Recently, many British Airways Executive Club members have received an email with the title “something to make you smile.” For once, it actual was. BA has extended status for a further 12 months for all of their members.
The news from BA was an interesting development, as we’d observed growing annoyance within the BA frequent flyer community. Plenty of other airlines had already offered status extensions to their frequent flyers, which prompted much grumbling in the BA frequent flyers. The face-off between BA and its staff, and the UK Government began to further test the loyalty of some aggrieved Exec Club members.
Despite all this, British Airways wasn’t entirely ignoring its loyal schemes. In mid-March we discussed how BA extended companion voucher validity for its credit card customers.
For us, BA status being extended for 12 months really was an unexpected surprise. Mentally, we’d already written it off. For 2020, we had decided to focus our travel plans on the destinations we wanted to visit, irrespective of whether we could get there on a Oneworld ticket. We planned trips to Seoul with Etihad and Hong Kong with Lufthansa/Swiss, so weren’t expecting to retain BA Gold. Alas, those trips haven’t happened and so we’re glad to be keeping our BA status into 2021. Who knows, we might even be able to fly by then… But where?!
Here’s the email we received:
We all love to hear some good news every now and then. And so today, we wanted to tell you something that we hope will make you smile.
As the world prepares to fly once more, we know there is still a long road ahead, and we wanted you to know that we’ll be right there with you every step of the journey.
To say thank you for all your loyalty and support, we’ve added 12 months extra onto your Gold Executive Club membership. So you have more time to enjoy your benefits, whenever you’re ready to return to the skies.
What’s more, it will be even easier to retain your Gold status next time you’re up for renewal, as we’ve decreased the amount of Tier Points needed by 25%.
This is the same for upgrade thresholds too, making that next Tier more achievable. You can read more information here, and other ways we’re supporting you during this period.
We hope that put a smile on your face. Thank you again for your loyalty.
Retain Silver For 450 Tier Points
Checking the BA website, we now see that the tier points required to retain status beyond the 12 month extension have been reduced by 25%. The required points are as follows:
- Bronze: 225 Tier Points or 18 eligible flights
- Silver: 450 Tier Points or 37 eligible flights
- Gold: 1125 Tier Points
The obligatory 4 flights on BA aircraft are still required.