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** AA Domestic First on two cabin will earn business TPs and avios for departures on or after 11 January 2017 - see reference posts for more details **

** Note that the practice of AA Domestic 3-class service flights booking into A for 210 TPs when I was no longer available ceased in September 2017. Discussion here. **

Welcome to the thread. This is a continuation of the highly popular 2016 Tier Point thread. We keep track of other prices, as well as useful reference information for those planning tier point runs.

Please read the first few posts in this thread first as it contains lots of information which may answer your question.

This is a community-maintained wiki post. Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below!

Current Promotions of Interest
Sale Fares
  • from AMS/RTM to US ILN4T7S6/INX6T7S6 reported in this post and this post, e.g. NYC - 1,461, ORD - 1,492, LAS - 1,460, needs to be booked by 25 September, see linked post for details
  • from PRG to US ILN4T8S6 reported in this post, e.g. IAD - 1,033, MIA - 1,133, ATL - 1,080, needs to be booked by 21 September, see linked post for details

Advanced Promotion Fares
  • from DUB to US ILN8C1S6 reported here, e.g. NYC - 1,472, MIA - 1,578, see linked post for details
  • froM DUB to US ILN8S4C1 reported here, e.g. JFK - 1,427, MIA - 1,532, LAS - 1,667, LAX - 1,795, HNL - 2,095, this is an advanced purchase fare so no book by deadline, see linked post for details
  • from OTP to PHX ILN8R4C1 reported here, e.g. PHX - 1,252, see linked post for details
  • from AMS to BKK INCEU60 reported here, e.g. BKK - 1,216, see linked post for details

See here in post # 8 for a 2017 archive of exEU sale fare, and see here in post # 445 for a 2016 archive of exEU sale fares.

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This thread lists attractive tier point (TP) runs under 3 per TP grouped within different (departure) geographies

Please note that current availability is not guaranteed and all prices include taxes. Please use the following convention when adding tier point runs to this wiki post:
Date fare checked Price per Tier Point Total Price Total Tier Points Route Booking Classes Booking Channel Credit Notes (if applicable) Airlines

Please remember to:
  • Convert currencies to GBP, rounding to the nearest pound.
  • Post full routes and full booking classes.
  • Note any restrictions on booking in the Notes section.
  • List in order of price per tier point within the relevant departure area.

Please see the links at the bottom of the wiki for archives of runs from previous years.

From Europe

24APR 0.90/TP 400 440 TLL-BA/AY-HEL-LON-GLA-KOI-ABZ ; TLL-BA/AY-HEL-LON-GLA-SDZ-ABZ (see post #1221)
02NOV 1.33/TP 583 440 LHR-HEL-TLL/TLL-HEL-LHR-NCL//NCL-LHR-HEL-TLL/TLL-HEL-LHR IIIIIIIIII Google Flights armouredant 2 nested tickets, both other a Saturday night. BA ticket, BA & AY metal, AY A350 possible LHR-HEL
08FEB 1.33/TP 346 260 JER-LGW-RAK-LGW-RAK I/I/I/I BA.com ramops
14AUG 1.65/TP 593 360 OSL-HEL-AGP-HEL-OSL I-I-I-I ITA Flythe96flag SH J cabin + possible red-eye (!) AY
26JUL 1.81/TP 72.70 40 MAD-FRA Z lan.com Prospero 787 flat bed LA
1JAN 1.85/TP 444 240 JER-LGW/LHR-HEL J/I/I/J ITA Matrix flatlander Available most weekends first half of 2016, fare IM0R
23NOV 1.89/TP 377 200 DUB-LHR-MAD-SVQ r/t I-I-I-I-I-I ITA Lorcancoyle IM0B IB DUB to SVQ BA and IB flights (I2 for domestic under IB code), random dates in December available, A340 on some dates (helpfully pointed out by Temps that domestic Spain is only 20 TPs)
24NOV 1.91/TP 765.00 400 BUD-DOH-SHJ I/A/I/A QR.com Wozza2404 A320 QR
11AUG 2.10/TP 420 200 AMS-LHR-GLA-LSI-ABZ-LSI-GLA-LHR-AMS I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I ITA Matrix --> Priceline.com MrMutton
13NOV 2.56/TP 410 160 LHR-HEL ? BA.com Lorcancoyle wide open as flight+hotel, can reduce with TCB cash back BA

