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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jul 10, 18, 2:26 pm
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Here is what is killing it


Category 3: Seasonal restriction
PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 29NOV OR 24DEC THROUGH 31DEC OR 24MAR THROUGH 08APR FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.

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Old Jul 10, 18, 2:29 pm
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Old Jul 10, 18, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
Got the picture working,

on the first page change currency to gbp and POS to LON see if that helps?
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just saw the date restriction post -- crap! no love for Canadian thanksgiving!

Back to the drawing board! Thanks for the help in figuring out the problem.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by SkyTeem View Post
I also have stayed at the Hilton Helsinki Airport, and it is quite nice, and quite an easy walk under a covered walkway from arrivals. Just follow the signs, the only tricky part is that half-way through the walk, you go up one floor in a lift or stairs. It's well marked though, and simple and safe. I even did it in January without a jacket.
Guessing you're from the North-East then? I don't think I've ever been as cold as I was in Helsinki doing the same walk in February, even with a coat - the walkway is somewhat sheltered but there's a bit of a nip in the air when it's -17. Definitely second the recommendation though, it's a nice hotel and couldn't be more convenient.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
@BA Humbug

Here is what is killing it


Category 3: Seasonal restriction
PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 29NOV OR 24DEC THROUGH 31DEC OR 24MAR THROUGH 08APR FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
Originally Posted by BA Humbug View Post
just saw the date restriction post -- crap! no love for Canadian thanksgiving!

Back to the drawing board! Thanks for the help in figuring out the problem.
As well as the date being an issue, you cannot do the HEL dogleg and route via LAX as this screws the mileage. It’s a case of one or the other. Of course the smart money is on doing HEL and then wait until AA change the timetable and you do a re-route via LAX without needing to worry about mileage.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Guessing you're from the North-East then? I don't think I've ever been as cold as I was in Helsinki doing the same walk in February, even with a coat - the walkway is somewhat sheltered but there's a bit of a nip in the air when it's -17. Definitely second the recommendation though, it's a nice hotel and couldn't be more convenient.
Soft southerner. I suppose you will be wearing a jacket in PHX!
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Old Jul 10, 18, 3:07 pm
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Sensing this will end in a wet t-shirt competition in Svalbard.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 5:05 pm
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Sensing this will end in a wet t-shirt competition in Svalbard.
But then you have to contend with the polar bears…
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Old Jul 10, 18, 11:34 pm
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For Bucharest, I would make a suggestion that you consider the Crowne Plaza or some hotel other than the RIN Airport Hotel. I think you'll be surprised at how inexpensive even the best hotels are in Bucharest, as well as taxis/ubers (you collect your uber across the road from the arrivals hall, on the top floor of the car park; taxis are ordered from a yellow kiosk on either side of the arrivals door just outside customs). The Crowne Plaza is not too far, maybe a 15 min drive down what is in all practicality a motorway.
If it's only for the night between BA884 arriving 00:15, and BA885 departing 8:30 am, IMO the hotel doesn't really worth the hassle. I used the RIN and due immigration queue and to shuttle times, I managed 3.50 hr sleeping.

Originally Posted by SkyTeem View Post
I also have stayed at the Hilton Helsinki Airport, and it is quite nice, and quite an easy walk under a covered walkway from arrivals. Just follow the signs, the only tricky part is that half-way through the walk, you go up one floor in a lift or stairs. It's well marked though, and simple and safe. I even did it in January without a jacket.
For Helsinki, if again it's a short night stay with the 23.30 arrival (usually 20 min late) and the 7:35 or 8:00 departure I would skip the expensive hotels and take advantage of the GoSleep Pods. You then can shower and change in the non-Schengen Finnair Lounge.

Of course if layovers are greater an hotel makes sense
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Old Jul 11, 18, 12:37 am
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As well as the date being an issue, you cannot do the HEL dogleg and route via LAX as this screws the mileage.
This is not true - the mileage is effectively 'unlimited' provided you pay the surcharge for additional mileage, however what does trip the poster up is the number of transfer requested is greater than the number permitted on the fare component.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 1:42 am
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I just hope the price including HEL shuffle drops soon as 1.7k € its not looking as attractive. Imo
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ITA it and then powertools into Priceline
Which I did but didn't work at all
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
I just hope the price including HEL shuffle drops soon as 1.7k € its not looking as attractive. Imo
I don't think it gets much cheaper than that - I paid £1499 (€1700) last year for the whole run, including the HEL shuttle. It's not a huge price to pay for 1040 TPs.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 4:01 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
I don't think it gets much cheaper than that - I paid £1499 (€1700) last year for the whole run, including the HEL shuttle. It's not a huge price to pay for 1040 TPs.
I was previously around £1400 but increase recently by around £100. Not sure if it will drop back to that level. I’m glad I paid the extra for F without HEL.
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So, having done two ex INV now, I find the whole thing exhausting.
And that's without a turnaround at INV as I head up to Caithness before and after a for a holiday.

How on earth do you do it? I can't imagine enjoying a BUH-LHR-JFK-LAX-PSP and back! Or indeed surviving it.... LOL
I'm doing an ex INV in NOV, and BA have just retimed a flight so I now have 40 mins at INV.
I do tend to do the B2B bit the day before though, so LHR-INV-LHR one day, then the long haul flight the next day.
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