Deal alert: Earn 160 Tier Points with 1 Club Europe flight from £221 return

Aug 14, 2020

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You can earn a whopping 160 Tier Points for a return flight with British Airways in Club Europe to Sofia (SOF) or Tirana (TIA) from London. Prices start at just £221 return, which is very low for this kind of ticket.

If you’re new to the game, Tier Points are the metric by which British Airways measures elite status in its Executive Club programme. For example, thanks to the reduced thresholds as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you are required to earn a total of 450 Tier Points (or fly 37 eligible flights) to earn British Airways Silver status (Oneworld Sapphire status), which means that with this one trip, you would be one-third of the way to earning Silver.

Related: These short-haul destinations can earn you 160 Tier Points

Is it worth it? For me it is, but it depends on how much you fly with BA and its partners to maximise the perks of status.

While Albania and Bulgaria aren’t currently on the U.K. government’s air bridge list, the lowest fares are available from January to May 2021 so, with a bit of luck, quarantine might no longer be enforced on return to the U.K. So for peace of mind, it might be best to book as far in advance as possible. BA recently extended its Book With Confidence policy, so you can change your dates of travel later if you don’t want to travel.

It’s also worth noting that BA is operating a very different onboard Club Europe service to what frequent flyers might be used to. However, as the world continues to get to grips with the virus, the airline may have reverted back to a service that is more akin to pre-COVID days by the time of your flight.

Related: 5 reasons why you should visit Albania

To book, head to Google Flights and change the setting to business class. Next, set the departure airport as London and the arrival destination as the city of your choice — Sofia (SOF) or Tirana (TIA). Then, all you need to do is scroll through the calendar until you find a suitable set of dates for you. Finally, head to the British Airways website to complete your booking.

Airline: British Airways
Routes: LHR/LGW to SOF/TIA
Cost: £221+ return in Club Europe
Travel Dates: January to May 2021

Here are some examples of what you can book:

London Gatwick (LGW) to Tirana (TIA) for £221 return:

London Gatwick (LGW) to Tirana (TIA) for £221 return:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Sofia (SOF) for £221 return:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Sofia (SOF) for £221 return:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Sofia (SOF) for £224 return:

Featured photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy.

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