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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 28, 18, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by OverTheHorizon View Post
Going off at a slight tangent, I have a couple of days free in Philadelphia later this year.

I would visit the city but after 10+ visits I think I have now seen all the main points of interest...

So I was idly wondering if there are any TP-run worthy routings ex-PHL ? Happy to do several sectors in each direction with an overnight in-between if that's what it takes
I'm a bit of a fan of the 4 leg day return hops in the US. Depending on the dates, you have this sort of thing available, 160 TP for £285 :

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#fl...397*.GBP.28397

It's not a bad use of time all in all, and a nice way of doing a bit of aerial sightseeing. The flight from PHL to DCA is also a nice 30 minute ride with some good scenery at both ends.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 5:51 pm
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QF codeshare tierpoints

Hello FTers,

I was searching for QF coded flights which earn BA tierpoints, on QF site I found a list of QF routes , I filtered it to >2000 miles (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing, please feel free to comment) but there are some strange routes and codeshares for me, maybe the Qantas page is obsolete and the question is does they earn tier points or not:
SGN-MEL or SYD Jetstar or Vietnam Airlines I guess, but it has J class, does it earn any tier points or does it need to be QF coded?
BKK-TLV,HKG-TLV is it El Al with QF code? also ICN-SYD,URC-CAN .I cant find TLV nor ICN nor URC as a destination on Qantas site
PEK-SYD listed as codeshare with China Eastern Airlines via Nanjing, but QF has direct to PEK.
BOM-SIN codeshare with JetAirways
Others like AS flights, YYC-YHZ,HNL-YYZ,...(WestJet), Fiji Airways HNL-NAD,NAD-SIN,SYD-Suva,... Air Tahiti Nui LAX-PPT-AKL.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 5:04 am
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Despite this being Easter weekend, LHR-HEL-TLL prices at 504 GBP with lots of availablity. I might take this as a TP run and long week-end abroad.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 5:32 am
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What happened to Europe-HNL TP Runs?

Had a great TP run from exEU to HNL using AA F to pick up 1100 TP a few years back. Are those gone completely now?
I need a trip to US from exEU in the first 2 weeks of April...looking to pick up 1k in TP and spend 5-10days in the US
Any low $ / TP routes for the 1st or 2nd week of April?
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Old Mar 29, 18, 6:59 am
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
Despite this being Easter weekend, LHR-HEL-TLL prices at 504 GBP with lots of availablity. I might take this as a TP run and long week-end abroad.
Isn't that more than double the normal rate?
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Old Mar 29, 18, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by benjai View Post
Isn't that more than double the normal rate?
It's double what it was when the was THAT specific fare available. Normal fare these days would be around £600.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 8:25 am
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Btw Iberia have increased their flights between Madrid and Oporto so more combinations for 3 sector trips from LHR/LGW are possible.
With the lounge situation at OPO improving, it’d be great if there were tier points for every drink consumed on the Yeatman terrace.

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Old Mar 29, 18, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by n4ynx View Post
Was on the 23:55 flight from cta to lgw and was sitting behind 2 guys who im sure are also very active on this group. They were sitting in 1c and 1d and obviously asked for champs once on board.
was too shy to intro myself incase they had no idea about this forum. Would be great to put a name to the face as im sure ive seen them on other flights.

Also big thanks to you all that helpped me book my trips this year to get to gold.
Hi, This is 1C. You should have spoken up. Both of us were on TP runs, as I assume you were. 1D says he is not active in this board but does monitor it.

