BA Tier Point Runs | 2018 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 29, 18, 11:39 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?
Probably availability issue. You are possibly needing something like I on the Transcon and this has limited availability. What dates are you looking for?
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Old Apr 29, 18, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
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?
Probably availability issue. You are possibly needing something like I on the Transcon and this has limited availability. What dates are you looking for?

Also, if looking on matrix, try separating this flight into a separate line on multicity and that should show more availability if it is actually there.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
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?
I was able to get a choice of AA10 or 28 overnight to LAX - it added around £25 to the fare and connects to the day flights back to LHR. On Matrix the time bar option was quite handy in picking the options you wanted.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
Probably availability issue. You are possibly needing something like I on the Transcon and this has limited availability. What dates are you looking for?

Also, if looking on matrix, try separating this flight into a separate line on multicity and that should show more availability if it is actually there.
That suggestion was perfect. For some reason naming the specific flights didn't seem to work...
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Old Apr 29, 18, 2:52 pm
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Couple of comments on the Domestic UK - PDX fare. I'm planning on doing this TP run next year, so started my research. I notice that although it's not as cheap as now, for c £1300-1350 you can do the run from NCL or GLA (so no airport swap from LGW to LHR.) Easy enough to position to NCL / GLA and do a B2B. Also wondering if anyone has had this arranged via a TA (eg Propeller), as I'd like to upgrade with a GUF. So for around £1300, it would be 40 + 210 + 140 + 40 + 40 +140 + 210 = 820 TP. Being an obsessive planner, I can't book this for another few weeks till AA flights become available. Actual goal is to get to Palm Springs, but that never seems to be available in any TP offers. :-(
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Old Apr 29, 18, 4:03 pm
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Talking I'm missing something fundamental! :) £11k flights : Help

Is there a min stay in PDX? Keeps coming back with £11,100

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Old Apr 29, 18, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
Is there a min stay in PDX? Keeps coming back with £11,100
I can't seem to get it to price overnight, but two nights still works...

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Old Apr 29, 18, 5:10 pm
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Fare rules for the PDX fare are linked to in the current sale section of the wiki.
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Old Apr 29, 18, 9:30 pm
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Good tp value on jal.co.jp

I am using a JAL visit Japan pass this week, at 5400 yen per flight. That is £36/flight. I am getting 20 tp for each, double what I expected... Thats £1.80/YP making it good value. Even better if I can get a j upgrade for 1000yen.... £7. But so far it has been full.... (golden week)
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Old Apr 29, 18, 9:45 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
Is there a min stay in PDX? Keeps coming back with £11,100

Some may disagree, but I think matrix prefers you to use specific airports rather than city codes. At least for me it seems to give better results.

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Old Apr 29, 18, 11:56 pm
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Originally Posted by bras0978 View Post
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.
Thanks for that; I guess if I can get to DUB for under £100 return that might work - just concerned the more flights I take the more likely chance there is of a misconnect.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:44 am
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Book away on AA.com
RE : OTP>PHX. Sorry - one more question on this please. When booking on AA.com, I selected Country of Residence : United Kingdom. On the payment stage they again ask for country of residence, when I select UK it then kicks me out, telling me to start again, asking me to select the UK which I have already done. Going round in circles ! Has anyone had this or know how to get round this ? Leave it as US and make something up ? Any help welcome. Cheers.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:47 am
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Don't worry - hold the reservation and call AA to pay

You can then choose the currency of your choice. It's easy to do this
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:49 am
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Apparently changing the country in the URL also works. Not tried this however.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by puqui99 View Post
Actual goal is to get to Palm Springs, but that never seems to be available in any TP offers. :-(
I recently took advantage of the OTP-PHX deal to get to Palm Springs. 1,040 TPs for £1,497, and then a quick 45-minute hop over to Palm Springs from Phoenix, which cost little more than £100 return.
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