British Airways Tier Point Calculator 2019
Helsinki 180 TP Run – £228 Sale Fare
In this article today, we attempt to Cut the Jargon on the subject of “Tier Points” on British Airways and provide an easy to follow User Guide on the subject.
We also have provided you a handy Calculator to check how many TP’s you can earn per flight.
For anyone who is not familiar with the terminology “Tier Points“, on BA these are points earnt when you fly on any cash element fare booking or with other OneWorld alliance partners. The amount of points you earn depends on your ticket type and fare class, destination and the amount of miles flown. On these flights you will also earn Avios Points which can be redeemed for flights, seat selection, meals / drinks etc.
Firstly, you will need to become a member of the BA Executive Club membership scheme to collect Tier Points and Avios Points on all bookings. You start your membership off on Blue Membership at 1st Tier, the 2nd Tier is Bronze, 3rd Tier Is Silver & 4th Top Tier is Gold Membership.
However, Tier Points do expire after a certain amount of time but Avios Points do not.
Without joining the Executive Club you cannot earn Avios or Tier Points.
Join the Executive Club by Clicking this Link – BA Executive Club
How many BA Tier Points do I get?
The amount of Tier Points you get depends firstly on the booking class of you fare. You earn Tier Points for flying in Economy, Premium Economy, Business & First Class. How many points you earn also depends on the amount of Miles you fly in total on each flight.
Can you buy BA Tier Points?
You cannot buy BA Tier Points directly from the airline like Avios Points. However, you can indirectly purchase Tier Points by flying on British Airways flights, cash paid tickets.
What are Tier Points with BA?
Tier Points on BA are points earnt when you fly on any cash element bookings. The amount of points you earn depends on your ticket type and fare class, destination and the amount of miles flown.
Do you earn Tier Points on Reward flights BA?
You do not earn Tier Points or Avios Points on Reward Redemption flights. You can however indirectly earn TP’s by using Avios Points to reduce the cash fare cost of any BA flights.
BA Tier Points Table / Chart:
The Table / Chart below sets out how many Tier Points are earnt by sector, fare class and flight distance. It is always important to check what booking class code your flight has been assigned as different codes produce varying amounts of TP’s.
BA Tier Points Calculator
If you need to find out how many Tier Points you will earn by flying a certain Cabin Class by destination on British Airways, simply click below:
Simply input your flight details and dates and the Calculator will present you with the total TP’s per journey.
BA Executive Membership Overview
Blue is the entry level to the Executive Club, everyone who joins the scheme automatically starts on Blue Status. You do not need to earn any TP’s to retain Blue Executive Club Membership and it is free to join and does not expire.
Benefits include members are provided priority over non-members if a flight is busy, you can save your preferences for which seats you prefer also in your online account or Smartphone App.
Blue Membership is the entry level and provides only a limited amount of basic benefits.
The requirements to obtain Bronze Executive Membership from Blue requires the member to have booked using Cash and flown on British Airways or on one of their Alliance Partner airlines a minimum of Two Segments or One Return Flight and earnt 300 x Tier Points, or taken 25 x BA flights.
Extra benefits include 25% more Avios points on bookings, Priority Check-in & Boarding.
When you’re a Bronze Tier Member you can select your Seats for Free 7 x days before departure & gain Priority Check-In & Boarding / Security fast track.
At Bronze level you start to enjoy some decent benefits from the membership scheme. To be able to select your seats at 7 x days before departure is a good benefit but not in comparison to instant seat selection when your Silver level. 25% more Avios Points is good & priority boarding / dedicated check-in zone usage even if your flying Economy is worthwhile having.
To obtain BA Executive Club Silver status level requires the member to have booked using Cash and flown on British airways or on an Alliance Partner airline a minimum of Four Segments (2 x Returns) and earnt 600 x Tier Points, or taken 50 x BA flights.
Silver Tier Membership provides instant free Seat Selection at the time of Booking. Additional benefits include 50% more Avios on Bookings, Priority Check-In & Boarding, Access to Business Class Lounges & additional Baggage allowances / Security fast track.
