While many airlines have already introduced elite tier status extensions for members due to the recent shock to the travel industry, others have remained silent. British Airways, however, is finally joining the club by announcing a 12-month tier extension for Executive Club members. The airline is also lowering requirements to reach new tier levels, starting this summer. Here’s what you need to know about the British Airways Executive Club status extension:
Enjoy Executive Club Perks for An Extra Year
Current Executive Club members will enjoy their current tier level for an additional 12 months. The airline is one of the few remaining major carriers to announce a tier extension, but it is welcome news, nonetheless.
The tier extension covers the next point-collection period. That means the extension applies from July 2020 through July 2021.
New British Airways Tier Requirements
British Airways is also rolling out new points and flight requirements for its elite membership tiers to match the aforementioned status extension. The new tier requirements the airline is introducing are as follows:
- Bronze: 225 points or 18 eligible flights
- Silver: 450 points or 37 eligible flights
- Gold: 1,125 points
These new tier levels signal a 25% reduction from previous levels (300 points, 600 points, and 1,500 points, respectively), which is a great benefit for current Executive Club members.
These new requirements aren’t here for good, however. Instead, they are designed to help those who are struggling to reach higher membership tiers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its forced shutdown of the travel space. Given the restrictions still in place for many international routes, the effectiveness of the plan remains to be seen.
About British Airways
British Airways is a leading airline and the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom. The carrier is part of the oneworld Alliance, which includes American Airlines, Qantas, and more. The airline also offers a co-branded credit card – the British Airways Visa Signature – issued by Chase. That card earns Avios, which apply to flights with British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia.