The British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) has two types of points, Avios, and Tier Points. Confused? Here’s an explanation with a little help from our friends at BA:
AVIOS - For spending on rewards
Avios are collected on flights with British Airways and oneworld airlines as well as a on wide range of other purchases.
These are the points that are earned on some credit cards, through Tesco Clubcard and TopCashBack.
Avios can be spent on flights and upgrades.
Avios can be bought and shared.
Avios expire only if your balance is inactive for three years.
TIER POINTS - For moving through the tiers of the club
You earn Tier Points by flying with British Airways and their oneworld airline partners (including American Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Iberia and Qatar).
The number you earn depends on your ticket type and fare class — in general, you’ll earn more on longer flights in premium cabins and on flexible fares
Unlike Avios, Tier Points cannot be bought, shared or spent — their sole purpose is to move you through the tiers of the Club
Tier Points are reset to zero at the end of your membership year which is the anniversary of the date you joined the Club
All the Tier Points you've earned as a member of the Club count towards your Lifetime Tier Points total, for more recognition and rewards.
BRONZE - 300 Tier Points
SILVER - 600 Tier Points (SILVER is where you want to get to for what I think are the most valuable benefits - free seat selection at the time of booking AND Business Class lounge access regardless of class you’re travelling in)
GOLD - 1500 Tier Points