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KARFA
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BA Tier Point Runs | 2019 master thread



This thread is a continuation of the hugely popular BA Tier Point runs 2018 thread. This is intended to be a starting point for finding key origin and destinations to tailor your tier point runs, but you will still need to do some leg work to find the correct dates and flights. Also, don't forget that with some of these fares there will be positioning and other costs associated to get to the start of the tier point run.

Acknowledgments
Special thanks to all members who have given their time to support the 2018 BA Tier Point runs thread, in particular those who tirelessly updated the thread's wikipost and those that offer advice and comments in response to the many queries posted. Much of the new information incorporated into this primer was transferred over from the old wiki, but it has been updated and refreshed where necessary.

Other FT threads/boards to watch & external sites
The TP run thread is often a place where good fares are posted aimed at good TP earning. However, it isn’t the only place on FT where such fares are discussed. Here are some other threads/boards you may wish to subscribe to which all relate to good fares.

Premium Fare Deals (J and F) - 2019
Premium Fare Deals (J and F) - 2018 (now closed)
When is the next BA sale?
Current Fare Sales [ex UK]
Premium Fare Deals board
WT and WTP (family holiday) fare deals

One other invaluable website is Expert Flyer. You can subscribe to the site relatively cheaply and the amount of useful information on there (MCTs, flight loads, fare rules etc.) which will certainly be very helpful if you are regularly looking at booking trips and maximising TPs.

Contents
Introduction and primer - post 1
Starting your run from Continental Europe to the US & Internal US flights - post 2
Other Types of Runs and Travel to and in the East - post 3
Working with itamatrix and Google Flights - post 4
Irregular Operations, Original Routing Credits, and POUGs & AUPs - post 5
Working with ticket rules, and UuAs/GUFs- post 6
Adding Bookings to BA.com and Working with AA Bookings/Codeshares - post 7
Historical data (Wikipost archive from 2018) - post 8
exEU Fare Archive - post 9

Introduction
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). The number of Tier Points you accrue is entirely dependent on the fare class (or selling class in BA lingo) your tickets are booked in.

Please note, while flights on BA partners such as Alaska Airlines, Air Italy (formerly Meridiana), and Aer Lingus may earn Avios, they may not earn Tier Points. See here and also the tables and calculator on ba.com for more details.

In terms of AS, as reported here, from 26 January 2015 flights on AS metal flown under the AS number or AA metal flown under the AS codeshare earn avios only, AS metal flown under the AA codeshare earn no avios or TPs. However, BA have now launched codeshares on a number of AS routes from SEA to Hawaii, Alaska, and a few other destinations. These BA codeshares are only available if connecting to or from a BA longhaul flight, but it does mean if you book AS metal on a BA codeshare you will earn avios and TPs at the normal BA rates.

Also currently Aer Lingus does not earn Tier Points if booked under the EI flight number, although they do earn a small amount of avios. With the purchase and integration of EI in to oneworld more and more EI flights now have BA codeshares which can be booked on ba.com as standalone flights or when connecting to/from BA flights. If booked under the BA codeshare the flight will earn Tier Points. In addition it may be expected that EI will become a full Tier Point and Avios earning oneworld partner airline in due course, although there is no indication yet on a specific date for this.

As of 11 January 2017 there were also some big changes to TP earning on AA domestic two cabin services. On these two cabin services the domestic first cabin now earns business TPs and avios, see post 2 below for more details.

Below is the full earning chart which covers BA flights and oneworld partner flights.



As of 1 April 2017 BA domestic flights have been re-classified in to two cabins with CE and ET. Earnings on UK internal flights fall in line with standard ET and CE rates. Y, B, H will continue to earn 20 TP, but R, I, D, C, and J will now be sat in the CE cabin and earn 40 TP per flight. The table above reflects this change.

† This table now reflects our understanding that the TP earn rate for lowest economy is applicable to some non-BA flights as well as BA flights. The ba.com calculator (which can be found under the Flight Calculator link here) has also been updated in late 2015 to reflect this. The page also provides lists for all oneworld carriers for Tier Point earnings. Some booking classes on some carriers will not earn Tier Points so prior to booking you should check the relevant table for that carrier – if a booking class is not included in the table you must assume it will not earn any Tier Points.

