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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 14, 18, 8:41 am
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Many thanks THEOBCMAN, what is the best way to book the AMS-BKK fare?
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Old May 14, 18, 8:45 am
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Or just book a stopover in SIN for an extra 100 Euros
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Old May 14, 18, 8:45 am
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Originally Posted by dannyboy78 View Post
Many thanks THEOBCMAN, what is the best way to book the AMS-BKK fare?
As much as I'd like to be doing AMS-BKK it won't be anytime soone for me. Maybe someone who has done it / booked it will be along to advise on that one .... cheers
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Old May 14, 18, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by dannyboy78 View Post
Many thanks THEOBCMAN, what is the best way to book the AMS-BKK fare?
You can do it on BA.com or use ITA matrix then call up BA to feed them the flight details you are looking for.
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Old May 14, 18, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by dannyboy78 View Post
Many thanks THEOBCMAN, what is the best way to book the AMS-BKK fare?
Or if you have an Amex card check the offers to see if you've got £100 off a £1000 spend with Trailifinders. That might be the cheapest option.
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Old May 14, 18, 1:56 pm
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Equally, what is the optimal routing for TP on the AMS>BKK?

Looking at AMS>LHR>HKG>BKK>SIN>LHR>AMS currently. Happy to pay for a couple more stopovers if there are any recommendations (looking for august bank holiday weekend)

Cheers
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Old May 14, 18, 1:58 pm
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I was going to book something that used to very uncomplicated, LHR-MAD-ALC in Business, I do have several options all with IB flight code but iberia.com won't accept any of them.
Calling IB to book I've never had any success with, second option calling BA- is BA able to book tickets with only IB flight codes?
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Old May 14, 18, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by awoxp View Post
Equally, what is the optimal routing for TP on the AMS>BKK?

Looking at AMS>LHR>HKG>BKK>SIN>LHR>AMS currently. Happy to pay for a couple more stopovers if there are any recommendations (looking for august bank holiday weekend)

Cheers
Can you share with me how you are looking at that routing please. that would be ideal for me
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Old May 14, 18, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by awoxp View Post
Equally, what is the optimal routing for TP on the AMS>BKK?

Looking at AMS>LHR>HKG>BKK>SIN>LHR>AMS currently. Happy to pay for a couple more stopovers if there are any recommendations (looking for august bank holiday weekend)

Cheers
Why would anyone not go to PHX on the August Bank Holiday weekend? Better TP return, and mankini pool party.
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Old May 14, 18, 2:39 pm
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Why would anyone not go to PHX on the August Bank Holiday weekend? Better TP return, and mankini pool party.
I goto the US way too much for work, and I prefer the far east for some non-work travel
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Can you share with me how you are looking at that routing please. that would be ideal for me

Here you go - bit more expensive with a stopover in SIN





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Old May 14, 18, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by awoxp View Post
Equally, what is the optimal routing for TP on the AMS>BKK?

Looking at AMS>LHR>HKG>BKK>SIN>LHR>AMS currently. Happy to pay for a couple more stopovers if there are any recommendations (looking for august bank holiday weekend)

Cheers
Originally Posted by dannyboy78 View Post
Can you share with me how you are looking at that routing please. that would be ideal for me
There aren't many variations you can do for this fare, basically you can either go direct LHR-BKK, or connection through HKG (a 140 TP route), or SIN/KUL (both 160 TP routes). Be aware that MH flights on the KUL-BKK route book in to I class and earn no avios or TPs. There is a RJ flight between KUL and BKK though. Also there is a CX flight between SIN and BKK.

More details on this fare in the post linked to from the wiki.
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Old May 15, 18, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
There aren't many variations you can do for this fare, basically you can either go direct LHR-BKK, or connection through HKG (a 140 TP route), or SIN/KUL (both 160 TP routes). Be aware that MH flights on the KUL-BKK route book in to I class and earn no avios or TPs. There is a RJ flight between KUL and BKK though. Also there is a CX flight between SIN and BKK.

More details on this fare in the post linked to from the wiki.
The RJ flight is quite a lot more expensive due to increased YQ, and getting RJ flights to credit to BAEC can be an absolute nightmare.
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
The RJ flight is quite a lot more expensive due to increased YQ, and getting RJ flights to credit to BAEC can be an absolute nightmare.

Thanks for the tip Wozza2404, also to KARFA for the MH flights warning, both very useful to know as I am looking at booking one of these.
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Old May 15, 18, 5:28 am
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I've been looking at AMS->LHR->HKG->BKK->SIN->LHR->AMS for next TP year (already). I noticed that if you make the BKK->SIN leg adjacent to the SIN->LHR and leave a couple of days between that and arriving in BKK it knocks about £100 off the price, I was seeing £1328 total for that routing on the matrix.

Despite that not having any KUL in it because SIN is better for TPs, the tentative plan is to allocate a few days out of KUL for some MH tier point runs which can be outstandingly good value, so a separate set of flights to and from KUL and then whatever I can fit in to a couple of days. Another possibility I was toying with was trying some JAL domestics with airport upgrades.
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