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British Airways aligns elite status years and the results are as clear as mud

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Update 6 February 2024: I think I have it figured out (finally) – see here.

One of the stranger things about the British Airways Executive Club has long been the fact that a member’s elite status year has been based on when they joined the program and not on a standard program year shared by all other members.

My elite status year, for example, ends in December, while Joanna’s ends in March and that can make things awkward. Apparently, this won’t be how things work for much longer.

BA’s move to one Tier point collection period

British Airways has announced that it is aligning all Executive Club member tier point collection years so that starting from 1 April 2025 …

  • All Executive Club members will earn tier points towards elite status between 1 April and 31 March the following year.
  • All Executive Club members will enjoy elite status for 13 months (1 April to 30 April the following year).

That’s what I can tell you for sure. As for everything else surrounding this change, I’m completely at a loss to explain how things will work as BA transitions to its new model.

I have no idea what’s going on

Sometimes in life, you have to hold your hands up and admit when you don’t understand something. For me, this is one of those moments.

I’ve read every single word that BA has published and I’ve read articles covering this on a few other sites, and after 3 hours of reading, I still don’t fully understand all the ins and outs of what is going to happen.

Some of it, I get. But there is a lot of (seemingly) contradictory information out there right now, and some sites are changing their interpretation of what BA has announced as more information is pumped out, and I have no interest in adding to the confusion.

At some point, I’ll write an article covering this key change to how the British Airways Executive Club will work going forward, but for now, I’m going to wait and see what things look like when the smoke clears and when BA’s press office and BA’s Executive Club team start to give the same answers to the same questions. That’s not happening right now.

If you’re a BA flyer and want to know more, take a look at this page to see what BA has announced. You can also try working your way through the explanations Head For Points has come up with, and if after all of that you’re 100% sure of how things will be working in the next two years, you’re a better and more intelligent person than me!

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