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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 19, 18, 6:16 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
AMS-LHR-HKG-BKK with a mix of BA A380 / CX A330/350 for around £1250 return with a lot of availability this year. 440TP on that routing.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 10:49 am
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I'll be at JFK on 13th June for 12 hours.

That, in theory, gives me 8 hours to do a TP Run.

I'll be 440 TPs short of CCR status, so want to try and make the most of the time on the ground.

Any thoughts on suggested routings?

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Old Mar 19, 18, 11:10 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 !
Yes, I know.

But I have purchased 2 separately and it worked on a BRU-MAD-BOG booking. You need minimum 1 Iberia flight.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I'll be at JFK on 13th June for 12 hours.

That, in theory, gives me 8 hours to do a TP Run.
I think you will really struggle to find anything worthwhile. You don't have enough time for anything rewarding. In theory you might be able to do a pair of B2Bs to somewhere like DCA or BOS, the first of which you might be able to get for a little over $300, but you'd be pushing up against the 8 hour comfort mark. Flying a triangle would be safer, but either way I can't see great value in giving up your whole day and $700+ for 120 or maximum 160 TPs.

Also bear in mind that any AA itinerary you book now for June is at risk of being kiboshed by schedule changes.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post
AMS-LHR-HKG-BKK with a mix of BA A380 / CX A330/350 for around £1250 return with a lot of availability this year. 440TP on that routing.
Could you give an example of dates this works .... looks a great deal.
Thanks
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Old Mar 19, 18, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by IMH View Post
I think you will really struggle to find anything worthwhile. You don't have enough time for anything rewarding. In theory you might be able to do a pair of B2Bs to somewhere like DCA or BOS, the first of which you might be able to get for a little over $300, but you'd be pushing up against the 8 hour comfort mark. Flying a triangle would be safer, but either way I can't see great value in giving up your whole day and $700+ for 120 or maximum 160 TPs.

Also bear in mind that any AA itinerary you book now for June is at risk of being kiboshed by schedule changes.
Thanks for the suggestions.

That was the theory I'd reached too, but was hoping there might be a more optimistic view I'd missed!

I can earn 160 TPs by doing LGA-BOS-LGA-BOS-LGA but then I'll have to cross New York at rush-hour and hope I make it back to to JFK!

Think I'll have to try and do a couple of trips from London instead, before July.

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Old Mar 19, 18, 11:41 am
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@deboyzoned
Thank you for that, I think I’m better off waiting until there’s a better fare to SFO (or other Bay Area Airport). They come around every once in a while!
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Old Mar 19, 18, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post


1) How many TP”s 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?

Looking for m8n 3 days in Jordan.
Sometime in june july or August
Only want to go to amm but happy to travel somewhere else for a night!
Just want tp for my wife gold and me ggl to bank up... Ideally 300 or more
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Old Mar 19, 18, 9:37 pm
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Last day of sale today: MH KUL-PVG £364 for 280 TPs. £1.30 / TP. Wide open availability. A330 flat bed.

Can also depart from PEN/JHB/LGK/ any other domestic airport, extra £100 for extra 80 TPs.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 2:37 am
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Originally Posted by Brookhouse View Post
Could you give an example of dates this works .... looks a great deal.
Thanks
Check this post: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...l#post29235643

You can play around with it by searching multi city on Google Flights, but you'll have to call BA to book it.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 4:27 pm
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I Found a good deal from Inverness to Philadelphia at the end of April (£1,733 in First), and I thought while I am there could I make it worth my while by grabbing a few more teir points, and so I have come up with the following:
PHL to SAN via CLT on AA First out on the 27th April back on the 28th same routing which should get me 360 tear points. Does this sound like good value or is there better to be had?

Ticket price on AA = £793

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Old Mar 20, 18, 4:32 pm
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Originally Posted by TRISTAR1979 View Post
PHL to SAN via CLT on AA First [...]. Does this sound like good value [...]?
Without knowing the fare it's very hard to form an opinion...
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Old Mar 20, 18, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by IMH View Post
Without knowing the fare it's very hard to form an opinion...
LOL. SORRY! It’s £793.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by TRISTAR1979 View Post
I Found a good deal from Inverness to Philadelphia at the end of April (£1,733 in First), and I thought while I am there could I make it worth my while by grabbing a few more teir points, and so I have come up with the following:
PHL to SAN via CLT on AA First out on the 27th April back on the 28th same routing which should get me 360 tear points. Does this sound like good value or is there better to be had?

Ticket price on AA = £793
You can probably do better marginally with a 4 stop circuit short haul. My benchmark is £300 for four legs - the timings on this example aren't frantically practical, but it illustrates the principle.

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#se...c=b;a=ONEWORLD

Two of those over two days and you've made 320 TP.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by TRISTAR1979 View Post
It’s £793.
In which case it's not terrific value, although obviously only you know whether those TPs get you over a threshold that is worth a lot to you.

I'd explore along the lines suggested by bisonrav. I'm not familiar with the best destinations from PHL, but I'd start by looking at good-sized cities that are not AA hubs and have a strong UA or DL presence. Good luck!
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