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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Apr 7, 18, 2:16 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
Ex AMS to BKK via HKG

Best TP would be ams-lhr-hkg-bkk-sin-lhr-ams

Should be about 1350 only stopping in HKG.
I've tried to price this up a few times and just can't seem to get it to work. 16th-25th Oct - with 6 days in HKG. Keeps coming in around 7k, so I must be missing something!
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Old Apr 7, 18, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
I've tried to price this up a few times and just can't seem to get it to work. 16th-25th Oct - with 6 days in HKG. Keeps coming in around 7k, so I must be missing something!
See post 13 for more details on this post.

Also, try posting a screenshot of your search. If there is something wrong with the waybin which you are searching then this will help somebody to spot it.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 5:47 am
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Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
I've tried to price this up a few times and just can't seem to get it to work. 16th-25th Oct - with 6 days in HKG. Keeps coming in around 7k, so I must be missing something!
This:

Gets this:
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Old Apr 7, 18, 6:55 am
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Sorry I am a complete newbie when it comes to TP runs but how do I get the ITA matrix to have more than 6 flights on the multi-city option?

i was hoping to get in on the PHX do......no need for TPs or miles but I just thought I will do it for the hell of it. Call it a practice run for future years!
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Old Apr 7, 18, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by Jase76 View Post
This:

Gets this:
I scored this routing, except getting the 787 to SIN outbound instead. Used a GUF to redeem in First.

Which is why I can't afford PDX at the mo, hah.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by d3vski View Post
Sorry I am a complete newbie when it comes to TP runs but how do I get the ITA matrix to have more than 6 flights on the multi-city option?

i was hoping to get in on the PHX do......no need for TPs or miles but I just thought I will do it for the hell of it. Call it a practice run for future years!
Look on PHX Do thread... lots of matrix screens to give you an idea how to do this
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Old Apr 7, 18, 7:12 am
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Originally Posted by d3vski View Post
Sorry I am a complete newbie when it comes to TP runs but how do I get the ITA matrix to have more than 6 flights on the multi-city option?

i was hoping to get in on the PHX do......no need for TPs or miles but I just thought I will do it for the hell of it. Call it a practice run for future years!
On a simplistic level don’t use multicity option but do a return putting in the connecting airports in advance routing. You can then play around and start selecting specific flight numbers etc from that.

Good luck and hope to see you in PHX.

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Old Apr 7, 18, 9:50 am
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Thanks guys. I've figured it out with the helpful hints and am now working out combos galore.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by d3vski View Post
Thanks guys. I've figured it out with the helpful hints and am now working out combos galore.
.

Excellent. Let us know if you want anybody to look
over whatever you find before booking.

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Old Apr 7, 18, 10:57 am
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Just find out MH is doing a 25% discount on their business flex fare, a round trip TPEKULSIN costs about £390, gains 360TP with the rate £1.08/TP.
Fare is booked into D/J/J/D class and unlike the Z class promotion, there is no minimum stay and is free to rebook.
Travel period is between 16APR-30NOV18 and booked by 18MAY18.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 4:04 pm
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This is great, thanks so much!
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Old Apr 7, 18, 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Jase76 View Post
This:

Gets this:
Super helpful - thanks so much. To HKG we go.
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Old Apr 8, 18, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Placing the following in the extension codes would mean you have at least 10 hours between connections.

minconnect 600

The 600 represents minutes which can be altered. However, this would apply for all flights. The alternative would be to break your journey into segments which then allows you to use this between the flights you want for the stopover.
I am still lost finding an adequate routing for not doing LAX-PTY within 25 hours all the way. Any ideas where break the journey into segments? I am always getting errors with the matrix trying to do so. Thank you!
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Old Apr 8, 18, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by krabbenkopf View Post
I am still lost finding an adequate routing for not doing LAX-PTY within 25 hours all the way. Any ideas where break the journey into segments? I am always getting errors with the matrix trying to do so. Thank you!
What is it exactly you are trying to do? The full 16 sector LAX-PTY with a 24-hour transfer in MCO?

If you provide a bit more information, someone will be able to help you
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Old Apr 8, 18, 6:04 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
What is it exactly you are trying to do? The full 16 sector LAX-PTY with a 24-hour transfer in MCO?

If you provide a bit more information, someone will be able to help you
And that someone is probably yourself @rossmacd

Definitely something you are very good at working out.

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