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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 18, 18, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
A quick search on ITA returned lowest prices of £816 för your date and the following weeks.
Have you got a screenshot of this as I’m really struggling!
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Old Jun 18, 18, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by gcuk View Post
Like mikeyfly, I cannot believe what I am reading. By all means KARFA you are entitled to ask the occasional question, but for one of our FT stalwarts to contemplate going all the way to LAX to have a holiday???
What hope is there for the rest of us.
Haa. Well I booked it as there was a decent WTP fare to LAX and I upgraded using a GUF1 - the fare only allowed direct TATL flights so I am not even stopping on the east coast and instead doing LHR-LAX direct! Originally my intention was to do some sightseeing in LA, but after I booked I had a thought about possibly doing a run but it seems the dates I am there don't really have any good fares

Originally Posted by onobond View Post
As posted upthread, PTY and other convenient TPrun destinations now need a stopover (>24h). Even if skipping what you had planned for the day of departure, and arriving back to LAX midday 17 Feb, there is still something funny with the fares for this period. Except for some TP-wise meagre routings like LAX-LAS-DFW-LIR, all other tickets books into D fare. I dont have EF, but if you do, you might check if all I inventory is booked (Spring Break ?) or maybe not loaded yet, which would be strange as I inventory easily available 1 month later. For PTY (with stay >24h) it looks like £1100-1200 , admittingly not looking for mega-segment runs, as your time is limited. With TPs (40+140+40)x2, the £/TP quota is 2.516, so not really fitting in this thread
Thanks for looking Well at least that confirms what I found, seems that the weekend I am around is no good for cheap fares to PTY for some reason.

EDIT: also just to add that there are others who contribute to this thread who are better at AA domestic runs creation than me anyway (like yourself) so I thought I would check

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Old Jun 18, 18, 8:05 am
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Originally Posted by Jamier45 View Post


Have you got a screenshot of this as I’m really struggling!
I'm on the mobile now, can't do screenshots. But just do a search on a return LAX-PTY alliance oneworld, enable extra stops, search for calender from march 26, 1-2 nights, or 3 if you fancy. You'll have a long list of many not-so-good TP runs, but some better. The one that caught my eye was LAX-LAS-MIA-PTY outbound, and PTY-MIA-MCO-LAX inbound, trying out the new 737MAX on the MIA-MCO segment.

For some reason calender search without specifying connecting hubs has produced prices lower than when entering fixed dates and even listing possible hubs with commas between

For March 26 + 27 £817 only for 2 or 3 nights, first date with one night is March 29.

Good luck!
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Old Jun 18, 18, 8:17 am
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Would you route back via SIN, or via HKG? Or even back via KUL? Lounges and ease of transit etc. being the consideration (not F lounge though as neither of us are GCH)
One trip to the Golden Lounge in KUL is quite enough. HKG oneworld lounges are streets ahead of the others. You can try 5 CX lounges and the Qantas lounge. Could even nip into HK on a long layover.
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Old Jun 18, 18, 11:34 am
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So annoying newbie/amateur question. I am currently gold, purely by the quantity of work travel last year however its a bit dry this year. So I am on 1030 tier points, need 470. by August 8th flying out of London. I looked at the OTP - PHX way via ITA Matrix and checking out on Owenrudge its 520 TP in total for 1300 GBP - Seems a bargain but a bit overkill not to mention I need to get to and from OTP to start and finish my run Are there any other bright ideas to get to 470 from London not totalling 1600 ish GBP?

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Old Jun 18, 18, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
So annoying newbie/amateur question. I am currently gold, purely by the quantity of work travel last year however its a bit dry this year. So I am on 1030 tier points, need 470. by August 8th flying out of London. I looked at the OTP - PHX way via ITA Matrix and checking out on Owenrudge its 520 TP in total for 1300 GBP - Seems a bargain but a bit overkill not to mention I need to get to and from OTP to start and finish my run Are there any other bright ideas to get to 470 from London not totalling 1600 ish GBP?
DUB-LHR-HEL-OSL twice should cost about 1.1k
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Old Jun 18, 18, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
So annoying newbie/amateur question. I am currently gold, purely by the quantity of work travel last year however its a bit dry this year. So I am on 1030 tier points, need 470. by August 8th flying out of London. I looked at the OTP - PHX way via ITA Matrix and checking out on Owenrudge its 520 TP in total for 1300 GBP - Seems a bargain but a bit overkill not to mention I need to get to and from OTP to start and finish my run Are there any other bright ideas to get to 470 from London not totalling 1600 ish GBP?
INV-LHR-BOS-ORD is 1320 for 440tpfor the first weekend in August, CE positioning flight would give you 480 tp plus tp for the return if you don't RFS it. In terms of layover times at LHR the Sunday flight to INV will be shorter for the TATL connection. This routing does also need an overnight in Boston looking at the arrival time.

Edited to add : You can often get this to book directly on the ba site and works as an open jaw as well.

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Old Jun 18, 18, 12:22 pm
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DUB-LHR-HEL-OSL twice should cost about 1.1k
Thanks! So if i search DUB-LHR-HEL-OSLsay for 1st Aug I get about 1100 GBP and i calc that as 200 TP but if i take the HEL-OSL route which all ways seem to go via LHR and add that in separately its comes out as 734 GBP and 240 TP - Confused!

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Old Jun 18, 18, 1:01 pm
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INV-LHR-BOS-ORD is 1320 for 440tpfor the first weekend in August,.
Thanks - Although buggered if i can find that through ITA Matrix!
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Old Jun 18, 18, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
Thanks! So if i search DUB-LHR-HEL-OSLsay for 1st Aug I get about 1100 GBP and i calc that as 200 TP but if i take the HEL-OSL route which all ways seem to go via LHR and add that in separately its comes out as 734 GBP and 240 TP - Confused!

Try a Saturday night stay
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Old Jun 18, 18, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
Try a Saturday night stay

Sorry being thick here - is it literally DUB-LHR-HEL-OSL or do I need to put routing codes in etc?
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Old Jun 18, 18, 3:07 pm
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LUX-LHR-EDI RT 276€ 160TP Aug-Oct via Expedia.de
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Old Jun 18, 18, 3:17 pm
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For those now contemplating an LAX-PTY run, I did mine last week, and wrote a Trip Report while on the Run.

It was exhausting, but everything ran smoothly, and I'd do it again - Live TR: LAX-PTY the very long way

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Old Jun 18, 18, 3:20 pm
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LUX-LHR-EDI RT 276€ 160TP Aug-Oct via Expedia.de
Thanks for the heads-up.

Using the same criteria but changing to ABZ I just spotted €278 on BA. Surely easier to deal with than Expedia.de
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Old Jun 19, 18, 12:37 am
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FRA-SEA in P/Y via CLT 320TP 603€ -> 1,88€/TP
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