Also note that if you’re booked to travel from the UK to Australia, but with a stop-over (i.e. booked as two flight numbers), it will count as two long haul flights, so you will actually earn slightly more than if it was booked as a single flight (e.g. 300=160+140 in Club vs. 240 for straight through).



When using the calculator on ba.com a breakdown of Tier Points for each booking class is now shown for BA and all other oneworld partner as shown below. For example, for JFK-MIA economy earnings range from 5 to 20 depending on what booking class you have.

The lowest booking classes in economy for all carriers are:
Lowest economy booking classes for TP earnings
BA: Q, O, and G
AA: G, Q, N, O, and S
AB: Q, O, G, P, E, W, N, and Z
AY: A, G, N, O, Q, R, S, W, and Z
CX: K, L, M, N, Q, S, V
EC: Q, O, and G
IB: Q, O, and P
JJ: G, O, Q, N, S, X, and V
JL: N and Q
LA: V, S, N, O, Q, G, and X
MH: L, V, and S
QF: M, K, L, N, G, Q, S, V, and O
QR: T, O, and W
RJ: H, K, L, M, N, O, Q, V, W, and S
S7: M, L, V, T, R, S, N, Q, and O
UL: L, R, V, S, N, Q, O, and G
BA/AY short haul+ routes:
Several short haul routes earn double Tier Points due to their extended length, so instead of 40 TP for a one way in business they earn 80. This is the current list of short haul+ routes (note some of the holiday destinations may be seasonal):

LHR to/from - Athens (ATH), Bucharest (OTP), Chania (CHQ), Corfu (CFU), Gran Canaria (LPA), Helsinki (HEL), Istanbul (IST), Kalamata (KLX), Kefalonia (EFL) due to start in May 2018, Kiev (KBP), Larnaca (LCA), Moscow (SVO) starts October 2018 note DME flights remain at 140 TP, Mykonos (JMK), Preveza (PVK) (starts May-Sep 2019), Reykjavik (KEF), Santorini (JTR), Sofia (SOF), St Petersburg (LED), Zakynthos (ZTH), and Tenerife (TFS).

LGW to/from - Algiers (ALG), Bodrum (BJV), Catania (CTA), Dalaman (DLM), Fuerteventura (FUE) (suspended fron Nov 2018), Heraklion (HER), Kos (KGS) (May-Oct 2019), Lanzarote (ACE), Larnaca (LCA), Las Palmas (LPA), Madeira Funchal (FNC), Malta (MLA), Marrakech (RAK), Paphos (PFO), Rhodes (RHO), Tenerife (TFS), Thessaloniki (SKG), and Tirana (TIA).

LCY to/from - Mykonos (JMK), Santonrini (JTR), Skiathos (JSI), and Reykjavik (KEF).

MAN to/from - Mykonos (JMK), Malaga (AGP), and Helsinki (HEL) (operated by N7 for AY).

EDI to/from - Palma (PMI), and Helsinki (HEL) operated by AY.

BHX to/from - Malaga (AGP) (cancelled for S19).

The following charts illustrate these routes currently operated out of London/UK.


BA: LHR - HEL LED KEF SVO (starts October 2018, note DME remains 140 TPs)
BA: LCY - KEF
AY: MAN/EDI - HEL



EDI - PMI
LGW - ACE ALG CTA FNC FUE (suspended fron Nov 2018) LPA MLA RAK SKG TFS TIA
LHR - KBP IST LPA OTP RAK (starts October 2018) SOF SVO (starts October 2018) TFS
MAN - AGP
BHX - AGP (cancelled for S19)



MAN - JMK
LCY - JMK JTR JSI
LGW - BJV DLM HER KGS (May-Oct 2019) LCA PFO RHO
LHR - ATH CFU CHQ EFL (due to start May 2018) JMK JTR KLX LCA PVK (starts May-Sep 2019) ZTH


