BA Tier Point Runs | 2018 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 25, 18, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
If you are open with dates you can get INV - HNL for £1461 as you give up the APD
Where is this bookable and what dates? Thanks
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Old Jul 25, 18, 8:04 am
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BUF-phl/dca-BOS or BUF-phl/dca-NYC and reverse ~$141-155 for 80 TPs

For anyone ex-NYC, ex-BUF, or ex-BOS, some very nice AA I fares BOS-BUF or NYC-BUF or reverse routing. Connect through PHL/DCA.

BOS-BUF or reverse is $141 for 80TPs at $1.76/TP
NYC-BUF or reverse is ~$150 USD for 80TPs

Of course, you have to love AA's RJs
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Old Jul 25, 18, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by Surgee View Post
For anyone ex-NYC, ex-BUF, or ex-BOS, some very nice AA I fares BOS-BUF or NYC-BUF or reverse routing. Connect through PHL/DCA.

BOS-BUF or reverse is $141 for 80TPs at $1.76/TP
NYC-BUF or reverse is ~$150 USD for 80TPs

Of course, you have to love AA's RJs
Piece together BOS-PHL-BUF-DCA-LGA for $300. I'm sure there are other combos

Last edited by Surgee; Jul 25, 18 at 8:48 am Reason: heat is effecting my math...
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Old Jul 25, 18, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by davy1974 View Post
Where is this bookable and what dates? Thanks

It is no longer bookable if you want the INV - LHR - JFK - LAX - OGG

BUT LHR - JFK - LAX - OGG or INV - LHR - LAX - OGG seem bookable accoridng to Google Flights between Feb - March next year midweek departure minimum stay of 7 days
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Old Jul 25, 18, 11:21 pm
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end of November will be in NYC any ideas how to maximise tier points and get a good price and maybe 7-10 days in Florida/Caribbean area ?

any help appreciated
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Old Jul 26, 18, 2:50 am
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Originally Posted by timeport4 View Post
end of November will be in NYC any ideas how to maximise tier points and get a good price and maybe 7-10 days in Florida/Caribbean area ?

any help appreciated
Any interest in Richmond? LGA-DCA-BUF-PHL-RIC for $343 each way. 160 TPs for $2.13/TP
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Old Jul 26, 18, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by Surgee View Post
Any interest in Richmond? LGA-DCA-BUF-PHL-RIC for $343 each way. 160 TPs for $2.13/TP
Very cheap and def a possible

thxs will have a look into
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Old Jul 27, 18, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
The LAX-PHX-MIA-BDA routing only earns 120 TP as PHX-MIA only is 1972 miles. LAX-CLT, however, is 2125 miles. So LAX-CLT-MIA-BDA is 220TP
Correct on PHX-MIA, my bad.

That said, similar fare is also available ex-SFO. SFO-LAX-JFK-BDA with LAX-JFK in very comfortable J can be had in the $493-$520 range netting 220 TPs

And ex-Den: DEN-LAX-MIA-BDA for $438 and 220 TPs, (~$2/TP).... On Sept 11 its actually only $393 but LAX-MIA is on the 737 and then you spend all day at MIA.
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Old Jul 27, 18, 11:59 am
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Hi All

I need 110 Tier points to get back to Gold before the 8th of September. Any ideas welcome as a cheap as possible. Based in Dublin.

thanks

J
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Old Jul 27, 18, 4:44 pm
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Originally Posted by JPMDUBLIN View Post
Hi All

I need 110 Tier points to get back to Gold before the 8th of September. Any ideas welcome as a cheap as possible. Based in Dublin.

thanks

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Dub->LHR->HEL is 120tps in CE, ET back to save.
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Old Jul 29, 18, 1:52 am
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Is the LAX-PTY run gone again? Can´t find anything right now.
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Old Jul 29, 18, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by krabbenkopf View Post
Is the LAX-PTY run gone again? Can´t find anything right now.
Fare rules changed, now only 2 transfers allowed
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Old Jul 29, 18, 3:14 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
Fare rules changed, now only 2 transfers allowed
Thanks! Too bad...
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Old Jul 29, 18, 3:17 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
Fare rules changed, now only 2 transfers allowed
Ah thats a shame. Almost every other cheap AA fare from the US to Latin America/Carribean was changed to 2 transfers maximum a couple of years ago, but for some reason PTY survived much longer. Presumably this will now stay as the new normal rule for PTY too. Perhaps all the sudden YVR-PTY bookings for the same week caused them to look at it and realise it was too generous
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Old Jul 29, 18, 5:57 am
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Hi folks,
I read a lot of posts here, but I couldn't find anything suitable for me. I need min 220TP to achieve BA Gold until 8. September
I've played around with the matrix and found something which could work, but even with Bookwithmatrix I can't reproduce the price (Ebookers: 1050 €)

Now I would like to ask the experts if you have something in your mind which could work for a weekend run for a reasonable price.

Thanks for your help

Departure Airport(s): HAM
BA TPs Needed: min 220
BA segments needed: No special segments requirement
Max Budget: ~700€
Available Travel Dates: End of August up to 9 Sept (End of qualification year including grace period)
Max # Travel Nights: 2-3 (In best case extended weekend to avoid days off at work)
BA only, or Partners Okay: Any oneworld

Thanks for your help
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