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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 12, 18, 10:22 am
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London to Manchester in CE with a RFS return would do it?
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The week end of July 6-8, 2018
I prefer domestic as I don't like to stamp my passport by UK Border Police twice on the same day.
Friday 6 July. LHR/NCL. Out in CE return in ET for 45TPs. Dep 0700 return 2015 for £156 or with CE return for £215

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London to Manchester in CE with a RFS return would do it?
What is RFS?
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What is RFS?
Reward Flight Saver. Up to 4500 avios and £17.50
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Another alternative would be around midday departing LHR for MAN on Saturday or sunday for £172
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Reward Flight Saver. Up to 4500 avios and £17.50
If opting for that option, do I still get full tier points for the class of travel?
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If opting for that option, do I still get full tier points for the class of travel?
No TPs or avios earned on RFS.
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Old May 13, 18, 4:00 am
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I'm looking at booking 4 revenue flights as 2x B2Bs from LHR/LCY/LGW for a family member who's late in requalifying. Likely destinations include but are not limited to JER, MAN, GLA, AMS, GVA, LUX. I've read the B2B thread. It's the London end I'm concerned about.

Is there a way of ensuring that the plane used for the first inbound is the same as the second outbound? I'm fairly sure that LCY would be more manageable, but that LHR and LGW are more risky.

I've tried routes such as LON-MAN-GLA-MAN-LON (= 4 flights) but can't get them to work, at least at ba.com.

Many thanks.
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Is there a way of ensuring that the plane used for the first inbound is the same as the second outbound?
No, there isn't. And for that reason you shouldn't attempt a 'back-to-back' at any London base. Any delay to the first inbound could easily see you missing your next turn.
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Old May 13, 18, 4:10 am
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No, there isn't. And for that reason you shouldn't attempt a 'back-to-back' at any London base. Any delay to the first inbound could easily see you missing your next turn.
Thanks, Ldnn1. I feared as much. She'll have to spread the trip/s over 2 days.
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Thanks, Ldnn1. I feared as much. She'll have to spread the trip/s over 2 days.
Well it doesn't have to be over 2 days. She can certainly do 4 flights in a day. A good way to do it may be to book flights 2+3 as a connecting one-way trip, nested between flights 1 and 4 which they would B2B.

For example, LGW-JER / JER-LGW-EDI / EDI-LGW.

But even if you don't do book 2 and 3 as a connection, you could still do it anyway, just allow reasonable time to reduce the risk of missing 3. That wouldn't eliminate the risk, but if the flights are cheap then it's maybe not a huge deal.
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Well it doesn't have to be over 2 days. She can certainly do 4 flights in a day ....
Bingo! Thanks.

She's done 3 flights in a day before. This (4x) could be the test of whether she is an FTer or not. Is status worth it? Rhetorical question ...
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Bingo! Thanks.

She's done 3 flights in a day before. This (4x) could be the test of whether she is an FTer or not. Is status worth it? Rhetorical question ...
No, it won't. But then, I'm one of the few who knows the lenght of a piece of string.


Honestly, just sacrificing a day and a half, she will later know herself. Status is by no means irreversible. Not qualifying during next membership year will set her 'free' , although I've seen many examples here on FT when supply triggers further demand...
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Hi All,<br /><br />Very new to all this. Was BAEC gold until I was demoted to Silver this year due to reduced travel for work. Really want to earn the gold back as the ability to actually use my Avios is invaluable with the family.<br /><br />Looking for a tier point run that gets me as close to 1k TP as possible.<br /><br />Need to head to Asia (destination SIN but anything close ok). or happy to do a weekend TP run to USA.<br /><br />Any help VERY VERY much welcome.<br /><br />Thanks<br /><br />DB

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Old May 14, 18, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by dannyboy78 View Post
Hi All,<br /><br />Very new to all this. Was BAEC gold until I was demoted to Silver this year due to reduced travel for work. Really want to earn the gold back as the ability to actually use my Avios is invaluable with the family.<br /><br />Looking for a tier point run that gets me as close to 1k TP as possible.<br /><br />Need to head to Asia (destination SIN but anything close ok). or happy to do a weekend TP run to USA.<br /><br />Any help VERY VERY much welcome.<br /><br />Thanks<br /><br />DB
THE AMS-BKK fare (AMS-LHR-HKG-BKK & return) will get you 440TP for around £1250.00 in CE, CW & CX J. Add on a CX BKK-SIN as a seperate booking if you haven't already booked to SIN ? That will get you nearly half way there.

Add on the OTP-PHX (OTP-LHR-JFK-PHX & Return) trip in August for £1250-1300 for 720TP and you're there.

1160TP for £2500 (ish).

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