Why it’s never been cheaper and easier to earn elite status with British Airways Executive Club

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Elite status with your favourite airline comes with all sorts of perks that can make your journey far more convenient, and comfortable.

You can look forward to skipping the main queues at check-in, security and at the boarding gate, as well as relaxing in an airline lounge prior to your flight. There can also be free seat selection, to make sure you can get the seat you want on your next flight as well as increased checked baggage allowances.

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Right now, by stacking offers and discounts, there is a cheap shortcut to Silver (Oneworld Sapphire) and Gold (Oneworld Emerald) status in the British Airways Executive Club programme. Previously, you might have needed to spend more than £1,000 to achieve Silver status and flown halfway around the world, which is not as viable as it was before the pandemic.

Here’s how it works.

The first offer is that British Airways has reduced the Tier Points needed to reach elite status levels by 25%. For Executive Club members, the qualifications are now as follows:

  • Bronze: 225 Tier Points (reduced from 300) or 18 eligible flights
  • Silver: 450 Tier Points (reduced from 600) or 37 eligible flights
  • Gold: 1,125 Tier Points (reduced from 1,500)

Related: Avios vs. Tier Points: British Airways Executive Club status explained

The second offer is that you can earn double Tier Points for flights on British Airways booked through BA Holidays, provided your holiday is at least five nights and you book either a hotel or car hire for the duration of your stay, and the journey commences in the United Kingdom.

You will still need to fly a minimum of four flights on British Airways in order to move up a status tier (as well as reaching the required number of Tier Points). This can be achieved by starting your journey in the U.K. but outside of London (anywhere BA flies from) and then connecting via London in both directions to and from your final destination.

(Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Related: What Is Tier Point running?

In order to achieve Silver status in just one trip, you would need to fly in business class (or higher) as you will earn far more Tier Points in this class than you would in economy. You can fly anywhere you like, though in order to keep the costs down you should consider a European or Middle Eastern destination served by British Airways.

Here are some examples of what you can book (note that these are the flight-only prices, and a car hire and hotel will cost extra on top of this), flying in British Airways Club Europe business class, via London (LHR) for travel in October, November and December of 2021.

Each return journey earns 480 Tier Points, which is enough to earn Silver status, even if you have no Tier Points to start with or are new to the Executive Club programme:

  • Edinburgh (EDI) to Sofia (SOF): £370 return;
  • Glasgow (GLA) to Athens (ATH): £403 return;
  • Aberdeen (ABZ) to Tirana (TIR): £439 return; and
  • Manchester (MAN) to Istanbul (IST): £448 return. (Just keep in mind that Turkey is currently on the U.K. government’s red list though this could change at subsequent traffic light updates.)

Travelling in Club Europe the entire way, you can expect a comfortable journey from start to finish, previewing some of the perks your new elite status will award you once you’ve earned it from this journey.

Related: What it’s like flying in British Airways Club Europe right now

Three of these trips would be more than enough to earn British Airways Executive Club Gold status, which is extremely valuable as it also confers Oneworld Emerald status.

If you don’t live near one of these regional airports, you would need to position there and back to start and end your journey, regardless of what flights you have paid for you, as you must physically fly the four segments to earn the full Tier Points to move up to Silver or Gold status.

Positioning to these airports can be a great use of Avios via the Reward Flight Savers.

You must book through BA Holidays to earn the double Tier Points, and remember to book a hire car and hotel for the whole stay. Depending on your destination and time of year, you should be able to pick up a hire car for under £100 for a five-night stay. There are no issues with picking up the car and returning it immediately if you do not wish to actually drive it.

If you want to keep your costs as low as possible, Sofia in Bulgaria is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe to visit.

(Image courtesy of British Airways)

Bottom line

While it might seem strange if you’re based in or visiting London to go and start your journey to Europe from Scotland, it’s a very cheap way of earning valuable British Airways status without having to travel that far or spend too much money.

Of course, if you wish you can travel farther to earn status, though the fares will rise sharply once you look for long-haul flights.

To take advantage of this double Tier Points offer you must book and travel by 31 March 2022 by booking here.

Featured image by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy

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