Most airlines have already announced the measures they are taking to extend members status or reduce the tier points needed. BA have announced that they are writing to impacted Executive Club members to let them know that BA be lowering all Tier Point thresholds by 30% for all members due for renewal in April, May and June.
This means you will only need:
- Bronze 210 Tier points
- Silver 420 Tier points
- Gold 1050 Tier points
Also, for Gold Upgrade Vouchers and 2-4-1 Companion Vouchers (or Travel Together Tickets), earned through a British Airways Amex credit card, they are applying a six-month expiration extension to vouchers in members’ accounts.
You don’t need to do anything, this will happen automatically. You can view any existing vouchers in your account.
This applies to:
- Six month extension to unredeemed Gold Upgrade Vouchers and Companion Vouchers (or Travel Together Tickets), earned through a British Airways credit card.
- Six month extension to redeemed Gold Upgrade Vouchers and Companion Vouchers (or Travel Together Tickets), earned through a British Airways credit card, that were applied for travel from 1 March 2020 or thereafter.
- Six month extension to Companion Vouchers (or Travel Together Tickets), earned through a British Airways credit card due to trigger in next three months, up to 30 Jun 2020
I am yet to receive my email yet, but I believe that this also includes the Gold Guest List tier which requires a minimum of 3000 points for renewal and will now be 2100 Tier Points for people expiring in March, April and June 2020. It is not clear what applies at Concorde Room level yet.
I would expect BA to continue to makes concessions for tier point requirements for at least 6 months, but on a rolling basis. It’s not a particularly generous offer but as I have said before, I don’t blame them. BA need to protect and recover revenue for the foreseeable future so it makes sense to only give status to those who would have earned it anyway, rather than a blanket extension. However, if you had a couple of big tier point earning trips cancelled then you will probably not be very happy with the offer.