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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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 Apr 1, 18, 3:08 am
  #1711  
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Glos
Programs: BA Gold
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You can do two runs over approx 7 days gaining around 1500:

OTP-PHX £1,250
LAX-PTY £800


whens your renewal as would be best timed to do first month into new earning year as would give you two years gold
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:15 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
OTP-PHX £1,250
What would be the best routing to maximize the points earned with this fare?
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:16 am
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Join Date: Mar 2017
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
You can do two runs over approx 7 days gaining around 1500:

OTP-PHX £1,250
LAX-PTY £800


whens your renewal as would be best timed to do first month into new earning year as would give you two years gold
Thanks both!

That was exactly my thinking, wait until start of new tier year (July for me) and then hit it. 2k for bit of an adventure does sound good. I assume I could be a bit strategic with the flights to eek out up to a day for each connection and turn it into a road trip. Interesting experience, and nearly 3 years at gold/silver
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:19 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
You can do two runs over approx 7 days gaining around 1500:

OTP-PHX £1,250
LAX-PTY £800


whens your renewal as would be best timed to do first month into new earning year as would give you two years gold
This is a really good tip! I was already thinking of doing another tier point run whilst gold but actually, is that a waste? Just running my maths past you:

currently silver. Year ends 8 Nov 2018
will turn gold in August, which means Iíll be trying to retain gold with 1500 points until 8 Nov 2019
If I do, Iíll extend gold until 8 Nov 2020
if I donít, Iíll drop down to silver until 8 Nov 2020. But if I book a run as silver for 9 Nov 2019 (example youíve used for 7 days) and turn gold by mid-Nov, does that mean Iíll be covered until 8 Nov 2021?
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:20 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
What would be the best routing to maximize the points earned with this fare?
check out the PHX do thread, thereís a number of different routes up there. I believe the max is 1040
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:21 am
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Join Date: Dec 2007
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post


check out the PHX do thread, thereís a number of different routes up there. I believe the max is 1040
Could you please provide the link for that thread. Thanks.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:24 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
Could you please provide the link for that thread. Thanks.
certainly: PHX mini DO Aug 2018

I hope that works as Iím on mobile.
Also, you canít see the wiki unless on desktop since the new interface of flyertalk came on (itís a bug, which I believe is being looked at!). Iím booked on for the OTP-PHX trip in August so shout if you have any questions.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:30 am
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Join Date: Dec 2007
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post
certainly: PHX mini DO Aug 2018
I hope that works as Iím on mobile.
Great. It is linking easily. Thanks.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:31 am
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Join Date: May 2009
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post
But if I book a run as silver for 9 Nov 2019 (example youíve used for 7 days) and turn gold by mid-Nov, does that mean Iíll be covered until 8 Nov 2021?
Yes you would be Gold until 2021. You would still be Gold whilst you did your TP run as the card/status doesnít expire until 31 December 2019 so you have all the gold benefits during the TP run.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:34 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by Physci View Post


Yes you would be Gold until 2021. You would still be Gold whilst you did your TP run as the card/status doesnít expire until 31 December 2019 so you have all the gold benefits during the TP run.
even better! Thanks for checking that. Iím not after any more than gold, so Iíll skip doing another run until 9 Nov 2019 onwards!
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:46 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post


even better! Thanks for checking that. Iím not after any more than gold, so Iíll skip doing another run until 9 Nov 2019 onwards!
Be warned, this is exactly what I did, thinking then I wouldnít have to worry about it for 2 years. Unfortunately then I realised that having renewed so early, I could be well on track for GGL! Itís an affliction...
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Old Apr 1, 18, 3:50 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by woglet86 View Post


Be warned, this is exactly what I did, thinking then I wouldnít have to worry about it for 2 years. Unfortunately then I realised that having renewed so early, I could be well on track for GGL! Itís an affliction...
1500 TP vs 5000 TP? I guess if work ramps up in 2020 (or I have some extravagant personal flights!) and Iím closer to 5000 TP after the summer Iíll jump on another tp run to get to that 5000.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 8:02 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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For anyone still interested (@ILikePancakes ? @NA-Flyer ? )
@deboyzoned has checked out the OTP/PHX run today:

OTP-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-PHX in J return can be found for 1443 GBP on itamatrix. Earning 960 TP

More info here: PHX mini DO Aug 2018
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Old Apr 1, 18, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post
For anyone still interested (@ILikePancakes ? @NA-Flyer ? )
@deboyzoned has checked out the OTP/PHX run today:

OTP-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-PHX in J return can be found for 1443 GBP on itamatrix. Earning 960 TP
Out of idle curiosity, how does this compare to however much this routing was before? There have been so many variants (F/J, via HEL or not, etc) and I lost track a month or so ago!
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Old Apr 1, 18, 8:53 am
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Join Date: Sep 2017
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post


Out of idle curiosity, how does this compare to however much this routing was before? There have been so many variants (F/J, via HEL or not, etc) and I lost track a month or so ago!
Iím afraid Iíve not been keeping track. I guess I didnít want to know if the price went down from when I booked
But the main point is that availability is still there for Aug for anyone wanting it.
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