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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below!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 Aug 24, 17, 8:22 am
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Probably best to do something out of LAS, I'll be trying to do something similar in March 2018 I'm not sure what's available at the moment out of there at a good price but I've noticed runs to SJU before that seem good.

Originally Posted by Mike Gold View Post
Hi All.

First time poster. I've been reading the forum for sometime and have found tons of useful information how to maximise miles and TP.

I've got a trip coming up in Dec leaving LCA to LAS as follows;
LCA-LHR
LCY-ORY
ORY-EWR
JFK-LAX
LAX-LAS
and return (returning to ATH due to timing) netting in 1020 TP and around 40k Avios. [total price 1300]

Trying to hit gold on this trip so would need another 480TP, any advice how i can maximise TP on this trip.

Many Thanks
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Old Aug 24, 17, 8:40 am
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Quick question, when I'm trying to book a business class TP run which includes a JFK-LAX and return, what do I need to do in order to force it to book into First (A)? Does it have to have no availability in another class, and if so, which? I'm delving into Expertflyer to check it all
Has to be BA I class fare, and has to be BA codeshare on JFK-LAX or JFK-SFO that has I class 0, and A class available
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:18 am
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ex DUB ILN8T1S6 seems to have been loaded for the middle of next year

best I could see was DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS and back

1470 for 860 TP, if you can force it into A for the transcon......

needs to be booked by 14th Sept
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:21 am
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based on the above, I have a quick question-

If I take the AA flight from DUB to JFK, where would I clear customs?

The layover in JFK is only 85 minutes....
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
If I take the AA flight from DUB to JFK, where would I clear customs?
In Dublin. More info here.
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by armouredant View Post
In Dublin. More info here.
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by renwaldo View Post
Probably best to do something out of LAS, I'll be trying to do something similar in March 2018 I'm not sure what's available at the moment out of there at a good price but I've noticed runs to SJU before that seem good.
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Old Aug 24, 17, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
based on the above, I have a quick question-

If I take the AA flight from DUB to JFK, where would I clear customs?

The layover in JFK is only 85 minutes....
I'm currently sat in ORD Admirals Lounge waiting for last part of my outbound MAN-SAT TP run having departed from DUB this morning. It took me nearly 2h from check-in to gate due to amount of people going through pre-clearance, I also had to go through second 'interview' before passport was stamped due to something being flagged on my first attempt (they wouldn't tell me what). So had no time for any lounge which I was a bit gutted about as I've heard only good things. So bear in mind even with fast track and having visited the US on your current passport previously to anticipate the same kind of delays you might get when entering the US without pre-clearance.

That said, the AA 787 is a fairly decent plane, and 1D a decent seat, and I had a great crew. Thanks to all on this forum for their sage advice and bringing these deals to my attention. Now onto silly hot temperatures and great BBQ!
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Old Aug 24, 17, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by Mike Gold View Post
....Trying to hit gold on this trip so would need another 480TP, any advice how i can maximise TP on this trip.
Many Thanks
Hi Mike Gold
Welcome to the board and thanks for sharing your routing.
LAS-LAX-CLT-JFK rtn (440TP) available for as low as 711 on some days in December (same for some other months). Can be done out Saturday morning, overnight in New York and back into LAS Sunday late afternoon/evening.
Maybe one of the clever TP runners can squeeze out another 40TPs for you?
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Old Aug 24, 17, 3:23 pm
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Originally Posted by gcuk View Post
Hi Mike Gold
Welcome to the board and thanks for sharing your routing.
LAS-LAX-CLT-JFK rtn (440TP) available for as low as 711 on some days in December (same for some other months). Can be done out Saturday morning, overnight in New York and back into LAS Sunday late afternoon/evening.
Maybe one of the clever TP runners can squeeze out another 40TPs for you?
Thank you GCUK for the welcome.
will deffinetly check out that option, thanks
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Old Aug 24, 17, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by offshore_bob View Post
Now onto silly hot temperatures and great BBQ!
Isn't there a hurricane on the way?!
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Old Aug 25, 17, 2:39 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
ex DUB ILN8T1S6 seems to have been loaded for the middle of next year

best I could see was DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS and back

1470 for 860 TP, if you can force it into A for the transcon......

needs to be booked by 14th Sept
Is there any way in Matrix to force a change of airport LHR/LCY in the last leg to DUB? So I can get my bags back and just stay in London.
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Old Aug 25, 17, 2:42 am
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Is there any way in Matrix to force a change of airport LHR/LCY in the last leg to DUB? So I can get my bags back and just stay in London.
Can't you just extend the layover in London to an overnight?
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Old Aug 25, 17, 2:45 am
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Is there any way in Matrix to force a change of airport LHR/LCY in the last leg to DUB? So I can get my bags back and just stay in London.
Pick a LCY flight and enter its number in the advance routing codes box.
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Old Aug 25, 17, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by GentleGiant View Post
Can't you just extend the layover in London to an overnight?
But can I just set an overnight for a single layover?

Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
Pick a LCY flight and enter its number in the advance routing codes box.
That's a good one, thanks, I'll try it.
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