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British Airways puts Cape Town back to 160 tier points in Business Class

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There has been some odd shifts in how certain long haul British Airways routes are rewarded this year.

Back in January, we reported that British Airways had increased the tier points offered for Hong Kong flights.

The distance had been reassessed as 6,004 miles which meant that it tipped over into the higher tier points band. A business class flight to Hong Kong now earns 160 tier points each way, instead of the previous 140.

British Airways now giving 160 tier points to Cape Town in Business

What BA giveth, BA also taketh away.

Cape Town was moved down to 5,995 miles in the British Airways system. As well as slightly reducing the Avios you earned per flight, the tier points you received also dropped. A business class flight went to 140 tier points each way instead of the previous 160.

Premium Economy dropped to 90 tier points each way (was 100). First Class went to 210 (was 240). Economy went to between 20 and 70 (was 20 to 80).

This has now changed back. It’s not clear when it happened, but Cape Town now shows at 160 tier points again in Business Class. It has moved back to 6,019 miles in the BA system.

Hong Kong also remains at 160 tier points each way – at least for now!

This HfP article lists the tier points for EVERY British Airways route.

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Comments (34)

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  • Mark says:

    I recently flew the Shanghai to London leg with BA and the flight time is now registered at 14:45h for this sector. Surely that should take the tier points award to 160 as mileage flown must be well in excess of 6000? LHR to PVG is also shown as 12.15h which must also put on or about the 6,000 mile threshold ?

    • e14 says:

      The issue there is that it is a non permanent routing issue rather than a BA being bad a geography issue. The Great Circle geographical distance is around 5,500 miles but the routes flown need to be longer to avoid certain airspace – I think the same has happened to Tokyo and more than a few other routes.

      • meta says:

        When does temporary become permanent?

        • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

          Makes no difference as they use the great circle distance between the two airports not the actual miles flown.

    • jjoohhnn says:

      5,718 miles BA claim.

  • Blindman67 says:

    Answer i got when using that link

    Thank you for writing to The Club about your reservation query.

    I am sorry to inform you that we are unable to assist you with your query as we do not have access to some of the systems used in our contact centres.

    To continue with your request we must ask you to contact our Customer Support team to discuss regarding to your query.

    Their number can be found at:

    I hope they resolve this swiftly for you.

    Please feel free to let us know if we can help you with anything else.

    Kind regards
    British Airways Executive Club

  • Christopher Sutton says:

    There needs to be something positive about the CPT route. The earlier service is now on a ropey 77G over the winter period. Extremely disappointing particular given the high fare cost.

  • e14 says:

    There are more than a few issues with BA seeing IB availability as has been reported here before

    An example would be 25/12 LHR- MAD reward space
    Lots of seats on IB about three on Ba

  • Tom R says:

    That good old great circle distance that keeps changing (not!). I’m surprised no one ever launched a legal challenge that BA is effectively fleecing people of the points they deserve or the additional cost (in Avios) it also costs to redeem. They pulled this trick way back by moving Boston slightly because DUB-BOS is 2,993 miles so it magically became over 3,000 so it would cost more Avios to fly there on EI. GC distances don’t magically change…

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