BA Tier Point Runs | 2018 master thread

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Welcome to the thread. This is a continuation of the highly popular 2017 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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 JER to PDX IKN8T1S6 reported in this post, e.g. PDX 1,082, needs to be booked by 8 May, see linked post for details

Advanced Promotion Fares
  • from OTP to PHX ILN8C8S4 reported here, e.g. PHX - 1,296, see linked post for details
  • from AMS to BKK INCEU60 reported here, e.g. BKK - 1,340, see linked post for details

See here in post #9 for a 2018 archive of exEU sale fare, and see this post in the 2017 thread for last years 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
Code:
3Feb 200TPs DUB-LHR-HEL/HEL-LHR all I class ba.com
From North, Central and South America

23Sep 1.48/TP 650 (US$853) 440 TPs JFK-CLT/BOS-LAX-LAS and return all I class aa.com
6Sep 1.50/TP US$457 240TPs RIC-CLT-DCA-BOS, BOS-LGA/PHL-CLT-RIC all I class aa.com
Jan/Feb wide open 1.94/TP 700(US$883) 360 TPs SEA-CLT-MCO-PHX-SEA all I class aa.com



From Middle East, Asia and Australasia
18Jan 1.58/TP 883 560 CMB-xHKG-CGK return I cathaypacific.com ermen CX
28Feb 1.44/TP 575 400 MCT-DOH-BKK-DOH-MCT A/R/R/A travel.americanexpress.co.uk QR
21Feb 1.53/TP 860 560 HKG-CMB-MEL return I Expedia.com.hk Firemin UL
16Mar 1.22/TP 687 560 CGK-CMB-DXB return I srilankan.com Firemin UL
01Apr 0.87/TP 314 360 PEN-KUL-KTM return Malaysian.com cgtechuk MH
01Apr 1.19/TP 335 280 KUL-PER return Malaysian.com cgtechuk MH
01Apr 1.28/TP 335 360 PEN-KUL-PER return Malaysian.com cgtechuk MH
05Apr 2.00/TP 320 160 CAN-HKG-TPE return CathayPacific.com littlevoices CX/KA (flexible fare, bookable up to 24 hours in advance, allows stopovers, book with CX directly)

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. Some information on how to use ITA matrix is in post #4 of this thread (or just click 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 along with UK domestic returns. Additionally you may find that trips in to mainland Europe require a one night stay whereas the cheapest domestic CE returns do not have any minimum stay so can be booked as a same day return. If doing a back to back AMS and JER can be easier than DUB for an immediate turnaround - more information can be found in the back to back thread listed in the forum dashboard. 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). UK domestic route, Bilbao, Jersey and Amsterdam seem 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 of this thread, 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.
DUB-LHR-HEL return (or return to LHR) is currently a very efficient way of hitting 200-240 TPs
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Old Mar 18, 18, 11:43 am
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need a TP run by April 22nd, 250 points

I'm 255 points away from Gold. I think I should go for it.
I plan on travelling to TLV from YYZ in about a week, problem is, in econ it wont bring me anywhere near there.
So I was thinking for the price of a biz ticket, maybe theres another location in the world that I can travel to on OW and get the extra points necessary.
Preferably to southeast asia/japan
Anyone have any suggestions on any good TP runs from anywhere in Europe/Middle east right now?
Thanks!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 11:54 am
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This Bucharest to Phoenix price is whetting my appetite for a pure TP run, from what I have read 1040TP's would get me to GOLD this year.......and I thought I was happy with SILVER!!!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:00 pm
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Originally Posted by YorkshireJon View Post
This Bucharest to Phoenix price is whetting my appetite for a pure TP run, from what I have read 1040TP's would get me to GOLD this year.......and I thought I was happy with SILVER!!!
Go for Gold 😊👍
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post


Go for Gold 😊👍
I am very tempted. I know theres a 'do' too, but I am busy that weekend. Oh decisions decisions!!!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by YorkshireJon View Post
This Bucharest to Phoenix price is whetting my appetite for a pure TP run, from what I have read 1040TP's would get me to GOLD this year.......and I thought I was happy with SILVER!!!
Same for me ! I can feel Gold pulling me in ! Not sure what feeling that would be once reached but would have some fun getting there !


