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BA Holidays extends its ‘double tier points’ offer – now valid until December 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 another three months, out to 31st December 2023.

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

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

British Airways is now posting these bonus tier points promptly. 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. Reader feedback confirms this.

You could get very close to a Silver card from scratch in one trip. For example, booking London to New York in Club World, you would get (140 + 140) x 2 = 560 tier points.

For clarity, ALL travellers on the booking receive double tier points.

How many tier points would you need for BA status?

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.

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Three bits of small print to note ….

There are three 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
  • you don’t need to be booking for a couple or family – the offer also applies to solo travellers

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

The only real downside is that BA Holidays flights do not earn On Business points in the SME loyalty scheme.

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.

Don’t forget that BA Holidays is currently running its 2023 sale.

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


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Comments (89)

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  • Becca says:

    Thanks for all the helpful info! I’m new to chasing BA status and only discovered the offer after recently booking flights and adding a car just before making payment (I.e. not added later). Does anyone know if this will qualify despite not starting out as a “Holiday” booking?

    • Rob says:

      No, it won’t.

      • Yona says:

        I don’t know why Rob says it won’t.

        If you were looking for a flight and then selected a car or hotel the booking becomes a Package.

        I just tried by looking for a random flight and then selecting a car when offered that or hotel. The next screen confirms I will get double tier points.

        I think you have 24hrs from the time of booking a flight to add a car or hotel and that will convert it into a package holiday.

        • Rob says:

          Is it booked via BA Holidays? No. Is it legally a package? Yes, but so what?

          If you’re within 24 hours then cancel the flight and rebook via the BA Hols site for certainty.

          • yonasl says:

            If you go to BA and search for a flight you are given the option to add a car or hotel on the same page where you have the final flight price.
            If you select a car for instance you get to add it to the flight and it becomes a “package”. On the page before payment it clearly says you will get the double tier points so the reservation seems to be passed to BA Holidays as it becomes a package.

          • VALittleRed says:

            Yes but point 2 of the terms and conditions: “2. For the avoidance of doubt this offer does not apply to any British Airways flight only bookings made without a hotel or car or where the hotel or car is added to a booking in a separate transaction.”
            Therefore as the car or hotel is paid for in the same transaction of the flight surely it should then qualify? Often different routing options show doing initially via BA holidays vs Flight + Hotel, or flight then adding hotel in same booking?

  • Oliver says:

    Has anyone else noticed that when browsing the BA Holiday Finder web page, looking for a 7 night holiday in the summer in Europe, with Economy flights selected, you have lots of options. Change the Cabin to Business/Club, and you are left with just Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey… Why do destinations like Cyprus, Malta, Iceland, etc disappear? Is BA restricting some of these further (160 TP) destinations to avoid us all picking up some east Tier Points?

    • Richie says:

      BTW Greece and Turkey are 160 TP rtn in CE. There are fewer flights to Malta and Paphos.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      I never use the holiday finder to book. I always use the flight + hotel search on the main BA landing page and not has any seeming restricted options as to flights or hotels.

    • SH says:

      I have previously noticed when you switch to business flights sometimes the holiday finder will also change the minimum star rating to 4, which could be wiping out the hotels they have available at those destinations.

  • Nikos says:

    Do you know if both the flight and the car/hotel element need to be for 5 nights and over the same period of time? I ask because, for example, I can book a return flight to the US (from London) for 3 days and just add a car in Greece for 5 (completely different) days and it gives me a package deal. Would that count?

  • Linda says:

    Hi –
    Does the trip need to complete by 31 Dec 2023? Thinking of booking BA holiday for Dec 23 to Jan 24, would this still qualify for double TP? or would only the first leg or no leg qualify?
    thanks

    • VALittleRed says:

      I Suspect only the first leg would qualify however the promotion may be extended into 24 but no guarantee of course

  • Adam says:

    If I add a car rental component but don’t actually pick up the car will i still get the tier points ?

    • VALittleRed says:

      You may or may not, don’t count on it though

      • Rob says:

        No-one has had trouble doing this over the 22 months that the offer has been running so far.

  • Emma says:

    Rob, do you have anything in writing from BA stating that the overall stay can be longer than 5 nights and that as long as you stay in a BA Hotel (booked at the same time) for 5 nights you still qualify? LobbyLounge.com states it must be for the duration in their piece. BA told me on the phone it must be for the duration and I’ve written to BA but just keep getting a boilerplate response referring back to the web info, which could be taken either way. They seem to be avoiding answering the question. It seems they don’t want to speak to mere paying mortals but you may have more luck getting a solid answer.

    • Rob says:

      Isn’t it clear?

      a) The booking must be for a British Airways Holidays Flights + Hotel or Flights + Car or Flights + Hotel + Car package booking originating in the UK only.

      b) The booking must contain British Airways flights including codeshares and British Airways marketed and/or operated flights only. Flights not meeting these criteria within the booking won’t be awarded Tier Points. Flights offered as part of a British Airways Holidays package that are provided by other airline partners that do not have a BA flight number will not be eligible.

      c) The hotel/car element of the package must be for a minimum of five nights for travel before 31 December 2023.

      d) The participant must register their British Airways Executive Club number against their booking prior to travel.

      • Emma says:

        You’d think so but one BA agent told me this week that it must be for the duration of your booking from flight departure to flight return. Another told me it must be just 5 days regardless of the duration of time away. Every BA Rep I have spoken to has told me something different. One even said they didn’t know! Another replied to an email stating he can’t tell me in writing and the information is only available if you call. A dummy booking staying for just 5 nights (on the phone with BA Holidays) with a duration of time away of 17 days also did not award Double Tier Points that the agent could see.

        • Rob says:

          Doesn’t matter. The rules are the rules and the rules are published. This promo has been running for almost 2 years now so any issues like this would have become clear a long time ago.

          • Emma says:

            I believe the rules have changed recently, it used to be the duration and now it’s 5 nights, the same as it used to be a minimum of two people and that has changed. Maybe that is the reason why BA staff are so confused, it’s just concerning that they are refusing to confirm the specifics; if the rules are so obvious why can’t they do that?

  • Do_you_care says:

    Odd question but do I actually need to collect and use the car? For an extra £60 for my trip to JNB, i get the car hire but don’t need or want the car as I am taking an internal flight to DUR. Would non-collection of the car hire still qualify for double tier points?

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