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User currently offlineNU From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9017 times:

Have seen in various BA Exec club promotions reference to Silver, Gold and Premium. Can anyone tell me what is the Premium level and how it operates?


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User currently offlineTonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1411 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8949 times:

Are you sure you are not referring to the Premier Status???

BA Premier Status is only awarded to BAs top brass customers. You have to be invited to join by the company and the membership is capped in order to ensure it remains exclusive. I am not sure but off the top of my head I think membership is capped at 5000 or something like that and generally these people are either captains of industry, politicians or Royalty!!!!



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User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8936 times:

Most likely similar to UA's Global Services. Its always fun to see 1K or million miler's face when they realize they aren't actually the top of the food chain and they have to wait for a GS member to be served before them.... classic.


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User currently offlineBALHRWWCC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8901 times:



Quoting Tonystan (Reply 1):
BA Premier Status is only awarded to BAs top brass customers. You have to be invited to join by the company and the membership is capped in order to ensure it remains exclusive. I am not sure but off the top of my head I think membership is capped at 5000 or something like that and generally these people are either captains of industry, politicians or Royalty!!!!

There are currently only around 1200 Premier Card Holders. Premier cards are awarded by inviatation of the BA board, The card hlders are usually captains of Industry responsible for puting tens of millions of pounds worth of business , if not more than that BA's way. They are also high profile figures in the public eye. Heads of state, Very famous Actors


User currently offlineJACK02116 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8768 times:

I dont think being rich and famous really swings it for Premium Membership. A few of years ago I sat next to George Harrison (ex Beatle) and even he was only a lowly Gold Card Holder. Being a member of one of the most influential bands ever does not entitle you to this level of status ........... but being a class mate of one of the BA board at an English public school probably does  Smile

A colleague of mine has been a top tier KLM frequent flyer for 5 years and has now been given life membership. I have been a BA gold Card holder for eleven years and a sliver card holder for 3 years prior to that ....... and still need to qualify ever year with the same number of points as a new member. I know other airlines offer lifetime membership or enhanced privileges for long periods of 'loyalty' but does anyone know what the BA policy is with this?


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8754 times:



Quoting JACK02116 (Reply 4):
but being a class mate of one of the BA board at an English public school probably does

Truer than you think. Prems used to be referred to as "Friends of Sir Col" (Colin Marshall).


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8679 times:

As BALHRWWCC states, there are only around 1200 Premier card holders at the moment. I believe it used to be capped at 1000. The membership includes many Leaders of Industry and some very famous actors/actrsses/musicians
You have to be very special to become a Premier card holder. Ive spoken to one or two in the past and havnt had a clue who they were until Id looked at their exec status


Lee



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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8629 times:

I heard that you or your company had to put so many millions of £'s of business BA's way each year.

User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8566 times:

Another thing to add that has not been brought up, membership is not lifetime with the current Premier invitees. Those who were Premier's before 1992 were granted lifetime membership with an expiry date of 31 March, though there is no year to which it ever expires. Those since 1992 have an expiry date any day other than 31/03 and it does expire on that date unless they are re-sponsered/invited. This is how you recognise the difference between the two types.

It is also worth noting that the Premier card has nothing to do with the Executive Club, they are seperate entities though the Premier's share all the benefits of the Gold Executive Club Card in addition to their own.

[Edited 2008-01-26 09:48:12]


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User currently offlineNU From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8463 times:

thanks for info


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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 743 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8451 times:

What a load of crap. Typical English old-boy's network


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8385 times:

http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/1904/bapremiercardpg4.jpg

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 2):
Most likely similar to UA's Global Services.

Except being awarded Premier status has nothing to do with flying pattern, whereas at United Global Services is awarded largely to regular, premium flyers. Sure UA will toss you a few GS cards as a hefty corporate customer but I've heard that there are around 15,000 GS members.

I've only ever seen three BA Premiers on my travels in the 5yrs that I've been aware of it. One on Concorde, one in the Concorde Room @ LHR and another on a Club Europe flight (his tag was beside his Marquis Jets card  Wink). They are few and far between...



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8259 times:



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 11):

The card in the picture appears to have the Oneworld tier blanked out. Do Prems have no Alliance tier ?


User currently offlineAlbird87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8245 times:



Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 12):
The card in the picture appears to have the Oneworld tier blanked out. Do Prems have no Alliance tier ?

No thats the new style as far as I am aware. My AA platinum card only has the saphire colour underneath the oneworld logo now and the I think these colours are respresented throughout OWs check ins and clubs to show which status of premier passengers an use what facilities.


