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BA Holidays extends its ‘double tier points’ offer – now valid until September 2023

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If you had been worrying about how you are going to retain or earn British Airways Executive Club status next year, BA Holidays can help.

BA Holidays has extended its double tier points offer by 11 months.

If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 30th September 2023 (was 31st October 2022), you will receive double BA tier points on your flights. Existing bookings count.

We mentioned this deal in our article on the new BA Holidays sale yesterday – click here – but I wanted to run this article today because the news about double tier points was tucked away.

BA Holidays Avios benefits

You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.

Even better, British Airways seems to have found a way of actually posting these bonus tier points. It only took 18 months, but it has finally cracked it. BA Holidays is now saying that you need to wait just 14 days for the extra tier points.

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.

A Business Class package to, say, New York or Dubai would get you 560 tier points under this offer. This is well over the threshold for Silver and half of the way to Gold, currently 1,125 tier points.

How many tier points would you need for BA status?

Until 31st December, these are the reduced thresholds you need to hit:

  • Bronze status in BA Executive Club requires 225 tier points
  • Silver status in BA Executive Club requires 450 tier points
  • Gold status in BA Executive Club requires 1,125 tier points

From 1st January 2023, thresholds return to their pre-covid levels (this happens irrespective of your membership year end):

  • Bronze status in BA Executive Club requires 300 tier points
  • Silver status in BA Executive Club requires 600 tier points
  • Gold status in BA Executive Club requires 1,500 tier points

Remember that you need FOUR BA or Iberia cash flights in your membership year to get promoted, so one return flight to New York wouldn’t be enough unless you were connecting. You’d need a quick hop somewhere else before your status was upgraded.

BA Holidays Avios

Two bits of small print to note ….

There are two things to note about the double tier points offer:

  • you must book flights which carry a British Airways flight number – codeshare flights with, say, Qatar Airways are acceptable but only if your booking shows a BAXXXX flight number
  • whilst your booking must contain at least five nights of hotel or car rental, your overall stay can be longer

The other BA Holidays benefits are still in place

As well as the double tier points offer, BA Holidays is running various other offers which will all stack together:

  • booking a ‘Flight and Hotel’ or ‘Flight and Car’ package can be cheaper than booking a flight on its own, since British Airways will often use BA Holidays as a way of quietly selling seats without cutting its headline flight prices
  • you earn an additional 1 Avios per £1 for every £1 you spend at BA Holidays
  • you only need to pay a deposit now with the balance not due until a few weeks before departure

Conclusion

I think it is worth having a serious think about how you can use this BA Holidays offer to put you well on your way to Executive Club status next year.

Whilst the current sale only runs to 20th September 2022, you will continue to earn double tier points on all bookings made for travel until 30th September 2023.

You can learn more about the double tier points offer on the BA Holidays website here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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 (128)

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  • Abi says:

    Hey folks,
    My membership year resets this month and I’d like to get to Gold. I’m flexible with working so can go at any time, and have spent time looking at BA Holidays to Sofia/Marrakech and even just multiple return flights to Sofia for example in Business class and can’t seem to get anywhere. Can any of you experts recommend the best (most cost-efficient) way to reach close to the 1125 tier points required for Gold by the end of the year? Happy to do multiple trips, but would like to reach it cost-efficiently! Thank you!!

  • Kash says:

    Slightly off topic but I’m trying to get to silver, just returned back from Morocco booked through BA holidays so should get my double tier points. Due to fly to BOM in November using a 2-4-1 voucher in club. Would I still get tier points for that trip as I used a voucher?

  • stephen1948 says:

    Given call centre congestion appreciate help. Using the BA points/avios calculator, LGW to Seychelles is shown as 140 tier points.
    However the holiday package I’m looking at routes through Doha on BA flight numbers and using the same calculator, LGW to Doha shows 140 points and Doha Seychelles also shows 140 points so maths suggests 280 points each way ie 560 return and then doubled
    ie 1120 as double tier points on packages offered up to 31st Dec. Is my thinking correct and if so then silver status threshold easily achieved as currently needs 450 tier points. Presume also that even after 31st Dec that 560 points on same route say in January would also achieve silver status.

    • Rob says:

      This is correct BUT all flights must carry BA flight numbers to get double TP. Check the flight number on both legs.

      You’d actually be Gold with this as the threshold is 1,125 TP until 31/12.

      Silver is back to 600 TP from 1st January.

      Note that if the flights don’t have BA flight numbers then they don’t count towards the ‘4 BA cash flights’ criteria which you also need for Silver and Gold, on top of the tier points needed.

  • Bundeera says:

    Having just booked under this offer, I have to say the savings relative to booking flights and hotel separately (which is what I usually do for business trips) were pretty substantial. It also let me fly into JNB but book the hotel element in CPT (for good measure, I booked 6 nights..), something I had struggled to do before, which is why I often gave up on the idea of using BA Hols for business.
    Total cost of the package was below the cost of the flights separately by themselves (by c. £400), and I ended up with a v nice hotel in the CBD area for what appears to be less than £50/night. Plus I get 720 tier points on the deal. Takes the pressure off in terms of finding the balance for my year end renewal in Sep 23.
    Thank you HfP and BA 🙂

  • Matt78 says:

    Morning all, I’ve been credited with the “BA holidays tier point award” bonus for a recent trip (30/8/22 – 5/9/22), but only for half of the tier points due, posted with the date of the outbound flights. Is this usual and will the remaining half be credited later with the return flight dates? The standard tier points have posted for all flight sectors.

    • Rob says:

      A couple of weeks ago, BA brought in a new system for processing these claims. It is possible that they now post on a leg by leg basis. The fact you’re got them already is shocking, frankly – most people were waiting 9+ months …..!

      • Matt78 says:

        Thanks Rob, I am indeed lucky with the timings! I’ll report back then if the 2nd portion post in a few days so everyone can see the new mechanism in all it’s glory 🙂

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