Short haul routes earning long haul TPs:
There are a handful of European based short haul routes which are actually longer than 2,000 miles and therefore earn long haul TPs (i.e. 140 TPs one way in business). These are:
  • On BA - LHR to/from - Moscow (DME) *
  • On AY - HEL to/from - Dubai (DXB), Fuerteventura (FUE), Lanzarote (ACE), Las Palmas (LPA), Lisbon (LIS), Madeira Funchal (FNC), Malaga (AGP), Tel Aviv (TLV), Tenerife-North (TFN), and Tenerife-South (TFS)
  • On IB - MAD to/from - Moscow (DME)
  • On S7 - DME to/from - Alicante (ALC), Ibiza (IBZ), Malaga (AGP), Reykjavík–Keflavík (KEF) and Valencia (VLC)
* LHR-DME is actually well under 2,000 miles, but for commercial reasons BA has designated that route as earning 140 TPs. Note that the new LHR-SVO flights (BA235/234) are short haul + and only earn 80 TPs one way in business)


BA: LHR - DME
IB: MAD - DME
AY: HEL - ACE AGP DXB FNC FUE LIS LPA TFN TFS TLV
S7: DME - AGP ALC IBZ KEF TFS VLC
S7: LED - ALC


Domestic routes in Spain:
As of 19 June 2018 all these IB routes between the mainland and Canary Islands have been downgraded to 20 TPs - unfortunately this appears to be deliberate rather than a mistake so please don't book these flights and expect 40 TPs in business anymore.

Domestic flights in Spain on IB earn 20 TPs. The exception is flights between Spain and the Canary Islands which earn 40 TPs each way in business.

Tenerife South (TFS) to/from - Madrid (MAD)
Tenerife North (TFN) to/from - Madrid (MAD), Alicante (ALC), Asturias (OVD), Pamplona (PNA), Santiago (SCQ), Valencia (VLC), Valladolid (VLL)
Lanzarote (ACE) to/from - Madrid (MAD), Seville (SVQ), Valencia (VLC)
Fuerteventura (FUE) to/from - Madrid (MAD), Santiago (SCQ), Valencia (VLC), Malaga (AGP), Seville (SVQ)
Las Palmas (LPA) to/from - Madrid (MAD), Asturias (OVD), Santiago (SCQ), Valencia (VLC), Alicante (ALC), Leon (LEN), Melilla (MLN), Santander (SDR), Valladolid (VLL), Vigo (VGO)
La Palma (SPC) to/from - Madrid (MAD)

Note that VLC-FUE, LEN-LPA, and MLN-LPA are not showing at all on the calculator on ba.com.


List of BA/other routes just over 2,000 miles:
The 2000 mile point marks an increase in tier points to 140 in J and 210 in F. With that in mind it is very useful to know routes which are just over that threshold and would earn the increased tier points.

Thanks to FT'er @Tim nice but dim we have a list of these routes which you can find on his blog at the link below.

https://pointstobemade.boardingarea....er-2000-miles/

List of BA/other long haul, 6,000 miles and over:
Long haul routes over 6,000 miles offer slightly better TP earning rates as shown in the table above.


BA: LGW - CPT MRU LIM
BA: LHR - CPT EZE HND KIX (starts March 2019) KUL NRT SCL SIN



AA: DFW - HKG HND (starts summer 2020) ICN NRT PEK PVG
AA: LAX - AKL EZE (starts December 2018) HKG PEK PVG SYD
AA: ORD - PEK PVG NRT



AY: HEL - PVR


CX: HKG - BCN BOS CPT DUB JFK JNB IAD (due to start 2018) LAX MAD ORD SEA (due to start April 2019) SFO YVR YYZ


IB: MAD - EZE SCL MVD


JJ: GRU - FRA


JL: NRT - BOS CDG DFW JFK ORD
JL: HND - LHR CDG



LA: SCL - MAD (onward to FRA)
LA: SCL - AKL



MH: KUL - LHR


QF: PER - LHR (started March 2018)
QF: BNE - LAX
QF: MEL - DXB LAX SFO (started September 2018)
QF: SYD - DFW DXB JNB LAX SCL SFO YVR



QR: DOH - ADL AKL ATL BOS CBR DFW GIG GRU IAD IAH JFK LAS LAX MEL MIA ORD PHL SCL SYD YUL


RJ: AMM - ORD DTW

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