Silver level is what most flyers chasing Tier Points aspire to obtain as easy to acquire by completing Tier Point Runs of only 4 x Segmented flights such as the Helsinki route.
The benefits of instant seat selection can save you upwards of £200 per flight. Lounge Access to BA / OneWorld alliance lounges generally cannot be paid for so can save you upwards of £50 per couple per entry incomparison to pay to enter lounges. 50% more Avios, additional baggage allowances can also save upwards of £100 per journey, Security fast track saves £5 -£10 per entry, per person.
To obtain Gold Status Membership you need to have booked using Cash and flown on British airways or on an Alliance Partner airline a minimum of Four Segments (2 x Returns) and earnt 1500 x Tier Points or more.
Additional benefits include Selecting your Seats for Free at the time of Booking, includes exit row seats but excludes Hand Baggage Only tickets. Minimum allowance of 2 x checked luggage at 32kg for all passengers on your booking even in economy class.
100% more Avios on bookings, First class Priority check-In & Boarding, access to Business & First Class Lounges & additional Baggage allowances & additional flight availability / Security fast track.
The Use of the BA Elemis Spa facilities before your flight regardless of your cabin of travel. The Use of the BA Arrivals lounges after your flight regardless of your cabin of travel and the ability to Transfer Avios to other members for free capped at 162,000 Avios per year.
The benefits of Gold Status are outstanding and what most frequent flyers aspire to achieve but are a lot harder to earn due to the high level of TP’s required.
The same benefits as Silver level but also 100% extra Avios per flight. Access to First Class Lounges are one of the best benefits. Even when your flying Economy, you can still access BA First Lounges drinking £150 bottles of champagne and eating Restaurant quality food served to you at your table by a Waiter.
There are also additional higher levels of Gold Status Membership available at 2,500 Tier Points – A Gold Upgrade for Two (GUF2) voucher. Allows you to upgrade a cash ticket to the next cabin for yourself and a companion.
3,500 Tier Points – Two Gold Upgrades for One voucher, 5,000 Tier Points – A Concorde Room card and Gold Guest List membership. The Concorde Room card allows entry for you + a guest into the Concorde Room lounges at London Heathrow and New York JFK.
Now you understand the BA Executive Membership levels and the benefits of collecting Tier Points, we can move onto how to collect TP’s for the cheapest fares available.
Tier Points – Easiest & Cheapest Way’s to Collect within Europe
Remembering that Bronze level requires atleast 2 x BA Segmented Flights completed and the requirement to earn a minimum of 300 x TP’s, we will now look at the easiest routes to meet the requirements.
To make Bronze level the fastest and the cheapest way, we are looking for BA Segmented Flights or Returns that will make atleast 300 x TP’s.
Unfortunately, you would have to fly a Long Haul Route to earn 300 x TP’s over 2 x Segments which will be more expensive than flying Short haul.
BA Flights Club Europe – 80 TP’s One Way / 160 TP’s Return (Lon Departure)
Algiers / Athens / Bucharest / Catania / Chania / Corfu / Dalaman / Funchal / Gran Canaria / Helsinki / Heraklion / Istanbul / Kalamata / Kefalonia / Kiev / Kos / Lanzarote / Larnaca / Malta / Marrakech / Mykonos / Paphos / Reykjavik / Rhodes / Santorini / Skiathos / Sofia / St Petersburg / Tenerife / Thessaloniki / Tirana / Zakynthos.
By flying Return any of the routes in Club Europe, Business Class above you will have met all the requirements to be awarded BA Bronze Membership after only 2 x Return Flights as 160 TP’s x 2 = 320 Tier Points.
Now you have the data to enable you to gain higher Tier Levels within the British Airways Executive Club, we will look at the costs involved. Today, we will centre our attention on a famous Tier Point earning route London – Helsinki.
BA Tier Points – London- Helsinki Route £228 Return Sale Fare
Usually, London to Helsinki in Club Europe can cost you upwards of £400 Return, Per Person.
