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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 25, 18, 11:05 am
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After 2 years finally taken plunge and have booked OTP,LHR,PHL,PHX,JFK,LHR OTP which I’ve calculated as 880 TPs? �� when positioning flights from/too LHR included, just enough to hit gold later in year.
Still feeling way on using some of the tools but thanks everyone for information on this and previous years threads without which wouldn’t have got this far ������
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Old Mar 25, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by Frogdoctor View Post
After 2 years finally taken plunge and have booked OTP,LHR,PHL,PHX,JFK,LHR OTP which I’ve calculated as 880 TPs? �� when positioning flights from/too LHR included, just enough to hit gold later in year.
Still feeling way on using some of the tools but thanks everyone for information on this and previous years threads without which wouldn’t have got this far ������
How much did that cost you, if you don’t mind me asking? I am a comfortable silver but that would let me achieve gold?
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post
How much did that cost you, if you don’t mind me asking? I am a comfortable silver but that would let me achieve gold?
I'm doing the OTP-PHX run at the end of this week, taking a roundabout route via Helsinki that nets 1,040 TPS for just under £1,500. There are examples of itineraries earlier in this thread that cost less and give fewer TPs - I've seen the shorter route for as little as £1,275.
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:18 pm
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Someone may have miscalculated ... in Business OTP-LHR = 80, LHR-PHL = 140, PHL-PHX = 140, PHX-JFK = 140, JFK-LHR = 140, LHR-OTP = 80

Total = 720 and not 880 :-)
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
Someone may have miscalculated ... in Business OTP-LHR = 80, LHR-PHL = 140, PHL-PHX = 140, PHX-JFK = 140, JFK-LHR = 140, LHR-OTP = 80

Total = 720 and not 880 :-)
But 880 when you including positioning in CE LHR/OTP
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:25 pm
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But 880 when you including positioning in CE
LHR/OTP
Fair point ... but you probably end up paying a fair bit to position using cash 🤓
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post


Fair point ... but you probably end up paying a fair bit to position using cash ��

My positioning from MAN via LHR were around £600 for 240TPs. So still within TP run territory but a fairly expensive way of achieving it. I could have gone ET or redemption but that then means I would be required to do more flights in the time I have to achieve my goal. Sometimes you have to pay for the time saving

Still around £2100 for 1320TPs in total.
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post


How much did that cost you, if you don’t mind me asking? I am a comfortable silver but that would let me achieve gold?
Hi
£1292 on AA site, happy to post itinerary, positioning flight came in at £308 after cashing in some miles. Like I said sure seasoned runners would’ve squeezed a lot more out of it but for a first attempt I’m happy ��
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Old Mar 25, 18, 12:56 pm
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My positioning from MAN via LHR were around £600 for 240TPs. So still within TP run territory but a fairly expensive way of achieving it. I could have gone ET or redemption but that then means I would be required to do more flights in the time I have to achieve my goal. Sometimes you have to pay for the time saving

Still around £2100 for 1320TPs in total.
You just sent me to check the price of BRU-LHR-OTP in CE...
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You just sent me to check the price of BRU-LHR-OTP in CE...
ex Jer FTW
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Old Mar 25, 18, 1:12 pm
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ex Jer FTW
But then I would have to position to JER for the positioning flight to OTP. That's too much for me
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
But then I would have to position to JER for the positioning flight to OTP. That's too much for me
And you also have the transfer from LGW to LHR. I suppose you go do JER/LGW/AMS/LHR
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Plenty of ways to get from LGW to LHR, I think Edinburgh is an option too

I like ex Jersey as I'm 20 mins from Gatwick, so i can do a b2b the evening before the LHR flight and another the day after the return. For the main trip I head to LHR as normal. I have a few trips constructed that way.
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Old Mar 25, 18, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
And you also have the transfer from LGW to LHR. I suppose you go do JER/LGW/AMS/LHR
I have done LGW-AMS-LHR to get between the two when I had a flight in to LGW and out of LHR. This transfer method does appear in post 8 of the guide Heathrow to Gatwick transport options: a pictorial guide
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I have done LGW-AMS-LHR to get between the two when I had a flight in to LGW and out of LHR. This transfer method does appear in post 8 of the guide Heathrow to Gatwick transport options: a pictorial guide
Yes, but you’d probably also do LBA/LHR/MAN just to avoid driving along the M62.

To get the EDI do I went NCL/LHR/EDI. I could have got the train
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