TPG reader question: Can I earn double Tier Points with BA Holidays if I don’t live in the UK?

Jan 23, 2022

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It has never been easier or cheaper to earn elite status with British Airways than it is right now.

That’s because of two reasons:

  • BA Holidays are offering double Tier Points for British Airways flights until 31 October 2022, where you book at least five nights accommodation and/or car hire as part of the booking
  • British Airways have lowered Tier Points qualification levels by 25% meaning you can earn elite status in the Executive Club programme even if you only have 75% of the normally required Tier Points.

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If you’re savvy and begin your journey from regional airports in the U.K. and connect in London to destinations in “far Europe” like Bulgaria, you can earn enough Tier Points to earn BA silver status from only £467, including the five nights accommodation.

Related: Now even cheaper: Earn British Airways silver status in just one trip to Europe from only £467

There are some requirements to be aware of to take advantage of the offer, though they are not onerous. That brings us to this week’s TPG reader question of the week.

I live in Nice, France and want to use the BA double Tier Points offer to fly to New York. I thought I read some rule about starting in the UK. Would my flights qualify for double Tier Points if I make sure I get the accommodation?

Charlie, TPG Reader

Unfortunately, the rules on this are very clear. If you start your BA Holiday booking outside of the United Kingdom, you would only receive single Tier Points. If Charlie was happy to only receive the single Tier Points he would not need to book the accommodation or car hire package if he didn’t want to.

What Charlie could do to maximise his Tier Point earning is fly from Nice (NCE) to a regional airport in the United Kingdom — EasyJet flies direct to Edinburgh (EDI) and Manchester (MAN), for example. He could then book a BA Holiday return flight to New York and he would earn double Tier Points for all four flights — the regional U.K. to London, London to New York and the return legs. This would be an easy way for him to rack up lots of Tier Points from the one trip.

Related: British Airways announces new short-haul routes from Gatwick starting at £39 each way

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