British Airways Executive Club Silver elite at 600 Tier Points is the equivalent Oneworld Alliance status to American Airlines AAdvantage 50,000EQM/$6,000 EQD Platinum in 2017. This post shows how a single $2,158 Business Class itinerary on British Airways and Qatar Airways London – Stockholm – Doha – Singapore round trip earns 640 Tier Points in BA Executive Club for Silver elite status.
Stockholm, Sweden has some of the lowest airline taxes and long-haul international fares from Europe. The basic deal is Qatar Airways has a ThankYou2016 limited time offer for a 5% discount on Business Class I fares from most European countries. These fares also allow one free stopover in Doha, up to 96 hours.
Stockholm to Singapore is $1,750 round trip on Qatar Airways with the ThankYou2016 discount in Business I class. The promotion code knocks about $60 off the $1,818 regular Business Class ticket price.
Qatar Airways Stockholm – Doha, Qatar – Singapore – Doha – Stockholm
This is a particularly lucrative Executive Club earning route for Qatar Business I Class flight segments. Both Stockholm to Doha and Doha to Singapore earn 140 Tier Points each flight segment for 560 Tier Points round trip. Silver Elite membership requires 300 Tier Points and you are only 40 more Tier Points away from British Airways Silver Elite.
140 Tier Points Stockholm – Doha each way in Qatar Airways Business Class I.
140 Tier Points each way Doha – Singapore in Qatar Airways Business Class I.
560 Tier Points earned in British Airways Executive Club with four Qatar Business Class flight segments ARN-DOH-SIN-DOH-ARN on a single $1,750 ticket.
There are many ways to earn 40 more Tier Points for Executive Club Silver elite.
Here is a simple one for the traveler who may be in the market for London – Singapore round trip Business Class tickets. Simply fly to Stockholm in British Airways Business I class and earn another 80 Tier Points round trip for $408.
British Airways Business I Class London LHR – Stockholm ARN
London to Stockholm is $408 (321.30 GBP) round trip in British Airways Business I Class.
Each flight segment earns 40 Tier Points in Executive Club for 80 Tier Points round trip. Qatar Airways ticket earns 560 Tier Points.
A single round trip London to Singapore via Stockholm and Doha, Qatar with British Airways and Qatar Airways Business I Class tickets earns 640 Tier Points and British Airways Executive Club Silver elite status for $2,158. Bear in mind that Executive Club membership year is based on program enrollment date and not a Jan-Dec calendar year.
British Airways mid-tier Silver elite is a lot cheaper and easier than messing around with American Airlines AAdvantage elite qualification system in 2017 for AAdvantage Platinum at 50,000 EQM and $6,000 EQD.
Update: Minimum Flight Segments Rule for BA Executive Club elite status.
A reader comment points to Executive Club rule requiring at least 2 flight segments per membership year on BA operated and marketed flights to earn Bronze elite and 4 flight segments for Silver and Gold elite.
In order to achieve or retain Bronze status Members must ensure they take at least 2 flights operated and marketed by British Airways during each Tier Point Collection Year in addition to obtaining either the required number of Tier Points or completing the required number of eligible flights. In order to achieve or retain Silver or Gold status Members must ensure they take at least four flights operated by British Airways during each Tier Point Collection Year in addition to obtaining the required number of Tier Points.
You will still need two more British Airways flights to earn Silver elite besides 600 Tier Points earned in itinerary described in this post. That can be done with a one-stop ticket to Stockholm from other cities in UK, Dublin and many other cities around Europe for about same $400 ticket price.