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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 yearsí 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 20, 18, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by IMH View Post

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!
Hi there -- is that recommendation because fares to non-AA hubs will cost less (to be more competitive)?

(I'm based out of PHL -- this caught my interest )
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Old Mar 21, 18, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by srcga View Post
Hi there -- is that recommendation because fares to non-AA hubs will cost less (to be more competitive)?

(I'm based out of PHL -- this caught my interest )
I think the suggestion to avoid hubs is to create an indirect flight to generate TP's
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Old Mar 21, 18, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by TRISTAR1979 View Post
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.
I thought only BA gave tear points?
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Old Mar 21, 18, 2:34 am
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Originally Posted by benjai View Post
I thought only BA gave tear points?
Tear points probably, Iím sure BA gives a lot of those!

You get Tier points flying other OW airlines. Including AA.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 2:42 am
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Hi all,
Not sure if here is the right place or should start a new thread, just realised I have 40 TP to go to maintain silver as my travel over the last year has dropped considerably. I have until April 6th to collect these, but honestly not a lot of spare time for it.Any quick/easy/cheap suggestions to get this done? Iím based in London, so can do any of the airports for departure really.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 2:49 am
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Originally Posted by JustPete View Post
Hi all,
Not sure if here is the right place or should start a new thread, just realised I have 40 TP to go to maintain silver as my travel over the last year has dropped considerably. I have until April 6th to collect these, but honestly not a lot of spare time for it.Any quick/easy/cheap suggestions to get this done? Iím based in London, so can do any of the airports for departure really.
I would start looking at a same day return to UK airports. One segment in cheap economy, the other way in CE.

If you can spend a Satuday night away, youíd probably find cheap fares to several airports in Europe.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by JustPete View Post
Hi all,
Not sure if here is the right place or should start a new thread, just realised I have 40 TP to go to maintain silver as my travel over the last year has dropped considerably. I have until April 6th to collect these, but honestly not a lot of spare time for it.Any quick/easy/cheap suggestions to get this done? Iím based in London, so can do any of the airports for departure really.
LHR-AMS day return or even back to back in CE in both or one direction.

Check out the tier point run thread in the dashboard as it has lots of other suggestions ranked by how many tier points are required.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 3:11 am
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Originally Posted by MaxFlyer View Post
LHR-AMS day return or even back to back in CE in both or one direction.

Check out the tier point run thread in the dashboard as it has lots of other suggestions ranked by how many tier points are required.
Thanks, my collection cut off is April 6th, looks like Iím doing an AMS day trip on April 5th.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 3:14 am
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Originally Posted by JustPete View Post


Thanks, my collection cut off is April 6th, looks like Iím doing an AMS day trip on April 5th.
Your cut off point will be 8th. As long as you fly on it before that date you will be fine. There is also the two week extension that you can apply for, taking you up to 22/4.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 5:54 am
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Originally Posted by srcga View Post
Hi there -- is that recommendation because fares to non-AA hubs will cost less (to be more competitive)?
Originally Posted by MANtraveller View Post
I think the suggestion to avoid hubs is to create an indirect flight to generate TP's
Both of the above.

Look again at bisonrav's example above and remove the oneworld restriction. Anyone actually wanting to travel between PHL and DTW will find DL hard to beat: several nonstop flights with flight times starting at under 1:40. AA has a couple of nonstop flights, but they tend to be more expensive. Fly with AA via ORD or CLT, however, and you can match or beat DL's price. The downside (for people outside of this thread) is that it will take you between four hours (best-case, probably not at the lowest price) and seven hours in each direction. So on this route AA is most interesting to highly price-sensitive passengers -- or people hungry for tier points.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 7:38 am
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Originally Posted by JustPete View Post


Thanks, my collection cut off is April 6th, looks like Iím doing an AMS day trip on April 5th.
If you're available the following weekend, you can grab a return on the 7/8th for £220 to JER and spend a nice weekend there. GLA/EDI could also be good options for a day return.
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Old Mar 21, 18, 7:46 am
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Good MH fare from BKK-KUL-PVR or PEK for a tad over £400. Works out about £1.12 per tp.
Originally posted in the premium fare deal forum: MH BKK to (PVG or PEK) in J, 570 USD

Anyone know if PVG or PEK can be done b2b without visa?
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Old Mar 21, 18, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post
Good MH fare from BKK-KUL-PVR or PEK for a tad over £400. Works out about £1.12 per tp.
Originally posted in the premium fare deal forum: MH BKK to (PVG or PEK) in J, 570 USD

Anyone know if PVG or PEK can be done b2b without visa?
short answer -> No, as you are returning to the same country from which you arrived
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Old Mar 21, 18, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post

short answer -> No, as you are returning to the same country from which you arrived
Super grey area as TITIMAC probably would stop you boarding the flight in the first place but the technical grey area is that you arent leaving the transit area but ubiest is correct you cant go it without a visa
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Old Mar 21, 18, 8:06 am
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280 TPs by Apr 9th?

Hi All,

Thanks so much for posting all the info. I've been trying to ingest it all, and am a bit overwhelmed ... I need 280TP by April 9th to maintain gold. I looked at LHR-HEL and that gets me 160, which in theory I could do twice but in practice there's limited flight availability at reasonable price.

Anyone else have any ideas for a way of getting 280TP from london in that timeframe?

Also if I pay down some of the fare with Avios do I lose TP?

Thanks in advance
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