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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 18, 18, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by KC818 View Post
Thanks for sharing this. As a reminder BA flies to HEL from T3 so no First Wing or CCR but there's the fabulous CX lounge though.
Ooh... that's actually great news for me. I've been wanting to try out the CX lounge.

Edit - Am I right in thinking you can't use these complex routings with the BA holidays page? It wont seem to let me put in Helsinki to Amsterdam as a route.

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Old Sep 18, 18, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by RG1X View Post
Ooh... that's actually great news for me. I've been wanting to try out the CX lounge.

Edit - Am I right in thinking you can't use these complex routings with the BA holidays page? It wont seem to let me put in Helsinki to Amsterdam as a route.
unfortunately no, you can't book these through the holidays page, and I couldn't get anything reasonable by adding a hotel or car rental, though I didn't try all that hard.

As some people may be starting from NCL, a note to Geordies: Helsinki in November or March is likely to be very cold, -17 last year. You may want to pack a long sleeved shirt.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 7:08 am
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My bikepacking puffy jacket will be coming with me.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 9:36 am
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Hi All
Love this thread!
I wonder if anyone can help.
I am finally going to use my BAMEX 2 for 1 voucher for something other than a Europe flight and as such I am travelling to Australia in Feb 2019. (i have to go via LAX as there is very little availability in any asian destinations but thats another story).

The question is are there any TP runs you can do in the USA on route to Australia? I was hoping for around the £1k mark, but direct from LAX, SFO or other west coast cities is £2.5k+!

It makes me sad because if i had been able to nab an award flight to KUL or SIN or even DEL there are so many cheap and easy TP runs for around £1.2k at the minute.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 10:22 am
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Just booked. My first ever tier point run! Exciting.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 10:34 am
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This thread is awesome!

Does the BA site let you book complex routes like that AMS-LAS above?

In the meantime I've bagged a cheap LHR-HEL in October and will settle for aiming for Silver early next year. Gold needs a whole lot more planning!

My other half already thinks I'm nuts for doing this LHR-HEL run.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by RG1X View Post
Just booked. My first ever tier point run! Exciting.
Excellent If you don't mind me asking, what did you go for in the end?
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Old Sep 18, 18, 12:00 pm
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Iím going to be 230 TP short of Silver, and my Tier point earning year finishes on 8 Dec. Any recommendations for cheapest way to get there? My brother lives in Gibraltar but I think thatís only 80TPs return in CE, and the £230 HEL offer only gets me 160TPs. Any help welcomed, keen to do for as cheap as possible! Thanks
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Old Sep 18, 18, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
excellent if you don't mind me asking, what did you go for in the end?
lhr -> hel -> lhr -> ams -> lhr -> hel -> lhr
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Old Sep 18, 18, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
I reach the payment page on AA...

you will find if you click thru and purchase , the eticket that is generated puts you in coach on the domestic parts. Tried it for various combinations and had to cancel 4 tickets that I booked with AA via the powertools. There was no problems canceling them, so go ahead and try , maybe you'll be lucky . I just given up on LUX - first time that anything like this has happened since we started these exEU flights about 5 years or so ago now.

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Old Sep 18, 18, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by crazyarmadillo View Post
you will find if you click thru and purchase , the eticket that is generated puts you in coach on the domestic parts. Tried it for various combinations and had to cancel 4 tickets that I booked with AA via the powertools. There was no problems canceling them, so go ahead and try , maybe you'll be lucky . I just given up on LUX - first time that anything like this has happened since we started these exEU flights about 5 years or so ago now.
I might just call AA tomorrow and request offline. Thanks for the heads up though!
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Old Sep 18, 18, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by RG1X View Post
lhr -> hel -> lhr -> ams -> lhr -> hel -> lhr
Iíve booked the same, setting out on 9th Nov. When is yours?
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Old Sep 18, 18, 5:11 pm
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Same day.
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Old Sep 18, 18, 9:07 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Would suggest you get yourself to Dubai (about £632 on WT+ and 180 TP), then use the Dubai to Jakarta via Colombo fare on Sri Lankan of about £640 for 560 TP
What is the booking time frame/restrictions on the Sir Lankan flights? I haven't been that way so somewhere different to visit.....

Any does anyone have idea's of any cheap ex-SIN trips on short notice? Looks like I'm stuck here longer than I expected, maybe until next week, so looking for a little excursion to kill some time, and if I can get some cheap TP's all the better!
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Old Sep 18, 18, 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post


As some people may be starting from NCL, a note to Geordies: Helsinki in November or March is likely to be very cold, -17 last year. You may want to pack a long sleeved shirt.
I got some _very_ weird looks for turning up in HEL in shorts this February and can confirm it was quite chilly (I think -10 when I visited).
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