When I had quite a few paid business class flights coming, I decided to go for the British Airways Gold (Oneworld Emerald) the other year instead of crediting the fights to American Airlines where I have lifetime Platinum status (Oneworld Sapphire).
Somehow over the past 12 months I ended up booking quite a few paid business class fares from Europe to Asia on Oneworld Airlines and managed to squeeze in one paid first class one as well. The fares have been very competitive lately.
So, I ended up finding myself at 3,700 British Airways Tier Points at the end of the membership year and needed to book at least one more Europe – Asia return.
The British Gold Guest List requires 5,000 tier points on the first year and 3,000 on subsequent ones. I was not sure if 5,000 tier points is sustainable every year but 3,000 sounded quite reasonable based on the flying I do.
Qatar Airways launched a great sale and I was going to need something from Helsinki. The fares from Oslo were great and booked one return to Bangkok and another one to Melbourne.
I had made calculation error and these flights were still leaving me 150 or so tier points short of Gold Guest List.
I was supposed to stay for a Bangkok for a week and decided to go to Brunei for a weekend. Booked a business class on Malaysia Airlines from Bangkok to Brunei that yielded the required TPs.
Once the MEL-DOH-OSL flights posts in the next few days, the status should upgrade to Gold Guest List.
UPDATE: The Qatar flights just posted to the account overnight and the membership year TP count was reset at the same time. Let’s see if the account correctly gets up’ed to GGL:
The status basically gives me:
– Can gift one BA Gold and two Silver cards
– Concorde Room card (this is due to 5K TPs and not GGL itself) for Concorde Room access in New York and London + access to Concorde Bars in Singapore and Dubai
– Ability to actually use some of the Avios on British Airways flights due to twice yearly availability waiver (certain paid booking classes need to be available)
– Hilton HHonors Diamond (I am one regardless)
– Award fee waiver in case of cancellation or changes
Although I am not a huge fan of British Airways Executive Club (mostly useless for Economy fliers), I couldn’t find more reasonable place to credit these flights that I took over the past 12 months.
I had enough American Airlines AAdvantage miles anyway and using BA Avios for European short hops and some other flights actually makes sense. I also hate having to call in most redemptions with AA and then having to babysit that they actually get ticketed.
Considering the number of Oneworld flights that I take, it is not out of the question to get BA lifetime Gold (Oneworld Emerald) at some point.
It is nice to be able to gift three people Oneworld status and the Concorde Room card can come handy few times too.
I guess that I need to get one of the Amex credit cards for the 2-4-1 award redemption that can be combined with the GGL availability waiver.