Why I Didn’t Go For 5,000 BA Tier Points This Year?

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My British Airways Executive Club Tier Points (TPs) collection year ended yesterday on March 8, 2017, and ended up standing at 4,460 TPs for the past 12 months.

BA Tier Points

British Airways requires 1,500 TPs for Gold status (Oneworld Emerald), but offers additional benefits such as upgrade certificates, Gold Guest List status and Concorde Room Card (CRC) for reaching a higher number.

A year ago, I was standing at roughly the same number of TPs a couple of months before my membership year ended and decided that it was worth pushing for the 5,000 for at least that time. The Gold Guest List requires 5,000 TPs for the first year and a minimum of 3,000 for subsequent ones.

Based on my travels, it is not difficult to get 3,000 TPs in but 5,000 would be a stretch because I do fly on Star Alliance and SkyTeam too depending on price and convenience.

The only additional benefit for reaching the 5,000 TPs would have been the Concorde Room Card for an additional 12 months. Most of my Oneworld flying beyond using my upgrade certificates are not on BA metal so the CRC doesn’t provide me that much. Also, the current card that I got in the mail is valid through 2018 anyway (no idea why).

Conclusion

I used to credit all my Oneworld travel to American Airlines AAdvantage program, but made the change a couple of years back when BA benefits started to be superior (for my travel patterns). I also have more than 2 million lifetime miles banked with AA (before they made the change) and thus lifetime AAdvantage Platinum status (Oneworld Sapphire).

If I continue my travels at the current level, I should be able to earn lifetime British Airways Gold status in five or six years (if this option is still around at the time).

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