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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 May 2, 18, 3:36 am
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Thank you very much

Ha - yes that is what has worried me slightly! Really don't want to spend another night away but wondering if that would be safest option. Might try and find a long layover at LHR to go home for the night, then I can go to OTP on the morning flight.
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Old May 2, 18, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by batwins View Post
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!
JER-LGW, LHR-PDX, PDX-LHR, c£1100 and 640TP with JFK-LAX routing. Thread an AMS-JER CE on for 80TP more and 720TP target.
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Old May 2, 18, 4:55 am
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I'm revisiting JER to PDX for mid to late September however now seem unable to get the same availability in IA Matrix compared to last week. The main issue I'm having is that it returns a Y routing for the JFK to LAX leg, even though I've selected Business cabin at the bottom of the search query.

Has anyone else had the same issue or can help to advise on how I can force this to show me only business fares? I've had a play around this morning but not gotten very far. I'm somewhat flexible with my dates in case it's just down to availability.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old May 2, 18, 6:36 am
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I'd like to extend my thanks again to everyone that posts on here and KARFA in particular. I'm another that's taken the JER-PDX fare, finishing in London. An excellent £1002.50 pp with good metal (AA transatlantic as I'm not a fan of CW). We are time rich and cash poor so these deals are always really appreciated, thank you.
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Old May 2, 18, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
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)
I hope so - this was a great fare. I picked one up for £575, booked through AMEX travel, added one night's hotel to bump over £600 and applied the £200 off £600 spend offer!

NB I've seen similar from KWI as well in the past..
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Old May 2, 18, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by mindgraph View Post
I'm revisiting JER to PDX for mid to late September however now seem unable to get the same availability in IA Matrix compared to last week. The main issue I'm having is that it returns a Y routing for the JFK to LAX leg, even though I've selected Business cabin at the bottom of the search query.

Has anyone else had the same issue or can help to advise on how I can force this to show me only business fares? I've had a play around this morning but not gotten very far. I'm somewhat flexible with my dates in case it's just down to availability.

Any help would be much appreciated!
Let me know your dates and I'll take a look if you'd like, but I can definitely still see the deal live for September. I would however note that the weekends I have been looking at in June and July have either increased in price or had the availability on certain flights reduced (only 6am or 7am JFK-LAX flights now showing instead of the 10am ones I was seeing a few days ago on weekend sectors), so as with all deals like this don't wait until May 8th to try and ticket if you really want it.

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Old May 2, 18, 7:59 am
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I've been looking for next March, and up until today, it was £1350 NCL-PDX and £1100 JER-PDX, now all in the 1000s... :-(
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Old May 2, 18, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by puqui99 View Post
I've been looking for next March, and up until today, it was £1350 NCL-PDX and £1100 JER-PDX, now all in the 1000s... :-(
Fare runs until September only I think?
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Old May 2, 18, 8:47 am
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Nope, I definitely had £1100 fares just yesterday (I took screen shots!)
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Old May 2, 18, 10:45 am
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Possible glitch in the matrix...literally?

searching for multiple origins seems to be broken " Multiple JOCs found in slice 0, constrain origins to a single country. SPLIT-TICKET-MODE in effect was NIL. Itinerary index 3"

or is it just me?

tried in two different browsers on 2 different OS's.....mmmm?
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Old May 2, 18, 10:49 am
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“Possible glitch in the matrix”
I’ve been seeing the same thing. Will only work if all origins are in same country, but I haven’t delved much deeper than that.
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Old May 2, 18, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by phoneticduck View Post
Possible glitch in the matrix...literally?

searching for multiple origins seems to be broken " Multiple JOCs found in slice 0, constrain origins to a single country. SPLIT-TICKET-MODE in effect was NIL. Itinerary index 3"

or is it just me?

tried in two different browsers on 2 different OS's.....mmmm?
I'm getting it too.
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Old May 2, 18, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by puqui99 View Post
Nope, I definitely had £1100 fares just yesterday (I took screen shots!)
Keep checking back, it disappeared in April for a few days and then came back.
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Old May 2, 18, 1:26 pm
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Damn. I hope the PDX fare hasn’t gone. I was going to book this week having been sorting out a trip with two friends for November. The flights were there yesterday but have gone this evening.
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