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I fly all over Europe in British Airways European Business Class. I fly for free on my Avios (more on that below) but many people will choose to fly European short-haul Business Class to EARN Avios and tier points.

For nearly all routes within Europe, you earn 40 tier points each way in Club Europe.

What you may not know is that certain short-haul European routes actually earn double Tier Points due to their extended length.

Even though BA’s European Business Class seats are the same as those in Economy (you have the middle seat free which is turned into a table which is surprisingly useful space-wise as you can type on your main table whilst your food tray sits on the side table…), and even though their international Business Class is far from world leading (so many of their seats don’t have aisle access), maintaning the right staus means you get perks like free lounge access even if you fly on BA in economy.

So status is valuable and these European routes can help rack up tier points efficiently. The routes which earn 80TP each way, or 160TP round trip are:

From London:
Albania
Tirana
Algeria
Algiers
Bulgaria
Sofia
Cyprus
Paphos
Larnaca
Finland
Helsinki
Greece
Athens
Chania
Corfu
Crete
Heraklion
Kalamata
Kos
Mykonos
Rhodes
Santorini
Thessaloniki
Iceland
Reykjavik (Keflavik)
Italy
Catania
Morocco
Marrakech
Malta
Malta
Portugal
Funchal
Madeira
Romania
Bucharest
Russia
St. Petersburg (note that Moscow is not included here, as it actually earns 140TP instead!)
Spain
Gran Canaria
Fuerteventura
Lanzarote
Tenerife
Turkey
Istanbul
Dalaman
Ukraine
Kiev
From Manchester, Birmingham:
Finland
Helsinki (note this is marketed or operated by Finnair. This route is particularly exceptional because Oneworld Flights not marketed by BA tend to earn either 40 or 140 Tier Points.)
Spain
Malaga
From Edinburgh:
Spain
Palma

Flights to Greece, Malta, Morocco, Portugal and Turkey tend to offer the cheapest fares as these tend not to be full of business travellers.

How I Fly On British Airways For Free

I fly on British Airways Avios for free accrued on by my FREE Amex Gold Card. Contact me for a referral which will get you 22,000 Amex bonus points, 2,000 more than the usual offering (when you spend 2,000GBP in your first three months).

I convert my American Express Rewards directly to airline miles so that I can fly about exclusively on these.

The UK British Airways Amex Card is also a great way to collect Avios. You will receive 26,000 Avios if you spend 3,000 GBP in their first three months on the Premium card and a 2-4-1 free flight after spending 10k GBP. Our referral gets 1,000 more than the usual 25,000 Avios bonus and you can apply for this at the same time as the Gold card these cards are unrelated in Amex’s eyes.

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