On my flight out to CTA on Monday I sat in 1D and the lady next to me was also on a TP run. Seems like you cannot get away from TP Runners.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 9:28 am
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Indeed, I'm on a CTA run next weekend. Ex JER on Friday.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Indeed, I'm on a CTA run next weekend. Ex JER on Friday.
Are these runs still bookable at a good price or are the fares you all booked on gone?
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Old Mar 29, 18, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Indeed, I'm on a CTA run next weekend. Ex JER on Friday.
Be aware that there is no BA lounge at CTA. There is very little to do at the airport either.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post
Are these runs still bookable at a good price or are the fares you all booked on gone?
You can do LGW->CTA for £288 and 160 TP with quite open availability, Saturday to Monday works

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#fl...;sc:b;sd:1;t:f

You can add Jersey for about £100 more and 80TPs, starting the day before the CTA flight with a return the day after the CTA return, so it can be arranged as a B2B.

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#fl...300*.GBP.38300

This shows the idea, the timings for the JER legs aren't what I'd choose. I think I booked on the multicity tool on BA and fiddled around until I had the flight timings I wanted.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 10:47 am
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PS: just following a train of thought, there are some airbnb close to the airport which are multiple occupancy, so it would be smart for TP runners to coordinate. I'm staying at one next week and will review, On the face of things, it looks very good.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by kobolcs View Post
Hello FTers,

I was searching for QF coded flights which earn BA tierpoints, on QF site I found a list of QF routes , I filtered it to >2000 miles (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing, please feel free to comment) but there are some strange routes and codeshares for me, maybe the Qantas page is obsolete and the question is does they earn tier points or not:
SGN-MEL or SYD Jetstar or Vietnam Airlines I guess, but it has J class, does it earn any tier points or does it need to be QF coded?
BKK-TLV,HKG-TLV is it El Al with QF code? also ICN-SYD,URC-CAN .I cant find TLV nor ICN nor URC as a destination on Qantas site
PEK-SYD listed as codeshare with China Eastern Airlines via Nanjing, but QF has direct to PEK.
BOM-SIN codeshare with JetAirways
Others like AS flights, YYC-YHZ,HNL-YYZ,...(WestJet), Fiji Airways HNL-NAD,NAD-SIN,SYD-Suva,... Air Tahiti Nui LAX-PPT-AKL.
For TP earning the flight has to be a oneworld marketed flight.

In terms of oneworld partners the only exception I can think of is flights booked under the Qantas code (QF) operated by a non-oneworld airline will earn Avios and Tier Points unless operated by Jetstar in a class other than L class. So a Vietnam Airlines flight would only earn if booked under the QF code.

Also BA marketed non-oneworld flights earn. The obvious examples are EI operated BA marketed flights (unusually bookable as standalone flights) or BA marketed AS operated flights (the BA codeshare is only available when connecting to or from a BA fight in this example).
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Old Mar 30, 18, 2:44 am
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Originally Posted by kobolcs View Post
Hello FTers,

I was searching for QF coded flights which earn BA tierpoints, on QF site I found a list of QF routes , I filtered it to >2000 miles (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing, please feel free to comment) but there are some strange routes and codeshares for me, maybe the Qantas page is obsolete and the question is does they earn tier points or not:
SGN-MEL or SYD Jetstar or Vietnam Airlines I guess, but it has J class, does it earn any tier points or does it need to be QF coded?
BKK-TLV,HKG-TLV is it El Al with QF code? also ICN-SYD,URC-CAN .I cant find TLV nor ICN nor URC as a destination on Qantas site
PEK-SYD listed as codeshare with China Eastern Airlines via Nanjing, but QF has direct to PEK.
BOM-SIN codeshare with JetAirways
Others like AS flights, YYC-YHZ,HNL-YYZ,...(WestJet), Fiji Airways HNL-NAD,NAD-SIN,SYD-Suva,... Air Tahiti Nui LAX-PPT-AKL.
had a look at TLV, and there is no code share on the HKG- and BKK-TLV unless connecting from a QF flight ex-Australia, much like BA codeshares on AA/AS on US domestic are only available
Jointly with a BA longhaul flight.

BTW, that URC-CAN, presumably on CZ metal, sounds very enticing, especially if we can earn TPs on it. Or we just wait for CZ to join OW
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