British Airways upgraded my status: TPG reader success story

May 24, 2020

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG U.K. community — even if you’re not travelling right now.

This week, Laura had success extending her status with British Airways despite not meeting every criterion.

“I read your article on the 30% reduction in Tier Points needed for some British Airways Executive Club members to have their status extended or upgraded. I was Executive Club Bronze status and was on track going to hit Silver status with a renewal date in May 2020. While I would be eligible for the 30% reduction in Tier Points because of the date of my membership year, I would only have taken two of the four qualifying flights needed to maintain or upgrade my status.

I am based in Chicago (ORD), so most of my Tier Points are earned by flying BA’s Oneworld partner American Airlines. This means I need to plan my qualifying flights carefully each year. I had a return flight booked with British Airways for late April 2020, which would have satisfied the requirement, but obviously that trip didn’t actually happen.

I was worried that although I had reached the number of Tier Points required to move up from Bronze to Silver (with the 30% reduction because of the date of my membership year), I would be kept at the Bronze level because of the lack of qualifying flights. My membership year date just passed earlier in May and you’ll be happy to hear that I have been moved from Bronze up to Executive Club Silver status until the end of June 2021.”

British Airways has reduced Tier Points requirements for some Executive Club members, though Nicky Kelvin argues that the programme should do more to help its members, especially given how generous other programmes have been.

If you are close to reaching a higher status or retaining your current status but are worried you may fall a bit short because you aren’t travelling, keep an eye on your account as you may be in for a pleasant surprise. If you lose your status on a technicality, you may wish to speak with the programme about any flexibility that may have been introduced because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

Featured image by British Airways

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