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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 10, 18, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by Moonmonkey View Post


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.
Would love to know how you get this priced and booked??
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Old May 10, 18, 7:22 am
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Would love to know how you get this priced and booked??
I believe the fare has now gone so you wonít be able to book it at these prices.

In future you would be able to use your itinerary taken from itamatrix and use bookwithmatrix to set it up on AA. Or you can simply call. Lots more advice and suggestions throughout thebthread.
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Old May 10, 18, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


I believe the fare has now gone so you won’t be able to book it at these prices.

In future you would be able to use your itinerary taken from itamatrix and use bookwithmatrix to set it up on AA. Or you can simply call. Lots more advice and suggestions throughout thebthread.

I got JER-LGW-LHR-PHL-CLT-PDX-LAX-JFK-LHR all in J for £1,085, but the fare had to be booked by 8 May. It's now gone back up to £3,815 for the same dates.

Definitely follow the advice up thread on using ITAMatrix + Bookwithmatrix, then hold the reservation on AA, call AA, get them to change currency, pay, fly
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Old May 10, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Just completed my CAI-HNL run... 10 flights in seven days, about 53hrs flying time. Fun times!
Did you manage to avoid the Dreaded Tier Point Lurgi? I did a run last week and think I've caught it.
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Old May 11, 18, 2:55 am
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Need a 360TP run

Looking for 360TP run this month, Looking at OSL-HEL-AGP but not great connectons so some long time sitting around. Anything else that would work? I quite fancied a trip to Malta but HEL-MLA is to short.
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Old May 11, 18, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by kriscii View Post
Looking for 360TP run this month, Looking at OSL-HEL-AGP but not great connectons so some long time sitting around. Anything else that would work? I quite fancied a trip to Malta but HEL-MLA is to short.
That many TPs within Europe is tough without a lot of flights - HEL-AGP obviously being the optimum with the 140TP output!

If you want cheap fares, the ones I can see knocking around for short-term booking are LGW-CTA (£290 for 160TP) or LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220 and 160TP - you can usually add JER-LGW legs on to these fares for around £100 too so that's good value for an extra 80TP if you don't mind short B2Bs.
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Old May 11, 18, 5:34 am
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Originally Posted by Foltan View Post
That many TPs within Europe is tough without a lot of flights - HEL-AGP obviously being the optimum with the 140TP output!

If you want cheap fares, the ones I can see knocking around for short-term booking are LGW-CTA (£290 for 160TP) or LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220 and 160TP - you can usually add JER-LGW legs on to these fares for around £100 too so that's good value for an extra 80TP if you don't mind short B2Bs.
VLC and ALC would be 120TPs I think [20 for dometic IB J], not sure about the Balearics. I need exact 120, but I'm still hoping they'll come about "naturally". Should have jumped on LHR-PDX though!
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Originally Posted by Foltan View Post
That many TPs within Europe is tough without a lot of flights - HEL-AGP obviously being the optimum with the 140TP output!

If you want cheap fares, the ones I can see knocking around for short-term booking are LGW-CTA (£290 for 160TP) or LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220 and 160TP - you can usually add JER-LGW legs on to these fares for around £100 too so that's good value for an extra 80TP if you don't mind short B2Bs.
What time of year and where can you find the £220 for : LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220. ?? cheers
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Old May 11, 18, 6:43 am
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Originally Posted by Foltan View Post
That many TPs within Europe is tough without a lot of flights - HEL-AGP obviously being the optimum with the 140TP output!

If you want cheap fares, the ones I can see knocking around for short-term booking are LGW-CTA (£290 for 160TP) or LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220 and 160TP - you can usually add JER-LGW legs on to these fares for around £100 too so that's good value for an extra 80TP if you don't mind short B2Bs.
Thanks for the ideas I should have thought this through earlier, looking tough to find the flights in the timescales and commitments and who wants to be Gold anyway !!! Unfortunately a 2 day warning to book a RTW ticket has brought me so close. If I'd realised I would have tacked some extra stops on the RTW doh!
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post
What time of year and where can you find the £220 for : LON-MAD-PMI/VLC/ALC/IBZ for >£220. ?? cheers

https://goo.gl/flights/ewg4Y

Random dates that were already in Google flights
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Old May 11, 18, 8:50 am
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Their Point Run Advice

Hi
I am looking for some advice on a) possible best routings (ideally to squeeze 700 plus TPs) and b) how I can actually force a search engine (assume ITA Matrix is best) to give me the fare.
I am currently looking at AMS - BKK 30/12 to 12/1 costing £1270 in J on Google Flights- willing to go a little higher although ideally sub £1500. Can be flexible on dates leaving between Boxing Day and early Jan for about 2 weeks. If possible routing via SIN would be good, either for <24 hours or a couple of days although any SE Asia stops are fine. Is it acceptable to stop in Tokyo?
Also no idea how to get Matrix to work in my favour....
Please help! Can I exploit this fare by adding multi stops?
Will

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Old May 11, 18, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by Willphipps View Post
Hi
I am looking for some advice on a) possible best routings (ideally to squeeze 700 plus TPs) and b) how I can actually force a search engine (assume ITA Matrix is best) to give me the fare.
I am currently looking at AMS - BKK 30/12 to 12/1 costing £1270 in J on Google Flights- willing to go a little higher although ideally sub £1500. Can be flexible on dates leaving between Boxing Day and early Jan for about 2 weeks. If possible routing via SIN would be good, either for <24 hours or a couple of days although any SE Asia stops are fine. Is it acceptable to stop in Tokyo?
Also no idea how to get Matrix to work in my favour....
Please help!
Will
Have found ITA Matrix can be a little funny with this particular routing and google-flights can handle it quite well, so play around with the multi-city option in GF. I see AMS-LHR-SIN-BKK-HKG-LHR-AMS for £1,319 on the dates you want (with 24hrs in Singapore and just a pass through in HKG) with BA, but you'll need to call BA to book it.

Edit: The reason for the HKG inclusion is you get the A380 on the long-haul outbound and return rather than the old B777 out of BKK, plus extra TP's!

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Old May 11, 18, 9:56 am
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Cheap tp run

Looking for suggestions for a cheap TP run under £300 next weekend 19th - 22nd stating from Edinburgh

thanks Andy
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Looking for suggestions for a cheap TP run under £300 next weekend 19th - 22nd stating from Edinburgh

thanks Andy
I found a relatively ok fare at 450GBP for 240TP. Could do better Ex-EU or with B2B such as LGW-AMS maybe...

EDIT: Sorry, didn't see the budget, leaving this up for posterity. Although, alternatively, Barcelona prices under 300 quid for 160TP.

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