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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 25, 18, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by chistery View Post
I'm trying to get ITA Matrix to give me a decent price JER-PDX in Jan, can't seem to get it to work, any clues as to how to get it to show up?
Fare appears to only be available until the end of September.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 6:59 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
If you would let us share your itenerary, it it will be easier to give more firm advice. Generally, AA doesn't have a similar ORC routine, but are generally very flexible to try to accommodate you on your prefered routing if possible. There are reports about even substituting a cancelled direct flight with two flights connecting, which generally is good TP-wise. Only exception is when the direct flight is >2000miles and neither of the two replacing it is
Something around the one I posted a couple of days ago here
I was hoping for better news regarding ORC as I am unsure to commit to this route/run if the screw up chances are higher than good ones.
I was considering it as at the moment it's the best value for TPs, but I am somehow limited in duration (as short as possible) and fixed ending date as it would be an addition to an OTP-PHX trip
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Old Apr 25, 18, 7:06 am
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Thanks Pilot37 and Wozza2404. I'll hold off trying to find something to do in Jan then!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 7:11 am
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JER-PDX - £1082 in Business IKN8T1S6 Fare

Here are the fare rules for JER-PDX fare in case anyone needs them.

PERMITTED 04 MAY 18 THROUGH 06 OCT 18 FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 28 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.
TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
STOPOVERS NOT PERMITTED ON THE FARE COMPONENT.
TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 08 MAY 18.
Code:
CANCELLATIONS
ANY TIME
TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
NOTE -
IN THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF THE
PASSENGER/OR A TRAVELING COMPANION/
THE SERVICE CHARGE MAY BE WAIVED OR
THE TICKET REFUNDED.
VISIT AA.COM FOR DETAIL
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WAIVED FOR SCHEDULE CHANGE
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WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CANCELLATION FEES
THE HIGHEST CANCELLATION FEE OF EACH OF THE
CANCELLED PRICING UNITS APPLIES
WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION
WHEN COMBINING A REFUNDABLE FARE WITH A
NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
1.THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE REFUNDABLE FARE COMPONENT
IS REFUNDED LESS ANY APPLICABLE PENALTY
2.THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
COMPONENT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED
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REFUND OF UNUSED TAXES FEES AND CHARGES PAID TO
THIRD PARTIES PERMITTED.
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FOR TRAVEL AGENCY BOOKINGS MADE IN MEXICO / THE
CARIBBEAN / CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA - AA WILL
ASSESS A USD50.00 FEE ON ANY UNTICKETED
RESERVATION NOT CANCELLED BEFORE DEPARTURE
CHANGES
ANY TIME
CHANGES NOT PERMITTED.
NOTE -
A CHANGE IS A DATE/ OR FLIGHT/ OR ROUTING/ OR
RESERVATION CHANGE
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WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CHANGE FEES
THE HIGHEST PENALTY OF ANY OF THE CHANGED
FARE COMPONENTS APPLIES
WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION
WHEN COMBINING NON-CHANGEABLE FARES WITH
CHANGEABLE FARES THE CHANGEABLE FARE
COMPONENTS REMAIN CHANGEABLE.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 7:16 am
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@KARFA do you need to travel on Saturday?
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Old Apr 25, 18, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
Something around the one I posted a couple of days ago here
I was hoping for better news regarding ORC as I am unsure to commit to this route/run if the screw up chances are higher than good ones.
I was considering it as at the moment it's the best value for TPs, but I am somehow limited in duration (as short as possible) and fixed ending date as it would be an addition to an OTP-PHX trip
Found your post from 10 days ago here . Your link above is for the complete thread. (Hint: Click on the post # in upper right corner to get it as a single post)

Having done the LAX-PTY run some times, I would have hesitated to do so many segments with shortish connections when there is a departure to catch in the end. The weakest link in your itenerary is the 33 min connex in Philly. In early July it would be unusual with weather disruptions in that region, but a late departure from LAX, and gates not immediately close, you might find the gate closed for your RDU flight. Normal arrival and you'll be fine, but having a later departure to RDU will compromise the connection in DCA, as the layover here is 47 min, and the next flight from RDU arrives half an hour later.

To play it safer, I would personally try to change the order of the stop-overs on July 6, maybe exchange TPA with MCO and stay the night there (lots of reasonable priced hotels close to the airport, free shuttles) Start next morning with AA2657 at 08.55 and trying out the new Boeing 737MAX 8 (there is an earlier flight with the same aircraft type, but F seats seems unavailable)

A variation on this theme found here , leaving you time for a shower in PHL after a redeye flight
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Old Apr 25, 18, 8:56 am
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Slight variation on the above. LHR-PDX via PHL in F is £1800 in june/july for up to 700TP (£1400 in J)
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:04 am
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Has anyone managed to get the JER-PDX fare to price up including BA1 and the AA A321T? Matrix prices up the outbound as a one-way fare for me...
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Found your post from 10 days ago here . Your link above is for the complete thread. (Hint: Click on the post # in upper right corner to get it as a single post)
Bummer When I tried the link I used, it went directly to my post...

Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Having done the LAX-PTY run some times, I would have hesitated to do so many segments with shortish connections when there is a departure to catch in the end. The weakest link in your itenerary is the 33 min connex in Philly. In early July it would be unusual with weather disruptions in that region, but a late departure from LAX, and gates not immediately close, you might find the gate closed for your RDU flight. Normal arrival and you'll be fine, but having a later departure to RDU will compromise the connection in DCA, as the layover here is 47 min, and the next flight from RDU arrives half an hour later.

To play it safer, I would personally try to change the order of the stop-overs on July 6, maybe exchange TPA with MCO and stay the night there (lots of reasonable priced hotels close to the airport, free shuttles) Start next morning with AA2657 at 08.55 and trying out the new Boeing 737MAX 8 (there is an earlier flight with the same aircraft type, but F seats seems unavailable)
Thanks for the suggestions I would feel better if ORC could be "guaranteed" in some way, but I guess you can't have everything

Originally Posted by onobond View Post
A variation on this theme found here , leaving you time for a shower in PHL after a redeye flight
Unfortunately, your link bring me to an empty ITA form. I don't know if it's an issue on my side...
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by ATCO2 View Post
Has anyone managed to get the JER-PDX fare to price up including BA1 and the AA A321T? Matrix prices up the outbound as a one-way fare for me...
Can be worked for both BA2 and A321T from my below example (I am just looking at a weekend run), however I can't seem to force it to give me the JER-LGW sector on a Friday evening and start out from LHR earlier on the Saturday to enable a night stop in PDX, anybody have any luck on that front?



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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by ATCO2 View Post
Has anyone managed to get the JER-PDX fare to price up including BA1 and the AA A321T? Matrix prices up the outbound as a one-way fare for me...
The AA fare (the one pricing at £1,082) seems to require AA across the Atlantic:

THE FARE COMPONENT MUST INCLUDE TRAVEL VIA EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR ON ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
ANY AA FLIGHT OPERATED BY AA.
The BA equivalent fare would allow BA1 but prices up at £1,292.

EDIT: interesting result from Pilot37, try serching on the AA codesahre for the westbound - AA6229?
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:54 am
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Thanks @KARFA and @Pilot37 - I've found it for £1240 BA1, and A321T both ways, I was just a bit rusty with Matrix!!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
Bummer When I tried the link I used, it went directly to my post...


Thanks for the suggestions I would feel better if ORC could be "guaranteed" in some way, but I guess you can't have everything


Unfortunately, your link bring me to an empty ITA form. I don't know if it's an issue on my side...
If you want a data point I did this run and my dca - phl - phx - lax got irrop due to weather and I got a direct reroute dca to Lax. Had no issue getting orc
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Old Apr 25, 18, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Found your post from 10 days ago here . Your link above is for the complete thread. (Hint: Click on the post # in upper right corner to get it as a single post)

Having done the LAX-PTY run some times, I would have hesitated to do so many segments with shortish connections when there is a departure to catch in the end. The weakest link in your itenerary is the 33 min connex in Philly. In early July it would be unusual with weather disruptions in that region, but a late departure from LAX, and gates not immediately close, you might find the gate closed for your RDU flight. Normal arrival and you'll be fine, but having a later departure to RDU will compromise the connection in DCA, as the layover here is 47 min, and the next flight from RDU arrives half an hour later.

To play it safer, I would personally try to change the order of the stop-overs on July 6, maybe exchange TPA with MCO and stay the night there (lots of reasonable priced hotels close to the airport, free shuttles) Start next morning with AA2657 at 08.55 and trying out the new Boeing 737MAX 8 (there is an earlier flight with the same aircraft type, but F seats seems unavailable)

A variation on this theme found here , leaving you time for a shower in PHL after a redeye flight
I have a 30min connection at CLT, as well as a 40min connection at JAX - if I miss either of those, the entire trip would need a massive work around!

Still, I'm almost hoping for it, so I can have the ORC, and get some proper sleep!

I've also got a 43min connection at SFO which should be entertaining (albeit that's part of a separate ticket, so not concerned)

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Old Apr 25, 18, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
If you want a data point I did this run and my dca - phl - phx - lax got irrop due to weather and I got a direct reroute dca to Lax. Had no issue getting orc
Thanks! That's a bit reassuring. By any chance, did you write about your ORC experience & procedure in the ORC thread? I never had to deal with it so I am quite ignorant on how request it, and by who.
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