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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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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2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
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Old Jun 5, 18, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by tedcruz View Post
Just found an insane 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
You can book with priceline via Bookwithmatrix.

Is the price that incredible for a one way fare?
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Old Jun 5, 18, 3:37 pm
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All the other ones I looked at were £1100+ for my dates.
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Old Jun 5, 18, 3:47 pm
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Worked out how to book it. But it has taken me to Kiwi.com. Is this trustworthy? Do they give a booking reference whereby I can choose seats? They also don't mention whether the flight's are in J. Many thanks for the help.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 3:18 am
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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.

Ideally leave 27/28th December and leave HNL on 1st Jan to fit in a LAX-PTY run before returning home 6/7th Jan.
just find I class on EF on BA codeshares.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:13 am
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I am playing with another hypothetical PHX trip and I have a question for the more skilled ones.
Ending the outbound with a 19:22 arrival from JFK, just to start the inbound with a 22:00 departure to BOS, is cutting it too fine?
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
I am playing with another hypothetical PHX trip and I have a question for the more skilled ones.
Ending the outbound with a 19:22 arrival from JFK, just to start the inbound with a 22:00 departure to BOS, is cutting it too fine?
All fine if on one ticket
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:23 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
All fine if on one ticket
Yes, of course one ticket and HBO, but I had some doubts since that PHX-BOS would be the first flight for the return leg(s)
If it doesn't matter, then all is good!
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:36 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
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.
I've had trouble even then - spent a long time trying to get it on the last day of LON-PDX and couldn't.

Then didn't book, because it seemed unlikely that we would be able to go - only for the GF to greenlight everything the next day...! :-(
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Old Jun 7, 18, 8:13 am
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Hi Guys,

It looks like I will end up being around 70 TP's short of silver this year. Its certainly worth spending some ££ for me to keep it.

I dont have many windows when I can do a little TP run though, if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Looking at potentially a day trip on Tuesday 12th from London ideally....
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Old Jun 7, 18, 8:16 am
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Hi Guys,

It looks like I will end up being around 70 TP's short of silver this year. Its certainly worth spending some ££ for me to keep it.

I dont have many windows when I can do a little TP run though, if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Looking at potentially a day trip on Tuesday 12th from London ideally....
any of the suggestions here would work Cheapest 75 Tier points - UK Domestic in Business??

basically have a look at whether any of those destinations are offering the cheap I class day return fares that day.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by moonunit View Post
Hi Guys,

It looks like I will end up being around 70 TP's short of silver this year. Its certainly worth spending some ££ for me to keep it.

I dont have many windows when I can do a little TP run though, if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.

Looking at potentially a day trip on Tuesday 12th from London ideally....
Same-day? Then LGW-EDI r/t in CE for around £225 & 80 TP seems to be the best bet.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 8:23 am
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£226 up to Glasgow on the 12th.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 8:42 am
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Luxembourg is less then 100 euros per trip in BIZ
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Old Jun 7, 18, 1:31 pm
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I just booked for me and the wife to go Gatwick to EDI in the same day.

£228 each return and we get silver!!
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Old Jun 7, 18, 2:36 pm
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Does anyone know if the LAX-PTY deal is dead? Just spent the last 4 hours trying to come up with a routing and cheapest I've found is £1999 for departure on/after 26th March.
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