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Let’s clear up the confusion over the tier points needed to earn or renew BA status this year

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It was back in April that British Airways made its latest and final set of pandemic changes to the tier point requirements for earning or retaining British Airways Executive Club status.

Over the last few days I’ve seen a couple of – totally incorrect – articles elsewhere about further changes being made. This is not true. There have been no changes since April and I don’t think that British Airways is planning any. The official information is on ba.com here.

I want to run through the current situation again. This is especially important because ba.com is currently showing incorrect (or only partially correct) information for some people on their targets.

British Airways Executive Club status cards

A quick word about British Airways status extensions

This article is not about status extensions but I will cover it briefly.

British Airways is now done with status extensions, as far as I know, so don’t expect anything on top of what you have already received.

You can see if you have a status extension lined up by looking at your ‘card expiry date’ in the BA app or on the website. If this is 13 months after your next tier point year end, you have an extension lined up. If your card expiry date is 1 month after your tier point year end, you don’t.

For example:

  • If your tier point year end is 8th September 2022 and your ‘card expiry date’ shows as 31st October 2022, you don’t have a further extension baked in. You need to requalify on the terms below by 8th September 2022 or drop down a tier.
  • If your tier point year end is 8th September 2022 and your ‘card expiry date’ shows as 31st October 2023, you have an extension lined up. It doesn’t matter if you end up with zero tier points by 8th September 2022 – you won’t drop down. This is what I see, with my extension:

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.

How many tier points do you currently need to earn or retain British Airways status?

Here is what you need to do if you want to earn or retain British Airways Executive Club status this year.

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

  • Bronze status will require 225 tier points or 18 eligible flights
  • Silver status will require 450 tier points or 37 eligible flights
  • Gold status will require 1,125 tier points

The requirements for each tier have been reduced by 25% until the year end.

Whilst we don’t normally cover it, Gold Guest List thresholds have been reduced to 3,750 tier points to earn it and 2,250 tier points to retain it.

From 1st January 2023, the normal thresholds apply:

  • Bronze status will require 300 tier points or 25 eligible flights
  • Silver status will require 600 tier points or 50 eligible flights
  • Gold status will require 1,500 tier points

You can confirm this on ba.com here.

Here is the important thing to understand: the thresholds above apply regardless of your membership year end. Your target is going to change part way through your membership year.

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

However, let’s assume that you are currently Silver and your tier point year ends on 8th December 2022. To requalify this year, you need to earn 450 tier points by 8th December 2022. To requalify for the following year you must EITHER:

  • earn 450 tier points between 9th December 2022 and 31st December 2022, or
  • earn the full 600 tier points by 8th December 2023

Clearly people in this position won’t get much use out of the 450 tier point threshold for the 2022 calendar year.

There is one exception for some Silver members

Back in April, British Airways announced that some existing Silver members would be treated differently.

If you were already Silver with a tier point year ending on 8th July 2022, 8th August 2022 or 8th September 2022 you could renew your status with just 300 tier points.

Whilst this sounds like an odd exception, it makes more sense if you look at the status extensions given out on the same day, which missed out this cohort.

Your tier points still reset to zero on your renewal date

Some people have mistakenly thought that BA has stopped resetting your tier points to zero on your anniversary date. It hasn’t.

If you currently have 400 tier points, are pushing for Silver status and your membership year ends on 8th November then:

  • you need to earn an extra 50 tier points by 8th November, or
  • your tier points will reset to zero on 9th November and you then need to earn a further 450 tier points before 31st December 2022, or
  • your tier points will reset to zero on 9th November and you then need to earn a further 600 tier points before 8th November 2023
British Airways tier points 2022

How can you earn British Airways tier points quickly?

This HfP article shows you the number of tier points you earn by route and by ticket class when flying on British Airways.

If I had to summarise my suggestions for hitting your target:

Need up to 45 tier points?

Book a return flight to ‘near’ Europe or a UK domestic, flying one way in Economy (5 tier points) and one way in Club Europe (40 tier points).

If you book Club Europe for your outbound flight, you will have to pay business class Air Passenger Duty but, on the upside, can benefit from the lounges at Heathrow plus fast track etc. If you book Club Europe for your return, your ticket will be cheaper but the business class perks when departing may be fewer.

