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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 30, 18, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
Yep, tried powertools, and also called AA - quoted 3,300 gbp


will try the suggestion above - via jfk on AA.com
Priceline tends to work most of the time with the ITA developer power tools. Aa.com, , unless domestic, never works when I've tried. Aa.eu does sometimes. I've used Priceline a few times. It prices in dollars which I want, not sure if you can select GBP
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:21 pm
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Is the 1000• upgrade still possible for the visit japan pass? Iíd heard otherwise
I was offered it at the counter in okinawa, but only1 seat left and was travelling with Ms. Flyerkit. It was on a poster stuck on the podium. I will keep trying...
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Old May 1, 18, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by Keep it Riel View Post
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.
If you need any recommendations for lunch in Jersey, I'd be more than happy to oblige :-)
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Old May 1, 18, 3:43 am
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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
Moonmonkey - how many TP is that?
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Old May 1, 18, 5:40 am
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Over 14 days I have done 24 legs in the highest class of service available on every flight (BA Club Europe (2), BA First (2), AA Flagship First (2), AA Domestic First (16), AA Business (2)) at very affordable rates. It has earned me a gazillion Avios, TPs and a humble appreciation of the small things airlines do to make frequent travelers more comfortable. Two small things stand out, even though I didn't think much of them before this adventure: Same WiFi password in every lounge and priority boarding (or rather board when ever you feel like it). AAs countdown to boarding (both in app and on gate screens) is also nice. Priority boarding surprised me as being particularly useful as you could just board when it said boarding without having to listen to the PA - if it said boarding it was boarding time.


For those interested; here are the airports i order:
osl-lhr-jfk-sfo-lax-las-phx-phl-rdu-clt-jax-mia-pty-mia-tpa-clt-rdu-phl-phx-las-lax-sfo-jfk-lhr-osl

Thanks mostly to rossmacd for finding most of the legs
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Old May 1, 18, 6:01 am
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Originally Posted by Alexanderw View Post
Moonmonkey - how many TP is that?
Full trip = JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-MIA-SXM-MIA-LAX-PDX-LAX-JFK-LGW-JER

40+140+40+40+40+140+40+40+40+40+40+140+140+40 = 960TP

Plus you could nest an AMS-JER CE trip onto it for an extra 160TP on top fairly easily.
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Old May 1, 18, 9:47 am
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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
Might have jumped on this with you our kid! How much is the PDX-SXM ticket?

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Old May 1, 18, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Full trip = JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-MIA-SXM-MIA-LAX-PDX-LAX-JFK-LGW-JER

40+140+40+40+40+140+40+40+40+40+40+140+140+40 = 960TP

Plus you could nest an AMS-JER CE trip onto it for an extra 160TP on top fairly easily.
Think you are miscounting the >2000 miles sectors I get 6 ( missing CLT-PDX and MIA-LAX?)

So 40 // +140+40+140+40+140+40+40+140+40+40+140+140+40 =1160, I believe.
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Old May 1, 18, 10:38 am
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Any beach places or LHR-MAD-XXX for end of summer?

Am looking for somewhere with a nice beach not too far away in the last two weeks of August. I can't seem to find anywhere reasonable and the LHR-MAD-XXX fares seem to be £300+. Does anyone have any suggestions? Could cheaper fares appear soon? Thanks!
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Old May 1, 18, 11:10 am
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Hey everyone,

Missed out on the LAX-PTY deal, are there any other similar TP runs out there for this July/Aug or anything around £1-1,25/tp that can be repeated (EU or US start)? Need around 720-800 TPs, trying to go for my first gold year!

Thanks!

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Old May 1, 18, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Baracus View Post
Think you are miscounting the >2000 miles sectors I get 6 ( missing CLT-PDX and MIA-LAX?)

So 40 // +140+40+140+40+140+40+40+140+40+40+140+140+40 =1160, I believe.
Baracus is right, itís 1160. CLT-PDX is 2,282 miles and you can also get connections PHL-PDX which is 2,406 miles but took the extra connection to get extra 40 TP.

The JER-PDX is good value at £1104 for 720TP so £1.53/TP. PDX-SXM was £869 for 440TP so not as good value at £1.97/TP, but you only live once.

Departing 14/9 if you fancy it Baracus, positioning with FLYBE, which is a pain for hand luggage only (55x35x20) but can check for first/last leg.
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Old May 1, 18, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by benjai View Post
Am looking for somewhere with a nice beach not too far away in the last two weeks of August. I can't seem to find anywhere reasonable and the LHR-MAD-XXX fares seem to be £300+. Does anyone have any suggestions? Could cheaper fares appear soon? Thanks!
I just booked LGW-AGP-MAD-LHR in J for £270. It includes the B777 on the BA461 from MAD.
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Old May 1, 18, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by benjai View Post
Am looking for somewhere with a nice beach not too far away in the last two weeks of August. I can't seem to find anywhere reasonable and the LHR-MAD-XXX fares seem to be £300+. Does anyone have any suggestions? Could cheaper fares appear soon? Thanks!
Plenty of options for Alicante and Valencia too. Here's an itinerary outbound on the IB A340, and returning on the BA 777.
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Old May 2, 18, 3:29 am
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I'm looking to book OTP-LHR-JFK-LAX-PHX return atm. I'd be departing OTP on the Friday, arriving PHX same day at 22:39 and then returning on the Sunday, arriving at OTP Monday at 17:00. I then need to go back to LHR - am I right in thinking that the 17:55 OTP-LHR will be the same aircraft as the one I have just arrived on? I don't want to spend another night in Bucharest if possible (as I will be flying out on the Thursday ahead of the flight anyway).
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Old May 2, 18, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by seo390 View Post
I'm looking to book OTP-LHR-JFK-LAX-PHX return atm. I'd be departing OTP on the Friday, arriving PHX same day at 22:39 and then returning on the Sunday, arriving at OTP Monday at 17:00. I then need to go back to LHR - am I right in thinking that the 17:55 OTP-LHR will be the same aircraft as the one I have just arrived on? I don't want to spend another night in Bucharest if possible (as I will be flying out on the Thursday ahead of the flight anyway).
With 99.9% certainty.

Do have a read of people's recent mixed experience with B2B @ OTP though...
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