What happens when you earn more Tier Points in a year than you need?

Feb 27, 2020

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Tier Points determine status in the British Airways Executive Club, making them different from Avios, which are the miles currency that British Airways, Iberia and a few other airlines use. In other words, with Tier Points, you’ll achieve status, while with Avios, you’ll be able to redeem for reward flights.

The different status levels in the British Airways Executive Club require the following amount of Tier Points in a membership year:

  • Bronze — 300 Tier Points
  • Silver — 600 Tier Points
  • Gold — 1,500 Tier Points
  • Gold Guest List — 5,000 Tier Points to gain and then 3,000 Tier Points in a subsequent membership year to maintain. A Concorde Room Card is also given to those who achieve 5,000 Tier Points during a membership year.

Until 2013, earning more than the required number of Tier Points without hitting the next threshold meant those Tier Points were essentially wasted.

Related reading: When does my British Airways Executive Club status expire?

However, in 2013, British Airways introduced Lifetime Tier Points, which are a tally of all Tier Points earned since joining the British Airways Executive Club. At the same time, BA also introduced Gold for Life status, which is awarded to anyone who has earned 35,000 Lifetime Tier Points, as well as Gold Guest List (and Concorde Room Card) for Life, which is awarded to those achieving a staggering 100,000 Lifetime Tier Points.

British Airways Concorde Room Lounge / Image by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy
British Airways Concorde Room Lounge. (Photo by Christian Kramer/The Points Guy)

So, earning more Tier Points than needed in a particular year isn’t a waste anymore, given they count towards Lifetime Gold status. That said, the 35,000 required Tier Points might be a far reach for many. It’s therefore worth knowing what threshold you are aiming for and try to achieve it without going over the required number by too much (assuming there’s control of how and when Tier Points are earned). A trip just after the membership year resets might give a boost to achieving status in the new year whilst the same trip just before the membership year resets could be a waste if one level is already achieved but the next is far from reach.

If you’re earning a ton of Tier Points a year, there are benefits to be earned in between Gold and Gold Guest List status as well as above the latter:

  • 2,500 Tier Points in a membership year: a Gold Upgrade Voucher for two, also known as GUF2;
  • 3,500 Tier Points in a membership year: two Gold Upgrade Vouchers for 1, also known as GUF1;
  • 6,000 Tier Points in a membership year: an additional Gold Guest List redemption (called a joker), which allows the holder to force British Airways to open up Avios seats on flights provided certain conditions are met; and
  • 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 Tier Points in a membership year: a choice between 50,000 Avios, a GUF2, two GUF1 or an additional joker.

Whilst all of that sounds crazy to most, my personal record was 9,140 Tier Points in a single membership year. I might tell the full story of that one day!

Featured photo by Jeff Garrish/British Airways.

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