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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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, 11:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Cheapskate22 View Post
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.
I believe the issue you have is that the fare is only permitted for travel at certain points in the year. See this post for more details

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29235640-post12.html
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Old Mar 19, 18, 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by Cheapskate22 View Post
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.
Unfortunately, each US stopover prices 600 eur more.

Category 8: Stopover restrictions
UNLIMITED STOPOVERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION IN EUROPE AT EUR 150.00 EACH.
CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
AND
- UNLIMITED STOPOVERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION IN THE UNITED STATES/CANADA/MEXICO AT EUR 600.00 EACH.
CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 1:42 am
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Great savings possible today on the Iberia Spanish website. For fatherday they offer gift vouchers of different value. Best value is the 500 euro for 250.

Buy TODAY( Monday) only. Book before 31/3, fly before 31/12, except July/august .

It says only Spain but I booked a Bru-Mad-BOG without problems . It needs minimum 1 Iberia flight.

As you are all experts in this field .What would be the best TP-value on such a value? No particular Iberia routings are often discussed here .

I found a Mad - BCN business connecting in 2 countries for 450 euro, but it is still 3 euro per TP.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 1:46 am
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Originally Posted by mgo72 View Post
Great savings possible today on the Iberia Spanish website. For fatherday they offer gift vouchers of different value. Best value is the 500 euro for 250.

Buy TODAY( Monday) only. Book before 31/3, fly before 31/12, except July/august .

It says only Spain but I booked a Bru-Mad-BOG without problems . It needs minimum 1 Iberia flight.

As you are all experts in this field .What would be the best TP-value on such a value? No particular Iberia routings are often discussed here .

I found a Mad - BCN business connecting in 2 countries for 450 euro, but it is still 3 euro per TP.
I bought one of these vouchers but simply couldn't find where to paste the code I was emailed. Is it on the second page ('promotional code') or somewhere else?
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Old Mar 19, 18, 2:04 am
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It is In think on the paying Page where you have the avions discount .there you have right-tab : have promotion code. It is next to the title avíos discount
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Old Mar 19, 18, 2:50 am
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@Cheapskate22 With some flexibility and redemption flights between PHX and SFO ... try this for 40+40+140+140+140+140+40+80= 760 TP

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Old Mar 19, 18, 3:17 am
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Originally Posted by mgo72 View Post
Great savings possible today on the Iberia Spanish website. For fatherday they offer gift vouchers of different value. Best value is the 500 euro for 250.

Buy TODAY( Monday) only. Book before 31/3, fly before 31/12, except July/august .

It says only Spain but I booked a Bru-Mad-BOG without problems . It needs minimum 1 Iberia flight.

As you are all experts in this field .What would be the best TP-value on such a value? No particular Iberia routings are often discussed here .

I found a Mad - BCN business connecting in 2 countries for 450 euro, but it is still 3 euro per TP.

I would adivse caution here.

Firstly, not all the gift voucher amounts are on offer, only the following:

€50 for €40 (20% off)
€100 for €75 (25% off)
€200 for €140 (30% off)
€300 for €195 (35% off)

Secondly, the rules state (my rather free translation in blue):

• Vuelos operados por Iberia y otras compañías que sean en conexión (Iberia Express e Iberia regional Air Nostrum) siempre que en la ruta haya un vuelo operado por Iberia.
On flights operated by Iberia and other carriers having a connection (Iberia Express and Iberia Air Nostrum regional) provided that at least one flight in the routing is operated by Iberia
• Bono de un solo uso.
Single use voucher
• Bono válido hasta el 31 de Marzo de 2018.
Voucher valid until 31st March 2018
• Periodo de vuelo: Hasta el 31 de diciembre.
Fly until 31st December
• Periodo de vuelo no válido: del 1 de junio al 30 de septiembre.
Blackout period 1st June to 30th September
• Sólo compras desde España.
Only for purchase in Spain
• Sólo pago en Euros, y reserva en euros.
Pay in Euros only, and book in Euros
• No es válido para residentes y familia numerosa.
Not valid for non-citizens or large families (I think this means with 5 children or more !!!)
• No es combinable con Cash and Avios (Descuento con Avios)
Cannot be combined with Cash & Avios (Avios discount)
• No válido para vuelos de Puente Aéreo.
Cannot be used for flights on the Madrird-Barrcelona "air bridge" shuttle service


