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BA Holidays extends its ‘double tier points’ offer to 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.


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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  • Michael C says:

    Sorry for having asked before, but does anyone have experience of having actually received the double tier points on an open-jaw holiday booking? At the end of the dummy booking, there is never a “this holiday qualifies you for….” notice.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I got double points on a BA Holiday EDI-LHR-BOS//JFK-LHR

      • Skywalker says:

        @Save East Coast Rewards – do you have to call up to make an open jaw holiday booking or is there some magic that I have missed on the BA website?

        • Sean says:

          You need to select ‘custom trip’ on the FH or FC search box. Here you can book any six flight segments and combination of hotels or cars.

      • Tom says:

        I’m thinking of booking a longer open jaw trip for a month but don’t want to book at the same hotel for >5 days. Assuming I made custom booking on BA Holiday, would I qualify for double tier points?

      • Michael C says:

        Cheers, SECR!

    • Nick says:

      @MichaelC the notice doesn’t need to be there for the offer to be valid. For a long time it was set only to display for economy flights anyway before they changed it.

      The easiest way to ensure you’ll trigger this offer is to book ONLY through the Holidays sale flow. You can tell because it looks different… and also has badp in the URL (DP = dynamic packaging). Anything else, including choosing flights and adding stuff later, risks it not being picked up automatically (or give you the special IT fares Rob often refers to).

      • Lady London says:

        Hi @Nick, just wanted to say thank you for the very clear insights you’ve given your time to offer over time, on things that may not be clear to us how BA works but you very kindly have educated us about many things.

        Shout out to @SamG for the same and also for kind insights about Asia and how to handle some ticketing or route planning issues.

      • Skywalker says:

        @Sean and @Nick – thank you for good tips 🙂

  • meta says:

    Are the extra tier points backdated to the flight date? I had my BAH flight on 19 Dec which if everything goes well should post on 2 Jan. I’d like them to be allocated to this year rather than the next to tip me over to Silver.

    • Nectar collector says:

      Yes, should be applied based on flight date

    • Ian says:

      Will by default apply to the year in which they post.

      If you want them to apply to the year of one flight, then you must get it manually adjusted.

    • Yona says:

      I found from practical experience that BA backdates points but not status changes. So for instance:

      – year 0: you do your holiday getting 300 TPs.
      – year 1: you get the additional 300 TPS for your holiday. Those will appear on year 0. BA changes your tier to Silver for year 1
      – year 2: you are still Silver
      – year 3: you lose your tier

    • Lady London says:

      Yes, based on the local time at the departure point apparently.

      So care needed at departure points in completely different timezones like Oz, and also, I suspect, for later flights in married segments that are all or part of legs.

      • meta says:

        @Yona I wouldn’t need status for year 0 (we are at the end anyway). I’m currently on 400 tier points. And the offer to reach Silver for 450 TPs ends on 31 Dec. With double TPs from my booking which finished on 19 Dec, I should get additional 80 TPs. So I’d like this to be awarded to 2022 rather than 2023 and my status lasting till my next anniversary date which is Feb 2024.
        I guess it will require some manual intervention.

        • yonasl says:

          One never knows with BA but what I think will happen:
          – 2022 you have 400 TPs
          – 2023 your additional 80 TPs are awarded and correctly backdated to 2022 so you need the year with 480 TPs and get silver.

          But BA systems seem to not be able to backdate statuses. They cannot make you silver in 2022 just change your current status from bronze to silver. So you become silver in 2023 and keep it until 2024. This is how it happened to me and hopefully you too!

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      In my case the bonus TPs weren’t backdated to the dates of the flights.

      They just posted a week or so after the a single transaction with the description “80 – BA Holidays – Tier Point Award”

      For me this was in my favour as the posting day was more beneficial than if they were posted based on the dates of the flights which were right upto my collection year end.

      As these are bonus TPs BA system may not automatically pick them up as being relevant to calculating achievement to the threshold targets like normal TPs so it may require a call once they have posted to have it sorted out.

