What is the British Airways 2,000-mile rule?

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What is the BA 2,000 Mile Rule?

Unlike Avios points which can be earned through a multitude of activities, Tier Points can only be earned through the pursuit of flying and are earned on all commercial BA and Oneworld fares (subject to a few exceptions). In very general terms, and in the case of British Airways, the longer the flight coupled with a higher the booking class means there will be a greater number of Tier Points rewarded.

In Short – The 2,000-mile rule is what differentiates between a British Airways long haul and short haul flight.

  • Under 2,000-miles you will likely receive between 5-20 Tier Points in Euro Traveller (Economy) and up to 40 Tier Points in Club Europe (Business) one way.
  • Over the 2,000 mark, the figure jumps staggeringly, and you will earn between 20 to 70 in World Traveller (Economy) and 140 in Club World (Business) one way.

This rule applies across Oneworld when crediting to British Airways

2,000 miles from London Heathrow
2,000 miles from Hong Kong International

For Example …

If there are two destinations close together but one is beyond the 2,000 mile mark, the earnings between the two airports can be quite different.

Take the below for example, a flight Hong Kong (HKG) to Tokyo (NRT) on Cathay Pacific will only earn 40TP in Business. By contrast, a flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sapporo (CTS) on Cathay Pacific will earn 140TP in Business while only being 489 miles apart from Tokyo

Hong Kong (HKG) to Tokyo (NRT) on Cathay Pacific Airways each-way
ClassAviosTier Points
Economy lowest (K, L, M, N, Q, S, V) 4565
Economy flexible (Y, B, H) 1,82520
Premium economy flexible (W) 2,00825
Premium economy lowest (R, E) 1,82525
Business (J, C, D, I) 2,28140
First (F, A) 2,73860

Hong Kong (HKG) to Sapporo (CTS) on Cathay Pacific Airways each-way
ClassAviosTier Points
Economy lowest (K, L, M, N, Q, S, V) 55320
Economy flexible (Y, B, H) 2,13170
Premium economy flexible (W) 2,34490
Premium economy lowest (R, E) 2,13190
Business (J, C, D, I) 2,664140
First (F, A) 3,197210

Short Haul Plus?

“Short haul plus” is for selected intra-Europe routes on British Airways. The benefit is that this is twice as many tier points as normally available.

On some routes, you won’t pay much more for a 80 tier point route than you would for one with 40 tier points.

Short Haul Plus Routes From London Heathrow

CountryIATA CODEDistance
AlgiersALG1,037
AthensATH1,510
BucharestOTP1,311
CataniaCTA1,230
ChaniaCHQ1,641
CorfuCFU1,277
DalamanDLM1,758
FunchalFNC1,536
Gran CanariaLPA1,801
HelsinkiHEL1,515
HeraklionHER1,689
IstanbulIST1,550
KalamataKLX1,484
KefaloniaEFL1,374
KievIEV1,342
KosKGS1,689

Country IATA CODE Distance
LanzaroteACE1,697
LarnacaLCA2,040
MaltaMLA1,307
MarrakechRAK1,425
MykonosJMK1,589
PaphosPFO2,002
ReykjavikKEF1,180
RhodesRHO1,745
SantoriniJTR1,646
SkiathosJSI1,433
SofiaSOF1,271
St PetersburgLED1,317
TeneriffeTFS1,821
ThessalonikiSKG1,349
TiranaTIA1,182
ZakynthosZTH1,407

Pair the above when booking flights to Asia – Maximise collecting points with connecting flights


Notable Exceptions to the rule

Exception 1

Algiers (ALG) is 1,037 Miles from London Healthrow making it the shortest flight to earn 80 tier points in Club Europe – surpassing Malaga (1,041 miles), Faro(1,064 miles), Dubrovnik (1,073 miles), Gibraltar (1,085 miles), Bari (1,086 miles) and Palermo (1,311 miles) who only earn 40 in Club Europe

Exception 2

Larnica (LCA / 2,002 miles) and Paphos (PFO / 2,040 miles) which are both outside the 2,000 mile marker only earn 80 tier points in Business.

Exception 3

Conversely, Moscow (DME) is the only flight under 2,000 miles to earn the higher 140 tier points in Business. Interestingly the flight to St. Petersburg (LED) only earns 80 tier points

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