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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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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2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
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Old Sep 3, 18, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by GBT View Post
Could someone tell me if the LUX-HNL fare has been pulled please?
Have been trying to book it for March 2019, including phoning AA.COM and online by changing city to Belgium but seems to have disappeared now.
Was possible on Finnair but only a direct route - which is obviously not the way I want to get there!!
Looks like it's gone, sadly
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Old Sep 3, 18, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by zen100 View Post
Quite a few ex-LUX deals on at the moment. Here's one to LAS in J. £1,465 for 720TP. At 2:1 it's hardly a mega-deal, but not bad if you want to head to west coast USA.

Other west coast destinations beyond LAX price up similar (PHX, SAN etc.) - about £50 more.


those TPAC flights under AA prefix probably don't count as eligible flights?
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Old Sep 3, 18, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by sydneyguy1234 View Post
those TPAC flights under AA prefix probably don't count as eligible flights?
They are TATL, but no, they do not count for the purpose of BAEC qualification. They need to be BA-coded.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by wmaciej View Post
They are TATL, but no, they do not count for the purpose of BAEC qualification. They need to be BA-coded.

my bad, but from the guide, it said BA operated + other flight prefix still count as eligible flights

since I usually do SIN-SYD-MEL as BAEC qualification and it would be my first time in such circumstance.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by wmaciej View Post
They are TATL, but no, they do not count for the purpose of BAEC qualification. They need to be BA-coded.
What do you mean? Are you after TPs? If yes, those flights will earn both TP and Miles if you are a BAEC member since AA is a OW partner.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by wmaciej View Post
They are TATL, but no, they do not count for the purpose of BAEC qualification. They need to be BA-coded.
No, the LHR-JFK would be eligible as it is operated by BA, doesn't matter if it is AA coded.

Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
What do you mean? Are you after TPs? If yes, those flights will earn both TP and Miles if you are a BAEC member since AA is a OW partner.
They are referring to the 4 eligible flights you need for Silver / Gold.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by wheatbeer View Post
No, the LHR-JFK would be eligible as it is operated by BA, doesn't matter if it is AA coded.



They are referring to the 4 eligible flights you need for Silver / Gold.
Ha! The famous 4. My bad, forgotten about those. Already have 79 flights this year!
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by wheatbeer View Post
No, the LHR-JFK would be eligible as it is operated by BA, doesn't matter if it is AA coded.



They are referring to the 4 eligible flights you need for Silver / Gold.

cool, so as long as the LHR-JFK v.v. is BA operated then one RT can complete the 4 flights requirement
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
Ha! The famous 4. My bad, forgotten about those. Already have 79 flights this year!
Only just qualified then

Originally Posted by sydneyguy1234 View Post
cool, so as long as the LHR-JFK v.v. is BA operated then one RT can complete the 4 flights requirement
Yep.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by sydneyguy1234 View Post
those TPAC flights under AA prefix probably don't count as eligible flights?
The AA operated flights don't count as one of the 4 BA Qualifying flights, correct. But you get full TPs for them - slightly reduced Avios, as you don't get the BA Cabin bonus.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by zen100 View Post
The AA operated flights don't count as one of the 4 BA Qualifying flights, correct. But you get full TPs for them - slightly reduced Avios, as you don't get the BA Cabin bonus.

But the BA operated AA coded TATL flight will still count towards right? really getting confuse tho.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by zen100 View Post
The AA operated flights don't count as one of the 4 BA Qualifying flights, correct. But you get full TPs for them - slightly reduced Avios, as you don't get the BA Cabin bonus.
Yes but LHR-JFK is operated by BA which does count.

Originally Posted by sydneyguy1234 View Post
But the BA operated AA coded TATL flight will still count towards right? really getting confuse tho.
Yes it will. Here is the page from BA. Eligible is marketed OR operated.

https://www.britishairways.com/trave...s/public/en_gb

Also in the Wiki on here:

02 What is an eligible flight?

Examples of criteria used to determine eligible flights:

BA operated + BA flight prefix
BA operated + other flight prefix
Other carrier operated + BA flight prefix
IB operated + IB flight prefix

The 2nd case is the relevant one.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 2:03 pm
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Apologies, I stand corrected.
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Old Sep 3, 18, 9:39 pm
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XMAS/NYE : From MSP to CDG, AMS, FRA via ORD,DFW,LHR

December availability. Booked 22nd Dec to 1st Jan.

Roundtrip / multi city option work. Price : $665-700

Airline: BA

Only available if you search through skyscanner and then book via Expedia. If you look up expedia directly it shows $1200

https://www.skyscanner.com/transport...=false#results

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Old Sep 3, 18, 10:01 pm
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EX-HEL Routes

Good morning

I've been flying HEL > EDI via LHR for sometime now probably once per month I have a couple of flights in CE coming up are there any alternative routes I could take to boost my TP without the price shooting up dramatically???

Thanks in advance

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