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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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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2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
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Old Jan 10, 18, 12:30 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
exAMS Sale Fare INCSALE to BKK

This is a slightly cheaper (around £90 less) sale fare version of the long running advanced purchase AMS-BKK (INCEU60) fare. It looks like it has the same conditions, albeit this one needs to be booked by 4 February. At £1,259 this can be a cheap way to get to all Far East destinations. Also AMS is fool proof for back to backs.

Permitted routings are:
1. AMS-LON-BKK
2. AMS-LON-HKG-CX/HX/RJ-BKK
3. AMS-LON-KUL-BA/MH/RJ-BKK
4. AMS-LON-SIN-3K/CX-BKK

Some previous INCSALE AMS-BKK fares have only allowed the direct LHR-BKK flight but this one does not seem to be restricted in that way. Both LHR to SIN and KUL earn 160 TP in J, LHR-HKG is just 140 TP. Be careful if going to KUL as you may be routed on MH to BKK in I class which earns no TPs or avios.

A typical routing could be for example AMS-LHR-HKG-BKK with HKG-BKK on CX/KA, earning 440 TP in total.

Example price:
AMS-BKK - £1,259 (example when routing AMS-LHR-HKG-BKK rtn)

No travel period restrictions.
I do not know if anyone mentioned this route BRU-PVG priced @ £1,267
BRU-HKG-PVG (via CX) priced @ £1,362
or possibly PEK (via CA,HU,MU)
all uses the same fare code: INCSALE.

Does anyone know if any other ex-EU cities other than BRU and AMS use the same fare but to different cities in SE Asia.

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Old Jan 10, 18, 12:35 am
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No expert, but my reading would be 2 stopovers is €100each. Three stopovers would be €600 at €200 each.

I suppose you could try a dummy booking with and without the stopovers to see what matrix has on the fare.

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Old Jan 10, 18, 12:55 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
No expert, but mybreading would be 2 stopovers is €100each. Three stopovers would be €600 at €200 each.

I suppose you could try a dummy booking with and without the stopovers to see what ikpactbthis has on the fare.
it should be first two cost 100each and third onwards cost 200 each
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I am new to this. Can I use the expertflyer or other tools with an known fare code to find out which cities this particular fare is available to? Thanks
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Old Jan 10, 18, 1:43 am
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I am new to this. Can I use the expertflyer or other tools with an known fare code to find out which cities this particular fare is available to? Thanks
not sure what exactly you mean but INCSALE is filed to most Asian cities from a lot of eu origins at different price points. Expertflyer should help you.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 2:21 am
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not sure what exactly you mean but INCSALE is filed to most Asian cities from a lot of eu origins at different price points. Expertflyer should help you.
thanks
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Old Jan 10, 18, 3:20 am
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
How do you interpret the stopover cost clause?

If you have only 2 stopovers in total it adds EUR 200 (100 x 2)?

And if you want unlimited stopovers, you add EUR 200 in total, or EUR200 for each stopover?

If I want to do the following:

AMS-LHR-HKG
HKG-BKK
BKK-HKG
HKG-LHR
LHR-AMS

I count 3 stopovers in addition to BKK as the destimation - is that correct?
They are not stopovers if you are there connecting for less than 24 hours though. Connections even if overnight do not incur stopover fees as long as you leave within 24 hours of arriving, they would be counted as a transfer. If you want to stay longer than 24 hours then yes that is a stopover and yes you would incur the stopover fee for each one.

If you are doing multiple stopovers the first two cost EUR100 each, and every subsequent one another EUR200.

In addition other fees may become due for a stopover - for example doing a stopover in London on the way out is very expensive since you would also have to pay APD which is £150, so the total additional cost of adding a stopover in London would be €100 + £150 + any other small airport fees. As far as I know HKG doesn't really have anything like that as an equivalent, I think the additional airport fees are minimal.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 6:02 am
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exAMS Sale Fare INCSALE to BKK
Be careful if going to KUL as you may be routed on MH to BKK in I class which earns no TPs or avios.
Hi,

Total newbie here but is there a way to avoid the I fare on KUL-BKK ? Can it be forced to a higher fare without bumping the overall ticket price to much ?

Thanks
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Hi,

Total newbie here but is there a way to avoid the I fare on KUL-BKK ? Can it be forced to a higher fare without bumping the overall ticket price to much ?

Thanks
Not if you want to go via KUL sadly.
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Hi,

Total newbie here but is there a way to avoid the I fare on KUL-BKK ? Can it be forced to a higher fare without bumping the overall ticket price to much ?

Thanks
Going BKK-SIN works fine, and it's very easy and quick to get from SIN to KUL (albeit on a LCC to the low cost terminal), so if TP are the aim, do that. You also get more TP for the long haul between LHR SIN than KL I think.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Going BKK-SIN works fine, and it's very easy and quick to get from SIN to KUL (albeit on a LCC to the low cost terminal), so if TP are the aim, do that. You also get more TP for the long haul between LHR SIN than KL I think.
Both KUL and SIN are the longer long haul routes so both get 160 TPs in business. HKG is only 140 TPs.
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Both KUL and SIN are the longer long haul routes so both get 160 TPs in business. HKG is only 140 TPs.

Thanks

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Old Jan 10, 18, 6:52 am
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For option 4: I seem to recall that the LATAM FRA-MAD or reverse was reasonably priced - don't know if it still is? Long haul flatbed, too.
Thanks - taking a look I see that LATAM fares go as low as £171 for the one way journey FRA-MAD around half the price of Iberia and £151 the other way around.

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Bkk Pek (and other Chinese cities) back at £410 earning 360 TPS thanks to MH. Book soon!
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
Bkk Pek (and other Chinese cities) back at £410 earning 360 TPS thanks to MH. Book soon!
Isn't MH the non TP earner for some fare codes? Also is that J?
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