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Mon, 27 November 2023

Earn Tier Points with Every Spend on British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card

(27/11/23)  British Airways Executive Club Members can now earn Tier Points outside of flying, by spending on the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card, thanks to a new, limited-time offer.

Running until 21 May 2024, applicable cardmembers can earn an extra 200 Tier Points in the coming months by simply spending on their card.

Tier Points help travellers to earn airline status, which is associated with travel perks such as lounge access, fast-track security, extra luggage allowances and priority boarding.

Previously, Tier Points could only be earned by flying with British Airways, its subsidiaries and oneworld airline partners. In fact, this offer marks the first ever time that Tier Points can be earned outside of flying.

British Airways aircraft at LHR in November 2023. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
British Airways aircraft at LHR in November 2023. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers are now eligible to earn up to 200 Tier Points as follows:

- 100 Tier Points if the cardmember spends £15,000;

- A further 50 additional Tier Points will be awarded if they spend a further £5,000 (totalling £20,000); and

- A final 50 Tier Points will be awarded if they spend another £5,000 (totalling £25,000).

Cardmembers must enroll for the offer in their online account before enrolment closes on 20 May 2024 and spending must take place after a Cardmember’s enrolment, and by 21 May 2024, the date the offer expires, to be eligible.

The Tier Points will be added to Tier Points that travellers have already earned, or will earn, from flying, to help them reach British Airways Bronze, Silver or Gold status. Each tier status comes with valuable travel benefits, including:

- Bronze (requires 300 Tier Points): Benefits include free seat selection seven days before flying, priority boarding, the use of business class check in desks and more;

- Silver (requires 600 Tier Points): Benefits include access to airport lounges in the UK and around the world, free seat selection at booking, additional baggage and more; and

- Gold (requires 1,500 Tier Points): Benefits include access to First lounges, First class check-in and boarding, free seat selection at booking, additional baggage, additional reward flight availability and more.

“Over the last year, we’ve introduced lots of improvements to our Executive Club loyalty programme,” said Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Offer. “We expanded our Reward Flight Savers programme to 100% of the network last December, enabled Members to use their Avios towards a British Airways Holidays booking in February and introduced Avios-Only flights in April. Making Tier Points available as part of everyday spend is just the latest step in rewarding our customers more than ever.”

British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers previously benefited from collecting 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent on purchases, or 3 Avios for every £1 spent with British Airways or British Airways Holidays.

Cardmembers can also earn a Companion Voucher when they spend £10,000 each card membership year on their card. They can use this to either take a companion with them on the same flight and in the same cabin for no additional Avios or, as launched last year, receive a 50% discount on the Avios price if travelling solo. Vouchers can be used on British Airways flights or, as of last year, Iberia and Aer Lingus flights. British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers have access to additional Reward flight seats within Club World (long-haul business class) when booking with a Companion Voucher.

“We know our cardmembers value the array of benefits that come with their British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card, from Avios to the much-loved Companion Voucher,” said Nikki Edelman, Vice President at American Express. “But we’re always looking for ways to continue rewarding our cardmembers for their loyalty, with offers and benefits they care about. We hope today’s limited time offer achieves this, providing customers with a new proposition; being rewarded for spending on the card with Tier Points. This could see cardmembers earning travel benefits like lounge access, free seat selection or priority boarding from their everyday spending.”

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