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 year, out to 31st December 2024.
If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package for at least five nights, and travel by 31st December 2024 (was 31st December 2023), you will receive double BA tier points on your flights. Existing bookings count.
You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.
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?
Thresholds have now returned to their pre-covid levels:
- 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 – as well as hitting the tier points target – you need four BA or Iberia cash flights (codeshares with a BA or IB flight number count) in your membership year to get promoted to Silver, or two flights for Bronze.
A few bits of small print to note ….
There are a few 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
- your car rental or hotel stay must be between your flight dates – this is a new rule (or at least a new clarification) and means, for example, that your five nights can’t include an airport hotel on the day before you fly
- you will not receive your double tier points if BA Holidays find out that you did not stay at your booked hotel or pick up your rental car – this is also a new rule / clarification of existing policy
- “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”
- 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
- if you have the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card, you get double Avios via American Express if you use it to pay for your holiday
- 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, assuming that the On Business website ever comes back.
I think it is worth having a serious think about how you can use this BA Holidays offer to put yourself well on the way to Executive Club status next year.
You can learn more about the double tier points offer on the BA Holidays website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.