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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jun 10, 18, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I'll be writing a Live Trip Report on the LAX-PTY run...but I'll start it in the morning when I have more energy!

Currently about to fly on the redeye from PHX-PHL on an ex-US Airways A321 with no IFE or In-seat power.

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You can track me here, and decide yourself whether it's a good way to earn the TPs - Live TR: LAX-PTY the very long way

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Old Jun 10, 18, 7:24 am
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Originally Posted by aidy View Post
Ive just booked an exAMS for me and the wife to see the in laws in the summer.

This was

AMS-LHR-HEL-LHR-JFK-YUL(Y)-PHL-ORD-LHR-AMS

This gets me 620 tier points and we used our $150 AA travel vouchers making a price of £1412, approx £2.30 per tier point.

Im pretty happy with that and it gets me on the A350 and the A380.

This is the ILN8C1S4 advanced fare if anyone is looking
Thanks for the info aidy - any idea you could share sample dates. Was trying to replicate, interested in no# of sectors with the LHR-HEL-LHR before heading to NY.
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Old Jun 10, 18, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
LAX-PTY multi stop

[SOLVED}


16 segments, 840 TPs, 28k Avios, Sat 2pm - Wed 10.30pm, 2nights & 1 full day in Panama, 1,026 GBP, £1.22/TP

(probably delete RDU on return to reduce total trip time by 5-6hrs)

SNN0NSI1, NNN2DSI1 were the Fare Codes

PS Make sure you change the ITA Matrix search Stops and Extra Stops to "No Limit" from the dropdown menu.

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Hey wanderingjock,

Maybe I'm being really daft, but what makes it 16 segments? I can only see 8 flights on the above itinerary? (I'm sure I'm missing something obvious as to what a sector is!)


Edited to add - when I try and create a similar itinerary, I get prices of over £2300. What simple trick am I missing/what am I doing wrong? (Sorry - I'm a bit of an ITA novice!)

Thanks everyone!


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Old Jun 11, 18, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by chessy View Post
Thanks for the info aidy - any idea you could share sample dates. Was trying to replicate, interested in no# of sectors with the LHR-HEL-LHR before heading to NY.
Here you this, this is the routing and dates i booked

https://goo.gl/flights/bQSxy
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Old Jun 13, 18, 1:39 pm
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Hi all. I recently completed an LAX-PTY-LAX trip where my second from last flight PHX-LAS went tech and it meant that there was a strong possibility of missing my connecting flight LAS-LAX. Went to the AA customer service desk and they offered me PHX-LAX direct in Y as F was full. I seem to remember reading that getting the original TP credited was relatively easy with AA. I have tried to locate the post but can't find anything in the 2018 thread. I spoke to AA but they said I need to contact BAEC, SUrely it's AA that needs to deal with this issue as it was on AA paper?

Any guidance is appreciated, thanks.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 2:03 pm
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Its called ORC - Original Routing Credit.. and yes... BAEC has to do this.. they may not understand what you are talking about.. so you have to explain it.. I would call them.. they want the original record.. and then will get back to AA to confirm.. you can google ORC if you need more information.. good luck.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 5:45 pm
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Originally Posted by aidy View Post
Here you this, this is the routing and dates i booked

https://goo.gl/flights/bQSxy
awesome thank you so much!
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Old Jun 13, 18, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by AlphaXray View Post
Hi all. I recently completed an LAX-PTY-LAX trip where my second from last flight PHX-LAS went tech and it meant that there was a strong possibility of missing my connecting flight LAS-LAX. Went to the AA customer service desk and they offered me PHX-LAX direct in Y as F was full. I seem to remember reading that getting the original TP credited was relatively easy with AA. I have tried to locate the post but can't find anything in the 2018 thread. I spoke to AA but they said I need to contact BAEC, SUrely it's AA that needs to deal with this issue as it was on AA paper?

