Old Feb 23, 04, 6:56 pm
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925
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Programs: UA Gold, Marriott Titanium
Posts: 2,849
Disloyal BA Flyer wants to get status cheap!

I have flown BA from SEA for years, variously with Blue, Silver or Gold status. I have never paid for J or F. When BA devalued my 677,000 miles last year, and made it so expensive to earn BA tier points in coach, I expressed my outrage by simply switching to other carriers. After years of averaging around one BA flight a month, I haven't flown BA in 9 months (said proudly)!

1) I will shortly lose my silver status. I decided to find out how hard it would be to get it back. I found that I will never earn it from Seattle. Even if I pay their outrageous premiums for WT+, I have to fly 5 RTs to get to Silver, and an additional 8 to get to Gold. Who wants to fly that many times without status?

2) Then I found out that BA is encouraging their customers to move to the European continent! If you live in Europe, your tier point requirement is far lower than for the US, the UK, and the rest of the world!

3) Then I found that a SINGLE premium BA/Qantas flight to Australia can get me status. But that would be strictly a MR.

4) But then I found a way. For as few as two flights on AA domestic, without ever having climbed on BA metal, I can get BA Silver status!

5) I also found that I CAN get AA miles flying to London on BA... IF you fly from Canada, and not the US. So, if I ever need BA, I can just hop up to YVR and be on my way.

Does anyone know of any other cheap ways to get BA status?

If you have any comments about my table below, I'd appreciate hearing them too. (The formatting looks so good in the preview, and so bad in the real message).

The Tyranny of British Airways Tier Points__________ -Round Trips Required to get to Level-
________________________________________________ One Way BA-Silver BA-Gold EU-Silver EU-Gold
(There is a way to get BA Gold status easily…)____ Tier Points 600 1500 400 800
________________________________________________ Earned
________________________________________________
BA Longhaul Discount Economy_______________________ 0 ___ ___ ___ ___
BA Longhaul Full-Fare Economy (YBH)_________________ 60 5.0 12.5 3.3 6.7
BA Longhaul World Traveller Plus (WT)_________________ 75 4.0 10.0 2.7 5.3
BA Longhaul Club (JCDI)___________________________ 120 2.5 6.3 1.7 3.3
BA Longhaul First (FA)_____________________________ 180 1.7 4.2 1.1 2.2

AA non-UK 1-2000 miles Disc.Econ. 25% if KLMGNSVWQ___ 0 ___ ___ ___ ___
AA non-UK 2001+ miles Disc.Econ. 25% if KLMGNSVWQ____ 0 ___ ___ ___ ___
AA non-UK 1-2000 miles Full-Fare Economy (YBH) 100%__ 20 15.0 37.5 10.0 20.0
AA non-UK 2001+ miles Full-Fare Economy (YBH) 100%___ 60 5.0 12.5 3.3 6.7
AA non-UK 1-2000 miles Business (JDI) 125% miles______ 40 7.5 18.8 5.0 10.0
AA non-UK 2001+ miles Business (JDI) 125% miles_____ 120 2.5 6.3 1.7 3.3
AA non-UK 1-2000 miles First (FPA) 150% miles_________ 60 5.0 12.5 3.3 6.7
AA non-UK 2001+ miles First (FPA) 150% miles________ 180 1.7 4.2 1.1 2.2

BA/Qantas London-Australia Discount Economy__________ 0 ___ ___ ___ ___
BA/Qantas London-Australia Full-Fare Economy (YBH)____ 110 2.7 6.8 1.8 3.6
BA/Qantas London-Australia World Traveller Plus (WT)___ 135 2.2 5.6 1.5 3.0
BA/Qantas London-Australia Club (JCDI)______________ 220 1.4 3.4 0.9 1.8
BA/Qantas London-Australia First (FA)________________ 330 0.9 2.3 0.6 1.2

Minimum number of RT qualifying flights to get status _____ _ 0.9 2.3 0.6 1.2
Maximum number of RT qualifying flights to get status ____ _ 15.0 37.5 10.0 20.0


[This message has been edited by 925 (edited Feb 23, 2004).]
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