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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Aug 12, 18, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I'm bumping my own post, but genuinely curious.

I tried pricing up an OTP-PHX run over Thanksgiving, but couldn't get anywhere near the £1,500 I was expecting.

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AA schedule changes for Thanksgiving went into effect about a week ago, with a lot of frequencies being cancelled for Thanksgiving (on the 22nd) which eliminated most of the I class availability.
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Old Aug 12, 18, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by absoluy View Post
AA schedule changes for Thanksgiving went into effect about a week ago, with a lot of frequencies being cancelled for Thanksgiving (on the 22nd) which eliminated most of the I class availability.
Rats! That would explain why I can't find anything myself!

Thanks for the info absoluy!

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Old Aug 12, 18, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I'm bumping my own post, but genuinely curious.

I tried pricing up an OTP-PHX run over Thanksgiving, but couldn't get anywhere near the £1,500 I was expecting.

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Yes ! Can we try to find an OTP under 1500 please? (I found one but need to spent NYE on the plane....!) We can do it
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Old Aug 13, 18, 10:54 am
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Yes ! Can we try to find an OTP under 1500 please? (I found one but need to spent NYE on the plane....!) We can do it
I've not been able to find anything in 2019, but keep me posted if you do!
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Old Aug 13, 18, 12:22 pm
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There has GOT to be something good ex-Turkey given the news.
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Old Aug 13, 18, 3:35 pm
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Yes ! Can we try to find an OTP under 1500 please? (I found one but need to spent NYE on the plane....!) We can do it
I would love to spend NYE on a plane Let me know the route, all the NYE flights were super expensive when I checked
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Old Aug 13, 18, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post


I would love to spend NYE on a plane Let me know the route, all the NYE flights were super expensive when I checked
Few posts above this one, the route you will find. (#3292)
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Old Aug 13, 18, 10:31 pm
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Yes ! Can we try to find an OTP under 1500 please? (I found one but need to spent NYE on the plane....!) We can do it
I believe the original ILN8C8S4 is not there anymore, but you can find a similar one - ILX8C8S6 - with more restrictions for the dates, working around Xmas.




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Old Aug 14, 18, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post


I would love to spend NYE on a plane Let me know the route, all the NYE flights were super expensive when I checked
Having done this back from SJC and LAS two of the last three NYE I can confirm it's a completely normal flight, and I slept through !
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Old Aug 14, 18, 4:55 am
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That's a shame! I was thinking thinking there would be a great atmosphere especially in J and F! And the champagne would be flowing! Party Plane!!
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Old Aug 14, 18, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by tomparskate View Post
That's a shame! I was thinking thinking there would be a great atmosphere especially in J and F! And the champagne would be flowing! Party Plane!!
Which timezone(s) do you want to celebrate New Year? Getting consensus would be a minefield!
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Old Aug 14, 18, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by DVT View Post
Which timezone(s) do you want to celebrate New Year? Getting consensus would be a minefield!
The OTP journey I found would mean spending NYE 400 miles south-east Iceland, coming back from JFK en route to Helsinki.
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Old Aug 14, 18, 7:02 am
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Hi everybody,

My wife and I are looking at going to California for a week in mid-November. We will only be flying economy, but I am wondering if there is a way to maximise TPs flying LON-SFO and then LAX-LON? From what I have read, there will not be any POUGs as it is an open jaw route? In which case, would we be better booking LON-SFO-LON and then a separate LAX-SFO ticket (assuming prices are sensible).

Should I be looking for LON-SFO with as many stop overs as possible, and then a single LAX-SFO?

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this isn't the right place to post this question.
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Old Aug 14, 18, 7:39 am
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£1333 for OTP-PHX, dep 27th back in time for NYE in Bucharest

620 TP's
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Old Aug 14, 18, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by wilsnunn View Post
Hi everybody, My wife and I are looking at going to California for a week in mid-November. We will only be flying economy, but I am wondering if there is a way to maximise TPs flying LON-SFO and then LAX-LON?....
If you can get an evening flight the day before you’d normally travel without extra costs such as taking more time off work, there are evening flights to JFK or BOS, you could stay there and then take a direct AA flight to SFO the next morning. On the return you could do LAX-ORD, then stay near ORD and then get the daytime AA flight to LHR the next morning.
Play around with the AA website remembering to select ‘all carriers’ as the airline option.
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