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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 21, 18, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
Kind of like when the LHR-HEL-OSL route was priced not too high last year... The puzzled look on the face of the CSM when landing in HEL was priceless.
Errm, why so? I have done HEL-LHR-OSL connection, pretty normal, right?
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Old Sep 21, 18, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by esledo View Post
Errm, why so? I have done HEL-LHR-OSL connection, pretty normal, right?
HEL-LHR-OSL is 4 times the flying distance than direct. Certainly not the normal way to get between the two cities!

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Old Sep 21, 18, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
HEL-LHR-OSL is 4 times the flying distance than direct. Certainly not the normal way to get between the two cities!
And pray tell what on earth that has to do with it.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500 View Post
I'd like to see the face of the CSM doing connection announcements :-D
Kind of like when the LHR-HEL-OSL route was priced not too high last year... The puzzled look on the face of the CSM when landing in HEL was priceless.
The lounge attendant at PHL pulled such a face when she couldn't scan my (AA printed) boarding pass, and thus had to reprint my boarding passes. She saw I was doing YUL-PHL-LHR-HEL-AMS-LHR. This got the attention of her manager as she seemed perplexed and stared at the computer for a while. She asked me whether or not I intended to take such a convoluted routing, I nodded and mentioned I did it for the miles and the manager smiled and mentioned they do see a few people doing mileage runs to keep their status.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
The lounge attendant at PHL pulled such a face when she couldn't scan my (AA printed) boarding pass, and thus had to reprint my boarding passes. She saw I was doing YUL-PHL-LHR-HEL-AMS-LHR. This got the attention of her manager as she seemed perplexed and stared at the computer for a while. She asked me whether or not I intended to take such a convoluted routing, I nodded and mentioned I did it for the miles and the manager smiled and mentioned they do see a few people doing mileage runs to keep their status.
Well I have a LHR-HEL-LHR-AMS-LHR-HEL-LHR booked for mid Jan, the last one B2B, I'm sure the crew will raise an eyebrow 😉
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Old Sep 22, 18, 1:15 am
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Hi All, I wonder if I could consult the hive mind for a moment...

I need to be in Osaka next July (around 22 - 24 but could extend either end) and wondered what would be the most TP/cost effective way of getting there? Normally starting at GLA or EDI but can do any Europe start point. I've had success before with QR going through DOH (circa £1300-£1500 for 560TPs) going east so ideally looking for something in that ball park.
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Old Sep 22, 18, 6:54 am
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Adding ALG leg visa required?

Just found that if I add ALG off the back of a West coast USA fare as my end destination it drops the price by about £1k (using ex DUB as a starting point), looking at a TP run next weekend.

My intebtion would be to fly via LON and then ‘forget’ to turn up to the ALG flight the next day

Question is would BA / AA deny you boarding in the US if you don’t have a visa for ALG?



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Old Sep 22, 18, 7:01 am
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Originally Posted by barney2201 View Post
Just found that if I add ALG off the back of a West coast USA fare as my end destination it drops the price by about £1k (using ex DUB as a starting point), looking at a TP run next weekend.

My intebtion would be to fly via LON and then ‘forget’ to turn up to the ALG flight the next day

Question is would BA / AA deny you boarding in the US if you don’t have a visa for ALG?
Alex will have you Cruzified

Jokes aside, there is a lot of information in the ALG-JFK thread in the main Premium Deals Forum.

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Old Sep 22, 18, 9:00 am
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Originally Posted by barney2201 View Post
Just found that if I add ALG off the back of a West coast USA fare as my end destination it drops the price by about £1k (using ex DUB as a starting point), looking at a TP run next weekend.

My intebtion would be to fly via LON and then ‘forget’ to turn up to the ALG flight the next day

Question is would BA / AA deny you boarding in the US if you don’t have a visa for ALG?



Could you give a bit more imformation about your exact routing please?
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Old Sep 22, 18, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by barney2201 View Post
Just found that if I add ALG off the back of a West coast USA fare as my end destination it drops the price by about £1k (using ex DUB as a starting point), looking at a TP run next weekend.

My intebtion would be to fly via LON and then ‘forget’ to turn up to the ALG flight the next day

Question is would BA / AA deny you boarding in the US if you don’t have a visa for ALG?
Yes. They will check your visa in the US and deny you boarding then and there. One fix is to add a stopover in europe (the west coast alg fares mostly allow stopovers for free), and then your destination when checking in in the US is not ALG.

I did US-LHR-MAD, 10 days stop over, MAD-ALG and all AA documents indicated MAD as my final destination and I had no visa issues.
You don't want to stopover in the UK, as that will add significant APD charges. I guess you could book US-LHR, LGW-MAD, long stopover, MAD-ALG.

The thread in the premium deals forum is AA/BA/IB ALG-LAX rt Business $1500-1900
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Old Sep 22, 18, 9:06 am
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Old Sep 23, 18, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
HEL-LHR-OSL is 4 times the flying distance than direct. Certainly not the normal way to get between the two cities!
That's part of the fun of a TP run. I once did a TP run involving LAX-PHX-LGB and back in a day, it's 17 miles LAX-LGB but 725 miles via PHX.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by linz36 View Post
Yes. They will check your visa in the US and deny you boarding then and there. One fix is to add a stopover in europe (the west coast alg fares mostly allow stopovers for free), and then your destination when checking in in the US is not ALG.

I did US-LHR-MAD, 10 days stop over, MAD-ALG and all AA documents indicated MAD as my final destination and I had no visa issues.
You don't want to stopover in the UK, as that will add significant APD charges. I guess you could book US-LHR, LGW-MAD, long stopover, MAD-ALG.

The thread in the premium deals forum is AA/BA/IB ALG-LAX rt Business $1500-1900
Or you could do US—LHR//MAD-ALG inserting a surface sector, and get lost in Europe on the way. Saves unnecessary taxes and fees for a sector you will not be flying.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 3:47 am
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Originally Posted by timezonehopper View Post
That's part of the fun of a TP run. I once did a TP run involving LAX-PHX-LGB and back in a day, it's 17 miles LAX-LGB but 725 miles via PHX.
I am sure many other have done this before. When the DUB-HNL flights were cheap, it allowed a routing through LCY to JFK. Returning one time I had LCY-DUB-LHR. I live close to LHR and told my inquisitive friends that this was easier than crossing London in the rush hour.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by IFE Wizard View Post
I am sure many other have done this before. When the DUB-HNL flights were cheap, it allowed a routing through LCY to JFK. Returning one time I had LCY-DUB-LHR. I live close to LHR and told my inquisitive friends that this was easier than crossing London in the rush hour.
I and others still regularly do the AMS shuffle to change airports
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