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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Sep 11, 18, 3:46 am
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Originally Posted by lorcancoyle View Post


Nice. I think I can add this onto one of my ex-LHR deals to HEL and save the hotel night... (and use up my £50 BA voucher from price guarantee on the outbound!)

that should net me 320 TPs for under £400 if I use some of the Avios Iím earning to reduce the price
2 B2B in one weekend? What if you get bused to the terminal? Looked a bit short to me when I last went...
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Old Sep 11, 18, 3:49 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
2 B2B in one weekend? What if you get bused to the terminal? Looked a bit short to me when I last went...
i really disagree that HEL is a problem even when bussed. more discussion on the b2b thread and this current thread Immediate turnaround in HEL
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Old Sep 11, 18, 3:56 am
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i really disagree that HEL is a problem even when bussed. more discussion on the b2b thread and this current thread Immediate turnaround in HEL
Completely agree, HEL and AMS are the two places I would be super confident - incredible efficient airports for B2B.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 4:11 am
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Follow on question to this:

When I search this itinerary via google flights or Matrix, I can choose all flights, and there appears to be availability on the CX HKG-BKK-HKG legs.

However, if I search expertflyer separately for the CX legs, it is showing zero availability in I class.

If matrix/google flights allows me to select the sectors, does this mean I should be okay when I call BA to book the itinerary? Or is it likely I will be told I can't book this due to availability?
Make sure to set POS to Netherlands.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 4:21 am
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post
Follow on question to this:

When I search this itinerary via google flights or Matrix, I can choose all flights, and there appears to be availability on the CX HKG-BKK-HKG legs.

However, if I search expertflyer separately for the CX legs, it is showing zero availability in I class.

If matrix/google flights allows me to select the sectors, does this mean I should be okay when I call BA to book the itinerary? Or is it likely I will be told I can't book this due to availability?
For your itinerary, so AMS-LHR-HKG and stop in HK for a few days, then HKG-BKK-HKG-LHR-AMS in January i get EUR1636. Stopovers are EUR100 each for the first two, and this cost include EUR100 for the stopover in HKG on the outbound.

If you want to share dates I can have a better look for you?
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Old Sep 11, 18, 4:30 am
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And if you put it on hold and call up to pay?
You can only hold itins with 100% AA Metal
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Old Sep 11, 18, 4:37 am
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did a b2b in AMS on Saturday.
Quick ciggy in Murphys, and straight back on
absolute doddle
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Old Sep 11, 18, 5:18 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
Completely agree, HEL and AMS are the two places I would be super confident - incredible efficient airports for B2B.
Thanks. That will free up one weekend then :-)
Amex Travel is a tiny bit more expensive than BA, but at least they should be able to secure my details, and I got the 200 pounds back offer when spending 600, so actually cheaper. I suspect that was good marketing on their side!
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Old Sep 11, 18, 6:10 am
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You can only hold itins with 100% AA Metal
Not correct.

You can only hold itineraries with all AA codes (doesn't matter about the metal).
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Originally Posted by lorcancoyle View Post


Nice. I think I can add this onto one of my ex-LHR deals to HEL and save the hotel night... (and use up my £50 BA voucher from price guarantee on the outbound!)

that should net me 320 TPs for under £400 if I use some of the Avios I’m earning to reduce the price
Also possible to add some UK domestic segments eg. HEL-LHR-MAN, HEL-LON-GLA-KOI-ABZ, HEL-LON-GLA-BEB-GLA, HEL-LON-GLA-KOI-GLA etc.
but Loganair books into Y/K so 20TPs for those.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 6:26 am
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For those with a GUF and an adventurous spirit I have an itinerary for £1/TP earning 1480tps. PM me if you wanna join in July 2019
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Old Sep 11, 18, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
For your itinerary, so AMS-LHR-HKG and stop in HK for a few days, then HKG-BKK-HKG-LHR-AMS in January i get EUR1636. Stopovers are EUR100 each for the first two, and this cost include EUR100 for the stopover in HKG on the outbound.

If you want to share dates I can have a better look for you?
looking at:

4 Jan: AMS-LHR-HKG
1 Feb: HKG-BKK
9 Feb: BKK-HKG
13 April: HKG-LHR-AMS

thanks!
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Old Sep 11, 18, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
For those with a GUF and an adventurous spirit I have an itinerary for £1/TP earning 1480tps. PM me if you wanna join in July 2019
Oooo I'm a wandering spirit. Will try and figure out how to PM
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Old Sep 11, 18, 7:50 am
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Originally Posted by lorcancoyle View Post


Nice. I think I can add this onto one of my ex-LHR deals to HEL and save the hotel night... (and use up my £50 BA voucher from price guarantee on the outbound!)

that should net me 320 TPs for under £400 if I use some of the Avios Iím earning to reduce the price

I dont think you can use both Avios and a BA voucher to make payment towards the same flight.
i think its either or... but happy to be corrected otherwise.
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Old Sep 11, 18, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by sxc View Post

looking at:

4 Jan: AMS-LHR-HKG
1 Feb: HKG-BKK
9 Feb: BKK-HKG
13 April: HKG-LHR-AMS

thanks!
odd, i am really struggling to get itamatrix to give me a sensible price for this. i'll try again later. in theory though it should be around EUR1736.
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