Making the most of BA Tier Points
If you understand the basics of British Airways’ Executive Club programme, you will know that in order to qualify for Silver or Gold, you will need to get either 600 or 1500 tier points (which are different from Avios). Find out more about this topic on this post.
As a rule of thumb, when flying Business Class in European flights with BA (or Club Europe), a return flight earns you 80 tier points (40 each way). But would you like 160 BA Tier Points in one go? Yes, please.
However, some flights are longer than others, and this is where it can get interesting – with a bit of homework, and for not a lot of extra cost, you will find below the list of British Airways European flight destinations earning 160 BA tier points in alphabetical order and with approximate lead-in prices.
- Algiers, Algeria (£550)
- Athens, Greece (£375)
- Bucharest, Romania (£300)
- Catania, Sicily, Italy (£250)
- Chania, Crete, Greece (£650)
- Corfu, Greece (£550)
- Dalaman, Turkey (£550)
- Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal (£290)
- Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain (£395)
- Helsinki, Finland (£290) also with Finnair
- Heraklion, Crete, Greece (£525)
- Istanbul, Turkey (£375)
- Kalamata, Greece (£485)
- Kefalonia, Greece (£475)
- Kos, Greece (£495)
- Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (£350)
- Larnaca, Cyprus (£405)
- Malta (£310)
- Marrakech, Morocco (£305)
- Mykonos, Greece (£500)
- Paphos, Cyprus (£360)
- Reykjavik, Iceland (£290)
- Rhodes, Greece (£520)
- Santorini, Greece (£575)
- Skiathos, Greece (£410)
- Sofia, Bulgaria (£298)
- St Petersburg, Russia (£320)
- Tallinn, Estonia (£350) – with Finnair via Helsinki, not direct, earns 200 TP return
- Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (£375)
- Thessaloniki, Greece (£350)
- Tirana, Albania (£600)
- Zakynthos, Greece (£440)
These places have one thing in common (almost every place) – they are warm destinations (except maybe Russia and Finland or Estonia). Looking at the map you will see that they are flights over 3 hours, which qualifies as ‘medium haul’, making these escapes quite interesting if you are collecting BA Tier points with a view to qualify for silver or gold.
The British Airways European flight destinations earning 160 BA tier points list changes every year, so I will do my best to keep this list up to date. Most of these routes are seasonal (Turkey and Greek islands, for example), but not all are – and some are perfect for Winter Sun.
You can read some of my reviews of Thessaloniki – where I visited Ikos Olivia and Sani Dunes, Kalamata where I visited The Romanos Resort, Paphos in Cyprus (where I visited the Columbia Beach Resort). Funchal in Madeira (and the wonderful Belmond Reid’s Palace) can be a great idea, as can Istanbul.
I have recently tested Dalaman, Marrakesh and Tallinn (and will update the blog accordingly).