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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Sep 19, 18, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post


can you not nest a LHR-HEL (320 TPs) and reverse over a weekend or two; will be under £500 and if Avios rich can bring it down quite a bit, I am looking at something similar

Am very tempted, just worried about doing a B2B given the greatly mixed feedback about quick turnarounds in HEL.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 12:46 am
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Originally Posted by wilsnunn View Post
I have been trying to find some good combos for getting bunch of TPs over a weekend using the great HEL prices at the moment, I don't need this many, but I have found 400 TPs for £537, which gives a very nice 1.35 £/TP. BA.com isn't letting me price it up, but it is easy to find on momondo.com:



As I only need max 300 ish, I am still looking for cheaper options, but I am very tempted by this anyway. If anybody has a way to get between 200 and 300 TPs for a good £/TP then please let me know.
What were the dates you found for that? I’d like to get something in October before my Bronze card expires and I can at least enjoy the 25% avios bonus
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Old Sep 20, 18, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by wilsnunn View Post
Am very tempted, just worried about doing a B2B given the greatly mixed feedback about quick turnarounds in HEL.
b2b is fine in HEL whether you get an airbridge or are bussed. I wouldn’t hesitate to book. I am still confused about the recent comments from some that it was somehow risky.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 1:42 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post


b2b is fine in HEL whether you get an airbridge or are bussed. I wouldn’t hesitate to book. I am still confused about the recent comments from some that it was somehow risky.
Agree - I had 30 min recently not on a b2b, and still went to the lounge!
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Old Sep 20, 18, 1:56 am
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I have read elsewhere (BA Facebook Gold group) that although Helsinki Airport minimum transfer time is 35 mins, BA's minimum is 45 mins, so your 40 min connection falls foul of this. So it isn't the practicalities of the short transfer causing a problem, but a restriction in BA system.

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Old Sep 20, 18, 2:03 am
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Originally Posted by JWRF View Post
I have read elsewhere (BA Facebook Gold group) that although Helsinki Airport minimum transfer time is 35 mins, BA's minimum is 45 mins, so your 40 min connection falls foul of this. So it isn't the practicalities of the short transfer causing a problem, but a restriction in BA system.
That is incorrect. here are the BA MCT's at HEL

STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE .20 .30 .40 .35
OFFLINE .20 .30 .40 .35
** OR * ARE ALL
BA-BA II .40 FLT 798 - FLT 6042
BA-BA II .40 FLT 6008 - FLT 6042
BA-BA II .35 FLT 6006 - FLT 6071 31MAR19-INF
BA-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 2046 - 2060
BA-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 8040 - 8199
BA-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 8830 - 8849
BA-BA II SUP FLT 2046 - 2060 - ALL
BA-BA II SUP FLT 8040 - 8199 - ALL
BA-BA II SUP FLT 8830 - 8849 - ALL
BA-BA II .35 GROUP2 - GROUP2
BA-BA II .40 ALL - GROUP2
BA-BA II .35 GROUP2 - ALL
BA-BA II .40
**-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 2046 - 2060
**-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 8040 - 8199
**-BA II SUP ALL - FLT 8830 - 8849
BA-** II SUP FLT 2046 - 2060 - ALL
BA-** II SUP FLT 8040 - 8199 - ALL
BA-** II SUP FLT 8830 - 8849 - ALL
USE T*GRPN FOR CITIES IN A GROUP. WHERE N IS THE GRP NUMBER.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 2:05 am
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Originally Posted by JWRF View Post
I have read elsewhere (BA Facebook Gold group) that although Helsinki Airport minimum transfer time is 35 mins, BA's minimum is 45 mins, so your 40 min connection falls foul of this. So it isn't the practicalities of the short transfer causing a problem, but a restriction in BA system.
well that’s utter rubbish and why FT is far better than any silly Fb group. It is bookable. MCT is 35 mins for I/I at HEL and 40 mins for BA-BA, and turnaround typically 45-50 mins or more. It is bookable on one ticket. Ba.com won’t allow you to book it but you can do so by phoning up instead.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:19 am
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Right, I am in a pickle. Cancelled conference. Need 85 TPs now just to retain Silver! I didnt mind dropping Gold last year, but loosing Silver would be (I think we can all agree) a DISASTER!

My Collection ends 8th Jan.

My upcoming flights are.

EDI- MAD (ET) 10tp
MAD-LHR (ET) 5tp
LHR-EDI (ET) 10tp
GLA-LHR (ET) 10tp
LHR-IAD (WT+) 90tp
IAD-LHR (WT+) 90tp
LHR-GLA (ET) 10tp

I live in GLA. What would be the cheapest way to gather 85TPs?

Help! Please

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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:23 am
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Originally Posted by cupsandsaucers View Post
Right, I am in a pickle. Cancelled conference. Need 85 TPs now just to retain Silver! I don't mind dropping Gold but loosing Silver would be (I think we can all agree) a DISASTER!

My Collection ends 8th Jan.

My upcoming flights are.

EDI- MAD (ET) 10tp
MAD-LHR (ET) 5tp
LHR-EDI (ET) 10tp
GLA-LHR (ET) 10tp
LHR-IAD (WT+) 90tp
IAD-LHR (WT+) 90tp
LHR-GLA (ET) 10tp

I live in GLA. What would be the cheapest way to gather 85TPs?

Help! Please
But if you were Gold this year, you will soft-land to Silver anyway, right?
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:25 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
But if you were Gold this year, you will soft-land to Silver anyway, right?
Ahh my bad use of English, I am currently Silver. Lost Gold last year.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:26 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
But if you were Gold this year, you will soft-land to Silver anyway, right?
yes that's correct and well spotted. a gold or GGL would soft land to silver anyway if they didn't get the necessary 1500 TPs or 3000 TPs.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:27 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
yes that's correct and well spotted. a gold or GGL would soft land to silver anyway if they didn't get the necessary 1500 TPs or 3000 TPs.
I need to retain Silver, (I lost Gold last year). Edited post for clarity.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by cupsandsaucers View Post
I need to retain Silver, (I lost Gold last year). Edited post for clarity.
Do you have a budget in mind? why don't you book a quick run to HEL? You can even book J inboud and Y outbound..?
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by cupsandsaucers View Post
I need to retain Silver, (I lost Gold last year). Edited post for clarity.
In that case, 85TPs, find a cheap buisness class return in the sale (ends Monday 25th) for 80 TPs and then a cheap flight for the remainder. Or if you fancy Helsinki/Malta/Cyprus/Athens (etc.), they score 80TPs each way in CE, so ET out and CE back or vice-versa. Cheapest are with a Saturday overnight.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
Do you have a budget in mind? why don't you book a quick run to HEL? You can even book J inboud and Y outbound..?
Just as cheap as possible. I could do a CE run GLA-LHR and back. but that would give me 80...not the 85 I need. Very frustrating.
HEL seems a bit excessive as I am based in GLA. That would be 4 flights and over £500 in Y
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