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4620 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8226 times:



Quoting Albird87 (Reply 13):
No thats the new style as far as I am aware. My AA platinum card only has the saphire colour underneath the oneworld logo now and the I think these colours are respresented throughout OWs check ins and clubs to show which status of premier passengers an use what facilities.

That's correct - it's just the oneworld logo with the colour (Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald) under it. It's exactly the same on my Gold Qantas Frequent Flyer card.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8172 times:



Quoting Albird87 (Reply 13):
No thats the new style as far as I am aware.

I'm colour-blind so correct me if I'm wrong, but that Prem card has no tier level colour (ruby, emerald or sapphire). All I see is grey.


User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8158 times:
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Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 15):
I'm colour-blind so correct me if I'm wrong, but that Prem card has no tier level colour (ruby, emerald or sapphire). All I see is grey.

There is a green semi-circle directly underneath the OneWorld logo.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8145 times:



Quoting EI787 (Reply 16):
There is a green semi-circle directly underneath the OneWorld logo.

So Emerald then ? I thought Sapphire was the highest.


User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8125 times:
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Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
I thought Sapphire was the highest.

Nope, Emerald is. See here for info: http://www.oneworld.com/ow/ffp/oneworld-status


User currently offlineGh123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8118 times:



Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
So Emerald then ? I thought Sapphire was the highest.

Emerald - Highest
Saphire (Silver on BA or Platinum on AA)
Ruby - Gold on AA


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8081 times:



Quoting Gh123 (Reply 19):
Emerald - Highest
Saphire (Silver on BA or Platinum on AA)
Ruby - Gold on AA

Thanks. I always mix the Emerald and Sapphire up.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8081 times:



Quoting JACK02116 (Reply 4):
A colleague of mine has been a top tier KLM frequent flyer for 5 years and has now been given life membership. I have been a BA gold Card holder for eleven years and a sliver card holder for 3 years prior to that ....... and still need to qualify ever year with the same number of points as a new member. I know other airlines offer lifetime membership or enhanced privileges for long periods of 'loyalty' but does anyone know what the BA policy is with this?

Its well known that BA's policy with regard to FF miles, tier points, upgrades etc is: If you spend lots of money with us, the privileges will be there; when you no longer do so they will quickly disappear. If you don't spend much to start with, you won't qualify in the 1st place.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 10):
What a load of crap. Typical English old-boy's network

Exactly the opposite, its a reward for being a spending lots and lots of money with BA. These are the people who only fly Club, when the aircraft doesn't have 1st, and they are willing to pay for their seat.


User currently offlineFarnborough24 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7982 times:

So, now we know what it is, what does one actually GET for being a Premier member over a BA Gold? Apart from queue jumping, what are the benefits?


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7945 times:



Quoting Farnborough24 (Reply 22):
So, now we know what it is, what does one actually GET for being a Premier member over a BA Gold? Apart from queue jumping, what are the benefits?

-Ability to take two guests into any BA lounge regardless of which airline they are travelling.
-Separate 0800 phone number that gets answered exceptionally quickly without need to go through the menus.
-Number for regional Central managers if you want to kick up a fuss  Wink
-Guaranteed seat on any flight.
-Ability to use miles even when redemption seats are all used up.
-Ability to phone ahead for Elemis Spa appts.
-35% discount with Hertz & Avis
-Some fringe hotel benefits

Then of course there is being above BA Golds if op ups are necessary, although I've heard sightings of Prems in CW with empty seats in F so they certainly aren't upgraded willy-nilly.

I've seen crew make a right fuss over one guy, for him though he turned down all drinks, all food and just stayed put.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7913 times:



Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 21):
Quoting EIRules (Reply 10):
What a load of crap. Typical English old-boy's network

Exactly the opposite, its a reward for being a spending lots and lots of money with BA.

Hmmmm - there is (or there used to be, according to my sources) a certain element of old school tie involved. It's not automatic, based on your volume of business. You have to be "invited" and therefore it's at Chairman's discretion. It won't happen if you're not "the right sort".


25 Post contains images JACK02116 : So it really is about who you 'bunked up' with at boarding school ....... ha ha
26 Post contains images JGPH1A : All those years playing "toastrack" in the Prefects' study finally pays off
27 Bongodog1964 : As mentioned earlier in the Colin Marshall days premier status was granted for keeps, and an element of "being the right sort" was there. It now has
28 Sketty222 : Bongodog, you sum it up exactly! Years ago when Sir Colin Marshall was chairman, yes it would be kind of him to invite some of his old school friends
29 APYu : But Martin has still given his brother Steve one!
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