British Airways to offer lower requirement for Executive Club requalificiation in 2022

Welcome to 2022, where airlines are still dealing with the menace called Covid19 and its various waves that cause customer travel disruptions. Airlines are now trying to manage the situation proactively rather than reacting to this situation later.

British Airways writes out a status extension to some BAEC status holding members

British Airways had announced, in December 2021, a 12-months extension of elite status for Executive Club members, those whose tier-point collection end date was between April 1 – June 30, 2022. It is arguable about what stance BA took to cut this small slice out for the extension, but at least it is not on a case by case basis. BA has already applied the 12-month extension to all eligible memberships with Tier Point collection end dates of July 2020 – March 2021.

British Airways to maintain reduced requirements for earning status in 2022

British Airways is offering a 25% reduced requirement to retain the current tier or step up a level throughout 2022:

  • BAEC Bronze, which usually requires 300 Tier Points, will require 225 Tier Points or 18 eligible flights
  • BAEC Silver, which generally requires 600 Tier Points, will require 450 Tier Points or 37 eligible flights
  • BAEC Gold, which generally requires 1500 Tier Points, will require 1125 Tier Points

Members will need to have flown a minimum number of British Airways or Iberia flights to qualify for the 25% Tier threshold reduction to upgrade or subsequently renew their membership for the following year. This is 2 for Bronze membership and 4 for Silver and Gold membership.

As per the FAQs published on this subject,

Members with a Tier Point collection end date up to June 2022 can benefit from the reduced Tier Point thresholds to upgrade their Tier status.

Members with a Tier Point collection end date between July 2022 and December 2022 can benefit from the reduced Tier Point thresholds to retain, or upgrade, their Tier status.

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.

For instance, my status collection year, which will expire in November 2022, will require me to earn 1125 points to retain that Gold status.

However, this is not a fully baked thought process, because essentially BA is saying, if I make 1125 tier points in November – December 2022, I can have one more year of status, but otherwise, tough luck to me. In 2023, to get to the same place, I’d have ten months, but I’d have to earn 1500 tier points in the process.

Bottomline

This is some good news for some British Airways customers around the world. Some have been granted another year of BA status, and most get lesser requirements to requalify for one more year.

What do you think of the move by British Airways to reduce Executive Club status earning?


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Comments

  1. What’s interesting is that BA hasn’t said much (at least that I’ve seen) about a Tier Point reduction for BAEC members attempting to achieve new elite status. Has anyone heard or seen otherwise?

    • @OfTheWorld, I’ve left a link to the BA website which tells you that. Basically, whether you are a new member or an existing one, through 2022, any tier upgrade or retention will come at a lower number of tier points.

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