Los Angeles LAX to Cancun, Mexico in AA Business I Class for $929 round trip. This is another baseline fare I am compiling for American Airlines North America flights to maximize British Airways Executive Club Tier Points for elite status. There is the option to fly LAX-Cancun CUN nonstop in AA Business Class and earn 140 Tier Points in BA Executive Club per flight segment at 2,119 miles each way. Or route via Miami or Charlotte and earn 360 Tier Points in British Airways Executive Club for about $10 more round trip.
I call this a baseline fare since I will be looking out for fare drops on this route and other routes to Mexico and the Caribbean in 2017 for high Tier Points BA elite status earning tickets flying North American routes in American Airlines Business Class.
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX – Cancun, Mexico CUN – Los Angeles LAX
AA Business I Class LAX – Cancun should earn 280 Tier Points.
So I was surprised to see this result come up on the BA Flight Calculator shows 0 Tier Points?
Perhaps some of you BA elite readers more familiar with the program can share some insight as to whether this is correct and why no Tier Points?
Or is this a BA Flight Calculator mistake?.
I was going to recommend an LAX-MIA routing anyway to maximize Tier Points for nearly the same ticket price.
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX – Miami MIA – Cancun CUN – Charlotte CLT – Los Angeles LAX
LAX – MIA – CUN – CLT – LAX = 360 Tier Points.
LAX – MIA = 140 Tier Points.
MIA – CUN = 40 Tier Points.
CUN – CLT = 40 Tier Points.
CLT – LAX = 140 Tier Points.
$942.18 for 360 Tier Points = $2.62 per Tier Point.
Ideally, this LAX-CUN itinerary will drop to under $720 round trip during a fare sale at some point during the next few months. A reasonable objective for BA Executive Club elite status is paying less than $2/Tier Point to earn BA Silver elite with 600 Tier Points for around $1,200 or BA Gold Elite with 1,500 Tier Points for around $3,000 in airline spend per year. You just need 4 British Airways flights during the membership year to reach mid-tier to high-tier elite status.