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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 8, 18, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by Lucanesque View Post
I have been trying to book a deal that I've found with ITA matrix (JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-JFK-LHR), priced up over there at £1,084. Tried to use BookWithMatrix, but that directs through to aa.com - I get all the way through seat selection and to payment then it falls flat on it's arse because I've got a UK credit card, it directs me to the UK AA site, but I'm unable to recreate the itinerary as it's got 9 sectors (the AA multi-city page only handles 6).

Any ideas? I believe this JER-PDX fare is only around until the end of today
Leave the country as USA on the credit card and fill in the rest of the details best you can, I used the zip code of 90210 as it was the only one I remembered and it worked.Failing that call AA and feed them the flights over the phone this also works
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Old May 8, 18, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
Leave the country as USA on the credit card and fill in the rest of the details best you can, I used the zip code of 90210 as it was the only one I remembered and it worked.Failing that call AA and feed them the flights over the phone this also works
Genius (look, I got goosebumps)... thanks, I hadn't thought about that as I was being too literal and trying to fill the form out correctly. It's booked, fingers crossed they will ticket it.
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Old May 8, 18, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by Lucanesque View Post
Genius (look, I got goosebumps)... thanks, I hadn't thought about that as I was being too literal and trying to fill the form out correctly. It's booked, fingers crossed they will ticket it.

No worries, Enjoy,

I am looking at this fare myself now lol
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Old May 8, 18, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
Matrix has enhanced away ability to search for departures from multiple airports across countries. Cannot search departing FRA, BSL to LHR. However it still works LHR to BSL, FRA.
Follow here ....This is Bad News for TP Runners and Premium Fare deals. Also for regular commuters like me who have option of multiple airports in different countries for my UK / EU commute. How will we find those ex-EU deals?
ITA Matrix appears to have changed it's mind about cross-border searches (and taken the blue pill instead)- they are available again!
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Old May 8, 18, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
No worries, Enjoy,

I am looking at this fare myself now lol
It's a good price! And, surprisingly it has just ticketed (that was quick!). I selected "Europe" for state, and put in the numbers from my postcode padded out with zeros (e.g. my postcode starts SW12, so I went with 12000).
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Old May 8, 18, 1:27 pm
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Couple of questions please;

1) NCL - LHR - PHL - PDX return - is that 40 + 140 + 140 TP each way [all AA ticketed, I class]
2) The NCL - LHR - PHL return legs are BA Operated, so would they count as my 4 qualifying flights for Silver.

I've checked the guidance on here, and it's looking good.... just need a second opinion before I commit.

Thanks very much.
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Old May 8, 18, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by BA662 View Post
Couple of questions please;

1) NCL - LHR - PHL - PDX return - is that 40 + 140 + 140 TP each way [all AA ticketed, I class]
2) The NCL - LHR - PHL return legs are BA Operated, so would they count as my 4 qualifying flights for Silver.

I've checked the guidance on here, and it's looking good.... just need a second opinion before I commit.

Thanks very much.
1) yes that's correct
2) yes you'll have your four flights from this trip
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Old May 8, 18, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
1) yes that's correct
2) yes you'll have your four flights from this trip
Thanks KARFA
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Old May 8, 18, 2:41 pm
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I have just booked for a friend JER-LGW//LHR-PHL-LAX-PDX//PDX-LAX-MIA-LHR//LGW-JER with both transcons on widebodies, A333 and B772 respectively for £1213 (because of MPM exceeded slightly). 720 TPs
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Old May 8, 18, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I have just booked for a friend JER-LGW//LHR-PHL-LAX-PDX//PDX-LAX-MIA-LHR//LGW-JER with both transcons on widebodies, A333 and B772 respectively for £1213 (because of MPM exceeded slightly). 720 TPs
Very nice to see the B772 back on MIA-LAX-MIA rotation again. Might have missed any possible previous visits by the A333 on the PHL-LAX route, but definitively an improvement from the A321 and B737 mixture on both these routes with around 6h flight time.
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Old May 8, 18, 5:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
I take it I phone them up? Roughly how much is the fee? Because AA is charging in dollars (amex card would take about £75 in fees for currency conversion alone).
Either call or fill in the online form, pasting in the information from Matrix, and somebody will get back to you. They're generally pretty quick. I believe the fee depends on the number of sectors, but is considerably cheaper than the £100 or so that I think you mentioned Amex quoted.
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Old May 9, 18, 12:25 am
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@Lucanesque next time, it's much easier to simply hold the booking then call AA's UK number (or whatever local number you prefer) and ask them to change it to GBP. It's worked for me the last 3 times and for others almost without fail. On one occasion I did get an AA agent who didn't know how to do it, but I was transferred to someone who did.
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Old May 9, 18, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by taylorj6 View Post
@Lucanesque next time, it's much easier to simply hold the booking then call AA's UK number (or whatever local number you prefer) and ask them to change it to GBP. It's worked for me the last 3 times and for others almost without fail. On one occasion I did get an AA agent who didn't know how to do it, but I was transferred to someone who did.
Thanks taylorj6, another top tip and learning experience! Will definitely do that next time (and avoid the Amex currency conversion charges).

Thanks for everyone's help yesterday, just checked and the same flights today are £3,817 This'll be my first full-on TP run (I don't count a trip to Jersey for lunch to get me Silver years ago ), this is part of my game plan to get GGL in my next collection year so I can use jokers to secure flights to Japan for the RWC! Currently got flights booked getting me 2,270TP with a potential trip to Vegas for another 920, so that'll leave me 1,810 points to push for whenever there's some offers worth grabbing.
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Old May 9, 18, 1:35 am
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....this is part of my game plan to get GGL in my next collection year so I can use jokers to secure flights to Japan for the RWC! ...
Hi Lucanesque. Great objective but I recall that jokers don't guarantee unlimited availability. The jokers used per flight is limited and there are reports that once the quota of jokers for a flight has been used, a subsequent GGL wanting to use theirs won't work. I don't recall the exact detail but perhaps someone with a better memory will be along soon. Having said that, I've never had a problem with the flights I wanted.
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Old May 9, 18, 1:40 am
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Originally Posted by gcuk View Post
Hi Lucanesque. Great objective but I recall that jokers don't guarantee unlimited availability. The jokers used per flight is limited and there are reports that once the quota of jokers for a flight has been used, a subsequent GGL wanting to use theirs won't work. I don't recall the exact detail but perhaps someone with a better memory will be along soon. Having said that, I've never had a problem with the flights I wanted.
Ahh, that's worth bearing in mind, thanks! All else fails we're going to look at getting "close" (i.e. in region) and then get short hop flights to where we need to be.
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