British Airways is extending the tier status of its Executive Club members for a further year to thank them for their support during Covid.

Any member renewing in 2021 will keep their status for another year, irrespective of how many Tier Points they earn.

Eligible members will receive an additional 12 months on their Tier status expiry date which will be updated in their Executive Club accounts this week.

The requirement for Bronze status has decreased from 300 to 225 Tier Points, or 18 eligible flights, for Silver from 600 to 450 points, or 37 flights, and Gold from 1500 to 1125 points.

Niall Rooney, head of the British Airways Executive Club, said: “As we await the government’s decision in April and plan for the safe restart of travel as soon as possible, we want to thank our Executive Club members for their loyalty during the most difficult time in the airline’s history.

“We know many of our members haven’t been able to travel, but today’s news means they can keep their benefits for longer and use them when they’re able to fly again. We hope this complements a number of measures we’ve already introduced, including our book with confidence commitment, which provides flexibility and reassurance for our customers.”

Qualifying members will now have received two years’ protection of their status and no Executive Club member will lose their tier status in 2021.

In February, British Airways announced a six-month extension to all Executive Club vouchers, due to expire before December 31, 2021, following similar extensions in March 2020 and October 2020 and included Gold Upgrade Vouchers and American Express Companion Vouchers.

The airline is also adding an additional six-months validity to all new Companion Voucher or Travel Together tickets earned between June 2020 and the end of December 2021.

And the amount of Tier Points needed to reach each Tier has been reduced by 25% for those whose Tier Point collection year ends before July 2022.