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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 30, 18, 12:32 pm
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Appreciate this is the TP thread however i cant see a solution on the other thread and wondering if there is anyway of doing a more simple sub £1100 route JER>PDX>LON ideally with only 1 stop each way and as least amount of time possible on the Connector>PDX>Connector.

Need to be in LAS in June and this would be ideal if i can get the times to work without too many stops.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by dolfinco View Post
Appreciate this is the TP thread however i cant see a solution on the other thread and wondering if there is anyway of doing a more simple sub £1100 route JER>PDX>LON ideally with only 1 stop each way and as least amount of time possible on the Connector>PDX>Connector.

Need to be in LAS in June and this would be ideal if i can get the times to work without too many stops.
BA or AA don't fly direct as this is an attack on the direct DL service from London. So quickest route would be JER-LON-LAX-PDX-LAX-LON.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
BA or AA don't fly direct as this is an attack on the direct DL service from London. So quickest route would be JER-LON-LAX-PDX-LAX-LON.
Sorry, i should have said i realise there is a stop in between LON and PDX. I have tried LAX route and its pricing at an extra £200 each which i know is still good but really want to be under the £1100.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by dolfinco View Post
Appreciate this is the TP thread however i cant see a solution on the other thread and wondering if there is anyway of doing a more simple sub £1100 route JER>PDX>LON ideally with only 1 stop each way and as least amount of time possible on the Connector>PDX>Connector.

Need to be in LAS in June and this would be ideal if i can get the times to work without too many stops.
Absolutely. Ba.com will offer you a one stopper from LHR via ORD or DFW if you just want to get to PDX like a normal person!
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Old Apr 30, 18, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Keep it Riel View Post
Absolutely. Ba.com will offer you a one stopper from LHR via ORD or DFW if you just want to get to PDX like a normal person!
Yup was just about to say GF just chucked up an easy option outbound via ORD and return via LAX for under 1100
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Old Apr 30, 18, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
Yup was just about to say GF just chucked up an easy option outbound via ORD and return via LAX for under 1100
Thanks for that. I was concentrating on the same stopover out and back and it was coming in at £1300, but that has worked :-)

Much appreciated folks.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 2:53 pm
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Decided to give running another go, after the famous ex EU DUB to HNL of a few years ago, where I nested PTY for good measure.

Just booked JER to PDX for £1104 in September, and nested a PDX to SXM, as I have always wanted to sit on the beach looking at the underside of planes landing.

Not quite as good value as in the old days, but sounds like fun!

Full trip = JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-MIA-SXM-MIA-LAX-PDX-LAX-JFK-LGW-JER

Get a day in JER, a couple of decent layovers in LAX and MIA, with a few days in PDX and SXM.

Many thanks for all the insight and advice
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:26 pm
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cant seem to book this on AA or BA from PowerTools

I called AA and gave him the flight nos - but he priced at £3300 ish ?

(he didnt know what a fare code was so i hung up. )

How should i book this???
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:27 pm
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
I called AA and gave him the flight nos - but he priced at £3300 ish ?

(he didnt know what a fare code was so i hung up. )

How should i book this???
Have you tried using the ITA Matrix Power Tools?

Have you tried pricing it online using the multy city itinerary on aa.com.

Failing that, I would try calling AA again or BA.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:37 pm
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You might try the AA multi city tool - route JER->JFK, then JFK->PDX and reverse. You should be presented with flights for the fare you want as choices. I booked my PHX trip that way.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Moonmonkey View Post
Decided to give running another go, after the famous ex EU DUB to HNL of a few years ago, where I nested PTY for good measure.

Just booked JER to PDX for £1104 in September, and nested a PDX to SXM, as I have always wanted to sit on the beach looking at the underside of planes landing.

Not quite as good value as in the old days, but sounds like fun!

Full trip = JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-MIA-SXM-MIA-LAX-PDX-LAX-JFK-LGW-JER

Get a day in JER, a couple of decent layovers in LAX and MIA, with a few days in PDX and SXM.

Many thanks for all the insight and advice
Recently retuned from Maho Beach and was lucky enough to catch this Air France flight landing. Great experience.


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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post
Have you tried using the ITA Matrix Power Tools?

Have you tried pricing it online using the multy city itinerary on aa.com.

Failing that, I would try calling AA again or BA.
Yep, tried powertools, and also called AA - quoted 3,300 gbp

will try the suggestion above - via jfk on AA.com
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Old Apr 30, 18, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerkit View Post
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)
Is the 1000¥ upgrade still possible for the visit japan pass? I’d heard otherwise
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Old Apr 30, 18, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by ringingup View Post
Have you tried using the ITA Matrix Power Tools?

Have you tried pricing it online using the multy city itinerary on aa.com.

Failing that, I would try calling AA again or BA.
Or go to a travel agent like Propeller. Adds £50 to bill but they'll get it done.
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