When flyers decide to embark on a Tier Point Run (Flying on BA Flights on Purpose to obtain TP’s), they usually wait until a British Airways flight Sale starts to leverage the best value.
Today, the latest BA Luxury Sale launched and featured our favourite TP run route at only £228.
At £228 Return, Per Person – London to Helsinki, by flying this route twice you can achieve Instantly Bronze & Silver Status.
Helsinki in Finland is the chosen destination for people wanting to grab a glimpse of the “Northern Lights“. Helsinki is the Capital of Finland and is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks, perfect for a weekend trip away.
How to Track Down the Helsinki Fare at £228
We use the handy Google Flights search function to Track down all our Route bargains. Go to here – Google Flights UK, plug in your chosen departure airport, your destination and your preferred dates.
Next, click on “Stops” and select “Non Stop Only”, then click on “Airlines” and select “One World” BA’s Alliance, then click “Class” and select “Business“.
Ensure the selection is “Round Trip” and you have selected the correct amount of Persons flying. Press enter and you will be served a number of results displaying airlines, duration of flights, departure / arrival times & cost.
To Search availability by month, Simply click on “Price Graph” and you will be served a Bar Graph of results per month.
Your looking for the Lowest Point on the Graph results like below.
Availability on the London to Helsinki route also spans into 2020 as displayed below.
On this Route at these prices you will experience British Airways Short Haul, Business Class others known as Club Europe – Our Review can be found here – BA Club Europe Review 2019.
You would be flying on a BA Airbus 320 aircraft or Finnair Airways A350 aircraft on this route. Duration is approximately 3.05 hours.
If you want to complete this route purely as a Tier Point Run, you can book a same day return and not even leave the Helsinki airport. This route does use the same Inbound aircraft to complete the Outbound so you can get back on the same flight back.
This is called a B2B or Back to Back flight when completing a TP Run.
Other Routes Earning 180 TP’s in the BA Luxury Sale
Helsinki is only one Route at the moment offering incredible value for achieving BA Tier Points cheaply. Below is a list of other destinations offering 180 TP’s in the luxury sale.
Bucharest (£268) / Catania (£262) / Gran Canaria (£304) / Istanbul (£290) / Kalamata (£298) / Kefalonia (£310) / Lanzarote (£308) / Malta (£238) / Marrakech (£279) /Reykjavik (£296) / Sofia (£210) / Tenerife (£306) / Tirana (£244)
So you could have a Weekend Break searching out the “Northern Lights” in Finland and have another City trip away in Sofia in Bulgaria all for £498.00 in total whilst earning 360 TP’s and achieving BA Bronze Status.
Add on some Winter Sun in the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria / Lanzarote or Tenerife or a Back 2 Back Return to Helsinki and you will be awarded Silver Status at 640 TP’s earnt.
If you want to learn how to leverage the little known BA Price Match Guarantee potentially saving you Hundreds of Pounds off your flights, Click Here – BA Price Match Guarantee
Summary / Conclusions
Today, we have set out how you can achieve Bronze BA Status by flying 2 x Return Flights and spending less than £500 or the great Silver Status for less than £1000.
The BA Luxury Sales offer immense value in Business Class, some amazing bargains can also be had if you add in a Hotel also, sometimes it can work out cheaper than the flights alone.
One point to remember when achieving BA Executive Club status is that status expires at the end of the following year of your accounts membership start date.
As an example, my Executive Club account states I opened my account in August. In order for me to gain nearly 2 x years of Status, I would need to complete 2 x Flights earning 320 TP’s as quickly as possible, preferably in August.
Each month past your BA Executive Club account opening date that you have not fulfilled the requirements of status will result in that amount of time deducted off your status.
A lot of Tier Point Runs are completed as soon as possible after the flyers account anniversary date thus maximizing the time Status is held.
Another point to note when thinking of flying purely for the purpose of collecting Tier points is the value your getting for the expenditure. If for instance your only planning one trip using BA a year, it may not be cost worthy conducting a TP Run so it’s worth working out the benefits before you book & fly.
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