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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 29, 18, 3:40 am
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Originally Posted by catharsis View Post
Details or link? Couldnt see mention of MUC in the premium fare forum.
(Is that MUC or did you mean MCT?)
Think MCT is meant here - MCT-BKK is fairly regularly around that price on QR (and the reference to F also).
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Old Apr 29, 18, 3:56 am
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I did have a look and couldn't find that fare from MCT (and certainly not MUC) last night.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 3:58 am
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Wow, yep, looks like the QR MCT-BKK fare might have passed on.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 4:11 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
I did have a look and couldn't find that fare from MCT (and certainly not MUC) last night.
It'll be back I'm guessing - has disappeared a couple of times before for relatively short periods (it was sub-£600 in one incarnation, I believe)
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Old Apr 29, 18, 5:39 am
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Some interesting Qatar fares heading east under the Visa weekend deal: QR J: PRG - BKK/SGN/HKG/DPS from Ä1100 (companion fare)

For example, Sofia to Singapore (via Doha) in September for £900 per person (needs 2 people to travel together) for 560 TPs

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Old Apr 29, 18, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by aceman View Post
This PDX fare is giving me a headache.
Would love to get the JFK-LAX connection in F for the tier points and to try out the transcon service.
At that price that simply won't happen. AA has eight seats on that route and they're not cheap.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 8:15 am
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Have run out of likely business travel needs within this earning year so have now booked my first tier point run to keep gold.

LHR-HEL-OSL-HEL-LHR - leave on a friday morning at the end of July early August, approx return Sat 16:00 - 240 TP's it appears for £675 .£524. Fully flexible fare so it is cancellable. Does anyone have any better suggestions to get 210 TP's or more ?

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Old Apr 29, 18, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by Ned1968 View Post
Some interesting Qatar fares heading east under the Visa weekend deal: QR J: PRG - BKK/SGN/HKG/DPS from Ä1100 (companion fare)

For example, Sofia to Singapore (via Doha) in September for £900 per person (needs 2 people to travel together) for 480 TPs
560 TPs not a bad price all though Sofia is operated by A320 not lie flat mostly
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Old Apr 29, 18, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
At that price that simply won't happen. AA has eight seats on that route and they're not cheap.
except thatís exactly what you could do previously on many exEU I class if you booked the right transcon flight
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Old Apr 29, 18, 8:52 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
except thatís exactly what you could do previously on many exEU I class if you booked the right transcon flight
Really? My booking in I fell straight into AA business, not AA F.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 9:06 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Really? My booking in I fell straight into AA business, not AA F.
The loophole is now closed sadly. If you booked the transcontinental under a BA code previously you would get A class
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Old Apr 29, 18, 9:10 am
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Finally been able to jump on one of these fares and I'm pretty thrilled - thanks for all the ground work! Who first wanted to travel from Jersey to Portland and back, but only back as far as London? £1,103 for 680 tps will renew my gold for another year, which will be very, very handy given the year I have in prospect.

Will also get to experience the new Club service, the new JFK flagship lounge, can have dinner in the QF lounge in LAX before experiencing the transcon - business rather than first sadly but it should still be interesting. Then a day flight home from JFK, which I've never previously done. Add in lunch in Jersey and three quarters of a day in Portland, and I'm very happy.

Thanks again everyone.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 9:11 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Really? My booking in I fell straight into AA business, not AA F.
I class now books into business class on AA flights even if you sit in a first class seat on the transcon; if you book the OTP-PHX trip in F you will get F tier points on the transcon but only if you're on a flight that offers three classes; otherwise the F fare books into business class (e.g. LAX-PHX is 40 TPs even on an overall F ticket)
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Originally Posted by firstlight View Post
Have run out of likely business travel needs within this earning year so have now booked my first tier point run to keep gold.

LHR-HEL-OSL-HEL-LHR - leave on a friday morning at the end of July early August, approx return Sat 16:00 - 240 TP's it appears for £675 .£524. Fully flexible fare so it is cancellable. Does anyone have any better suggestions to get 210 TP's or more ?
If you can do a Saturday night stay rather than a Friday, you can do DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR-DUB (240 TPs) for £389. Or DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR (only 200 TPs) for £361 - get an ET flight to DUB to position (making sure it's not in the cheapest fare classes earning only 5 TPs) and you should get to 210. However, I don't think this fare works for Friday nights so if you've got no flexbility I'm afraid it won't work for you.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 11:24 am
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The PDX fare via LAX seems to only ever give me that 8am AA1 transcon. Could it just be the day I'm looking, or is this true in general?
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