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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post

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Unfortunately, your link bring me to an empty ITA form. I don't know if it's an issue on my side...
Sorry, can't see what happend, but my link is obviously of no use.

Try searching with ITA multi-city; Flight 1 Dep LAX Arr PHL Flight 2 Dep PHL route CLT RDU DCA Arr MCO. Flight 3 Dep MCO route MIA Arr PTY. Then add on the flights from your previous search.

On my phone now so can't copy/paste/link.

Good luck!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
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)

M
Haven't done JAX, but CLT is doable in 30min if not late incoming (I presume that's from LAX?) Connecting at SFO is rather easy, but not much time for entertainment.

TBH, though, very few US airports are particularly entertaining for a 43 min (or shorter) connection. But give me 1.5-2h at LAX with time for dinner at QF F Lounge, and I promise to look entertained
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Old Apr 25, 18, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Haven't done JAX, but CLT is doable in 30min if not late incoming (I presume that's from LAX?) Connecting at SFO is rather easy, but not much time for entertainment.

TBH, though, very few US airports are particularly entertaining for a 43 min (or shorter) connection. But give me 1.5-2h at LAX with time for dinner at QF F Lounge, and I promise to look entertained
The CLT one is connecting RDU-CLT-JAX-MIA-PTY on the way there; so any delay, would screw up the outbound entirely (and likely mess up the overnight, which would ruin the return).

The JAX is MIA-JAX-CLT-RDU for an overnight at RDU - so again, any delay would severely mess me up!

Ohh so much to look forward to!

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Old Apr 25, 18, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
The CLT one is connecting RDU-CLT-JAX-MIA-PTY on the way there; so any delay, would screw up the outbound entirely (and likely mess up the overnight, which would ruin the return).

The JAX is MIA-JAX-CLT-RDU for an overnight at RDU - so again, any delay would severely mess me up!

Ohh so much to look forward to!

M
Oh yes, but remember what Arnold used to say: 'No pain - No gain!'

Enjoy PTY, if you have the time, then go for seafood which I mostly find terrific there
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Old Apr 25, 18, 3:35 pm
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Oh yes, but remember what Arnold used to say: 'No pain - No gain!'

Enjoy PTY, if you have the time, then go for seafood which I mostly find terrific there
I'm in PTY from 20:36 - 07:00 so I may try and grab something to eat somewhere.

Any tips for seafood?

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Old Apr 25, 18, 4:13 pm
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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.
Any ORC claim you have would be made to BAEC. They then contact AA (or whoever the marketing airline was) and work out if you are due something. As long as it gets approved you'll then see BA reverse off from your account the re-routed flights, and credit for the originally booked flights.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:35 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Any ORC claim you have would be made to BAEC. They then contact AA (or whoever the marketing airline was) and work out if you are due something. As long as it gets approved you'll then see BA reverse off from your account the re-routed flights, and credit for the originally booked flights.
Slightly OT. I have booked the PTY TR and following the recent AA schedule, the current routing is very different to what was originally booked.
In the event of IROPS,, would ORC apply to the original ticket or the current re-issued ticket?
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I'm in PTY from 20:36 - 07:00 so I may try and grab something to eat somewhere.

Any tips for seafood?

M
My last PTY stays have been in El Cangrejo area, where there are three medium/low priced hotels in the Hilton family, DT, HGI and HI (no experience of the latter). A major reason to stay here is the short distance (walking is fine after sitting in planes) to good seafood. Actually 4 out of the 5 highest ranked seafood restaurants on TA are in the proximity: Siete Mares (my fav), Casa Marisco, Puntarenas and Machu Picchu. MP with a Peruvian style unsurprisingly have a large selection of ceviches. Even staying elswhere, Uber works fine in PTY.
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
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.

Hi. No I didn't post in the other thread. The flights posted bar one I submitted the ticket number into the online form and I got the points awarded a few days later from what I remember. You submit to BA and they chase AA as it's BAs ffp you want crediting
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:49 pm
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Originally Posted by joequimby View Post
Slightly OT. I have booked the PTY TR and following the recent AA schedule, the current routing is very different to what was originally booked.
In the event of IROPS,, would ORC apply to the original ticket or the current re-issued ticket?
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current 're issued. If you want better routings are very different call aa they are very accomodating. I
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Old Apr 25, 18, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Sorry, can't see what happend, but my link is obviously of no use.
Try searching with ITA multi-city; Flight 1 Dep LAX Arr PHL Flight 2 Dep PHL route CLT RDU DCA Arr MCO. Flight 3 Dep MCO route MIA Arr PTY. Then add on the flights from your previous search.
On my phone now so can't copy/paste/link.
Good luck!
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Any ORC claim you have would be made to BAEC. They then contact AA (or whoever the marketing airline was) and work out if you are due something. As long as it gets approved you'll then see BA reverse off from your account the re-routed flights, and credit for the originally booked flights.
Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
Hi. No I didn't post in the other thread. The flights posted bar one I submitted the ticket number into the online form and I got the points awarded a few days later from what I remember. You submit to BA and they chase AA as it's BAs ffp you want crediting
Thank you very much
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Old Apr 26, 18, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by joequimby View Post
Slightly OT. I have booked the PTY TR and following the recent AA schedule, the current routing is very different to what was originally booked.
In the event of IROPS,, would ORC apply to the original ticket or the current re-issued ticket?
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I think your ORC would relate to your rebooked route rather than the originally booked route in teh event of on the day IRROPS - however this is very much a gut feeling rather than based on experience.
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Old Apr 26, 18, 9:48 am
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I'm YYZ based and need to be in London on the 4th August, plus a little bit of time either side for leisure purposes (which is very flexible).

I need my four qualifying flights, and ideally enough TPs to requalify for Silver or close to it (currently at 70TPs, and year end is December).

Icelandair have a CAD 2,000 J fare YYZ-LHR/LGW which is very hard to ignore. The other carriers are CAD 4,000 and higher.

Best fare I've currently found is on IB: JFK-MAD-BRU, which is CAD 3,000, and a pain with two positioning flights either side. Is that the best I can hope for, or should I just take the Icelandair flight and figure out the rest when I'm back in Europe? (I don't necessarily mind side trips.)
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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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Sorry for the off topic question, but when I try ITA Matrix to plan my own version of the above itinerary, it limits me to 6 flights. How did Pilot37 get 7 flights? Is there a premium version of the site or was this done using a different tool? Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 26, 18, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by Cabbage View Post
Sorry for the off topic question, but when I try ITA Matrix to plan my own version of the above itinerary, it limits me to 6 flights. How did Pilot37 get 7 flights? Is there a premium version of the site or was this done using a different tool? Thanks in advance.
I did a Multi-Sector search with JER-PDX in the To/From fields of the first box and PDX-LCY, in this example, in the 2nd box. Then select Advanced Controls (I think that is what it is called) and in the boxes that appear, on the left hand ones I placed LON JFK LAX (1st box) and LAX JFK (2nd box).
This avoids creating the itinerary via separate flights between each airport and advises ITA Matrix that you want to go from JER to PDX via LON JFK and LAX. If you put comma’s between those Cities it would ask the system to route you from JER to PDX with a stop in either LON, JFK or LAX.

There are much better teachers out there then myself on ITA Matrix, but hopefully that helps you in your search.

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