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British Airways Executive Club 2015 Changes Announced

by Continental Club on January 28, 2015  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BA Exec AviosBA has this morning announced changes to its Executive Club loyalty programme, which will affect bookings made from 28th April 2015. Full details of all the variations to the earning of Avios and Tier Points, as well as the redemption of Avios for flight awards, are published at ba.com here:

We’re making some changes to the Executive Club

Discount Economy Avios & Tier Points

In earning terms, probably the biggest changes are to the number of Avios earned on the cheapest Economy tickets (down from 100% of flown miles to 25% of flown miles) and also to the number of Tier Points earned on those tickets (down from 50% of full TPs to 25% TPs).

Silver Members’ Avios Tier Bonus

For those who have already achieved the Silver tier in the programme, the other major earning change is to the Avios Tier Bonus, which reduces from 100% of flown miles to 50% of flown miles. Taken within the broader picture of Tier Bonuses, this change arguably resolves an unusually generous bonus and sees a more logical ladder of bonuses from 25% for Bronze members, 50% for Silver and 100% for Gold members. Until these changes, Silver earnings were the same as Gold.

Club World London City Tier Points

Other changes are likely to affect fewer members in terms of gross numbers, such as the realignment of Tier Point earning on the airline’s Club World London City Service to New York JFK. For some time, revenue flights on this service have earned Tier Points at the First Class-equivalent rate; this will now be brought back to the mainline Club World rate.

Avios Redemption Changes

The number of Avios required to redeem for a flight will be changing, and for the first time the concept of peak and off-peak awards will be introduced. The new redemption table is as follows:

Zone Economy  Premium economy Business First
Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Peak
 1  4,000 4,500  5,750 6,750  7,750 9,000  15,500 18,000
 2  6,500 7,500  9,500 11,250  12,750 15,000  25,500 30,000
 3  8,500 10,000  12,750 15,000  17,000 20,000  34,000 40,000
 4  10,000 12,500  20,000 25,000  31,250 37,500  42,500 50,000
 5  13,000 20,000  26,000 40,000  50,000 60,000  68,000 80,000
 6  16,250 25,000  32,500 50,000  62,500 75,000  85,000 100,000
 7  19,500 30,000  39,000 60,000  75,000 90,000  102,000 120,000
 8  22,750 35,000  45,500 70,000  87,500 105,000  119,000 140,000
 9  32,500 50,000  65,000 100,000  125,000 150,000  170,000 200,000

 

This system will also apply to redemptions on Iberia.

Free UK Domestic Connections

The ‘free’ UK domestic add-on for shorthaul (European) redemptions will be removed, and connecting flights will now be subject to an additional Avios collect. The situation for longhaul redemptions will remain the same, however, and UK domestic connections from British Airways longhaul itineraries will remain free of additional Avios requirement.

Upgrades Using Avios

The range of Economy fare classes which are eligible for upgrade with Avios is being increased, so that instead of only the most flexible fare classes being eligible, all but the most inflexible will now be eligible.

Minimum Number of Avios Seats Per Flight

A new undertaking is being made to release ‘a minimum of two Club World/Club Europe and four World Traveller/Euro Traveller reward seats on all British Airways operated flights that are offered for sale on ba.com (excluding subsidiaries and franchises).’

These minimum guaranteed reward seats will be made available 355 days before the flight and will remain available, if not booked, until 45 days before departure.

This latter caveat is particularly interesting, since it may effectively mean that short-notice Economy and Business Class redemptions may no longer be available.

Effective Date

The changes apply only to new bookings made from 28th April 2015. Bookings made before that date, even for travel after that date, will be subject to the current and not the new rules.

For more information relating to the changes, visit ba.com.

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