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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.


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Comments (90)

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  • Barnaby100 says:

    I would also look at Newcastle to Manchester via Heathrow which can be attractively priced at just over £300 return and you can space the flights out by months. You tend to need to get a later flight to get that price and book in advance but there are possibly day return options. I booked 1 way in July and the return in autumn.

    • ChrisC says:

      But the longer you space them out the longer it takes to reach the status threshold.

    • NorthernLass says:

      I booked MAN-LHR-EDI-LHR-MAN to get to silver this year for about £400 using the lowest fare finder. It was subsequently cancelled by BA so I’ve moved it to a much more convenient time and date for me which would have been over £800 if I’d booked it originally!

      • Londonsteve says:

        So that’s 4 flights earning 160 tier points for £400. That’s £2.50 a tier point. It’s ok if you don’t want to leave the country but even a return to Istanbul would yield a lower cost per tier point. Only one departure experience through a UK airport, too.

  • Richie says:

    The summer only EDI-PMI might be 80 in CE.

  • masaccio says:

    For anyone thinking of (cue 80s quiz theme tune) going for gold, this Gold holder is actually looking forward to losing it this year. It’ll mean I am not travelling as much for work and Silver will still get me in a lounge, let me choose a seat, and keep me marginally ahead of everyone else for the call centre. The First Wing is very nice but I don’t think it’s worth the effort to achieve Gold unless you do by default through your normal travel..

    • DaveP says:

      I have decided to go for gold to experience what it has to offer for the first time (especially with the current reduced TP requirement). If not convinced of benefits then I will have soft landing to silver the year after. 👍

  • Mark says:

    Good morning, does anyone know regarding compensation for a delayed BA flight?
    I arrived at the airport an hour before the flight (long story) and check-in was closed so I missed the flight.
    The flight’s departure was delayed by over 3 hours.
    Am I due EU261 compensation even though I missed the flight?

    Any help greatly appreciated

    • Peter says:

      You need to be checked in for the flight for the EU261.
      Another story why was check in closed 1h before departure? Was it 1h before scheduled or 1h before actual delayed departure?

      • Marcw says:

        Check-in is always based on scheduled times, unless otherwise stated

    • Rob says:

      No.

    • ChrisC says:

      Unless yiu were specifically told by BA in a text / email / app notification that you could turn up later then you MUST still check in based on the original departure sign.

      As far as BA are concerned you are a no show.

      No compensation is due.

  • Michael C says:

    If my tier year ends in Sept, do the 450 TP have to be earned from 9 Sep. – 31 Dec., or do the ones from the rest of 2022 count towards it, too?
    And now up to 8 Sep. is 300, right?

    • AJA says:

      You have until Sep 8th 2022 to retain Silver with 300TP or earn / retain it with 450 between 9 Sep 2022 and 31 Dec 2022. 1 Jan 2023 or later it goes up to 600.

      The Avios you’ve earned so far in 2022 only count until 8 Sep 2022. So if you’ve already got 200 I’d do a trip returning before 8 Sep to get 100TP.

  • Stephen Milward says:

    Due to a combination of previously cancelled holidays and the reduced tier point threshold by the end of my earning year I’ll be 150 tier points short of gold.
    A target easily passed if the double tier points from a March holiday were to arrive.
    I’ve tried phoning , emailing and thinking of resorting to snail mail.
    Anybidy got any other ideas ?

    • Cathy says:

      We got the double points added same day by emailing here duty.office@holidays.ba.com it was after the 60 days though

    • P Rya says:

      Same here. BA holiday taken end of march, calls and emails to BA and the double tier points have still not been added. It must be a 20 minute job for someone to do. It’s this stuff that really annoys me and shows if you are gold BAEC member you really just get treated no different to other tiers on the customer service side.

      • Dawn says:

        I had the same issue and I was told to set up a Flyertalk account and on there is a BA contact who could sort it out. It was sorted out really fast after that and all my trips have finally been credited.

    • DaveP says:

      B2b to Sofia?

      • ChrisC says:

        There is a good B2B / turnaround thread on the flyer talk BA board so check that out,

    • DaveP says:

      If no joy with chasing your double TPs then you might want to consider a B2B to Sofia to secure 160 TPs.

    • AJA says:

      @Stephen Send an email with all details to the email suggested by Cathy. If no joy I’d fill in a complaint via BA’s website – the same place you fill in the claim for compensation. Say you will upload your list of attempts to contact BA separately. You will get an 8 digit reference number and should be able to upload pdf copies of emails and times of calls etc with that reference number. Good luck!

    • Rich says:

      I got nowhere with the various methods suggested here and so ended up writing to Sean Doyle via recorded delivery and got a call within a few days from one of his team promising to sort it, plus their mobile number. The latter was vital as the TPs weren’t processed when he said they would be so I had to chase again. We got into a discussion about vicious spirals, marketing people over promising things that ops weren’t set up to deliver etc.

      • Rob says:

        BA has never, ever, offered bonus tier points before in any context. I am pretty sure it is far more complex, IT wise, than double Avios offers.

        • sayling says:

          People often think it is easy to implement new IT systems, particularly when they have no knowledge of the systems employed – then very quick to complain when it goes wrong.

          • Kathryn says:

            Nobody forced VBA to create the offer,:if their IT wasn’t set up to automatically implement it or they didn’t have the staff to manually post the points then that’s not the customer’s fault & they have every right to complain.

        • Track says:

          BA clearly has protections against multiple postings of the same flight.

          Instead of fighting it (and failing), BA must have issued for staff instructions to use a workaround.

        • Ahmed says:

          I’m just wondering is this double tier points offer only available by booking a holiday or can you book flight only?

          • Rob says:

            Flight+car or flight+hotel for 5+ days. If you don’t want to use BA for the hotel then adding the car may not be too pricey vs other ways of getting the tier points.

    • Rich says:

      I emailed exec-club.socialmedia and executiveclub@my.ba.com. No response.

      Phoned BA Holidays – “not us guv, you need to speak to Exec Club”, so I phoned again…

      If they don’t come up with the double TPs from March soon, I’m tempted to start a chargeback with Amex. No idea how they will view that, but I’m through being patient and ready to bang some heads together!

  • Roberto says:

    Did a Jersey to Catania mini TP run this may and have to say Sicily was good fun for a long weekend. There is enough to do and plenty to see however like many other Italian cities its filthy and covered in graffiti. Stayed at the Liberty Hotel.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Another great benefit if bronze – free suitcase on American Airlines if on the cheapest economy seats

    • Lady London says:

      Can anyone remind me do two-centre holidays qualify for the 2x tp offer? more likely to do car than hotels

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