 160 tier point route than you would for one with 80 tier points.

You could even get 320 tier points for one trip

Until the end of October 2022, British Airways Holidays is offering double tier points when you book five nights of hotel or car hire along with your flights.

Full details are here on ba.com.

A relatively cheap holiday in, say, Malta would get you 320 tier points for the return flights.

It’s only fair to say that BA is having huge problems posting the double tier points for this offer. Some HfP readers have been waiting for months with no joy. It’s up to you if you trust the airline to deliver what is clearly promised.

The official statement on ba.com is:

“Bonus Tier Points will be awarded separately to standard Tier Points and within 60 days of your return flight. Please note that we are currently experiencing a delay in awarding Tier Points as part of this offer, standard Tier Points continue to be awarded as normal.”

Tier point thresholds are reduced by 25% until 31st December

What’s even better is that, until 31st December, tier point thresholds are reduced by 25% from standard levels:

  • Bronze status requires 225 tier points (usually 300 tier points) – key benefit is free seat selection from 7 days before departure
  • Silver status requires 450 tier points (usually 600 tier points) – key benefit is lounge access for you and a companion and free seat selection at the time of booking
  • Gold status requires 1,125 tier points (usually 1,500 tier points) – key benefit is Galleries First lounge access, use of the First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 and access to Row 1 seating

Note that if you don’t hit the reduced tier point target by 31st December, you will require the full target from 1st January 2023.

Club Europe British Airways routes earning 160 tier points

Which Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points for a return flight?

We introduced ‘the Head for Points BA tier point calculator’ chart – click here.  This article listed every British Airways route together with the tier points it would generate in each class.

However, to save you having to sort that, I have published the full list of 160 tier point Club Europe routes below.

Remember that, as well as earning the required number of tier points, you need to have flown four segments (ie two return flights) on cash tickets on British Airways or Iberia planes to get Silver or Gold, and two segments for Bronze.

You cannot earn status purely by flying on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways, even if you earn the required number of BA tier points.  (This is not strictly true due to rules with codeshares but, for all intents and purposes, assume that it is.)

The price next to each city was the lowest fare showing yesterday in the ba.com Low Fare Finder for Club Europe flights over the next 12 months.

  • Algiers (£363)
  • Antalya (£550)
  • Athens (£350)
  • Bucharest (£310)
  • Catania (£264)
  • Chania (£675)
  • Corfu (£490)
  • Dalaman (£666)
  • Funchal (£380)
  • Gran Canaria (£424)
  • Heraklion / Crete (£475)
  • Istanbul (£336)
  • Kalamata (£664)
  • Kefalonia (£506)
  • Kos (£496)
  • Lanzarote (£356)
  • Larnaca (£594)
  • Malta (£348)
  • Marrakech (£354)
  • Mykonos (£382)
  • Paphos (£578)
  • Ponta Delgada (£622)
  • Preveza Lefkada (£398)
  • Reykjavik (£284)
  • Rhodes (£510)
  • Santorini (£574)
  • Skiathos (£550)
  • Sofia (£222)
  • Tenerife (£352)
  • Terceira Island (£424)
  • Thessaloniki (£386)
  • Tirana (£316)
  • Zakynthos (£570)

Whilst Helsinki is still listed in Low Fare Finder, BA no longer operates this route. All flights are operated by Finnair. It will still earn 160 tier points return.

Catania, Reykjavik and Sofia are the stand-out bargains at £300 or less return on selected dates.

This list is more about convenience than price, however.  After all, you could spend £320 on two return flights to Aberdeen over two different weekends which would be a cheaper way of earning 160 tier points than many of the places above.  This list is for someone who needs up to 160 tier points and wants to achieve it in one go whilst visiting somewhere different – and, in Winter, somewhere warm.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (90)

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  • qrfan says:

    Do any of these routes fly from T3 right now? 160TP and a CX/QF lounge is the TP run holy grail as far as LHR is concerned. HEL used to be T3 before BA scrapped the route. I think Finnair LHR – HEL was always insanely priced and we’d rely on some timing change to get BA to move us onto an AY widebody. Didn’t always work.

    • ChrisC says:

      Well AY is T3

      After doing some checking for some reason BA charges more double what AY does for the same flights.

      Dummy booking for Novemnber – AY (and Expedia) = £ 526. BA = £ 1269

      • Track says:

        BA charges on assumption you are business customer for some bubbling tech company (who else needs to be in Nov in Helsinki).

        AY charges on assumption. you are a tourist and likely be coming on connection to their long-haul network (for which they NEED bums in seats). Even if you are doing it on different itineraries.

        • ChrisC says:

          Same as August Bank Holiday weekend which we all know is prime time for flying on business !

          Ba charges that because they can get away with it and know a lot of people won’t look elsewhere to see if other prics are available.

      • Hilda M says:

        I’ve noticed the same with Iberia on MAD – HEL route – can be triple the price sometimes. IB & BA quote Business Flex whereas AY uses Business Lite – add 50€ for seat, 25€ for suitcase, no Lounge, no Fast Track etc

      • qrfan says:

        £526 is not TP run territory for me for 160 TP. Not when BA will sell you MAD – JFK for £1200 anyway (I have a lot more interest in a few days in NY than HEL!) I could probably stomach a(nother) weekend trip to Sofia for £200 though.

        • Londonsteve says:

          Is SOF the cheapest and most practical way to collect tier points? It would appear so, other than some exhausting and incredibly elaborate itinerary one finds on FT that involves things like a B2B to Hawaii having flown 6 sectors from CDG via LHR to get there…..

    • Harry T says:

      This June, I’m doing two weekend trips to Helsinki on AY I’m business class on the A350 (lie flat beds). The flights depart from T3. I booked these for £228 per return, using OTAs. Pretty decent 1.4p per TP, and a very comfortable trip.

    • Yorkshire Rich says:

      I was looking at these for October. I do assume they will be T3 at the moment. The ones that stood out for me were Prague and Zagreb.

  • Michael says:

    Due to a slight quirk I have recently become BA Bronze. Is anyone able to advise if my partner can also go through the priority check in with me please? Although I can see the comedy value in speeding through while she queues I think it would probably cost me dear later.

    • Rob says:

      Yes

      • Michael says:

        Thanks for the quick reply. Does that also apply to children with us, or a wider group? Sorry I should have asked in the first place.

        • Rob says:

          On the same ticket, not an issue (this goes for anyone on your ticket). Gets trickier if you are going away with friends and you’ve booked separately.

    • qrfan says:

      It depends when you are flying but I would temper your expectations about “speeding” anywhere with Bronze. You are in the same queue as everyone in business class ex those who are oneworld Emerald AND everyone else with Broze and Silver. Given that nobody has lost any status for nearly 3 years, tier point thresholds have been reduced and double tier point earning on holidays, that is potentially a very large camp.

      • Rob says:

        Note that Terminal 5 now makes Bronze use the new WTP check in area rather than the Business check in area.

        • qrfan says:

          Is that better or worse? Intuitively I imagine that’s better for J and Silver card holders and even worse for Bronze members, but WTP is not a large cabin, so…?

  • Dan says:

    You can fly to Bucharest from/to T3. I always had a great time there

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