To get a frequent flyer status, most programs require you to earn a certain number of status miles. However, some programs, e.g. the British Airways Executive Club, rely on status points. In this case, Tier Points. Depending on the booking class and distance category, you will receive a fixed number of Tier Points. If you choose the right routes, you can secure the Oneworld Sapphire status very quickly.
The British Airways Executive Club has three distance categories:
- Short-haul below 2,000 miles
- Long-haul between 2,000 – 6,000 miles
- Long-haul between 6,000 – 10,000 miles
- Long-haul over 10,000 miles
We have put together the details for the calculation in our Tier Points & Avios calculator.
The sweet spot here is just over 2,000 miles (approx. 3,219 km). For a flight under 2,000, you only earn 40 Tier Points in business class. Just over 2,000 miles, however, you’d already get 140 Tier Points = 3.5 times as many!
Unfortunately, there are only very few routes that meet this requirement. We’ll tell you which routes they are:
Not all of the routes listed are currently being flown. Since this article was written during the corona pandemic, it was also difficult to check whether the routes would still be served in the future.
Choices are very limited with British Airways. Only flights from London Heathrow to Beirut and Tel Aviv are barely above the magical 2,000-mile limit and will get you 140 Tier Points in business class.
Theoretically, the flights to Cairo, Egypt, Amman, Jordan, and Larnaka, Cyprus would also be over 2,000 miles, but only 80 Tier Points are credited in business class for these routes.
Iberia flights from Madrid to Moscow and Tel Aviv are particularly interesting:
With Finnair, you can even break the 2,000-mile mark within continental Europe when you fly from Helsinki to Lisbon or Malaga. Flights to Tel Aviv are also interesting.
It has already been shown that Amman is a good destination from Europe. It’s practical that Oneworld member Royal Jordanian has its hub there. On flights to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Paris, and Madrid, you’ll get tier points like on long-haul routes.
In contrast to flights with British Airways between London and Amman, where you’d only get 80 Tier Points in business class, you’d collect the full 140 Tier Points here.
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc has only been a member of the Oneworld alliance since early 2020 and operates its hub in Casablanca, Morocco. From there, flights to Stockholm and Istanbul are particularly worthwhile. There is also a flight to Cairo, Amman, Beirut, or Moscow.
Oneworld member S7 is based in Russia. Flights to Europe between Alicante and Moscow & St. Petersburg as well as between Valencia, Ibiza, Malaga, and Moscow are worthwhile. But there are also numerous other flights between 2,000 and 2,200 miles that get you Tier Points, like on long-haul routes.
With American Airlines, domestic flights over 2,000 miles, in particular, can be very handy on the way to your status. Some routes are even flown with widebodies so that you can enjoy a real lie-flat business class.
Here are the suitable flights from / to the individual hubs:
Alaska Airlines is a very recent member of the Oneworld alliance and, just like American Airlines, there are many domestic flights that are just over the magical 2,000-mile limit (up to approx. 2,500 miles).
With Malaysia Airlines, flights to Taipei, Wuhan, and Kathmandu are particularly worthwhile:
With Cathay Pacific, flights to Indonesia are particularly worthwhile: Jakarta, Bali, and Surabaya are all just over 2,000 miles away. In addition, Sapporo in the north of Japan is also a good option.
Down under, long domestic flights with Qantas, e.g. between Perth – Sydney / Cairns, are interesting:
Qatar Airways has some destinations that are just over 2,000 miles. In principle, however, most of the destinations offered by Qatar Airways from Europe offer 4 x 140 Tier Points = 560 Tier Points for a return flight in Business Class:
With SriLankan Airlines, flights to/from Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi can be interesting. There is also often a price war on those routes.