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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jun 3, 18, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by armouredant View Post
My mother and her husband will return from their first ex-EU trip out to SE Asia in J (upgraded to F on the longhauls) in a few days time. Both of their TP renewal date is 8th June. The trip will have earned them 570 TPs each.

Flying out of NCL (or thereabouts), what's going to be the cheapest run that they could do in the two week grace period until the 22nd that would earn them that remaining 30TPs to get them to silver for the next year? Thanks!
The 7.50pm flight from NCL to LHR on 16th June is £121 one way in Club Europe netting 40 TPs. Whilst part pay with avios is not the greatest use of them if they are awash with them after their trip they could use 12,500 to knock £70 off to bring it down to £51. There is a National Express bus from Heathrow bus station at 11.40pm to Newcastle for around £16.

Whilst it might not be the best use of their avios or the most comfortable journey home, it does get them the needed points for around £67 in cash.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 4:25 am
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Hi all,
I have the next 3 weekends free, and want to get 160-200 (or more) TP to keep my balance ticking over.

What is the best approach to looking for a TP run over 2 weekends using nested tickets?

are there airports which are generally cheaper for a ticket into heathrow, ???-LHR-??? ?

Thanks
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Old Jun 4, 18, 4:27 am
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Originally Posted by holloway1000 View Post
Hi all,
I have the next 3 weekends free, and want to get 160-200 (or more) TP to keep my balance ticking over.

What is the best approach to looking for a TP run over 2 weekends using nested tickets?

are there airports which are generally cheaper for a ticket into heathrow, ???-LHR-??? ?

Thanks
Where are you based? Id start by looking at NCL/LBA/LUX as all easy b2bs with nested tickets
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Old Jun 4, 18, 5:47 am
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im 20 mins from LHR, with LGW being viable as well.

ill have a look at LUX.
Whats throwing me a bit is that with nested tickets, i could do open jaw, like, Ticket 1 = LHR-AMS LUX-LHR ticket 2 = AMS-LHR-LUX
This would give me one weekend in AMS and one in LUX, rather than going to the same place twice in a row.

its just finding where is cheapest to fly back from.

Ill keep playing around with Matrix.

thanks
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Old Jun 4, 18, 6:39 am
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Long time viewer but wanting to take the plunge…

I am travelling across North America by train so thought this a good opportunity to pay a little extra and try to get silver ( I will need some extra BA flights as well) so open jaw required.

I have come up with this itinerary which looks good to me with a variety of aircraft and the 777 from MIA to LAX. The AA fare coming back requires AA metal over the pond and 660 Tier points I think.

Bucharest (OTP) to London (LHR) — Wed, Jul 11, British Airways 887,320, J

London (LHR) to Miami (MIA) — Thu, Jul 12, American 6160,747, I

Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) — Thu, Jul 12, American 396,777, I

Los Angeles (LAX) to Phoenix (PHX) — Thu, Jul 12, American 3258, RJ700, I



Boston (BOS) to Washington (DCA) — Mon, Jul 23, American 2169, 190, I

Washington (DCA) to Philadelphia (PHL) — Mon, Jul 23, American 4584, 175, I

Philadelphia (PHL) to London (LHR) — Mon, Jul 23, American 736, 330, I

London (LHR) to Inverness (INV) — Tue, Jul 24, British Airways 1468, 319, J

AA ILN8C8S4 BUH to PHX

AA ILN8C8S4 BUH to PHX

12,920 total miles£1,266.33


Using Book with Matrix the AA option came up with the results despite claiming there was a change although could not spot it.



How do I get a “reservation” without paying in USD so I can call and pay in GBP there does not seem to be an option on the payment page.


Thanks to all on here for peaking by interest!


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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:02 am
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Copy and paste the entire itinerary into here - export it to AA.com

Hold reservation - call up AA and pay over the phone. All fairly painless

https://bookwithmatrix.com/
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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:17 am
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Sorry.

Was expecting a reference of some sort to give them when I call up so they could bring it up on their screen, or do I have to list out all the flight details.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:20 am
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Originally Posted by EAA VC10 View Post
Sorry.

Was expecting a reference of some sort to give them when I call up so they could bring it up on their screen, or do I have to list out all the flight details.
You do it all yourself on AA.com - if you follow my steps above you will create a full reservation on AA.com - at the payment page - select "hold" this will then immediately send you an email which will have the record number (6 characters) which you then call AA and give to the operator who shall retrieve the held reservation
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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:38 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Copy and paste the entire itinerary into here - export it to AA.com

Hold reservation - call up AA and pay over the phone. All fairly painless

https://bookwithmatrix.com/
Only if all of the flights are on AA flight numbers (including codeshares). If using BA, AY, IB flight numbers, the Hold is not possible....

It is a fairly important point, that fails to get raised when giving out this advice.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:40 am
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Wow I did not know this! Thanks for this
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Old Jun 4, 18, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Wow I did not know this! Thanks for this
I have pointed it out many times in this thread. It causes numerous PMs from people who cannot get the hold function to work on AA.com, usually based on the incomplete advice provided in this thread.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 8:29 am
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About AA.com, an alternative to the "Hold", in order to pay with other currencies than USD, is to book with ITA Matrix Power Tools. With that one can select the UK or most EU AA websites.
I had to use this for my OTP-PHX instead of BookwithMatrix as AA.com US didn't had the Hold option (no AA code only) didn't work with a foreign CC and I wanted to book directly with the airline.
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Old Jun 5, 18, 2:00 pm
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Anyone here able to help me with a CAI-HNL over new year? I’ve been trying all night to no avail.

Ideally leave 27/28th December and leave HNL on 1st Jan to fit in a LAX-PTY run before returning home 6/7th Jan.
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Old Jun 5, 18, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Jamier45 View Post
Anyone here able to help me with a CAI-HNL over new year? Iíve been trying all night to no avail.
Is that fare still available? I thought it is discontinued!
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Old Jun 5, 18, 3:29 pm
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Just found an insane(for me) deal on matrix!!! But have no clue how to book.
FCO-AMM on 15/7 with RJ in J 15.50-20.20 on an A320.
6 hours in AMM.
AMM-BKK on 16/7 with RJ in J 02.30-15.35 on a B787.
5 hours in AMM.
BKK-CMB on 16/7 with UL in J 20.25-22.15 on a A320
For....£787.70
Where can I book it?
https://matrix.itasoftware.com/#view...QFWAGGKmY53001

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