One of the most attractive promotions currently running is the ‘double tier points’ offer from BA Holidays.
If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for 5+ nights via BA Holidays, for trips where the outbound flight takes place by 31st October 2022, you will receive double tier points on your flights.
This could be hugely attractive. For example, until 31st December 2022, you only need 450 Executive Club tier points for Silver status, which gets you lounge access. Even if you didn’t requalify, you’d get a soft landing for the next year, giving a year of Bronze and its seat selection benefit.
You could get a Silver card from scratch in one trip. For example, booking Manchester to Corfu in Club Europe, you would get (40 + 80 + 80 + 40) x 2 = 480 tier points. You get a holiday and up to 25 months of BA lounge access and free seat selection, depending on the timing of your British Airways year end.
Your soft landing to Bronze would give a further 12 months of ‘free seat selection within seven days of departure’, meaning up to 37 months of benefits.
There is one snag. Whilst this offer has now been running for almost 18 months, British Airways has been unable to find a way of punctually posting the double tier points. A few people have reported receiving them, often after making a complaint, but they appear to be in the minority.
(To be honest, I think BA Holidays made a mistake by not making this an ‘opt in’ offer. This has substantially increased the administration required, and the majority of the people who are now receiving bonus tier points won’t even know they were ever due them.)
Over the last couple of weeks, however, I have received multiple emails from people who have finally received their points. Here is one I got over the weekend:
“Have just received 280 BA Tier points today that emanated from a CW flight booking LHR-JFK-BOS-LHR outbound 17 Dec 2021 inbound 4 Jan 2022!!! Unbelievable!”
So, there is progress of sorts here.
How many tier points would you need for BA status?
This offer is still running for another two months. If you wanted to push for status it seems that the odds of actually getting your double tier points to turn up have improved.
Remember that, until 31st December:
- Bronze status in BA Executive Club requires 225 tier points (was 300)
- Silver status in BA Executive Club requires 450 tier points (was 600)
- Gold status in BA Executive Club requires 1,125 tier points (was 1,500)
That said, the posting is still random:
- some people are getting them backdated to the date of their original flights, which is what the rules say will happen
- some people are getting them posted with the current date, which has messed up their plans to earn status (although some other readers have found this convenient!)
If BA Holidays has now found a way of posting the double tier points, it should be less of an issue. Hopefully they will post promptly after your flight.
Full details of the ‘double tier points’ offer can be found on BA Holidays here. Remember that you need to book by 22nd October and take your outbound flight by 31st October.
PS. If you are still missing bonus tier points from this offer, you will find various emails you can use to complain in this dedicated thread in our forum. Sometimes they get a result, sometimes they don’t …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.