In a surprising move, BA and Amex have announced that for the first time ever, British Airways Executive Club Members can earn Tier Points outside of flying, by spending on the British Airways American Express® Premium Plus.
This is only a limited-time offer, at least but given they have already made it easier to get status with the Double Tier Points offer and the busy lounges, it’s not going to be welcomed by everyone.
The offer runs until 21 May 2024 and gives applicable Cardmembers the opportunity to earn an extra 200 Tier Points by spending on their Card. Tier Points help you to earn BA status, which is associated with travel perks such as lounge access, fast-track security, extra luggage allowances and priority boarding.
Until today, Tier Points could only be earned by flying with British Airways, its subsidiaries and its oneworld® airline partners. This offer marks the first time that Tier Points can be earned outside of flying.
From today, British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers will be eligible to earn up to 200 Tier Points as follows:
- 100 Tier Points if the Cardmember spends £15,000
- A further 50 additional Tier Points will be awarded if they spend a further £5,000 (totalling £20,000)
- A final 50 Tier Points will be awarded if they spend another £5,000 (totalling £25,000)
Cardmembers must enrol for the offer (enrolment closes on 20 May 2024) in their online account. The spending must take place after a Cardmember’s enrolment, and by 21 May 2024, the date the offer expires, to be eligible. This is the same as you would enrol for any of the other offers. You should be able to click through from the email. Otherwise, the easiest way is to go into your BA Premium Plus Amex on the Amex app and just scroll down the screen. It should appear between transactions.
Tier Points will appear on your billing statement as Avios within three business days from the qualifying spend. When your Avios are swept to the British Airways Executive Club, these Avios will be automatically recognised as Tier Points and awarded to your British Airways Executive Club account six days prior to your statement date. So if you are trying to aim for a particular date to earn the tier points by, you will need to allow the extra time for when your Avios normally get moved to your BA account.
These Tier Points will be added to Tier Points that travellers have already earned, or will earn, from flying, to help them reach British Airways Bronze, Silver or Gold status. Each tier status comes with valuable travel benefits, including:
- Bronze – requires 300 Tier Points – benefits include free seat selection seven days before flying, priority boarding, the use of business class check in desks and more*
- Silver – requires 600 Tier Points – benefits include access to airport lounges in the UK and around the world, free seat selection at booking, additional baggage and more*
- Gold – requires 1,500 Tier Points – benefits include access to First lounges, First class check in and boarding, free seat selection at booking, additional baggage, additional reward flight availability and more*
Nikki Edelman, Vice President at American Express, said: “We know our Cardmembers value the array of benefits that come with their British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card, from Avios to the much-loved Companion Voucher. But we’re always looking for ways to continue rewarding our Cardmembers for their loyalty, with offers and benefits they care about. We hope today’s limited time offer achieves this, providing customers with a new proposition; being rewarded for spending on the Card with Tier Points. This could see Cardmembers earning travel benefits like lounge access, free seat selection or priority boarding from their everyday spending.”
British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers already benefit from collecting 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent on purchases, or 3 Avios for every £1 spent with British Airways or British Airways Holidays.
Cardmembers can also earn a Companion Voucher when they spend £10,000 each Cardmembership year on their Card. They can use this to either take a companion with them on the same flight and in the same cabin for no additional Avios or, as launched last year, receive a 50% discount on the Avios price if travelling solo. Vouchers can be used on British Airways flights or, as of last year, Iberia and Aer Lingus flights. British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers have access to additional Reward flight seats within Club World (long-haul business class) when booking with a Companion Voucher.
What do you think about BA giving cardholders the chance to earn Tier Points? Do you think it’s a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.
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