So unless you have a specific flight in mind, and a Spanish address, and a Spanish ID.... this one is probably not for you !
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Old Mar 19, 18, 3:18 am
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Are there any good deals/TP Runs to BKK available at the moment? I am happy to go Ex-EU.

ideally would like to fly QR but happy to go wth any OW carrier
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Old Mar 19, 18, 3:27 am
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post
Are there any good deals/TP Runs to BKK available at the moment? I am happy to go Ex-EU.

ideally would like to fly QR but happy to go wth any OW carrier
Try ex-HEL on either AY or QR.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 3:53 am
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Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
I would adivse caution here.

Firstly, not all the gift voucher amounts are on offer, only the following:

€50 for €40 (20% off)
€100 for €75 (25% off)
€200 for €140 (30% off)
€300 for €195 (35% off)

Secondly, the rules state (my rather free translation in blue):

• Vuelos operados por Iberia y otras compañías que sean en conexión (Iberia Express e Iberia regional Air Nostrum) siempre que en la ruta haya un vuelo operado por Iberia.
On flights operated by Iberia and other carriers having a connection (Iberia Express and Iberia Air Nostrum regional) provided that at least one flight in the routing is operated by Iberia
• Bono de un solo uso.
Single use voucher
• Bono válido hasta el 31 de Marzo de 2018.
Voucher valid until 31st March 2018
• Periodo de vuelo: Hasta el 31 de diciembre.
Fly until 31st December
• Periodo de vuelo no válido: del 1 de junio al 30 de septiembre.
Blackout period 1st June to 30th September
• Sólo compras desde España.
Only for purchase in Spain
• Sólo pago en Euros, y reserva en euros.
Pay in Euros only, and book in Euros
• No es válido para residentes y familia numerosa.
Not valid for non-citizens or large families (I think this means with 5 children or more !!!)
• No es combinable con Cash and Avios (Descuento con Avios)
Cannot be combined with Cash & Avios (Avios discount)
• No válido para vuelos de Puente Aéreo.
Cannot be used for flights on the Madrird-Barrcelona "air bridge" shuttle service


So unless you have a specific flight in mind, and a Spanish address, and a Spanish ID.... this one is probably not for you !
Can they discriminate an offer based on your location or nationality under EU law?
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Old Mar 19, 18, 4:09 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Can they discriminate an offer based on your location or nationality under EU law?
”Residentes” in this context means residents of the Spanish Islands, who get special discounts on island-mainland-island flights.
Families with at least 3 children also have discounts on (domestic-only?) flights.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 4:26 am
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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!!!
You know, sometimes the stars align. I'm about to get to Silver, but I just got a decent raise this year, and with the amount of segments I'm doing each year... I'm thinking I should go for gold too. Maybe see you on the PHX DO

Plus, I want to visit Vegas so it's a good excuse, too.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post


”Residentes” in this context means residents of the Spanish Islands, who get special discounts on island-mainland-island flights.
Families with at least 3 children also have discounts on (domestic-only?) flights.
Gracias, ubiest

My Spanish comprehension is good but my local knowledge is somewhat lacking !
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Old Mar 19, 18, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post
Are there any good deals/TP Runs to BKK available at the moment? I am happy to go Ex-EU.

ideally would like to fly QR but happy to go wth any OW carrier
If you look in the Wiki at the top of this thread it gives you details of "INCEU60" which is for AMS-BKK routing through London and then various options afterwards.

Regards
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Old Mar 19, 18, 5:48 am
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Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
€50 for €40 (20% off)
€100 for €75 (25% off)
€200 for €140 (30% off)
€300 for €195 (35% off)

There was also a €500 for €250 but it appears to have vanished today...
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