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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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, 9:21 am
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I paid $2213.10 for OTP-LHR-JFK-LAX-PHX and back in J/F/F/J so (80+210+210+40)◊2 = 1080 or about £1.46/TP so was pretty happy with that...

EDIT: added JFK into routing (thanks deboyzoned !!)

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Old Apr 1, 18, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
I paid $2213.10 for OTP-LHR-LAX-PHX and back in J/F/F/J so (80+210+210+40)◊2 = 1080 or about £1.46/TP so was pretty happy with that...
You missed JFK 😊
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Old Apr 1, 18, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
I paid $2213.10 for OTP-LHR-LAX-PHX and back in J/F/F/J so (80+210+210+40)◊2 = 1080 or about £1.46/TP so was pretty happy with that...
Looks like there is an extra 210 there, should be 80 + 210 + 40 = 330 x 2 = 660 ???
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Old Apr 1, 18, 10:01 am
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Originally Posted by Down the back View Post


Looks like there is an extra 210 there, should be 80 + 210 + 40 = 330 x 2 = 660 ???
Corrected now (had missed out JFK )
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Old Apr 1, 18, 10:47 am
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Was around £1300ish in J and about £1400 with HEL involved and the best was £1550ish in F across the pond and the Transcon which I am still fuming about not taking up lol
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Old Apr 1, 18, 10:54 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!
There are usually some decent fares in late November to coincide with Thanksgiving holidays.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 10:56 am
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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!
The F deal was around £1,550. Thatís for 1080 TPs. Pity itís now dead. Can still get J via HEL or via LAX.

You getting tempted?
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Old Apr 1, 18, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
You got the routing where does it go just MAN to DUB? wasnt sure on the Chippy Fryer reference lol
The BA Embraer flight is a positioning flight sold as a revenue flight (note it does a very late DUB-MAN on a Friday evening - back around 23.30 - fares are EUR35 in Y/EUR125 in biz). It is positioning to operate a DUB-IBZ programme for a local tour operator. I don't think those seats are for sale on BA.com, so they must be sold as part of a package. They do similar programmes from EDI and STN.
Apologies. We used to call City Flyer this moniker during my time at Manchester Airport.
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Old Apr 2, 18, 12:00 am
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Thanks TPRun, I'm hanging on until my silver status expires next year before I start a mega run. Good to know what might be about though
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Old Apr 2, 18, 1:18 am
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I was seriously thinking of BRU-OTP as positioning on BA, and I found what to me is a weirdness.
For July all results are displayed like it was a multicity booking, no way to see which flight combination is cheaper or to see ET and CE priced side by side and maybe mix them. However If I do the same search a month before, in June, the results are displaying as usual, even if with another weirdess about CE; in the chosen date is shown unavailable, but if you change the day and then go back to the first, CE is again selectable.
When you try moving week by week into July, the last week of june shows a lot of no service dates, an then when you click an available date in July, the results come back as multicity display style.

What's the problem? A glitch or something else?
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Old Apr 2, 18, 4:38 am
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With my first LHR-HEL-TLL run done over this Easter week-end (love the finnair lounge, tallinn was great fun too!) I guess it's time to book the next...

I have a feeling that I'm getting somewhat decent at this. I just made a 1337 fare (literally) to go to Montreal sometime this year. Was going to pay ~900 GBP to do a direct in premium econ anyway, so I thought I might as well upgrade, find an ex-EU fare, and go for gold this year I also wanted to try the 747 and 777 business classes so that works out beautifully (hopefully I'll get a chance to try first on both later...)

A few questions now I guess:

- Any way to make this better with regards to price or TPs? I've done 20 hour flight itineraries in basic economy so I think I'll be ok doing something that long in business class
- The only thing I couldn't get rid of is the long layover in JFK. Any way to sleep in the airport itself? (Maybe not the best thread to ask so I'll ask somewhere else if no one here knows.)
- Also, provided there is availability, can I upgrade any of those LHR-JFK legs with avios to first? I'd love to visit both CCR back to back. Won't work, sadly.


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Old Apr 2, 18, 4:49 am
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@thebigben sleeping in JFK... what sort of idiot would want to do that?

I have just done the same outbound as you are looking at. Arrived and immigration was empty although some other flights were landing around the same time so could have been a zoo 5 minutes later.

i had no intention of trying to sleep prior to my 6am flight onwards to LAX. I spent some time exploring the different terminals. There was plenty of people around in most terminals except T2 (Delta). However, with the exception of Dunkin donuts I could find anywhere open to eat or drink.

T8 would be the worst place to be. Although a newer feel to it than some of the terminals, there are no seats and you would end up on the floor. Security opens at 3.30 allowing you to go airside.

Personally, if given the option to do it against JFK I think I would look to see what else I could do outside the airport and forego the notion of sleeping.
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Old Apr 2, 18, 5:06 am
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@thebigben sleeping in JFK... what sort of idiot would want to do that?

I have just done the same outbound as you are looking at. Arrived and immigration was empty although some other flights were landing around the same time so could have been a zoo 5 minutes later.

i had no intention of trying to sleep prior to my 6am flight onwards to LAX. I spent some time exploring the different terminals. There was plenty of people around in most terminals except T2 (Delta). However, with the exception of Dunkin donuts I could find anywhere open to eat or drink.

T8 would be the worst place to be. Although a newer feel to it than some of the terminals, there are no seats and you would end up on the floor. Security opens at 3.30 allowing you to go airside.

Personally, if given the option to do it against JFK I think I would look to see what else I could do outside the airport and forego the notion of sleeping.
I dunno, sometimes airports will have short-stay hotels Although now that you mention it... foregoing sleep, given that I could get some sleep on the inbound, would work quite well with the jet-lag.
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Old Apr 2, 18, 5:23 am
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I dunno, sometimes airports will have short-stay hotels Although now that you mention it... foregoing sleep, given that I could get some sleep on the inbound, would work quite well with the jet-lag.

You might already know this but you know the US => Montreal segments are in Economy right? Incase you are doing it for TPs
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Old Apr 2, 18, 5:26 am
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You might already know this but you know the US => Montreal segments are in Economy right? Incase you are doing it for TPs
Yes, I know there are PHL-YUL flights in business, but it doesn't seem to work altogether with the AMS-HEL-LHR segments. I think that should be a fare that gives 20TP, though, shouldn't it?
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