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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 19, 18, 12:49 am
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Originally Posted by Jamier45 View Post
Have you got a screenshot of this as I’m really struggling!
It seems not easy to keep the price down to 800 GBP and fit in lots of sectors... The best I can come up with for your dates are below. The first gives you 15 sectors (800 TPs) for around 940 GBP (so about 1.18 GBP/TP). The second keeps the price down to 880 GBP, but at the expense of dropping two sectors on the return, so only 720 TPs (1.22 GBP/TP).



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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
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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.
Your dates and constraint in the time you have available certainly limit the options for this one! The best I can find (a 10 sector total trip) comes out at around 1200 GBP for 600 TPs. The run wouldn't be for the fainthearted though, as the only way I can see to fit 5 sectors each way is to bypass the "24 hour" rule by booking the trip as two one-ways.

I seem to be having trouble uploading reasonable size screenshots so here is a text based summary:

Ticket 1: dep. Feb 14th/arr Feb 15th LAX:: AA851 PHL AA1687 CLT AA561 MCO AA1362 MIA AA959 (PTY) - (797 USD == 602 GBP)
Ticket 2 dep. Feb 16th/arr Feb 17th (07.10am) PTY:: AA960 MIA AA1362 MCO AA561 CLT AA1783 SFO AA (LAX) - (814 USD = 615 GBP)
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:13 am
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how do you insert so many sectors on ITA matrix without having the program time out?
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by Gino Troian View Post
how do you insert so many sectors on ITA matrix without having the program time out?
You need to try and limit the search. I would say the best way of doing this is to be specific with flight numbers. This will only allow matrix to search these flights. Also, try as multi-city to break the search into chunks rather than one long search string.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:41 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


You need to try and limit the search. I would say the best way of doing this is to be specific with flight numbers. This will only allow matrix to search these flights. Also, try as multi-city to break the search into chunks rather than one long search string.
awesome, thank you! splitting up the segments definitely made it easier and allowed for the search to go through... this is fun
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Old Jun 19, 18, 3:25 am
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managed to get a total of 22 segments on a similar fare to PTY... what's the max each way? I have no intention of flying something like this, but it's fun and I have a few hours to kill lol.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by GinFizz View Post
Your dates and constraint in the time you have available certainly limit the options for this one! The best I can find (a 10 sector total trip) comes out at around 1200 GBP for 600 TPs. The run wouldn't be for the fainthearted though, as the only way I can see to fit 5 sectors each way is to bypass the "24 hour" rule by booking the trip as two one-ways.

I seem to be having trouble uploading reasonable size screenshots so here is a text based summary:

Ticket 1: dep. Feb 14th/arr Feb 15th LAX:: AA851 PHL AA1687 CLT AA561 MCO AA1362 MIA AA959 (PTY) - (797 USD == 602 GBP)
Ticket 2 dep. Feb 16th/arr Feb 17th (07.10am) PTY:: AA960 MIA AA1362 MCO AA561 CLT AA1783 SFO AA (LAX) - (814 USD = 615 GBP)
Thanks for looking GinFizz. Yes, they don't look too appealing. I did have a trawl through all the usual destinations in central and south america a few weeks ago and I think the only half decent prices I could find were to GUA, SAL, SAP, and SJU so I may re-look at those.

I have chosen bad dates to go to LAX to do a run! Should have checked it first. I may go back to plan A and just have a few days in LA as a holiday
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Old Jun 19, 18, 4:00 am
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i found that the best way to search was to put all the sectors int the advance routing fields, specifying airline=AA. this then makes it easier to delete an airport code and replace with another. eg I found that LAS was causing me trouble and replaced with SAN which fixed the outbound farecode (I think the fare needs I availability and, for some reason, N econ availability - but I might be very wrong on that!)

I had to use different routing on the way back to get the fare code back to the cheaper one. I also had to move STOPS to be No Limit.

Search was something like this (not sure I needed the AA at the front of the routing list)

I eventually booked this run, which was about £899 when I booked it (via Powertools, AA.com) :

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Old Jun 19, 18, 5:15 am
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FRA-SEA in P/Y via CLT 320TP 603€ -> 1,88€/TP
I cant find that?
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Old Jun 19, 18, 6:45 am
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
I cant find that?
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Old Jun 19, 18, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
I cant find that?
Searching FRA-SEA in premium on GoogleFlights shows various options from September onwards, though not just through CLT but other hubs such as DFW so you may have to work harder if you want a particular connection point. Around the £530 mark.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 6:57 am
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Good availability on this one the week after Thanksgiving. Also works for LAS (but CLT-LAS is just below 2k miles so fewer TPs) and SFO. Probably also LAX, SJC, etc but I've not checked yet.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 6:58 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?
Are there any other bright ideas? Ideally, I would like to bundle it all into a round trip leaving from LHR/LGW. Thanks in advance+7
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Old Jun 19, 18, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by Gino Troian View Post
managed to get a total of 22 segments on a similar fare to PTY... what's the max each way? I have no intention of flying something like this, but it's fun and I have a few hours to kill lol.
16 each way
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Old Jun 19, 18, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
16 each way
well, looks like I have a challenge will report back if I can pull it off
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by ukdelinquent View Post
Are there any other bright ideas? Ideally, I would like to bundle it all into a round trip leaving from LHR/LGW. Thanks in advance+7
I would suggest to give a look to AMS departures to the US, especially west coast. I see SFO from 1470 eur / 1300 GBP, if you take the route AMS-PHL-SFO; you get 560 TP coming back same way, or 460 TP with the return SFO-LHR-AMS. The last 10 TPs you need they can come from the positioning flights.

But be quick, last time prices like this one they didn't last long.
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