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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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 May 4, 18, 6:08 pm
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Originally Posted by CloudGazer View Post
I found the following routes all at 400TP (140+60+60+140)
  • LHR-JFK-DCA-ORD-LHR
  • LHR-JFK-CLT-ORD-LHR
Domestic First (other than JFK-LAX/SFO) only earns 40TP, not 60.
From BA website:
AA operated flights flown with two-cabin aircraft within the United States (including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) may be branded as First Class, but will earn miles based on Business Class (J,D,I,R) booking codes.
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Old May 5, 18, 2:33 am
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Thanks. The BA Avios calculator suggested otherwise.
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Old May 5, 18, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by CloudGazer View Post
Thanks. The BA Avios calculator suggested otherwise.
I got that wrong too, and was suitably chastised by those in the know.
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Old May 5, 18, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by CloudGazer View Post
Thanks. The BA Avios calculator suggested otherwise.
It is correct, the important part is the fare code (probably I in your case) while the cabin branding is irrelevant.
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Old May 5, 18, 5:39 am
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Do we know of any TP efficient W or J routes to Seoul? Looking to travel in July/August...
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Old May 5, 18, 6:45 am
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Originally Posted by armouredant View Post
Do we know of any TP efficient W or J routes to Seoul? Looking to travel in July/August...
Probably eu-DOH CMB ICN
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Old May 6, 18, 4:53 am
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So on the PDX, it's got to the point when all the sensible availability for some flights have gone and I'm left with the 7am from Jersey and 6am from JFK to LAX.

A bit off topic, but still I think relevant to TP runs, any hints and tips about such early flights? Personally I try to avoid them to the point I won't book the run. I will do an overnight before and during runs which are relatively early and check in three hours before a flight, but I mean a 6am means I'm typically going to be getting up at 3am to get ready and to the airport at 4am. At that time I guess the lounges are closed, everything is closed.

I can see a JFK arrival at 8pm and leaving at 6am being not that bad, because of jet lag, it feels like home so it's 1am, and 11am at home, so just deal with it like that...
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Old May 6, 18, 4:56 am
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Has anybody had experience booking complex runs through Trailfinders, a UK travel agent? Iíve an offer on my Amex for £100 off a £1000 booking!

(And naturally - Iím sorely tempted by the OTP-PHX run and do...)
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Old May 6, 18, 5:58 am
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Update: Booked with Trailfinders - came up £70 cheaper despite same booking classes! They then add a £100 service charge but the Amex offer made it cheaper overall!

Guess I am off to PHX for the do!
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Old May 6, 18, 6:00 am
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Update: Booked with Trailfinders - came up £70 cheaper despite same booking classes! They then add a £100 service charge but the Amex offer made it cheaper overall!

Guess I am off to PHX for the do!
Excellent, please update the PHX Do Wiki 👍
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Old May 6, 18, 6:07 am
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Excellent, please update the PHX Do Wiki ��
ScienceTeacher won't be able to as only has 3 posts but if he/she posts itinerary in the PHX do thread, I'm sure someone will put it in the wiki.
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Old May 6, 18, 6:13 am
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ScienceTeacher won't be able to as only has 3 posts but if he/she posts itinerary in the PHX do thread, I'm sure someone will put it in the wiki.
Good point. @ScienceTeacher ... or feel free to PM us
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Old May 7, 18, 4:04 am
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Does anyone have suggestions for a nice TP run ex DUS? I need 115TP and would like to complete all travel in a day, but open to an overnight stay if the saving covers the cost of a decent hotel. Looking to travel between 1st and 3rd June. At the moment, Iberia business class to somewhere like VLC (via MAD) for a little over EUR 500 looks like the best option.
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Old May 7, 18, 4:45 am
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Does anyone have suggestions for a nice TP run ex DUS? I need 115TP and would like to complete all travel in a day, but open to an overnight stay if the saving covers the cost of a decent hotel. Looking to travel between 1st and 3rd June. At the moment, Iberia business class to somewhere like VLC (via MAD) for a little over EUR 500 looks like the best option.
Dus-NCL via LHR for about £450 for 160TP less if you do one leg in Y
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Old May 7, 18, 5:37 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
Dus-NCL via LHR for about £450 for 160TP less if you do one leg in Y
Which date / flights? I don't see anything like that price
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