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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below!

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

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Old Dec 8, 17, 11:50 am
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Classic tier point run advice

Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone had any good advice on a last minute tier point run. I'm in London and am trying to manage 690 tier points before the 8th of Jan.

I was considering maybe a DUB-LHR-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX-JFK-LHR-DUB run. Any better ideas?
Apologies if this isn't the best place to post this.

Thanks all,
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Old Dec 8, 17, 1:08 pm
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Super helpful thank you!! HKG looks good for a ride over to TPE. I’ll sort it this weekend
I've just booked FRA - DOH - CMB - CGK and return for £1480.

I couldn't get it to book online on the UL website. It would price up through bookingwithmatrix however it wasn't clear if the fare rules would be the same as the ones quoted on Matrix (250 euro cancellation fee and I think 100 euro change fee) so I went through SriLankan phone reservations. First call they quoted me over £3500 euro. Second call they quoted me the correct amount, I 'reserved' it but they gave me 4 days to call back and pay. I was issued with a locator (which showed the reservation on the UL website). I called back yesterday to pay for it after I got a reminder e-mail. I have to say that the payment process was painful and ended up having to speak to a supervisor in Colombo after they said I'd have to call the FRA office to pay for some unknown reason. Anyway I now have e-ticket numbers.

I think the FRA - DOG legs may cause their system difficulty as they show up on EF as wait listed.



When I spoke to UL on the phone during the payment process they confirmed the fare rules to be what I expected and quoted the same code as I was expecting.

I chose CGK because it just qualifies for 140 TP from CMB and is an A330 route and offers a daily service form CMB. Be careful with the DOH to CMB leg as this is sometimes operated by an A320 without lie flat seats.

Hope that helps.
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Old Dec 9, 17, 1:36 am
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I've said it before in this thread, but the trick to booking the UL FRA-DOH-CMB-XXX fares, is to select Multi-City on the UL website.

Don't try it as a return from FRA-XXX as it throw an error, and report the wrong pricing.

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Old Dec 9, 17, 2:24 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I've said it before in this thread, but the trick to booking the UL FRA-DOH-CMB-XXX fares, is to select Multi-City on the UL website.

Don't try it as a return from FRA-XXX as it throw an error, and report the wrong pricing.

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Apologies for what I'm sure is a daft question (i have searched the glossary) but I cannot figure out what UL website stands for.
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Old Dec 9, 17, 2:33 am
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Jan short TP runs from DC

Hi All
Will likely be in DC in 2nd/3rd week of Jan for some business. Will fly BA to IAD, but then was wondering whilst there and have some free time, about maximizing TPs on AA with nested or multicity runs out of DCA. Need to book this soon, so any advise on best runs (esp B2B turnarounds) for max TPs per leg and low $/TP would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 9, 17, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by webstereo View Post
Apologies for what I'm sure is a daft question (i have searched the glossary) but I cannot figure out what UL website stands for.
There are absolutely no daft questions on Flyertalk, so no need to apologise!

UL is the abbreviation for SriLankan Airlines, so I was advising that to book the FRA-DOH-CMB-XXX fares, one should select Multi-city on their website...which this alleviates the potential hassle of calling up by phone.

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Old Dec 9, 17, 5:23 am
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Is there any way to get tier points flying out of Cardiff or Bristol? My wife is going to be 30 TP short of silver and I think it's probably well worth a weekend break somewhere to grab it.

Can do Heathrow or Birmingham, but they're a chunk more effort.

Edit - Ahh, I just found the oneworld flight finder, and from what I can see, there's basically nothing from the regional airports until May. Guess it's Heathrow then.

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Old Dec 9, 17, 6:52 am
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Originally Posted by RG1X View Post
Is there any way to get tier points flying out of Cardiff or Bristol? My wife is going to be 30 TP short of silver and I think it's probably well worth a weekend break somewhere to grab it.

Can do Heathrow or Birmingham, but they're a chunk more effort.

Edit - Ahh, I just found the oneworld flight finder, and from what I can see, there's basically nothing from the regional airports until May. Guess it's Heathrow then.
BA codeshares from CWL to DUB (or did) but it's not especially cheap or lucrative for TP. I think a CE one way, ET from back would be less effort overall, unless you happen to live in Y Barri or Llanilltud Fawr anyway.
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Old Dec 9, 17, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by Buzz0000 View Post
Hi All
Will likely be in DC in 2nd/3rd week of Jan for some business. Will fly BA to IAD, but then was wondering whilst there and have some free time, about maximizing TPs on AA with nested or multicity runs out of DCA. Need to book this soon, so any advise on best runs (esp B2B turnarounds) for max TPs per leg and low $/TP would be appreciated.
thanks
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Old Dec 9, 17, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
BA codeshares from CWL to DUB (or did) but it's not especially cheap or lucrative for TP. I think a CE one way, ET from back would be less effort overall, unless you happen to live in Y Barri or Llanilltud Fawr anyway.
Yeah, there appear to be a number of good 20 TP ET options that you can get for next to nothing at the moment from Heathrow, so that'll work. Also considering Alicante in March for £110 CE from Gatwick... though not a great fan of getting to that one.

I'll have a look at BA's low priced flight finder for some other options.

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Old Dec 9, 17, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I've said it before in this thread, but the trick to booking the UL FRA-DOH-CMB-XXX fares, is to select Multi-City on the UL website.

Don't try it as a return from FRA-XXX as it throw an error, and report the wrong pricing.

M
Have you actually tried this lately? As I said before in this thread, I can't make it work. It does work for LCA-originating bookings, but not FRA.
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Old Dec 9, 17, 1:29 pm
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Have you actually tried this lately? As I said before in this thread, I can't make it work. It does work for LCA-originating bookings, but not FRA.
I have tried booking this before and it worked up to payment page fine just the way described above - I wasn't buying it though so can't comment on payment success. @teledude recently bought one of these, he perhaps may shed some light?
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Old Dec 9, 17, 1:33 pm
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I have tried booking this before and it worked up to payment page fine just the way described above - I wasn't buying it though so can't comment on payment success. @teledude recently bought one of these, he perhaps may shed some light?
Got FRA-CGK from Priceline I just checked
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Old Dec 9, 17, 5:19 pm
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Lots of options for this through Kayak too.
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Old Dec 10, 17, 2:53 am
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Originally Posted by JonV View Post
Have you actually tried this lately? As I said before in this thread, I can't make it work. It does work for LCA-originating bookings, but not FRA.
As others have said, it does price up.

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