Any guidance is appreciated, thanks.
The determining factor is not on who's stock the ticket has been issued, nor the carrier. The FFP to which you credit the flights are responsible to get the necessary info from the carrier, in this case AA, and have a work-around and let you know the results. Whilst waiting for that, keep BPs (if possible from both cancelled and flown segments) and original itineraries for later , in case you need to contact BAEC again and send supporting info. IME, it's not unusual to have to make a second call.

Good Luck!
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Old Jun 14, 18, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
The determining factor is not on who's stock the ticket has been issued, nor the carrier. The FFP to which you credit the flights are responsible to get the necessary info from the carrier, in this case AA, and have a work-around and let you know the results. Whilst waiting for that, keep BPs (if possible from both cancelled and flown segments) and original itineraries for later , in case you need to contact BAEC again and send supporting info. IME, it's not unusual to have to make a second call.

Good Luck!
Thanks onobond, I shall give it a try.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by AlphaXray View Post
Hi all. I recently completed an LAX-PTY-LAX trip where my second from last flight PHX-LAS went tech and it meant that there was a strong possibility of missing my connecting flight LAS-LAX. Went to the AA customer service desk and they offered me PHX-LAX direct in Y as F was full. I seem to remember reading that getting the original TP credited was relatively easy with AA. I have tried to locate the post but can't find anything in the 2018 thread. I spoke to AA but they said I need to contact BAEC, SUrely it's AA that needs to deal with this issue as it was on AA paper?

Any guidance is appreciated, thanks.
Here you go Original Routing Credit Beginner's Guide

The AA agent was correct you submit your claim to BAEC. BAEC will then confirm things with AA.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 4:00 am
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New to the flyertalk forum so be gentle
Recently achieved gold status with BA (last week) ,however, my last two trips which got me the status were not BA flights (Qatar and Malaysian). The Android BA app is telling me I need to take 4 BA flights to keep gold and my tier status resets on the 8th of July so not much time to get the flights in !

I am looking at doing a couple of cheap trips between Manchester and LHR, however, wondering if anyone else has been in this situation before and have any other suggestions ? Just to repeat, I have enough points (1635) to keep gold but need to 4 BA flights.

Many thanks
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Old Jun 14, 18, 4:13 am
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The Android BA app is telling me I need to take 4 BA flights to keep gold and my tier status resets on the 8th of July so not much time to get the flights in !
The “BA flights required” counter on the app is notoriously buggy, and seems to reset itself every time you move up a tier... the requirement for Gold is 4 BA flights TOTAL in your membership year. Have you had any BA flights at all yet?
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Old Jun 14, 18, 7:18 am
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Hello wingtip428

Yeah, the trip I did with Qatar was EX Oslo so took a BA return flight from LHR to OSLO. This was took prior to me getting gold, the Qatar flights got me gold. I was under the impression (rightly or wrongly) that once you jumped from one tier to the next that the number of flighs got zero'd out ?

I have just took antother look on the BA web site and there is a section that sttes "Benefits earned - Gold Membership retained" so perhaps you are right. I think I might give BA a call just to be on the safe side as I don't to go through the expense of paying for 4 flights when not needed.

Thanks
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Old Jun 14, 18, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by leenux_tux View Post
Hello wingtip428

Yeah, the trip I did with Qatar was EX Oslo so took a BA return flight from LHR to OSLO. This was took prior to me getting gold, the Qatar flights got me gold. I was under the impression (rightly or wrongly) that once you jumped from one tier to the next that the number of flighs got zero'd out ?

I have just took antother look on the BA web site and there is a section that sttes "Benefits earned - Gold Membership retained" so perhaps you are right. I think I might give BA a call just to be on the safe side as I don't to go through the expense of paying for 4 flights when not needed.

Thanks
Calling will be a waste of time. If you have done four the four eligible flights in the year then you are sorted. Calling won’t do anything but possibly get you an incorrect answer. FT knows a damn sight more about BAEC than BA staff do.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 7:45 am
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I have done 6 BA flights since mid August '17 so I am hoping that this should suffice :-)

Thanks for the prompt replies folks, much appreciated
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