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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by DrDrDr56 View Post
I'm 255 points away from Gold. I think I should go for it.
I plan on travelling to TLV from YYZ in about a week, problem is, in econ it wont bring me anywhere near there.
So I was thinking for the price of a biz ticket, maybe theres another location in the world that I can travel to on OW and get the extra points necessary.
Preferably to southeast asia/japan
Anyone have any suggestions on any good TP runs from anywhere in Europe/Middle east right now?
Thanks!
What's the routing and price from YYZ to TLV? It it's YYZ->LHR->TLV then you can get to your target I think by doing two of the legs in WT+, though I guess you've booked now.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by YorkshireJon View Post
I am very tempted. I know theres a 'do' too, but I am busy that weekend. Oh decisions decisions!!!
Check out the Do thread. There are other dates when people are going and Im sure many would be happy for a partner for some of the trip!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Just a word of warning - don't even try to travel through JFK to LAX on July 3, all transcons are cancelled after 15.00 as also the morning flights on July 4. I was rebooked to the direct flight JFK-PHX on a 737 but wanted to keep transcon as I managed to grab the F seat (and TPs) before that was enhanced away, otherwise losing 70+40 TPs. After an offer to stay overnight in NYC, I was rebooked to the first westbound flight the next day at 10.00.

Actually anticipating a mini TPrun from NYC, there were hardly any domestic flights, maybe the Americans celebrate the night before the National Day?
Yep, I had the feeling something was going on on July 3, as trying to use the JFK-LAX that day always gives a 20hrs layover in NYC (no thank you!). One of the reason I was looking to go through PHL if I wanted to arrive in PHX on the 3rd
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Check out the Do thread. There are other dates when people are going and Im sure many would be happy for a partner for some of the trip!
Thanks madfish, I will check out the Do thread. I did price up early August so will look and see who's thinking about it then.
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Old Mar 18, 18, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post


Same for me ! I can feel Gold pulling me in ! Not sure what feeling that would be once reached but would have some fun getting there !


Yes my thoughts too theobcman.

Sorry for posting twice missed the multi quote button...... or its the routings messing with my brain!
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Old Mar 18, 18, 1:25 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
What's the routing and price from YYZ to TLV? It it's YYZ->LHR->TLV then you can get to your target I think by doing two of the legs in WT+, though I guess you've booked now.
I havent booked to TLV.
I still need to get to TLV. I can go from YYZ or anywhere within striking distance of YYZ

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Old Mar 18, 18, 2:29 pm
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Any ideas for a TP Run involving a few days in AMM Jordan?
Cheapest business fares from LHR via DOH or direct or HEL seem to be around 1000.
Business class fares RJ to CAI seem about 450 cheapest...
... any ideas / brainwaves?
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Old Mar 18, 18, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerkit View Post
Any ideas for a TP Run involving a few days in AMM Jordan?
Cheapest business fares from LHR via DOH or direct or HEL seem to be around 1000.
Business class fares RJ to CAI seem about 450 cheapest...
... any ideas / brainwaves?
1) How many TPs do you need to achieve what level?
2) What dates ? And number of days.
3) You mention a few days in AMM, is that a stopover to elsewhere?

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Old Mar 18, 18, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by DrDrDr56 View Post
I havent booked to TLV.
I still need to get to TLV. I can go from YYZ or anywhere within striking distance of YYZ
The cheapest I can find in the near future for YYZ to TLV on oneworld economy is 758, which is BA via LHR. Doing the final two legs in premium economy (booking class "e") adds about 250 according to the matrix, giving 90+90+35+35 = 250 TP, so almost there. You can probably jiggle it round a bit and find alternative dates. It's more expensive slightly if you move the premium economy to the first two legs, and I can't make just the longer outer legs PE without the fare increasing quite a bit. And I haven't tried to transfer this to a real booking, so it may fall over on booking class or something else. For the extra 5TP you might insert a LHR to MAN or something, may even be able to go back via DUB on a single PNR. Alternatively, do the whole thing in PE for 1338 [EDIT - going back through DUB isn't possible in PE, and is on a BA codeshare with Aer Lingus]


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Old Mar 18, 18, 10:03 pm
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I am trying to use the OTP - PHX fare in order to get to SFO (where I live), and need a stopover there of about 2.5 months before coming back to Europe. Any idea whether this is possible or not? Dates are 7th May - 26th July (with no flex).

It seems to jump the price by 500 when I build in a stopover (and ends up much cheaper to just do an ex-EU to SFO), but if anyone knows a way this can be done would appreciate the help! Targeting anything under 1500.
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