British Airways will add 12 months to the current status of all Executive Club frequent flyers, as well as reducing the qualification threshold for the following 12 months by 25%.
It's long-awaited recognition that many BAEC members either won't be flying for some time or will be flying a lot less for the rest of this year and perhaps even into 2021.
The extra year of gratis status is now being rolled out to British Airways Executive Club members and takes effect for membership renewals – aka 'Tier Point collection end dates' – from July 2020 through to June 2021 at Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Six months has also been added to the expiry date of all Gold Upgrade Vouchers, Companion Vouchers and Travel Together Tickets earned via a British Airways credit card.
Tier Point qualification levels will also be cut by 25% for both retaining your current tier or stepping up to the next rung on the ladder.
- BAEC Bronze, which usually requires 300 Tier Points, drops to 225 Tier Points
- BAEC Silver, which usually requires 600 Tier Points, drops to 450 Tier Points
- BAEC Gold, which usually requires 1500 Tier Points, drops to 1125 Tier Points
While there's no need to make the usual number of minimum eligible flights for the 2020-2021 tier extension, those flights will be required "for members to qualify for the 25% Tier threshold reduction in order to upgrade, or subsequently renew their membership for the following year," the airline says.