My British Airways Executive Club year ends on 8 May and in preparation for the reset of my Tier Points to zero (boo hoo), I have undertaken a little review of where I stand at the end of my 2014-15 year.
The Great Circle Mapper tool indicates that I have flown 150,637 miles, all credited to BA. This is interesting as so far in 2015 I have flown zero miles with United, who used to be my carrier of choice.
I’ve flown on a relatively small number of OneWorld carriers this year – British Airways (of course as you must do four segments to earn elite status with BA), American Airlines, USAirways, Royal Jordanian (new for me) and also new, Qatar Airways, including a flight on which I was the only business class passenger.
I’ve been to cities I had never visited before – Doha, Amman, Male, Punta Cana to name four.
I’ve also had a bit of a nervy time connecting in Cairo without going land-side, which seems to be a hit-and-miss affair. Equally I’ve had great hotel stays in Bangkok and New York. (With Hyatt, of course).
So at the end of the year I’ve done really well with Tier Points and managed to break through to a Concorde Room card for the first time ever. Thank you excellent fares from Dublin.
So, you may ask, what does 2015-16 hold?
Well, as BA awards Gold For Life at 35,000 Tier Points that goal should be in my sights in the next couple of years. The absurd 100,000 Tier Points needed for Gold Guest List for Life are never going to materialise for me. Had BA launched these schemes when I used to credit some flights to AA and Qantas I might have been closer, but you cannot rewrite history. However, BA’s cheat announced this week where they guaranteed no changes to earnings on flights booked by 28 April, except it turns out that meant ‘no changes as long as they had a BA flight number’ has robbed me of 28o Tier Points. Cancellations (after ticketing) to BA1/2/3/4, the London City to/from JFK service at Thanksgiving and Christmas has robbed me of a further 140 Tier Points, meaning that BA has me 420 Tier Points light of where I should be by year end.
I have a good chunk of my trips booked – Aloha Honolulu Airport – and I am hoping for a BA sale or two in their premium cabins to get those 420 stolen Tier Points back.