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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 29, 18, 6:30 am
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Helsinki will do it. Seeing plenty of weekend options in CE for around £670

https://goo.gl/flights/TokcR


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Old Jul 29, 18, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by phoneticduck View Post
Helsinki will do it. Seeing plenty of weekend options in CE for around £670
Indeed, 750 EUR. I can get it down to 680ish, but not for a two day trip. Still, some useful options.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 1:18 am
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CMB-BOS on AA $1609 for 480 TPs

Here's a nice one:

CMB-HKG (CX C class)
HKG-LAX (AA R)
LAX-JFK (AA J)
JFK-BOS (AA J)

$1609 USD for 480 TPS
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Old Jul 30, 18, 2:21 am
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Originally Posted by Surgee View Post
Here's a nice one:

CMB-HKG (CX C class)
HKG-LAX (AA R)
LAX-JFK (AA J)
JFK-BOS (AA J)

$1609 USD for 480 TPS
I would add that return is less then 2x oneway and that this is an MPM fare which can be optimised
CMB-KUL-NRT-HNL-LAX-JFK-BOS for 640TPs same price
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Old Jul 30, 18, 7:29 am
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In case anyone is looking for last minute points to complete status, some perennial European favourites are available on weekends in September:

LHR-LUX-LHR is £172 for 80TPs and LUX-LHR-LUX is only £142. Club Europe. Easy back to back, can be done in a single Saturday afternoon/evening if you nest them and do them over consecutive weekends; 160 TPs for £314 so less than £2 per TP which is amazing value for something out of London. Nest in more if you need more than 160 TPs (e.g. four nested returns over four Saturdays would yield 320 TPs)

DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR-DUB (or HEL-LHR-DUB-LHR-HEL) in CE is £393 for 240 TPs. Can't be done in one day and needs positioning to DUB/HEL. Can be done in a single weekend with a Saturday night stay (e.g. Hilton HEL is £105)
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Old Jul 30, 18, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I would add that return is less then 2x oneway and that this is an MPM fare which can be optimised
CMB-KUL-NRT-HNL-LAX-JFK-BOS for 640TPs same price
how did you put that together? i've been trying for an hour and still cannot find anything like it?
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Old Jul 30, 18, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by staticx813 View Post
how did you put that together? i've been trying for an hour and still cannot find anything like it?
Not sure you might be going against some of the fare rules - I just give ideas, haven't gone through the whole fare, but IF THE FARE COMPONENT INCLUDES TRAVEL FROM/TO/VIA HNL
THEN THAT TRAVEL MUST NOT BE ON
ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
ANY AA FLIGHT OPERATED BY JL.


THE FARE COMPONENT MUST INCLUDE TRAVEL VIA EACH
TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR ON
ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
ANY AA FLIGHT OPERATED BY AA
ANY AA FLIGHT OPERATED BY JL.It would seem including HNL will be a no-go, but happy to be proven wrong. Also only 3 transfers in NA
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Old Jul 30, 18, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I would add that return is less then 2x oneway and that this is an MPM fare which can be optimised
CMB-KUL-NRT-HNL-LAX-JFK-BOS for 640TPs same price
Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I just give ideas, haven't gone through the whole fare,
Its not that helpful to state things like they are fact and then come back a few hours later to say they were just "ideas"

Glad I didn't look into it but my sympathies to the poster above who spent an hour chasing your tail..
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Old Jul 30, 18, 10:46 am
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There are worse tails to chase to be honest. You'll learn a lot from @nufnuf77's ideas.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by Surgee View Post
Its not that helpful to state things like they are fact and then come back a few hours later to say they were just "ideas"

Glad I didn't look into it but my sympathies to the poster above who spent an hour chasing your tail..
The one hour probably thought the OP a lot
More seriously it took me one minute to then come back and recheck the fare rules to realise HNL is disallowed on JAL and transpacific has to be AA, so a quick check on allowed carriers would have spared the OP 59 mins.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
The one hour probably thought the OP a lot
More seriously it took me one minute to then come back and recheck the fare rules to realise HNL is disallowed on JAL and transpacific has to be AA, so a quick check on allowed carriers would have spared the OP 59 mins.
Sometimes on FT we can never tell who's tail we're chasing
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Old Jul 31, 18, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
The one hour probably thought the OP a lot
More seriously it took me one minute to then come back and recheck the fare rules to realise HNL is disallowed on JAL and transpacific has to be AA, so a quick check on allowed carriers would have spared the OP 59 mins.
fare enough. i would assume that the fare rules were pulled from EF. but how would one go about pulling this specific fare rules?? where would you even start??

IS this be a multi city segment search to achieve this MPM?

Thanks!
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Old Jul 31, 18, 3:59 pm
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I know its nearly treason to use Y across the Atlantic but im tempted to do one given there are some low £200 fares with One World to NYC.

My thinking is that given the lack of HNL runs I may be able to build a better run from the US east coast.

Does anyone have any ideas on routing around mid March to maximise TP’s just for fun spending around £1000? I will try any itinerary that us bookable and will have around 6 days to complete from say 13th March onwards. Most that I looked at where £1200+ for around 450 TP’s. I would like more than that. Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 31, 18, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Ned1968 View Post
In case anyone is looking for last minute points to complete status, some perennial European favourites are available on weekends in September:

LHR-LUX-LHR is £172 for 80TPs and LUX-LHR-LUX is only £142. Club Europe. Easy back to back, can be done in a single Saturday afternoon/evening if you nest them and do them over consecutive weekends; 160 TPs for £314 so less than £2 per TP which is amazing value for something out of London. Nest in more if you need more than 160 TPs (e.g. four nested returns over four Saturdays would yield 320 TPs)

DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR-DUB (or HEL-LHR-DUB-LHR-HEL) in CE is £393 for 240 TPs. Can't be done in one day and needs positioning to DUB/HEL. Can be done in a single weekend with a Saturday night stay (e.g. Hilton HEL is £105)
I seem to recall no AY metal on the DUB-HEL fare - though my flight from DUB was so delayed by snow earlier this year I called BA upon landing at LHR and rescheduled onto the A350 for a different weekend. I am tempted by the LUX fare for later this year as Iíll need some TP runs to renew GGL and hit LTG (want those jokers and GUFs for my burning years!)
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Old Jul 31, 18, 10:34 pm
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Originally Posted by davy1974 View Post
I know its nearly treason to use Y across the Atlantic but im tempted to do one given there are some low £200 fares with One World to NYC......
Care to share the detail of the low £200 to NYC?
Thinking tactically, a weekend shopping in NYC might be the first step to getting Mrs gcuk on a TP run in the future 😉
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