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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 29, 18, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by ScottEdin View Post



Thanks for the tip, ITA didnít like it at all. Booking it through BA multi city site seemed to work

I managed to get edi - lhr - jfk - ogg - lax - mia - lhr - edi for £1590 for 920tp which Iím happy with for a post Christmas holiday and no positioning needed!

Interestingly theyíre all on BA code shares and the only BA metal is edi - lhr and lhr - edi
Good price for exUK, In @nufnuf77 example the YTZ is a typo should be YYZ
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Old Jun 29, 18, 4:46 pm
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Hi KARFA, these do look interesting, what dates are you seeing these prices for? also how are you booking them, I can't seem to get BA.com to accept the routing ( keep getting 120 minimum time between flights whatever I select).
Yous should be able to check prices on itamatix or google flights. I think I actually priced them up and booked using the multi city tool on ba.com - on the first one I am doing an overnight at ABZ and LUX, and the second one I am overnight in LUX. I think if you want to book with a b2b you would have to call since as you say multi-city tends to not allow connections less than 120 minutes.
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YYZ -HNL ~£950-1000 640TPís

for those of us stuck with YYZ as our home base, a decent run available at about £1.50/TP. Same day turnaround available, but all on older business class seats. Trying to force YYZ-JFK-LAX-HNL drives price up significantly. Plenty of YYZ-CLT-LAX/PHX-HNL available throughout summer dates.
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Originally Posted by ACN Consultant View Post
for those of us stuck with YYZ as our home base, a decent run available at about £1.50/TP. Same day turnaround available, but all on older business class seats. Trying to force YYZ-JFK-LAX-HNL drives price up significantly. Plenty of YYZ-CLT-LAX/PHX-HNL available throughout summer dates.
Beware of CLT-PHX as it's less than 2000 miles so only 40TP. CLT-LAX is fine for 140TP.
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Beware of CLT-PHX as it's less than 2000 miles so only 40TP. CLT-LAX is fine for 140TP.
sorry, yes, youíre right. Possible routings for 640 TPís are YYZ-PHL-LAX-HNL-LAX-PHL-YYZ. Thatís the one I booked Also possible to route via CLT-LAX-HNL, and PHL-PHX-HNL.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 12:29 am
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Hi,

First of all I appreciate any help on this question.
It's the first time I've ever tried to build up a loyalty scheme. My renewal date is 8th Aug and I'm sitting at Bronze with 530 tier points. I'm going to do HRW-AMS flights to pick up the last 80 to go to silver.
I'm going to do a lot of flying the next points year as I'll be travelling a lot due to be smarting a new company.
Because I can carry the silver over is it worth me trying to do a final rush tier run or is the step from Silver to Gold too big to try achieve in such a short time? I just wanted the benefits in gold for next year if I could.

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Old Jul 3, 18, 12:33 am
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Hi,

First of all I appreciate any help on this question.
It's the first time I've ever tried to build up a loyalty scheme. My renewal date is 8th Aug and I'm sitting at Bronze with 530 tier points. I'm going to do HRW-AMS flights to pick up the last 80 to go to silver.
I'm going to do a lot of flying the next points year as I'll be travelling a lot due to be smarting a new company.
Because I can carry the silver over is it worth me trying to do a final rush tier run or is the step from Silver to Gold too big to try achieve in such a short time? I just wanted the benefits in gold for next year if I could.

Thanks
No, I don’t think it is. You would only have gold until 30/9/19. However, if you do a run early in the new collection year (Fancy PHX Do?) then you would gain gold earlish in that year and have it until 30/9/20. It also gives you the possibility of pushing on for a GUF2 at 2,500TPs.

You can do OTP/PHX for £1400 and earn 800TPs or add in the HEL dogleg and take that up to 1120TPs.

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Old Jul 3, 18, 12:38 am
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Hi Badge,

I think only you can make that judgement call. The cheapest way of getting Gold - another 900 TP or so - would easily set you back another £1500+ (OTP-PHX if that is still available for those dates, I know there are restrictions), I imagine. That’s in addition to the time involved, so at least 3-5 days. If that isn’t available it might be something like a couple of returns via QR to the Far East - probably £2500-3000, plus the time.

If you feel that is worth it for you, then go for it. My personal instinct would instead be to gain silver, and then go for gold in your new TP year. You say you’ll be travelling more anyhow, so perhaps a combination of organic earning, strategic upgrades, and maybe a TP run or two. But that depends on your forthcoming travel patterns.

Edit: beaten to it by madfish with some excellent advice.

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Old Jul 3, 18, 1:41 am
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You can do OTP/PHX for £1400 and earn 800TPs or add in the HEL dogleg and take that up to 1120TPs.

The maximum you can book (including the HEL shuffle) is 1,040 TPs based on the fare rules, but of course if(/when!) you get a reschedule, you can ask to go via LAX instead of JFK-PHL direct, taking it to 1,120 TPs. Although, I wouldn't rely/guarantee this nor would I be giving it as advice.
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
The maximum you can book (including the HEL shuffle) is 1,040 TPs based on the fare rules, but of course if(/when!) you get a reschedule, you can ask to go via LAX instead of JFK-PHL direct, taking it to 1,120 TPs. Although, I wouldn't rely/guarantee this nor would I be giving it as advice.
Donít we always rely on an AA schedule change? Although probably not going to get one for August now.
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Don’t we always rely on an AA schedule change? Although probably not going to get one for August now.

Unlikely now for August, but weirder things have happened. Availability in I class is more likely to be a problem more than anything else
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
The maximum you can book (including the HEL shuffle) is 1,040 TPs based on the fare rules, but of course if(/when!) you get a reschedule, you can ask to go via LAX instead of JFK-PHL direct, taking it to 1,120 TPs. Although, I wouldn't rely/guarantee this nor would I be giving it as advice.

How do you get to 1,040 TPs. I see how you can get to 960 TP going OTP-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-PHX return. Where do extra 80 TPs come from?
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How do you get to 1,040 TPs. I see how you can get to 960 TP going OTP-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-PHX return. Where do extra 80 TPs come from?
OTP-LHR-HEL-LHR-JFK-PHX-JFK-LHR-HEL-LHR-OTP = 1,040 TPs

You will need to use ITA Multi-City to achieve this. Plenty of examples upthread.
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
OTP-LHR-HEL-LHR-JFK-PHX-JFK-LHR-HEL-LHR-OTP = 1,040 TPs

You will need to use ITA Multi-City to achieve this. Plenty of examples upthread.
Thank you. It is the shuffle part I can't seem to get to price in ITA Matrix. It tells me no flights found -- I thought it was because I was back tracking to the same airport (LHR).
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Thank you. It is the shuffle part I can't seem to get to price in ITA Matrix. It tells me no flights found -- I thought it was because I was back tracking to the same airport (LHR).

This is likely how you have laid it out,

You need to do

Flight one OTP LHR HEL

Flight two HEL LHR JFK

Flight three JFK PHX

Then same idea on return you cant put lhr twice in the same flight search that is what is giving you the error
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