British Airways extends some Executive Club elite status by additional 12 months — is this the final extension?

Apr 22, 2022

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information.

It’s been more than two full years since the coronavirus pandemic took hold on our lives. And, that includes the travel and aviation industries, with the pandemic having grounded us at home and changed our regular travel plans.

From the beginning of the pandemic, airlines introduced status extension offers for their elite and loyal customers. With elites not being able to fly, their status was at risk of expiring. But with the extensions, airlines paved a path for flyers to return to the sky when actually permitted to do so with their same elite benefits.

After first having extended Executive Club elite status in June 2020, British Airways announced on Wednesday that it will now also be “protecting” the Tier status of:

  • Gold Executive Club members whose Tier Point collection date falls between 1 July and 30 September 2022
  • Gold Guest List members whose Tier Point collection date falls between 1 July and 31 December 2022.

BA says that these members’ Tier status will be protected for an additional 12 months, irrespective of how many Tier Points they earn.

Silver Executive Club members whose Tier Point collection date falls between 1 July and 30 September 2022 will not receive a status extension, but will only need 50% of the Tier Points to retain their status (300 Tier Points instead of the normal 600).

There are no status extensions announced for any other Executive Club members.

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In June 2020, British Airways announced that all members, regardless of renewal date, would benefit from a 12-month extension of status. The move started with members whose Tier Point collection year began in July 2020 through to June 2021. The move also means that BA will have extended elite status for some members for two or more years.

25% Tier Point threshold reduction

BA will also be continuing its 25% Tier Point reduction threshold, which was originally announced in June 2020.

Until 31 December 2022, British Airways has reduced the number of Tier Points needed to gain Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Guest List and the Concorde Room Card by 25% for the year after the 12-month extension kicks in, making it easier for members to renew or upgrade a level.

Related: What does British Airways elite status get you, and how do you earn it?

The new amount of Tier Points required are as follows:

The reduced Tier Point requirement does not apply to earning Gold Upgrade Vouchers or any other membership benefits that are awarded at various other levels.

There have been no more extensions announced for Companion Vouchers, so Executive Club members should expect vouchers will expire with their current expiration dates.

Bottom line

Ultimately, two or more years of status extension from BA is a nice lift for elite members. The all-around status extensions for all Executive Club members announced earlier in the pandemic was welcome news for frequent travellers who were grounded during periods of lockdown.

The latest announcement only affects a very small number of Executive Club members and suggests that this may be the last pandemic-related status extension we see BA offer. Long-haul travel has well and truly returned, so if Executive Club members want to retain their status they can now earn Tier Points the traditional way — by flying regularly.

Additional reporting by Ben Smithson

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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