British Airways REALLY Wants 2022 to Be the Last Year of Relaxed Elite Status Requirements

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British Airways Executive Club has made an update to its website, explaining how the reduction in Tier Point requirements for 2022 is supposed to work.

As a reminder, Tier Point thresholds have been reduced by 25% until 31 December 2022.  Therefore, you must accumulate:

  • Bronze: 225 Tier Points or 18 eligible flights
  • Silver: 450 Tier Points or 37 eligible flights
  • Gold: 1125 Tier Points

You also need at least 2 flights on British Airways / Iberia for Bronze status and 4 BA/IB flights for Silver or Gold status.

Now that the 8 January, 2022 Tier Point year end date has passed, some members are noticing that their accounts appear to show a requirement to hit the full targets to achieve or renew elite status.(i.e. 600 Tier Points for Silver or 1,500 Tier Points for Gold). But British Airways has explained this – by stating quite clearly…

Members with a Tier Point collection end date in 2023 can benefit from the reduced thresholds to renew or upgrade their status for the following membership year, if they earn the required number of Tier Points by 31 December 2022 only. From 1 January 2023 the reduced Tier thresholds will no longer apply.

An Example

It just so happens that my 2 year-old’s new account has a Tier Point collection year end of 8 January 2023.  I wasn’t quite sure what was going on when I saw this on her account:

But now I know that we have until 31 December, 2022 to earn those extra 10 Tier Points for Bronze, or an extra 235 Tier Points for Silver. (which would be rather useful for getting the whole family into airport lounges…)

Bottom Line

This is the first time (to my knowledge) that British Airways has made the workings of the reduced Tier Point requirement specific and clear. It is also providing every member with a full year’s advance warning that it intends to revert to the standard thresholds starting in 2023.

Whether or not British Airways Executive Club is ultimately able to do so…  surely depends on whether any more scary variants come our way.

But for now – and as always – some members will find advantage in these reduced thresholds, and others won’t be quite as able to travel hack as freely.

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