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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below!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 Nov 7, 17, 7:51 am
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How are you checking the prices etc on these? I tried looking on AA.com just to see how it worked and it brought nothing back. I tried looking at ITA Matrix the other day (or is it now Google flights?) and AA Vacations and couldn't seem to get it to work.... I'm assuming flights are better out of Athens than starting from London?
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Old Nov 8, 17, 2:14 am
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I have the following on hold for 1,880, which I'm pleased with.

ARN-LHR AA I
LHR-BOS AA I
BOS-LAX AA D
LAX-HNL AA D

HNL-LAX AA D
LAX-BOS AA D
BOS-LHR AA I
LHR-ARN AY I

I calculate the above to be 920 TPs, but the BA MMB shows 885 TPs.

Could anyone give me a steer as to who is correct?

M
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Old Nov 8, 17, 2:16 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I calculate the above to be 920 TPs, but the BA MMB shows 885 TPs.

Could anyone give me a steer as to who is correct?

M
It should be fine with 920 TPs. You shouldn't worry.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 2:53 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I have the following on hold for 1,880, which I'm pleased with.

ARN-LHR AA I
LHR-BOS AA I
BOS-LAX AA D
LAX-HNL AA D

HNL-LAX AA D
LAX-BOS AA D
BOS-LHR AA I
LHR-ARN AY I

I calculate the above to be 920 TPs, but the BA MMB shows 885 TPs.

Could anyone give me a steer as to who is correct?

M
Is that right? LHR-ARN on an AY code?
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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:14 am
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Trying to find the guide airport by airport for back 2 back TP runs..anyone know the thread pls?
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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:24 am
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BA and AA Fares ex CAI

Hi - I am posting this here as I guess the following are most likely to be of interest to tier point hunters;

BA and AA have updated their ex-CAI to Americas fares recently. The following book into I class and are BASE fares, you need to add taxes and surcharges.

For BA these are around 450, for the Toronto AA fare it is less (around 400) but the AA fares to destinations outside the USA seem to attract a nasty fuel surcharge of 600.

Most require a 2 night stay but allow flexible routings. The AA Toronto fare comes in at around 980 all in and allows creative routings to bump up tier points, however you do need to remember to add a 2 night stay in Toronto (this works to Montreal as well I think.) Some examples;

JFK 729 - BA
MIA 815 - BA
HNL 1077 - BA
DEN 819 - BA
YYZ 564 (AA) / 732 (BA)
LAX 1077 - BA
YVR 1077 (both AA and BA)
RIO 676 - AA
PUJ 868 - AA
PTY 702 - AA

I think one of the biggest challenges will be finding I class availability on the LHR - CAI - LHR legs. Best chance may well be after daylight saving in March when the aircraft goes from A320 to B787

LHR - CAI - LHR in PE can be bought for around 600 with good reward upgrade availability, PE only available from the end of March.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by Dicksbits View Post
Trying to find the guide airport by airport for back 2 back TP runs..anyone know the thread pls?
Back-to-back / Immediate Turnarounds at BA Destinations
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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:29 am
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Welcome to FT PO48RA and thanks for a great post!
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Old Nov 8, 17, 4:49 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Is that right? LHR-ARN on an AY code?
Yep - AY5926.

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Old Nov 8, 17, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Yep - AY5926.

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Thanks. Interesting, I thought that an AY codeshare on that flight would only be available if connecting from an AY marketed TATL.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 4:57 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Thanks. Interesting, I thought that an AY codeshare on that flight would only be available if connecting from an AY marketed TATL.
It did seem a tad odd, and I'm sure there was a straight AA/BA flight number for it, but there was also an IB option.

The booking is causing problems with MMB at the moment which will be fun to sort out; I currently have 3 separate booking references with 3 different permutations of the routing I've selected (all because selecting BA seats on an AA flight operated by BA can't be done online!).

So currently I have 24 seats somehow on hold!

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Old Nov 8, 17, 7:11 am
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Just priced this up for the missus who is looking for silver. It's a lgw to mla via jersey.

https://www.google.com/flights/?&gl=...216*.GBP.49216



all good except when I go to book it, BA dot com gives an error about more than one flight between the same cities. I did a similar trip for myself using lux and Athens a while back with no problems, so has BA tightened the checking?

Any ideas?

i can generate a similar itinerary on ita but not via multi city on BA

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Old Nov 8, 17, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Just priced this up for the missus who is looking for silver. It's a lgw to mla via jersey.

https://www.google.com/flights/?&gl=...216*.GBP.49216



all good except when I go to book it, BA dot com gives an error about more than one flight between the same cities. I did a similar trip for myself using lux and Athens a while back with no problems, so has BA tightened the checking?

Any ideas?

i can generate a similar itinerary on ita but not via multi city on BA


I think you need to book LGW-JER-LGW on one ticket, and nest JER-LGW-MLA-LGW-JER inside it on a separate ticket...
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Old Nov 10, 17, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I have the following on hold for 1,880, which I'm pleased with.

ARN-LHR AA I
LHR-BOS AA I
BOS-LAX AA D
LAX-HNL AA D

HNL-LAX AA D
LAX-BOS AA D
BOS-LHR AA I
LHR-ARN AY I

I calculate the above to be 920 TPs, but the BA MMB shows 885 TPs.

Could anyone give me a steer as to who is correct?

M
MSM do you mind sending me the dates for this? Im going to book the same.
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Old Nov 10, 17, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by BritNYC View Post
MSM do you mind sending me the dates for this? Im going to book the same.
Sure - info below with flight numbers now added

16/12 ARN-LHR AA6528 I
16/12 LHR-BOS AA6166 I
17/12 BOS-LAX AA166 D
17/12 LAX-HNL AA143 D

18/12 HNL-LAX AA298 D
19/12 LAX-BOS AA146 D
19/12 BOS-LHR AA6163 I
20/12 LHR-ARN AY5926 I

Note that there are overnight stays in Boston, and Honolulu, but the hotel elements arent expensive.

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