From North, Central and South America
26Jan 1.50/TP 960 640 LGA-CMH-DCA-PHL-RDU-CLT-ATL-MIA-PTY and return I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I/I ITA Matrix--> BookWithMatrix dot com --> AA.com HPN-HRL other routings available; reverse routing is 40 more - see post 388 AA
10MAY 2.50/TP 203 80 ORF-CLT-ORD I/I AA.com
21MAY 2.08/TP 250 120 YYZ-PHL/LGA-CLT-ORF/PHF I/I/I AA.com
22NOV 1.43/TP 172 120 DCA-(LGA/BOS/PHL)-CLT-RDU (one way, reverse works as well) I/I/I ITA->BWM->priceline.com

From Middle East, Asia and Australasia
23Feb 0.99/TP 356 360 TPE-xKUL-PEN(JHB)-xKUL-TPE Z http://www.malaysiaairlines.com ermen two day min stay, promo fare MH
04JAN 1.10/TP 44 40 KUL-PEN D http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/uk/en.html fitch Works in both directions, rtn 80 if you can make the timnings work MH
11Nov 0.85/TP 307 360 TPE-KUL-SIN-KUL-TPE Z http://www.malaysiaairlines.com neofung

From Africa


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Need a year-end TP run (ex-LON) to make / retain status?
Some tips for searching for the year-end TP run for newcomers, the below is indicative only, but hopefully provides a bit of guidance for relatively straightforward runs ex-LON. The guide to using ITA matrix in post #4 (see here) along with these ideas, might come in handy. Feel free to share results, problems or general questions in the thread as these may not always work and there might be better deals out there...

For overnight trips remember to check BA and Iberia for their flights and hotel option as well, can get hotel for almost no extra cost at times

Need 80 TPs or fewer
Club Europe return somewhere close by is best - DUB, AMS and JER usually cheapest. AMS and JER easier than DUB for an immediate turnaround. The BA.com low fare finder can be very useful.

If you need as few as 45 TPs you might consider booking economy flights and hoping for a proactive online upgrade offer - but they're not guaranteed to materialise (so not one if you have no more time left in your TP collection year). Alternatively, booking a return to one of the 40 tier point destinations with one way in CE and the return in ET (or vice versa if cheaper). Bilbao, Jersey and Amsterdam seems the most cost effective for this.

Need 85-120 TPs
Iberia flights via MAD to regional Spanish airports will get you 120 TPs as the domestic Spanish flights are 20 TPs in business. Under 300 including hotel can be available. Check BIO, GRX, VLC, BCN, SVQ etc. Example here

Need 125-160 TPs
Take a look at the shorthaul plus routes earning 80 TPs each way in business listed in the first post (here) MLA, IST, HEL and RAK are usually available. If time sensitive take a look at BA flight and hotel option to HEL, where you can usually get the last BA flight out on a Saturday, airport hotel and first return Sunday for well under 500.

Alternative options include positioning to JER and flying JER-LGW-XXX (AMS usually works well and avoids switching airports)

Need more than 160 TPs
You'll most likely be heading north then - OSL or VNO via HEL will get you 240 TPs, as will JER-LGW/LHR-HEL e.g. LHR-HEL-OSL for 520. Also the BA fare for LHR-HEL-TLL at ~235 is still available and would get 200 TPs for a return.

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Historic information
2016 Archive
2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
2014 Archive

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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
Nope, A321Ts for certain on JFK-LAX/SFO only (plus the do some JFK-BOS and LAX-SFO occasionally but not guaranteed). Any other transcon will be on a regular recliner A321, either one of the old US Airways ones with no IFE or one of the newer AA ones with the hard slim leather seats with IFE.
Darn, OK.

Originally Posted by henkybaby View Post
Try this one. It has the 777 on the LAX-MIA vv run. Also flat beds.
Tempted to book this. I was mainly after the lay flat bed because it was an overnight, although if a daytime flight less important - but I guess the seat is still far superior. Ponder, ponder. This would give 8 hours in MIA which I'm thinking might be enough to pop into town/beach for the day? I'm sure I'll have something booked tonight
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by flashware View Post
Tempted to book this. I was mainly after the lay flat bed because it was an overnight, although if a daytime flight less important - but I guess the seat is still far superior. Ponder, ponder. I'm sure I'll have something booked tonight
You will need a night stop in LAX on the out- and inbound to get the 777.... Can't find another way to avoid the A321 recliners. Of course both are now day flights as well.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by henkybaby View Post
You will need a night stop in LAX on the outbound to get the 777.... Can't find another way to avoid the A321 recliners.
Have no issue with that - have only briefly stopped in LAX before so happy doing a day touring there. Have updated my post also, if 8 hours in MIA is enough to pop out for a quick visit then I think I've found my itinerary
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:35 pm
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You can avoid the second night stop in LAX and still have time for a nice lunch in MIA if you are willing to do the A321 on the way back. Example.

