BA Tier Point Runs | 2018 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 30, 18, 10:39 am
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Old Mar 30, 18, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by IFE Wizard View Post
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.
I was on the Monday flight too. yes was also doing a TP run to but boy is that airport boring, was stuck there since 7:30 as the hire car had to be back then..... well i was the scruffy tiered Indian guy sitting behind you so was nice to meet you.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 11:51 am
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Hi all,

Looks like I might be heading to MCO at some point in the future - what would be the best route to allow us to extract a few extra TP's from the trip? Normally I'd just fly direct from LGW-MCO, but happy to do a little detour as long as it doesn't add too much time (or cost!) I suppose even leaving ex-OSL or somewhere else ex-EU would add a few TP's and also potentially reduce the cost a bit?

Or is it better to fly across to somewhere like JFK and do an internal with AA or similar?

Thanks all!
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Old Mar 30, 18, 1:30 pm
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Not the best deal ever but reasonable for anyone who is short of time to get the last few TPs for their year. During June (all I looked at) you can book a MAN-LHR-DUB-MAN for £297 giving you 120TP (£2.50/TPish). Leaving MAN at 4pm and land back just after 11pm too so not a huge time issue as well.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by n4ynx View Post
I was on the Monday flight too. yes was also doing a TP run to but boy is that airport boring, was stuck there since 7:30 as the hire car had to be back then..... well i was the scruffy tiered Indian guy sitting behind you so was nice to meet you.
It was nice to meet you too. I must admit that when I travel I seem to "get into the zone". Head down and move from airport to aircraft to airport etc. I am now finding out that there are many of us in the same boat/aircraft that are doing the same thing. It is always great when I meet like minded people and I plan on doing this more in the future.

I also checked my car in early and headed for what I thought would be a BA lounge. How wrong I was. However it was eye-opening watching all the "bucket and spade" flyers lining up for their flights on each or the low cost carriers. It really is a different world out there.

I do hope our paths cross sometime in the future so we can have a chat about flying.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by NPC View Post
Not the best deal ever but reasonable for anyone who is short of time to get the last few TPs for their year. During June (all I looked at) you can book a MAN-LHR-DUB-MAN for £297 giving you 120TP (£2.50/TPish). Leaving MAN at 4pm and land back just after 11pm too so not a huge time issue as well.
that wouldn’t be 120 TP. DUB-MAN is EI operated and does earn TP if booked under the BA codeshare. However there are no business selling classes so you’ll probably be in Y selling class and only earn 20 for that flight. TP would be 40+40+20.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 2:12 pm
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that wouldn’t be 120 TP. DUB-MAN is EI operated and does earn TP if booked under the BA codeshare. However there are no business selling classes so you’ll probably be in Y selling class and only earn 20 for that flight. TP would be 40+40+20.
The DUB-MAN route is operated by the BA E190 as a new route from MAN this summer. I think it is only 1 or 2 days a week which makes the Friday a mini TP run special, well for a mere silver like myself 😁
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Old Mar 30, 18, 2:13 pm
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The DUB-MAN route is operated by the BA E190 as a new route from MAN this summer. I think it is only 1 or 2 days a week which makes the Friday a mini TP run special, well for a mere silver like myself 😁
Aha. Yes I had forgotten about that new cityflyer route.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 8:28 am
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Is TLL dead as a cheap run?
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Is TLL dead as a cheap run?
Yes. You can get it now for £600.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 8:48 am
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I've been using the ITA Matrix search tool looking for cheap BA CE fares for TP run using whole month views but the results when filtering out all airlines to only show BA does not match BA's own sites results? Am I doing something wrong on ITA or is there a better site for searching whole month views on BA CE flights out there?
e.g: searching ita for June CHEAPEST came in £244 CE one way, the same date on BA shows £113?

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Old Mar 31, 18, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by NPC View Post
Not the best deal ever but reasonable for anyone who is short of time to get the last few TPs for their year. During June (all I looked at) you can book a MAN-LHR-DUB-MAN for £297 giving you 120TP (£2.50/TPish). Leaving MAN at 4pm and land back just after 11pm too so not a huge time issue as well.
Posted this on another thread. Try and get on the once weekly positioning Chippy Fryer Embraer from MAN (it must be doing leisure flying from DUB later in the day) - 09.55 departure from MAN as it is selling business class for GBP100 one way (economy GBP33). Only in the summer and only on Sundays. Make sure it is a BA44XX rather than the very over-priced BA marketed EI flights.
Just booked it for my Qantas status earn whilst in Europe (and a DUB-LHR-MAN for EUR99).
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:04 am
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Morning all,

My random musing, is it possible to do a run that clocks in 1500 TP our there about, what might it look like, and what's the damage likely to be? ​​​Or are such things better done over a number of runs? I'm wondering whether I'm feeling crazy enough to attempt such a thing when I inevitably fall to bronze summer next year (shy of some amazing QR fare/my job suddenly requires me to fly lots) and start prepping for it now...

I feel one should try one of these things at least once in their lives, if nothing else, to have an amusing sorry to tell in years to come
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:06 am
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Originally Posted by CHCflyer View Post
Posted this on another thread. Try and get on the once weekly positioning Chippy Fryer Embraer from MAN (it must be doing leisure flying from DUB later in the day) - 09.55 departure from MAN as it is selling business class for GBP100 one way (economy GBP33). Only in the summer and only on Sundays. Make sure it is a BA44XX rather than the very over-priced BA marketed EI flights.
Just booked it for my Qantas status earn whilst in Europe (and a DUB-LHR-MAN for EUR99).
You got the routing where does it go just MAN to DUB? wasnt sure on the Chippy Fryer reference lol
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Originally Posted by ILikePancakes View Post
Morning all,

My random musing, is it possible to do a run that clocks in 1500 TP our there about, what might it look like, and what's the damage likely to be? ​​​Or are such things better done over a number of runs? I'm wondering whether I'm feeling crazy enough to attempt such a thing when I inevitably fall to bronze summer next year (shy of some amazing QR fare/my job suddenly requires me to fly lots) and start prepping for it now...

I feel one should try one of these things at least once in their lives, if nothing else, to have an amusing sorry to tell in years to come
Doing an OTP-PHX with a LAX-PTY in the middle should definitely fit the bill, I did the LAX-PTY a few years ago and it was an experience
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