When does my British Airways Executive Club status expire?
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Here at The Points Guy, there’s only one thing we love more than miles and points, and that’s status. Whilst it can make sense to fly on the cheapest airline to get you from A to B, it can often be worth paying a little bit extra to fly with an airline or alliance where you can achieve status. Some of the perks are real money-saving ones, such as extra checked bags or free seat selection whilst others can make the journey more comfortable, such as lounge access and priority boarding.
Like elite status with nearly all loyalty programmes, the ones earned in the British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) eventually expire. Unlike some other airline frequent flyer programmes, however, a status year in the BAEC is not based on a calendar year but is based on the 12 months from when you joined the BAEC. For BA IT reasons, this is always on the 8 of the month.
My membership year, for example, runs from midnight on 9 June until 11:59 p.m. on 8 June of the following year. That means that in the current membership year, I have from 9 June 2021 until 8 June 2022 to qualify or re-qualify for status.
Status, however, runs until the end of the following month. In my case, that’s the end of July. Details of all this can be found on ba.com under the Executive Club homepage.
There are four additional useful things to know about status and length of status.
Firstly, during the pandemic British Airways has generously extended existing elite status multiple times. If your status expired in 2020 or 2021 it’s likely to be extended to 2023. The exact extension dates depend on when your membership year traditionally ends, so check your current expiration date in your Executive Club account. Assuming long-haul travel becomes more regular in 2022 this may be the last time British Airways extend existing status as members begin to requalify from normal travel as they did before the pandemic.
Second, status runs for the remainder of the membership year plus the year after. So if someone’s BAEC year runs from June to June (like mine) and they qualify for Silver status by the end of August, they’ll enjoy Silver for the next 23-ish months. That breaks down as the 10 remaining months of the current membership year plus the full year thereafter plus the extra 6-7 weeks until the card — and therefore status — expires. If you are planning to do a Tier Point run and don’t think you’ll easily re-qualify, it might therefore be worth timing it to fall early in your membership year.
Thirdly, the BAEC has something called soft landing, which means that someone who doesn’t re-qualify for status will only drop one level. So if you were a Gold member but didn’t earn any Tier Points, rather than dropping all the way back to Blue, you’d be lowered softly to Silver in the next membership year. This does not include Gold or Silver status gifted by Gold Guest List members to others.
Finally, in certain circumstances, BA has been willing to give members an additional two weeks time to accrue Tier Points to qualify or re-qualify. If you’re close to a status level, it’s worth giving BA a call. The airline has also in the past kept some members at higher levels even when they failed to re-qualify, though it’s unclear on when it might happen.
For parents who travel less during maternity, paternity or adoption leave, BA has also introduced the ability to put your status on hold for a year.
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