  • Harry T says:

    Just as a small additional point, you can book flights without a BA flight code in them but you only receive double TPs for the flights in the booking that BA codes. We ended up having some QR flights in our itinerary this November due to BA cancelling so many flights to Cape Town. These QR flights didn’t even initially post to our BAEC accounts either and were QR flight codes for some reason. The three BA flights on the booking posted normally and we then received double TPs for the BA flights only.

    • Lady London says:

      If you miss avios or tier points because of involuntary rerouting or irrops you can apply to BA with your original itinerary asking for Original Routing Credit.

      • Du Ri says:

        We hope so (re missing tier points)….and thanks for info on ORC.
        The following all done to elliciit BA Gold for wife and Silver for me – added to existing 2022 tier points.
        Travelled to Marrakesh from Aberdeen in Business including BA 5 day holiday 26th Nov to 10th Dec ….still missing BA Holiday credit 120 RETURN tier points ..was credited BA Hol on way out but not return!
        Then was supposed to travel ABZ- LHR-HEL-DXB on 13th Dec in business but ABZ-LHR flight 2 hours late so missed connecting Helsinki flight with Finnair and was rerouted directly to DXB using BA therefore ‘losing’ 80m tier points to Helsinki….and at todays date only my wife has received the 140 tier points for LHR – DXB which has curtailed her GOLD expedition as wife only has 1100 ( 25 short before 31st Dec!!) and stalled my quext at 400 – 50 short.
        Had hoped wife would travel back as GOLD passenger but BA very slow at picking up issue at best of times and festivities means little chance will be sorted soon!
        But thanks again for Rerouting Credit info was not sure how or if it could be achieved but now have tools to do so!

    • Alan says:

      I trust you claimed original routing credit and that they honoured it, Harry T?

  • Sqeezed says:

    Long time reader (pre BGTP)I’m writing while staying in the Holiday Inn Express Dartford, the one where the lift keeps breaking down and all the breakfast stuff taste like cheese. Your reviews are a kin to Top Gear reviews, years ago they reviewed nomal cars (Jeremy Clarkson +Toyota Prius = funny) but now mainly about super cars costing a zillion pounds. It would be nice to have a more balanced (read as cost effective) reviews. My kids are about the same age as yours, so family reviews and tips are always useful.

    BGTP =beef and gravy tesco points

    • Rob says:

      But I HAVEN’T reviewed them, that’s the point of this article 🙂 HfP has its own Overton Window.

      You can’t be seriously suggesting that I should base my family holidays around what would interest the average HfP reader.

    • Greenpen says:

      I didn’t like the beef, but bought plenty of the chicken to the same effect!

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      There are plenty of other sites that review hotels and offer tips based on family trips.

      One of the attractions of HfP is its focus rather than an all things to all men approach.

  • Sqeezed says:

    The last comment I sent was aimed at the Robs travel highlights thread, not this one 😑

  • Jim Paterson says:

    My wife and I are still waiting for our double points for a business class holiday to Las Vegas in June. I have telephoned executive club but they can’t put me through to whoever deals with it. I have sent 2 e-mails to the address you previously provided and have not had a response. I have twice claimed for missing tier points and heard nothing. On 24th November I was given a case reference number. I have responded to this twice in the proper manner and still I wait. What do I do next?

  • Dror says:

    If I book a BA one way flight and car for five days via the BA holidays website, would that earn double tier points?

    How about if I book return flights for a weekend but extended the car rental for five days?

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Since the double points are only awarded after the return flight …

      On the second one I personally wouldn’t risk doing something like that .

    • Cats are best says:

      The T&C say…

      “To qualify, you’ll need to book a holiday (flights + hotel or flights + car) of at least five nights for travel before 31 December 2023”

      …if the return isn’t >=5 nights after the outbound, it won’t qualify.

      If you were to make a separate (non-holiday) booking to return and fly back, it’d be ok (I’ve actually done that for an emergency, didn’t affect the bonus award).

  • Yorkshire rich says:

    I’m looking at booking BA holidays to Dubai for 4 of us as it’s considerably cheaper than booking direct, but think I’m going to hold out to see if they reduce price. Unless of course this “sale”is as good as it’s gets .

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