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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jul 4, 18, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Z Class on LATAM now definitely earning again? I heard it was but haven't confirmed.
It earns according to the (now) updated avios award table for LATAM:

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Old Jul 4, 18, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
It earns according to the (now) updated avios award table for LATAM:

Where would I find it? It earns nothing according to BA's avios calculator.
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Old Jul 4, 18, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
It earns according to the (now) updated avios award table for LATAM:

it says indeed:Business (J, C, D, I, Z) Business (J, C, D, I, Z)125%
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Old Jul 4, 18, 6:19 am
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Where would I find it? It earns nothing according to BA's avios calculator.
https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...-avios/flights (scroll down for LATAM)

See Latam Premium Business Z-fare No Longer Eligible for TPs/Avios? for more information on LATAM Z class issue.
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Old Jul 4, 18, 7:07 am
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If I look up my booking in the BA app it shows the correct TP...…. (that includes 140 for the Z legs).
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Old Jul 4, 18, 7:47 am
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You can fly FCO-MPN (for all you MPN fans) on this fare Availability *super* limited and you'll need to have 7 nights at MPN - I very much doubt you can B2B having been there a few times!
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Old Jul 4, 18, 10:32 am
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What dates are you looking at and I will try see where the issue is?
Thanks for the offer and sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I'm looking for outbound any day from 7 Aug - 12 Aug. Back any day after 20 Aug.

When I put it into ITA matrix with the HEL shuffle -- it only offers Iberia code share flights. Whereas, if I just have one HEL I get a choice of AA or BA flights.
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Old Jul 4, 18, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by Mirp View Post
Thanks for the offer and sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I'm looking for outbound any day from 7 Aug - 12 Aug. Back any day after 20 Aug.

When I put it into ITA matrix with the HEL shuffle -- it only offers Iberia code share flights. Whereas, if I just have one HEL I get a choice of AA or BA flights.
Just so you are aware, the OTP/PHX flight has, I believe, a 28 day advance purchase. Don’t wait too long or you may miss out.

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Old Jul 4, 18, 1:39 pm
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Looking at an OTP-PHX in March/April next year, I want the TATLs on BA codes so I can UUA, but Matrix will only give the right price for AA codeshares on BA metal - If I try to force the BA code, the price leaps. There is I class availability on the BA coded flights. Am I missing a trick?
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Old Jul 4, 18, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by polemarch View Post
Looking at an OTP-PHX in March/April next year, I want the TATLs on BA codes so I can UUA, but Matrix will only give the right price for AA codeshares on BA metal - If I try to force the BA code, the price leaps. There is I class availability on the BA coded flights. Am I missing a trick?
Married segments. No way around it afaik
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Old Jul 4, 18, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by polemarch View Post
Looking at an OTP-PHX in March/April next year, I want the TATLs on BA codes so I can UUA, but Matrix will only give the right price for AA codeshares on BA metal - If I try to force the BA code, the price leaps. There is I class availability on the BA coded flights. Am I missing a trick?
And if you also force the domestic AA flights to BA codes? I do think that differences in I class availability between BA and AA has increased recently. AA seems to be far more frugal releasing I availability than previously.
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Old Jul 4, 18, 3:05 pm
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First Post/ LHR-HKG at £1500 on Qatar + BA

Long time lurker who has found this forum super helpful. Here is my first contribution:

I just booked the fare mentioned above which I think is quite a good fare ex-London. Can be flown all on QR but adding the BA operated flight to Doha saves some £££. New LGW Doha flight works too.

560 tier points and the HK flight has Qsuites.

Looks like good availability from now through next year. 7 night stay may be necessary. Outbound flights on Friday through Sunday.

(Canít post links yet so if someone could help?)
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Old Jul 4, 18, 6:11 pm
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Fabulous find Arnie. I've been looking EX-EU and these prices from LHR are better than all of them. I've gone for LHR-DOH A380, DOH-HKG and return shows a qsuites 777-300 and DOH-LHR on an A359, so a nice mix of good metal all QR no BA. To get the price to be the best on the way home we stay for a night in Doha before returning on QR1 the next day, £3146 for the 2 of us, EX-UK too, my wife won't believe it (Next week we are LAS via OTP and all round the houses, then in Sept to PDX from Jersey) this is a real treat! Thanks again
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Old Jul 4, 18, 7:08 pm
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I’ve got 2x tickets booked with BA as part of our holiday package for a one way internal flight in the US, flying with AA. According to BA manage my booking it’s a business class flight earning 40 tier point plus miles but the AA site tells me that it’s first class ticket. I cannot locate the fare code but if BA recognise as first class I should get50 tier points rather than 40, enabling me to progress up to the next tier but our return flight home. This post is only about tier points and tier progression, the actual flight business/first difference doesn’t interest me per se. It’s a 3 hour internal flight. I merely want to accrue as many tier points as possible on this trip.

Does anyone know how I can check whether the AA ticket (first class) should be accepted by BA instead of their own (business) determination or experienced this then requested the ‘missing tier points’ and secured them? I’ve downloaded our boarding cards today, both state first class. Can any experienced FAs assist?
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Old Jul 4, 18, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Kat222 View Post
I’ve got 2x tickets booked with BA as part of our holiday package for a one way internal flight in the US, flying with AA. According to BA manage my booking it’s a business class flight earning 40 tier point plus miles but the AA site tells me that it’s first class ticket. I cannot locate the fare code but if BA recognise as first class I should get50 tier points rather than 40, enabling me to progress up to the next tier but our return flight home. This post is only about tier points and tier progression, the actual flight business/first difference doesn’t interest me per se. It’s a 3 hour internal flight. I merely want to accrue as many tier points as possible on this trip.

Does anyone know how I can check whether the AA ticket (first class) should be accepted by BA instead of their own (business) determination or experienced this then requested the ‘missing tier points’ and secured them? I’ve downloaded our boarding cards today, both state first class. Can any experienced FAs assist?
Since AA recoded their flights we've been getting 40 Tier Points even when flying First Class - unless you have a First Class Transatlantic ticket or are on a three class aircraft in First Class.
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