Need 50 to 80 tier points?

A Club Europe return to a UK domestic destination or ‘near Europe’ will earn 80 tier points. The list here clearly shows cities earning 40 tier points each way.

Need 85 to 160 tier points?

These routes (click) are the longer Club Europe routes which earn 160 tier points for a return trip. Even better, because these are mainly holiday routes, they can be cheaper out of season than some 80 tier point routes. How about a break in Malta, Athens etc?

Need more than 160 tier points?

Normally I would suggest a long haul Club World flight on British Airways (280 tier points return, fewer if you mix classes) but these are expensive at the moment with no fare sales on the horizon.

It may be easier to earn what you need via multiple long weekends in cities on the ‘160 tier points’ list.

Needs up to 560 tier points?

The ‘best value’ way to earn up to 560 tier points is a long-haul flight on Qatar Airways to Asia or further. As long as each flight is over 2,000 miles, your trip will be treated as four long haul flights for tier point purposes (eg UK to Doha, Doha to Bangkok, Bangkok to Doha, Doha to UK).

This earns (140 tier points x 4) 560 tier points return.

Remember that your trip is likely to be cheaper, and earns the same tier points, if you start in, say, Amsterdam and go Amsterdam – Doha and onwards. Unfortunately you are unlikely to see any good deals over the World Cup period.

And don’t forget ….

Don’t forget that you cannot earn British Airways status purely from partner airlines such as Qatar Airways. You still need four one-way British Airways or Iberia cash flights in your membership year to earn Silver or Gold, or two for Bronze. Reward flights do not count.

You still have four and a half months to earn or retain status under the reduced thresholds ….. why not see what you can do?

PS. I am nervous about mentioning this again, since people are having huge issues in getting the points they are due, but British Airways Holidays is still offering double tier points on 5+ night bookings until the end of October. Will you ever see your double tier points? Who knows ….


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Comments (158)

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  • Skyshare says:

    My year ends 8th Sept and card expiry 31st Oct. Does that mean that immediate seat selection applies to flights booked before 8th Sept but flown 9th Sept to 31st Oct or anything booked before 31st Oct? I am confused as I just booked a MLA-LGW for 8th Nov and got a free seat selection in business.

    • Rob says:

      If you are Silver today, you can book a seat today for any upcoming flight.

      However, if you will lose your status before the date of the flight, you may lose your seat allocation. Whilst this is not guaranteed, it appears that as long as you avoid messing about in the seat selection part of Manage My Booking post your status drop, you’ll be fine.

  • dougzz99 says:

    “Let’s clear up the confusion over the tier points needed to earn or renew BA status this year”
    You’ll never be able to do that. The comments here, and on every mention of the subject rather confirm that

    • CarpalTravel says:

      I often wonder if there is some marvellously digestible, alternative visual way of being able to walk people through this sort of confusing ,convoluted mess. Like a decision tree flowchart or the like. I have similar issues at work too at the moment and would love to come up with a method. 🤔

  • Debbie Waugh says:

    So this information showing on BA website is incorrect?
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/tiers-and-benefits/silver-threshold-reduced

    • JDB says:

      No, it’s not incorrect, but your comment suggests you have only partially read that link.

    • Rob says:

      Yes and No.

      This page is a page which was only meant to be read by people who were emailed a link to it by BA. These were people who were already Silver and with 8 July / 8 August / 8 September year ends.

      If you click the first Q&A button you see this:

      “We have automatically applied the reduced threshold to Silver Members with Tier Point Collection Year end dates in July, August and September 2022. If you collect 300 Tier Points by the end of your current Tier Point Collection Year, or fly with us on 25 eligible flights, your Silver status will automatically renew. Please note, the Tier Point tracker on ba.com will continue to show a threshold of 450 Tier Points as this reduction does not apply to all Members.”

  • coasterlover says:

    When i got silver status I received this email:

    “We’ve already reduced the number of Tier Points needed to renew your Silver status or upgrade to Gold by 25%, until 31 December 2022.

    We’re now going a step further and temporarily reducing the threshold to renew your Silver status by 50% for the remainder of your current Tier Point Collection Year. If you earn a total of 300 Tier Points by your next Tier Point Collection Year end date, your Silver status will
    automatically be renewed for another year.”

