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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 30, 18, 3:47 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.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 5:25 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
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.
Bear in mind the specific itinerary linked there has the same flight numbers on those ORD-DTW-ORD legs and as they're on the same day you'll only get TPs on one of them.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 5:36 am
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...they're certainly around towards end of the year when I'm looking. Currently about £1800 for AMS-LHR-ORD-LAX-HNL and back.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 5:40 am
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Originally Posted by nevaspb View Post
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?
Sorry, missed quote in last post.
...they're certainly around towards end of the year when I'm looking. Currently about £1800 for AMS-LHR-ORD-LAX-HNL and back.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 5:51 am
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If you are feeling adventurous then CAI - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - HNL r/t for around £1500 not the best price but a good amount of TPs generates around 1200Tps
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Old Mar 30, 18, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
If you are feeling adventurous then CAI - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - HNL r/t for around £1500 not the best price but a good amount of TPs generates around 1200Tps
Also means real F for the HEL to JFK and JFK to LAX, because of the transcontinental...
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Old Mar 30, 18, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
Also means real F for the HEL to JFK and JFK to LAX, because of the transcontinental...
HEL-JFK is J only though. AY does not have F.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 6:29 am
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Bear in mind the specific itinerary linked there has the same flight numbers on those ORD-DTW-ORD legs and as they're on the same day you'll only get TPs on one of them.
yes, good spot - missed that.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
If you are feeling adventurous then CAI - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - HNL r/t for around £1500 not the best price but a good amount of TPs generates around 1200Tps
Wonít that be 1280 so not bad at all.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 8:04 am
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Found LHR-MAD-BCN AND RETURN for £250 on googleflights. Canít get it to work on BA or Iberia. Can anyone advise best way to book. Many Thanks!
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
If you are feeling adventurous then CAI - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - HNL r/t for around £1500 not the best price but a good amount of TPs generates around 1200Tps
Doesnít starting in Cairo cause a few issues at passport control in the US?
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Originally Posted by Yuff View Post


Doesnít starting in Cairo cause a few issues at passport control in the US?
Not if you have more than 1 Passport :-)
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Originally Posted by gav0106 View Post
Found LHR-MAD-BCN AND RETURN for £250 on googleflights. Canít get it to work on BA or Iberia. Can anyone advise best way to book. Many Thanks!
Bear in mind the internal Spanish flights are only 20TP, so this is 120TP rather than 160.

I have one of these booked, I used bookwithmatrix, and I think Flight Network. The flight is ticketed and marked as PAID, but the first leg is under airport control and I'm not at all sure it'll stick - I'll know in a couple of weeks for sure (Iberia say it's all set, as do Flight Network). Reason for doubt is that as far as I can tell only the taxes were charged to my credit card.
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Originally Posted by gav0106 View Post
Found LHR-MAD-BCN AND RETURN for £250 on googleflights. Canít get it to work on BA or Iberia. Can anyone advise best way to book. Many Thanks!
Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
I have one of these booked, I used bookwithmatrix, and I think Flight Network. The flight is ticketed and marked as PAID, but the first leg is under airport control and I'm not at all sure it'll stick - I'll know in a couple of weeks for sure (Iberia say it's all set, as do Flight Network). Reason for doubt is that as far as I can tell only the taxes were charged to my credit card.
There are a few of us doing these in the summer - also a group did one in October. The price will be be fine. Booked via Priceline from bookwithmatrix for £260. There are options for A340 / A350 with IB and 777 with BA depending on date and time; other Spanish cities are available as a connection from MAD for a variety of prices. It is a good wee earner!
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Old Mar 30, 18, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by MrMutton View Post
There are a few of us doing these in the summer - also a group did one in October. The price will be be fine. Booked via Priceline from bookwithmatrix for £260. There are options for A340 / A350 with IB and 777 with BA depending on date and time; other Spanish cities are available as a connection from MAD for a variety of prices. It is a good wee earner!

Thanks for info, will book via priceline. All the best.
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