British Airways Executive Club is making some major changes to the timeline during which you can earn status. The requirements to earn status aren’t changing, but rather just the exact timeline during which you can qualify.
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British Airways unifies Tier Points collection year
You can qualify for British Airways Executive Club status based on how many Tier Points you rack up. Historically, every member has had their own qualifying year, based on the anniversary of when they joined the program.
A member’s Tier Points total would then reset on the eighth day of the month following their anniversary. In other words, if one joined on June 15, they would have until July 8 of the following year to qualify for status. So each Executive Club member has historically been using their own status year. That will now be changing as of 2025.
As of April 1, 2025, British Airways Executive Club will create a single status qualification year. Specifically, you’ll be able to collect Tier Points between April 1 and March 31 of the following year, and status will then be valid through April 30 of the year after that.
How does this work during the transition period:
- If you earn status by March 31, 2025, then your status will automatically be valid through April 30, 2025
- If you don’t quite earn status by March 31, 2025, and your membership year is ongoing, then the qualification year will be shortened to March 31, 2025, and then you’ll have an adjustment of Tier Points added to your account during the new standardized year
Why is British Airways making this change?
Here’s how British Airways explains its decision to change how earning elite status works:
This change will simplify the journey for Executive Club Members by aligning all Members to the same Tier Point Collection Year, making it easier to manage travel plans for yourself, colleagues and family.
Honestly, while I know many savvy consumers liked the old system, there is something to be said for the simplicity of the new program, as the old program wasn’t exactly straightforward (especially with the eighth day of the month factoring into everything).
Similarly, if you were a family, it was very possible that multiple family members took exactly the same flights but earned different based, due to the varying qualification years.
As of April 1, 2025, British Airways Executive Club is changing its Tier Points collection year. Rather than each member having their own qualification year for earning status, British Airways will be simplifying this. All members will have between April 1 and March 31 of the following year to earn status, and then status is valid through April 30 of the year after that.
While some minor opportunities are definitely eliminated with this change, I’d say this is sensible, as it eliminates any confusion regarding earning status. I still think just using the standard calendar year would be more logical, but…
What do you make of British Airways’ Tier Points collection year changes?