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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Aug 21, 18, 10:03 am
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I didn't know Hawaii required a reason. That's an amazing price for nearly 90 percent of your Gold earnings in one go.
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Old Aug 21, 18, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by CompassLHR View Post
Hey guys,
Any thoughts on any interesting fares exBKK? Thx
I have been looking at potential routes on MH as well recently, albeit from PEN rather than BKK. Google flights can be a nice way of quickly seeing prices for various destinations on MH. Basically enter your start point, dates, cabin, and do not put in a destination, Click search and it will bring up the map with prices shown next to each destination. You can filter to "oneworld" under the airlines tab. Ideally try and get a 2000 mile route in for 140 TPs, so as noted BKK-KUL-TPE would be good and get you 2 x (40+140) TPs for a return.
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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post
Bkk-kul-tpe on MH is very good TP/£ at the moment. Have to overnight in kul. But from November there is widebosy lieflat seats on the kul-tpe legs.
Lots of destinations at good prices ex-BKK right now for 360 TPs
MH limited business class sale ex-Bangkok

You can nest BKK-KUL-DEL and DEL-KUL-PVG returns for 920 TPs / ~1200 EUR.

Edit: Also possible to add the DEL-KUL-SYD-PER run for 840 TPs / 1150 EUR

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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post
Lots of destinations at good prices ex-BKK right now for 360 TPs
MH limited business class sale ex-Bangkok

You can nest BKK-KUL-DEL and DEL-KUL-PVG returns for 920 TPs / ~1200 EUR.
Thanks, yes good list of places. If looking at destinations in China I would caution anyone against trying the suggestion mentioned in that thread to get around TWOV restrictions!
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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by typical View Post
This is the AA one. BA is upthread.

Note I've not optimised this at all. It looks pretty easy to find better planes and timings, and stopovers are possible too.
Played around with this, and it can be routed NBO-(LVI, VFA, MPM, HRE)-JNB, MRU and LOS, albeit at considerable expense, for few/no additional TPs, as the most intra-Africa legs are on KQ or SA; however, there is potential for interesting stopovers - a TP holiday to MRU and HNL on one ticket, anyone?!
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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post
Played around with this, and it can be routed NBO-(LVI, VFA, MPM, HRE)-JNB, MRU and LOS, albeit at considerable expense, for few/no additional TPs, as the most intra-Africa legs are on KQ or SA; however, there is potential for interesting stopovers - a TP holiday to MRU and HNL on one ticket, anyone?!
I think I would probably skip the last 17hrs LHR to NBO if I was doing that trip and go back home, in London, for a 48hrs nap.. 😂😂😂
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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:53 am
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I think I would probably skip the last 17hrs LHR to NBO if I was doing that trip and go back home, in London, for a 48hrs nap.. 😂😂😂
Am seriously considering an extended stay in CPT/NBO either side of this, so no need to drop anything, but if you are based in Europe, positioning to NBO is a b*tch long way.
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Old Aug 21, 18, 11:55 am
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Back-to-back at HEL for BAEC TP Run

Hiya. Iíve booked a TP run with the following bookings:
Booking 1: Dep LHR to HEL on a Sunday, Rtn HEL to LHR on the Monday.
Booking 2: Dep HEL on the same Sunday as outbound LHR flight, return LHR to HEL on the Monday and catch return flight back to LHR from Booking 1 the same evening. So essentially these are two back-to-back flights on BA out of HEL. Could someone advise on how feasible a back-to-back with BA at HEL is on this type of booking? I still have time to cancel. Thanks!
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Old Aug 21, 18, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Tom Cunningham View Post
Could someone advise on how feasible a back-to-back with BA at HEL is on this type of booking? I still have time to cancel. Thanks!
Normally BA flights from LHR to HEL deplane direct to the non-schengen gate area, from where the plane will board a bit later. BA usually uses gates close to the Finnair Oneworld lounge, so enjoy that as well. If you are bussed to the terminal from a stand position, you need to follow the transfer route to get back to the gate area (do not enter baggage claim or passport control), around 5 minutes walk back to the bus/other gates, probably no transfer security (but could happen sometimes). Definitely do online checkin in advance so you have your boarding passes ready. HEL is a relatively small airport. Welcome to HEL ;-)

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Old Aug 21, 18, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by haa View Post
Normally BA flights from LHR to HEL deplane direct to the non-schengen gate area, from where the plane will board a bit later. BA usually uses gates close to the Finnair Oneworld lounge, so enjoy that as well. If you are bussed to the terminal from a stand position, you need to follow the transfer route to get back to the gate area (do not enter baggage claim or passport control), around 5 minutes walk back to the bus/other gates, probably no transfer security (but could happen sometimes). Definitely do online checkin in advance so you have your boarding passes ready. HEL is a relatively small airport. Welcome to HEL ;-)
If you get bussed I think you get dropped downstairs near the 51A-D gates. I think boarding would be from the 50A-M gates for a bus so it would be up the escalator, along 100m and then right down to the 50 gates - basically takes a few minutes at most. There wouldn't be any security coming from the UK so you wouldn't be fed in to the transfer security area. There is a nice map on the HEL website.

https://map.helsinkiairport.fi/?lang...vref=paragraph
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Old Aug 22, 18, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
I have been looking at potential routes on MH as well recently, albeit from PEN rather than BKK. Google flights can be a nice way of quickly seeing prices for various destinations on MH. Basically enter your start point, dates, cabin, and do not put in a destination, Click search and it will bring up the map with prices shown next to each destination. You can filter to "oneworld" under the airlines tab. Ideally try and get a 2000 mile route in for 140 TPs, so as noted BKK-KUL-TPE would be good and get you 2 x (40+140) TPs for a return.
BKK-KUL-BOM has been around for a while. 360TPs for £480ish and it's lie flat on the KUL-BOM flight.
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Old Aug 22, 18, 4:06 am
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BKK-KUL-BOM has been around for a while. 360TPs for £480ish and it's lie flat on the KUL-BOM flight.
What's the visa/immigration position here? Same day turnarounds possible?
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Old Aug 22, 18, 4:58 am
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What's the visa/immigration position here? Same day turnarounds possible?
You can get an e-Visa if you're a UK citizen, which makes the process pretty straightforward. I've never waited more than 15 mins at BOM with an e-Visa.

So yes, if there is more than one flight, same day should be possible. Doubt B2B would work.
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Old Aug 22, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
You can get an e-Visa if you're a UK citizen, which makes the process pretty straightforward. I've never waited more than 15 mins at BOM with an e-Visa.

So yes, if there is more than one flight, same day should be possible. Doubt B2B would work.
According to EF it should just about be possible in BOM:

Minimum Connect Times

Share ResultsSTANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE .30 2.30 3.00 1.00
OFFLINE .30 2.30 3.00 1.00
** OR * ARE ALL
**-** II 1.00 TRM 2 - 2
I am planning to book one of these turnarounds in BOM in a couple of monthís time, and will report back.
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Old Aug 22, 18, 6:09 am
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Just managed to book this for £901 on BA Holidays to include one night in PEN although the base fare is slightly lower

22Aug £1.31/TP £839 640 EDI-LON-DOH-PEN return I BA.com victairinternational

Managed to build in Q suites. Flights LHR-DOH are BA/QR operated, DOH-PEN is QR mainly A330 (787 until October)

Fare is BA RNWC86S5 EDI to PEN

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