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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 here.

I want to run through the current situation again. This is especially important because 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 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 ….


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,500 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

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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

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

Comments (158)

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  • Lorenzo De Carlo says:

    Quick question ? I am silver at the moment till the 30th of June 2023. Collection date is 8th may 2023. I will have collected 450 before 31st of December 2022. Does this mean I will be silver till June 2024? Thanks

  • Danny says:

    My BA app says “Silver Achieved” but still has me listed as a Bronze member with a Bronze card. I’m so confused – happy to share screenshots if it helps. Can anyone advise?

  • Danny says:

    My app says “Silver Achieved”, and I don’t think I’ve done enough to get that since my year re-set on 8th July. My husband’s app says “Bronze Achieved” and he definitely has not done enough to achieve that. Can anyone offer any advice as to what’s going on please?

  • Richard Peters says:

    Thanks Rob. 2 splash and dashes booked to nab 400 points and gold fot the remainder of current year (03/23) and next 🙂

  • Ben says:

    I’m currently Executive Club Gold status with my card expiring in November 2023 (I was given an extension). However, I’m about to re-qualify for Gold meaning I’ve accumulated more than 1,125 points. Does this mean my status is extended by a further 12 months (= 2024) or am I just unlucky and it doesn’t change? Thanks!

  • John A says:

    Gold card holder here with a tier point year of 8 March 2023. Thanks for the point about being able to retain gold with 1,125 by 31 Dec.

    Currently I have travel through 12/31 booked that would take me to a deficit of 440 points, which I should be able to create through the double TP offer and a couple of work trips.

    I have a PE flight on Iberia on 5 Jan 2023 which would be the final 90 to push me over the 1,125. I understand that BA frequently allows people an extra week past their TP date to get sufficient points. Any thoughts if they would allow that flight on 5 Jan to count towards the 1,125 lower threshold for Gold? The first quarter is almost a nil period for me in terms of ability accumulate new TPs

    • Rob says:

      BA has historically given a 2-week grace period BUT that deal has been withdrawn until the reduced thresholds offer has ended. You won’t get leeway beyond 31/12.

  • Jim Lovejoy says:

    I’ve got a question. I have two award bookings that manage my booking are saying I’ll earn 90 tier points on one and 140 on the other.
    Am I correct that this is just the famous BA IT, and my actual tier point earnings are 0, and 0?

    • Jim Lovejoy says:

      Oops, that should be ‘will be 0, and 0’.

    • Rob says:

      Probably 0 and 0, yes, but a lot of reward bookings are posting as cash flights at present.

  • Geoff says:

    Hi, I’m currently a bronze member and my tier point collection ends April 2023. I have already got 280 tier points which reading the article is more than the lower 225 tier points that I’ll need by 31 December 2022. However my app doesn’t say that I’ve retained bronze and says I need another 20 tier points to retain my bronze status. Is it because my tier points collection period ends in April 2023 so I do indeed need 300 tier points to retain bronze?

    • Anni says:

      I’m in a similar situation to you, I’m Bronze, have 260 tier points and my year end is March 23, and it still says I need 40 more points to retain. I suspect we might need to contact BA…

      • TravelTodi says:

        I am in similar situation. I’m silver and my year end date is in January. Already collected over 450tp. But BA shows the 600tp threshold, this is an IT issues
        and this was clearly stated in BA’s April announcement. Fear not. I’ve called and tweeted BA and got confirmation that I need only 450tp by end of 2022 to retain my silver status.

    • Geoff says:

      So I just called them up to get clarity, and because I’m already a bronze member, I am not eligible for the lower tier point threshold of 225 points which expires 31/12/22. Instead, I do indeed need 300 tier points by April 2023 to retain my bronze.

      They said that if I were to get up to 450 tier points by 31/12/22, then as well as being promoted to silver, I’d keep this silver membership until April 2024.

      So unfortunately it seems I need to get another 20 points by April next year to keep my bronze…

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