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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 19, 18, 9:18 am
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Thanks - will check it out
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:54 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
320 TP can be had for EUR 600, flying PE ex FRA through CLT or DFW to SFO or SEA. Together with your positioning flights (which you could upgrade to CW), you should be able to hit (or come very close) to your target.

EDIT: Sorry, I now realize a previous poster pretty much suggested as much.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by 1flyer View Post
320 TP can be had for EUR 600, flying PE ex FRA through CLT or DFW to SFO or SEA. Together with your positioning flights (which you could upgrade to CW), you should be able to hit (or come very close) to your target.

EDIT: Sorry, I now realize a previous poster pretty much suggested as much.
Routing through DFW would only deliver 220TP as DFW-SEA/SFO is less than 2000 miles so only gives 20TP for Y, not 70.
To get the 360 (90+70+70+90) you'd need to go via airports such as CLT or PHL.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by gcuk View Post
Routing through DFW would only deliver 220TP as DFW-SEA/SFO is less than 2000 miles so only gives 20TP for Y, not 70.
To get the 360 (90+70+70+90) you'd need to go via airports such as CLT or PHL.
is this fare available to book through BA? Iíve tried but prices a lot higher
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:39 am
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Thanks - I'm looking at a contruct variation of AMS-SEA routing via LHR or DFW or PHL, for about 1380 GBP with Seattle actually being somewhere I want to go with I tickets for approx 500 TP. - Happy days. Question though - Hypothetically on the occasion, you could actually book this on BA's site when you get to the section to use avios to reduce cost, would you A) still get full TP's and B) does the maths add up on some occasions to reduce cost of a ticket using Avios. ( I suspect they are worth more to fly with than for cash reductions?)
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:52 am
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Remember DFW is in the middle of the US, thus only 40 TPs to any continental destination from there.
A) you get full TPs and Avios even if you reduce the price with avios.
B) only if you're avios rich and/or cash poor. IMO.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:25 pm
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Anyone know of any other weekends for OTP>PHX run after August ? Wonít be attending the PHX Do due to an already booked family holiday. I know last weekend in Nov is available but already in BGI that weekend also. Any others ? EU-USA ? A 600 TP run needed. Cheers

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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post
Anyone know of any other weekends for OTP>PHX run after August ? Won’t be attending the PHX Do due to an already booked family holiday. I know last weekend in Nov is available but already in BGI that weekend also. Any others ? EU-USA ? A 600 TP run needed. Cheers


You will need to look around Christmas and then towards end of March/early April (although not the actual Easter weekend.)

Post 12 on this thread has the dates. Although I am not 100% that these apply to 2019 as there may be a slight variation on these.

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Old Jun 20, 18, 2:11 am
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post
Anyone know of any other weekends for OTP>PHX run after August ? Wonít be attending the PHX Do due to an already booked family holiday. I know last weekend in Nov is available but already in BGI that weekend also. Any others ? EU-USA ? A 600 TP run needed. Cheers

have booked for myself 5-7 of April. Searching on Matrix on a return OTP-PHX will give you an indication when it is available, and allowed you to create a more sophisticated routing on these dates
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Old Jun 20, 18, 3:02 am
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Yes, as someone posted discontent about spring period not including the Easter Holiday, I checked that, but mainly to see if I could manage to place all of this run on my new membership year, shifting on April 8. The dates are unchanged:

'PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 29NOV OR 24DEC THROUGH 31DEC OR 24MAR THROUGH 08APR FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR'

This is strange as the period windows has usually followed the lesser demand for premium seats TATL, like Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Year, Easter and summer vacation months. The next year not possible to combine Easter Holidays off-work days with this run, and I'll have to split the credit to two years, as I guess, the 2 weeks grace period is only going the other way, or have anyone heard of permission to start next membership year a week in advance?
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Old Jun 20, 18, 3:41 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Yes, as someone posted discontent about spring period not including the Easter Holiday, I checked that, but mainly to see if I could manage to place all of this run on my new membership year, shifting on April 8. The dates are unchanged:

'PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 29NOV OR 24DEC THROUGH 31DEC OR 24MAR THROUGH 08APR FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR'

This is strange as the period windows has usually followed the lesser demand for premium seats TATL, like Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Year, Easter and summer vacation months. The next year not possible to combine Easter Holidays off-work days with this run, and I'll have to split the credit to two years, as I guess, the 2 weeks grace period is only going the other way, or have anyone heard of permission to start next membership year a week in advance?
Definitely not possible to have it shortened only extended.

In relation to the dates, You will find that they will get updated later in the year to include the Easter 2019 dates (Well they did for all the CAI to HNL and DUB to HNL, MAN SAT etc fares)
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Old Jun 20, 18, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
Definitely not possible to have it shortened only extended.

In relation to the dates, You will find that they will get updated later in the year to include the Easter 2019 dates (Well they did for all the CAI to HNL and DUB to HNL, MAN SAT etc fares)
Yeah, my emoticon was a sign of letting the question be a joke.

As per dates, there has been many members posting they booked late March/early April as present rules state. If the rules late change to include the Easter weekend, with the buzz of the TLV fare alive yet more today, one certainly hopes the reservations already made will not be cancelled as being mistake fares.

OTOH, presuming the Voucher value will be equivalent of the TLV FARE i.e. ~50% of original fare (£100/£197), then I'd like to be on the cancellation list too.
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Old Jun 20, 18, 10:59 am
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Sorry, duplicate post, a first for me
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Old Jun 20, 18, 11:08 am
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I just did my first matrix skript booking.. very exciting.. haha

OTP PHX... august 11 to 20th.. with 7 days to go around phoenix... and 920 TP... for 1620 euros.. luvin it
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Old Jun 20, 18, 12:35 pm
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Is there any way of doing the LAX-PTY shuffle without doing a redeye from west coast to east?
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