    Perhaps this is the confusion?

  • Alan Vickers says:

    All my double TP trips have eventually been awarded. I am awaiting the latest trip to be added but I have only been back 2 weeks. My TP year ends on the 8th April , and in answer to a question earlier, my double TP were added to the previous year (when they were earned) even though it was May/June when they were added, therefore my Gold status was achieved.

  • Rma says:

    Thank you for all the replies about double tier points and dates of posting.

  • Candy says:

    I have a tier point collection year ending 08 Dec 2022 and so far in 2022 I’ve earned 605 TP’s to maintain silver but my card expiry says 31 Jan 2023. I thought the status I earned this year covered me for next year?

    If the silver status earned this year doesn’t cover me for 2023 is it worth me going for Gold by 08 Dec 2022 for a soft landing to silver for next year? Gives me a bigger window to earn 520 TPs between now and my 08 Dec year end for Gold then drop to Silver than trying to get 450 TPs for Silver 08 Dec to 31 Dec.

    Won’t be earning many TP’s in 2023 as we have 241’s to use up.

    • Rob says:

      Do you have 605 tier points AND you’ve flown 4 BA cash flights? If all 605 TP are from other airlines then your Silver is not renewed.

      If you’ve earned 605 AND done 4 BA cash flights then your status will roll over and is good to January 2024.

      Whether you should go for Gold is an interesting one. As you say (and as I’ve said myself on HfP before) one of the best benefits of Gold is the soft landing to Silver, removing the pressure to retain status for the following year. If you could see a way of getting the extra 520 tier points before 8 December then it may be a good investment – Gold to January 2024, Silver to January 2025 and then Bronze to January 2026.

      • Flabber says:

        I’m in a similar situation. December year-end and currently Silver. I’ve already hit my 4 BA flights and have some partner flights booked so will “hopefully” be on 720 points by November.

        I wasn’t too sure if I should push for Gold but looking at the run from 2023-2025 I may need to a TP run for the remaining 405 points.
        Eeeek!

      • Candy says:

        Thank you Rob! I guess I didn’t think through the repercussions of BA cancelling our Miami flight this summer and switching us to AA hence whilst BA ticketed those sectors don’t count towards 4 cash BA metal sectors. I totally forgot about that point. I think I currently have 3 paid BA metal sectors the rest have been AA / IB and some BA reward flights. I’ll easily get that other BA metal cash flight under my belt so should then see my silver card expiry update to January 2024 and hopefully I’ll find a way to get the 520 TP for gold by 08 Dec which should help in the long run as I’ll not be earning many TPs next year so it should cover me for a while whilst using up 241’s

        • Candy says:

          @Rob : apologies but could you clarify whether BA ticketed but AA operated flights count towards the 4 sector eligibility? We tend to book via ba.com and have 3 paid BA metal flights/sectors from earlier in the year but our summer flights were changed by BA to AA metal but still ticketed by BA with BA flight number. If so, then we have more than 4 BA eligible sectors so my current card expiry should be January 2024?

          In the long run I’ll try for Gold by 08 Dec 22 but will need to keep an eye on the expiry date once the extra BA sector is included.

          • Candy says:

            Also, we have taken IB cash flights this year too which should count towards eligible sectors? I’ll see if it updates once I’ve taken a BA ticketed and operated flight later in the year as the others don’t seem to trigger the 4 eligible sectors for me and I’m not too bothered about calling to sort just yet as I hope it sorts itself later in the year.

          • Rhys says:

            Should count if it’s a BA flight number

          • Nick says:

            For eligible flights it doesn’t matter in the slightest who issued your ticket, what matters is the flight number it’s sold on. BA can sell AA coded flights (and vice versa). If you have AA codes then it won’t count. If BA or IB then it will. Don’t be confused by ticketing carrier in this instance.

          • Candy says:

            Thanks Rob, Rhys, Nick; for the clarification. All my flight numbers were BA or IB coded so I should have plenty of eligible sectors within my year so far. I’ll follow it up if I need to later in the year.

  • ianM says:

    I’m still hoping to do the BA Holidays double tier point offer in October, but which time I will have no status. If I get 450 points from that in total I should be silver as they will (eventually) allocate the extra tier points back to the holiday date, is that correct?

    Plus 4 flights

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