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Old Apr 6, 15, 5:15 pm   #1
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220 points to silver

Hi all
I travel with work and am 220 points off silver.
I would like to get this asap as im going economy to australia in november for a wedding and at 6'4 would like to take advantage of booking bulkheads in advance.
I have looked at the link for tier point runs but to be honest it wasnt clicking too well in my head.
any ideas? Would like to keep costs down if i can but recognise this is not always possible.
anything to point me in the right direction would be really appreciated.

Thanks
Nick
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Old Apr 6, 15, 5:26 pm   #2
  
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Just pay for the advance booking of aforementioned bulkhead seats? Likely to be cheaper than running for those points.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 6:25 pm   #3
  
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How much do you value the cost of getting silver against of the cost of reserving a seat and lounge access?
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Old Apr 6, 15, 7:42 pm   #4
  
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Hi Nick,

How about a couple of weekends (or just day trips) away?

LON-HEL return on Finnair (via Oslo) is coming out at 490 in CE and will get you 160TP
LON-MAD return on Iberia is coming out at 302 in CE and will get you a further 80TP

I used the ITA Matrix to get those (there's a good guide to the matrix here), with a routing code of / alliance oneworld, both around the end of May / beginning of June.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 7:45 pm   #5
  
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I agree with AtlanticX and UKTravelBear, paying for the seats is cheaper than doing a TP Run, it also depends on how often you travel, and how much value you would get.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 10:17 pm   #6
  
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US domestic flights in F on US/AA are one of the cheapest ways of picking up tier points, though obviously dependent on you already being in the US. Flights > 3000 miles get 210 TPs in F, and flights < 3000 miles earn 60. I'm doing LAS-PHL-DCA in a fortnight and earning 270 TPs on a 300 ticket (which I needed to fly anyway).

As already mentioned, however, reserving bulkhead seats will cost less than even the best value TP run.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 10:24 pm   #7
  
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US domestic flights in F on US/AA are one of the cheapest ways of picking up tier points, though obviously dependent on you already being in the US. Flights > 3000 miles get 210 TPs in F, and flights < 3000 miles earn 60. I'm doing LAS-PHL-DCA in a fortnight and earning 270 TPs on a 300 ticket (which I needed to fly anyway).
Blimey - that's a top tip, didn't realise it was such good value - I'm in LAS for business later in the year and have a few days free - might look at a TP run instead of spending time in the casino / pinball hall of fame
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Old Apr 6, 15, 10:29 pm   #8
  
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US domestic flights in F on US/AA are one of the cheapest ways of picking up tier points, though obviously dependent on you already being in the US. Flights > 3000 miles get 210 TPs in F, and flights < 3000 miles earn 60. I'm doing LAS-PHL-DCA in a fortnight and earning 270 TPs on a 300 ticket (which I needed to fly anyway).

As already mentioned, however, reserving bulkhead seats will cost less than even the best value TP run.
The cutoff is 2000 miles.

If you're in Vegas, Lucanesque, then that's a no-brainer - a trip in F LAS-LAX-MIA will get you 270 points.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 10:43 pm   #9
  
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The cutoff is 2000 miles.
Thanks, cristo, for the correction!
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LON-HEL return on Finnair (via Oslo) is coming out at £490 in CE and will get you 160TP
LON-MAD return on Iberia is coming out at £302 in CE and will get you a further 80TP
So, about £800 to reserve extra legroom seats...

If that's all that required, that is extraordinarily expensive! The OP would be better served looking to upgrade his existing flight, or just paying for the extra legroom.

There is also no need to pointlessly route via OSL when travelling to HEL. LON-HEL is 160TP return as it is a SH+ route. The cheapest return fare is £378 at present.
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The cutoff is 2000 miles.

If you're in Vegas, Lucanesque, then that's a no-brainer - a trip in F LAS-LAX-MIA will get you 270 points.
Good idea, thanks!

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So, about 800 to reserve extra legroom seats...

If that's all that required, that is extraordinarily expensive! The OP would be better served looking to upgrade his existing flight, or just paying for the extra legroom.

There is also no need to pointlessly route via OSL when travelling to HEL. LON-HEL is 160TP return as it is a SH+ route. The cheapest return fare is 378 at present.
I couldn't find the 378 fare, was that direct on BA? ITA was showing around 800 for BA direct on the same date as the OSL routing on AY. Re the cost, it depends on the OP's drivers, personally I find it worthwhile to maintain Silver, because whilst I fly F or CW long haul, I usually only ever fly ET short haul so lounge access is a nice extra.
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220 points to silver

You don't need to use ITA Matrix to find that fare; use the BA best fare finder. In fact, the £378 fare is available across most weekends in the next few months, compulsory Saturday night stay, as always.
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You don't need to use ITA Matrix to find that fare; use the BA best fare finder. In fact, the 378 fare is available across most weekends in the next few months, compulsory Saturday night stay, as always.
Doh! Forgot the Saturday night stay (bloody amateurs!)
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Old Apr 7, 15, 2:57 am   #14
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The cutoff is 2000 miles.

If you're in Vegas, Lucanesque, then that's a no-brainer - a trip in F LAS-LAX-MIA will get you 270 points.
True, but will also have to get back to LAS. Another possibility might be to do any F return with a connection, such as LAS/LAX/SFO. Should be lots of possibilities and you should be lucky enough to do this in a day, or even a lot less. Even a direct return on a route over 2000 miles should be achievable in a day with no problems ifnyou can get the right price.
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Old Apr 7, 15, 7:11 am   #15
  
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True, but will also have to get back to LAS. Another possibility might be to do any F return with a connection, such as LAS/LAX/SFO. Should be lots of possibilities and you should be lucky enough to do this in a day, or even a lot less. Even a direct return on a route over 2000 miles should be achievable in a day with no problems ifnyou can get the right price.
Buy an avois ticket? (supposing an abundance of avios)
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