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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 16, 18, 3:45 am
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A bit niche, but I needed to get from HEL-AMS, and via LHR on BA I paid £277 through Travelup. So 120 TPs. However it was as low as £220 on some dates.

This is one way, but for a route/date combo that I needed to fly anyway, I thought it was decent.
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Old May 16, 18, 4:24 am
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Slightly OT, but is everyone else seeing the return of matrix's "one origin country only" error? I hope it's not permanent!
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Old May 16, 18, 5:17 am
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One best suited for GUF-ers/UUA-ers: There's a US-SA WT+ return that's quite tasty in the premium fares forum. JFK/ORD/LAX/SFO/others-LHR-CPT/JNB return for around £1190. Can even open-jaw it both sides on some dates.

With LAX and JNB that could be A380 all the way... although pricing it on BA might push it up a couple of hundred more.
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Old May 17, 18, 10:07 am
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Where have all of the TP's runs gone? Compared to the prior 2 or 3 years, there is a lack of anything worth flying.
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Old May 17, 18, 10:42 am
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YYZ -HNL at £1.30/TP

hello all, first time posting here. Playing around with requalifying for Gold before Aug and found flights from YYZ to HNL pricing out at $1,400 CAD for 640TPís. Have confirmed on expert flyer the fare basis S7AHKNI5 with 7 day advance purchase required. Albeit a few days in Hawaii may not be the best thing for your health right now and I havenít checked if you could nest a similar set of flights back. Hope this helps someone:

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Old May 17, 18, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by headinclouds View Post
Where have all of the TP's runs gone? Compared to the prior 2 or 3 years, there is a lack of anything worth flying.
It's not as good but there are a few which turn up

PDX or PHX to name two
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Old May 17, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
It's not as good but there are a few which turn up
PDX or PHX to name two
Still waiting for more too!
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Old May 17, 18, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
A bit niche, but I needed to get from HEL-AMS, and via LHR on BA I paid £277 through Travelup. So 120 TPs. However it was as low as £220 on some dates.

This is one way, but for a route/date combo that I needed to fly anyway, I thought it was decent.
Can't seem to find this for less than triple
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Old May 18, 18, 1:24 am
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TP optimising late-August trip to SFO area

I need to be in SFO mid-week at the end of August starting point SE England. I was looking at TP-optimising / cost reducing this journey, and looked at the (still available) OTP fare. Trouble is the tag-on flight to SFO/OAK etc seems to make this considerably more expensive in J on AA. I can go direct in Y for circa USD 200, but this feels like a missed oportunity. I'm perfectly happy to route through from PHX via LAX or LAS to SFO but cannot find an economical way to do it -- any suggestions from the TP printing factory regulars? 21st to 23rd are the days I must be in SFO, happy to add days on before/after to keep prices down and TPs up.

Incidentally the prices LON - OTP on BA are strangely higher than usual on the preceding weekend, but FR from STN remains at the seasonal norm. It's almost as if there's a ton of extra demand at the tail end of August on that route from some reason... ? ;-)
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Old May 18, 18, 1:48 am
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Originally Posted by memesweeper View Post
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Incidentally the prices LON - OTP on BA are strangely higher than usual on the preceding weekend, but FR from STN remains at the seasonal norm. It's almost as if there's a ton of extra demand at the tail end of August on that route from some reason... ? ;-)
One plausible reason that comes to my mind would be that the end summer validity of the OTP-PHX deal ends August 31. Next time is the Thanksgiving week in November.

Much of what's posted here may not necessarily have anything to DO with positioning prices on BA to OTP
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Old May 18, 18, 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by memesweeper View Post
I need to be in SFO mid-week at the end of August starting point SE England. I was looking at TP-optimising / cost reducing this journey, and looked at the (still available) OTP fare. Trouble is the tag-on flight to SFO/OAK etc seems to make this considerably more expensive in J on AA. I can go direct in Y for circa USD 200, but this feels like a missed oportunity. I'm perfectly happy to route through from PHX via LAX or LAS to SFO but cannot find an economical way to do it -- any suggestions from the TP printing factory regulars? 21st to 23rd are the days I must be in SFO, happy to add days on before/after to keep prices down and TPs up.

Incidentally the prices LON - OTP on BA are strangely higher than usual on the preceding weekend, but FR from STN remains at the seasonal norm. It's almost as if there's a ton of extra demand at the tail end of August on that route from some reason... ? ;-)
I believe the OTP/PHX fare has a Saturday rule so worth looking at that.

I would do PHX and tag on SFO on a separate ticket in the middle and be back in PHX for the DO. Have you looked at avios availability between PHX and SFO?
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Old May 18, 18, 4:08 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
I would do PHX and tag on SFO on a separate ticket in the middle and be back in PHX for the DO. Have you looked at avios availability between PHX and SFO?
No I havenít ó good call.
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Old May 18, 18, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Can't seem to find this for less than triple
It's still there. Try a Weds departure for the HEL-LHR and then a Thurs departure for the LHR-AMS and work from there.

Kayak prices it just fine for me.
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Old May 18, 18, 9:59 am
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BTW, INV-ORD-AMS in biz can be had for 1173GBP. Sample routing : INV-LHR-ORD-STL-PHL-LHR-AMS. Used Aug 14-Oct 10 as dates.
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Old May 19, 18, 10:08 am
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Any good options for earning 650TPs starting in London?
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