BA Tier Point Runs | 2017 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below!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 May 7, 17, 2:34 pm
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I've got pretty good with ITAMatrix at finding routes but not yet at finding the value ones - does anyone have any guidance for routes from YUL or YYZ?
Burlington and Buffalo are just over the border from Montreal and Toronto respectively. At the very least it's worth having a look if anything attractive turns up, because both feed into Charlotte, Philly and Washington National for routes onward throughout the US.
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Old May 7, 17, 5:08 pm
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On my quest for GGL: I may manage it... found FRA-DOH-CMB on a mixture of Qatar and Sri Lankan metal for £1,271. 560 TP and bookable for the end of the month, no apparent minimum stay or advance purchase requirements.

Subject to visa requirements I may do this.
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Old May 8, 17, 1:08 am
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Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
On my quest for GGL: I may manage it... found FRA-DOH-CMB on a mixture of Qatar and Sri Lankan metal for £1,271. 560 TP and bookable for the end of the month, no apparent minimum stay or advance purchase requirements.

Subject to visa requirements I may do this.
If you add MLE, you can get 640tps for c.a. £1170, 3 days minimum stay, wide open. works from MUC too.
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Old May 8, 17, 2:12 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
If you add MLE, you can get 640tps for c.a. £1170, 3 days minimum stay, wide open. works from MUC too.
Correct booked it for August, for around that price, need to get out to FRA the night before, as the flight to DOH (on Qatar) leave around 11am - it's a long layover in DOH around 4 hours, and you can add stopover in COL for not much more.
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Old May 8, 17, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by all ahead full View Post
and you can add stopover in COL for not much more.
I think a stopover at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Ohio (COL) would cost quite a lot more
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MODS - Can you please update the link below from the Wiki, as it re-directs to a "spam" page about job hiring ! Thanks

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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 #XX (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...
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Old May 8, 17, 4:45 am
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Originally Posted by Snafu_again View Post
MODS - Can you please update the link below from the Wiki, as it re-directs to a "spam" page about job hiring ! Thanks

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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 #XX (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...
Sorry, that was my fault. I think when I was editing at before posting the 2017 I put "XXXX" in the url as a placeholder and was intending to replace with the link to post 4 once I started the thread. Unfortunately I forgot to replace it. All sorted now.
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Old May 8, 17, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
If you add MLE, you can get 640tps for c.a. £1170, 3 days minimum stay, wide open. works from MUC too.
GAN as destination some pounds cheaper :-)
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Sorry, that was my fault. I think when I was editing at before posting the 2017 I put "XXXX" in the url as a placeholder and was intending to replace with the link to post 4 once I started the thread. Unfortunately I forgot to replace it. All sorted now.
Thanks for updating. I was concerned that some nefarious activity had taken place on the site
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Old May 8, 17, 10:23 am
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Not sure if this is the right place to post... but have a query about an Alaska Airlines flight domestic in US and Tier Points/Avios.

The BA website is confusing me as to whether I will earn avios and tier points - can anyone help. I found a few FT threads from 2014/2015 on the topic but I'm not sure which was the most up to date and current. Is it worth trying to book on an aa codeshare?

Or am I reading it correctly and I will only earn avios if I book a AS code, and it's no longer possible to get tier points even if an aa code?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old May 8, 17, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by jh321 View Post
Not sure if this is the right place to post... but have a query about an Alaska Airlines flight domestic in US and Tier Points/Avios.

The BA website is confusing me as to whether I will earn avios and tier points - can anyone help. I found a few FT threads from 2014/2015 on the topic but I'm not sure which was the most up to date and current. Is it worth trying to book on an aa codeshare?

Or am I reading it correctly and I will only earn avios if I book a AS code, and it's no longer possible to get tier points even if an aa code?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
Yes this is the right place

This is noted in post 1:

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.
And a summary of AA/AS combinations:

Flight with AS - earn Avios
Flight with AA metal, AS codeshare - earn Avios
Flight with AS metal, AA codeshare - nothing (previously earned both TPs and Avios)
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Old May 8, 17, 10:49 am
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Oh thank you so much! Sorry I read all the historical FT threads but stupidly didn't read the full introduction on this current thread... lesson learnt and sadly what I thought might be the case.

Much appreciated!
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Old May 8, 17, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by denkigroove View Post
GAN as destination some pounds cheaper :-)
Have you got any examples? matrix doesn't find any fares for me
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Have you got any examples? matrix doesn't find any fares for me
I found it.

Departure: FRA

Advanced routing: DOH CMB

Destination: GAN
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Old May 9, 17, 4:30 am
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Is it worth a 2 island holiday between GAN and MLE? Are the two islands much different? Trying to arrange a honeymoon for somebody right now and this is a great price. It's either here or Bali. Haven't been to either, so can't really say which is better!
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