British Airways has decided to continue extending member tiers due to the ongoing pandemic that has decimated the traffic on the airline’s trunk routes between London and North America.
Executive Club previously extended tiers once or twice depending on when yours was set to expire. The latest extension policy applies for those whose Tier Points collection year ends on January – March 2022. It is unclear, at this point, what BA does for those whose status is set to expire later 2022.
You can access BA’s page for status extensions here.
British Airways will also extend the Concorde Room access to all Gold Guest List members. Previously, you needed to reach a higher tier point level to be awarded a card allowing access to this lounge reserved for first-class passengers.
The airline lowered the qualification requirements by 25% for the current membership year:
- Bronze: 225 Tier Points or 18 eligible flights
- Silver: 450 Tier Points or 37 eligible flights
- Gold: 1125 Tier Points
My last paid BA flight was in February 2020, and membership year with Tier Point reset (4,015) in March 2021. I have not had a single qualifying flight credited to BA during the current membership year to which the new extension policy applies.
Then we have these eVouchers that soon start expiring too. I would assume that BA will roll them over for an additional year.
BA Tier Points & eVoucher Support Previously:
- British Airways Executive Club Lowers Status Qualification + Extends Vouchers By Six Months
- British Airways Executive Club Certificate Extensions Processed
- British Airways Extends Executive Club Tiers By 12 Months
- British Airways Tier Extensions Have Posted
- British Airways Extends Voucher Validity By Six Months
- British Airways Further Extends Vouchers By 6-Months
- British Airways Executive Club Gold Guest List-Qualification Period About To End
- British Airways Extends Executive Club Tiers By 12 Months But Only If Your Collection Year Ends Between July 1 – December 31, 2021
- British Airways Gold Guest List-Package Received With ZERO Tier Points
BA hasn’t been flying to the destinations I have frequented over the past year, or they haven’t offered competitive fares. My last flight with them was from Barcelona to London in October 2020.
Also, I have not been too keen on transiting through London Heathrow because of the negative Covid-19 test requirement even when the destination hasn’t required one.
Had we not had the global pandemic, I would be very close to reaching the lifetime Gold (Oneworld Emerald) status with BA that requires 35,000 lifetime Tier Points (currently sitting at 27,505).
Considering how slow Asia is opening up, a market where I have earned a large chunk of my BA Tier Points, and after Oneworld losing LATAM, an airline whose flights I tend to take in Latin America, it is difficult to see how I would reach even the lowered requirement in the following membership year.