Another example with 2 days in NAS.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by henkybaby View Post
You can avoid the second night stop in LAX and still have time for a nice lunch in MIA if you are willing to do the A321 on the way back. Example.

Another example with 2 days in NAS.
Yep - that matches what I found (except I put in coming back on Friday). Very well done!
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:43 pm
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Yep - that matches what I found (except I put in coming back on Friday). Very well done!
You're welcome and have a nice trip. NAS is not a bad place to relax a few days.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 1:25 pm
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There used to be 2xdaily 777 and daily 1/2 767 on LAX-MIA route, alas that is now history, only 9am LAX-MIA departure remains on the B77W.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 1:43 pm
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Having issues booking - looks like I might need to call. Doing via Canada site doesn't work (as tells me to change country site when I go to enter a UK credit card); but on the AA UK site the flights I've plugged in come up 300 more.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 1:46 pm
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Having issues booking - looks like I might need to call. Doing via Canada site doesn't work (as tells me to change country site when I go to enter a UK credit card); but on the AA UK site the flights I've plugged in come up 300 more.
Yes, that has been discussed... There are two options. Reserve the booking and call AA in the morning or use a fake Canadian address, which seems to work for AMEX as they don't check the address. I am not an expert though. You can have a look through the premium fares or the TP 2016 thread to find the workaround.

PayPal seems to work with a UK address. Haven't tried the entire process though.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by henkybaby View Post
Yes, that has been discussed... There are two options. Reserve the booking and call AA in the morning or use a fake Canadian address, which seems to work for AMEX as they don't check the address. I am not an expert though. You can have a look through the premium fares or the TP 2016 thread to find the workaround.

PayPal seems to work with a UK address. Haven't tried the entire process though.
Yep - only issue is it's locked the booking I had and not releasing it, so now the fare is 300 higher! Will give it a few hours and try again
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Old Jan 8, 17, 2:13 am
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Need 10 TPs!

I need to achieve 10TPs before March to obtain the Gold Upgrade for two upon reaching 2,500 TPs. Can anyone suggest the easiest options?
A day trip to Amsterdam from LGW seems reasonable and qualifies for 5TPs each way.
Does anyone know if there is a difference in TPs awarded if I book economy basic or economy plus?
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Old Jan 8, 17, 2:25 am
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Yep - only issue is it's locked the booking I had and not releasing it, so now the fare is 300 higher! Will give it a few hours and try again
Ended up coming back about 15 minutes later and it was available again. Paid using PayPal and it said would take 3 hours or so to ticket. Left overnight, still not done so rang the UK this morning. They tried to process again but no joy (I'm thinking it's more an issue with Supercard that was backed off to it).

Reissued in GBP (saving myself 5/pax in the process ), and after 4 attempts at payment it finally went through on my UK AA AMEX and all sorted
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Old Jan 8, 17, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by UKtraveller2017 View Post
I need to achieve 10TPs before March to obtain the Gold Upgrade for two upon reaching 2,500 TPs. Can anyone suggest the easiest options?
A day trip to Amsterdam from LGW seems reasonable and qualifies for 5TPs each way.
Does anyone know if there is a difference in TPs awarded if I book economy basic or economy plus?
Any return trip to anywhere will do! Depends where you're based or want to go for the "easiest" though.

There's no difference between basic and plus for TPs - 5TP is the minimum.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
I have 3 nested bookings - so 12 sectors in total:

Friday - LHR-HEL-TLL
Saturday - TLL-HEL-LHR-HEL-TLL
Sunday - TLL-HEL-LHR-HEL-TLL-HEL-LHR

(includes 2x B2Bs at LHR T3 on A350)

If it goes wrong, then who knows where I'll end up, and how many sectors I will actually fly, but an experiences nonetheless
Ross that looks BONKERS!
But oh so tempting

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Old Jan 8, 17, 7:17 pm
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I am short of 380TPs and 6 qualifying BA flights/associated codeshares of hitting Gold. I was wondering if there are any affordable runs to hit these targets in one, or in split TP runs around middle of February through March?

I thought I might as well take advantage of the triple Avios period.
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