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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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
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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 27, 18, 3:35 am
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Big thanks to @Pilot37 for pointing out possible PDX routings. After messing around in ITA Matrix for two nights (was toying with a LAS layover originally to go to a show or something), I went and booked this one for max TPs instead (640 of 'em).

Avoids the LGW-LHR morning rush (doing it the night before).
Means taking the BA JFK-LHR day flight, which I've never done before, and should be good in CW.
If the 50m PDX-LAX connection goes wrong there's always an overnighter in LAX possible, or LAX-LHR direct leaves later as a backup I s'pose.

Should be a fun Fri-Sun in Portland! Now to find the top tips thread...
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Old Apr 27, 18, 3:54 am
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Does the JER-PDX fare work in F? I know the LHR-PDX is about £1800 but can't get the similar reduction that JER offers in J. Thanks!
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Old Apr 27, 18, 4:30 am
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I've been plenty of times (family). You'll have a blast. If you like Thai food, absolutely do not miss Pok Pok (the original in the SE, and Pok Pok Noi in the NE).
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Old Apr 27, 18, 4:42 am
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I am surprised to find a variant of this fare prices up nicely from BHD!

Cost avoidance of positioning to JER or hassle of running around the M25 actually makes this better value...haven't check any other regional jump-off points. Did check ex-DUB which was a lot more expensive.

tried to attach a screenshot but it's not co-operating - prices in at £1282 on those July dates, returning via ORD not CLT which is a TP penalty I know vs CLT (i think)
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Old Apr 27, 18, 4:53 am
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Bit of an offbeat one but SOF-DOH-CMB-MEL with long layovers in each is about £1750 in J. 840 TPs for that, plus 160 for the positioning in J should come in at about £2.20/TP.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 5:12 am
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Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
Bit of an offbeat one but SOF-DOH-CMB-MEL with long layovers in each is about £1750 in J. 840 TPs for that, plus 160 for the positioning in J should come in at about £2.20/TP.
£1867 gets me a two week stop at CMB (to swing over to India) and then the return is just a 4hr layover at CMB and 1hr at DOH. Top fare.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 5:42 am
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not a TP run, but hoping for some insight from the fares experts

I am looking at an open-jaw WT+ journey for a couple of weeks time, LHR-LOS//ACC-LHR-AMS. In ITA I can select bc=t and find a decent fare, but when I put the same dates/flights into ba.com the LHR-AMS legs all come up with class of 'null' - see below. When I select one of them, it pushes both the ACC-LHR and LHR-AMS into Club.

I've checked with a simple RT and both ACC-LHR and ACC-LHR-AMS have T availability on that date (so no married segments shenanigans). Anyone have any idea what's happening here?

Thanks

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Old Apr 27, 18, 5:50 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post


Big thanks to @Pilot37

Should be a fun Fri-Sun in Portland! Now to find the top tips thread...
Drive to the Boeing factory for a tour - is what I'd be doing
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Old Apr 27, 18, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by Stewie Mac View Post
I am looking at an open-jaw WT+ journey for a couple of weeks time, LHR-LOS//ACC-LHR-AMS. In ITA I can select bc=t and find a decent fare, but when I put the same dates/flights into ba.com the LHR-AMS legs all come up with class of 'null' - see below. When I select one of them, it pushes both the ACC-LHR and LHR-AMS into Club.

I've checked with a simple RT and both ACC-LHR and ACC-LHR-AMS have T availability on that date (so no married segments shenanigans). Anyone have any idea what's happening here?

Thanks
Ba.com can’t cope with the itinerary - there have been some comments elsewhere on the board about multi-city WTP playing up when trying to get a quote. i think you’ll have to call to book it.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by phoneticduck View Post
I am surprised to find a variant of this fare prices up nicely from BHD!

Cost avoidance of positioning to JER or hassle of running around the M25 actually makes this better value...haven't check any other regional jump-off points. Did check ex-DUB which was a lot more expensive.
tried to attach a screenshot but it's not co-operating - prices in at £1282 on those July dates, returning via ORD not CLT which is a TP penalty I know vs CLT (i think)
NCL seems to work around the £1110 mark too.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 7:33 am
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Why can I only seem to price this JER/NCL/BHD to PDX fare at £1250+? What am I missing?
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Old Apr 27, 18, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
Why can I only seem to price this JER/NCL/BHD to PDX fare at £1250+? What am I missing?

Are you finishing in JER or LHR?
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Old Apr 27, 18, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
Why can I only seem to price this JER/NCL/BHD to PDX fare at £1250+? What am I missing?
I'm the same... NCL would be perfect for me. Just need to choose between this or the BKK fare now.....
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Old Apr 27, 18, 8:45 am
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Re PDX, consider using AA website and selecting time as ‘All day’ and airline as ‘All carriers’, it can give a good number of results to pick through if you know your preferred travel dates.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 9:05 am
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Are you finishing in JER or LHR?
Finishing at the start point, so JER/BHD/NCL. Is that my issue?
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