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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Oct 1, 18, 12:37 am
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Originally Posted by pinksocks View Post
I'm doing this with the later LHR > HEL flight + the pods on 17/18 Nov.
​​​​​​​What's the full routing of that please?
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Old Oct 1, 18, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by pinksocks View Post
I'm doing this with the later LHR > HEL flight + the pods on 17/18 Nov.
DH is doing 17/18 Nov too. He's not booked a pod yet though......he may be sleeping in a chair!
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Old Oct 1, 18, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by Schiehallion View Post
What's the full routing of that please?
It's just LHR out on BA0798 on the 17th and then BA0795 back in first thing the next morning.

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Old Oct 1, 18, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by Ilovethebeachclub View Post
DH is doing 17/18 Nov too. He's not booked a pod yet though......he may be sleeping in a chair!
Ha! Guess I'll see him there. I'm 3A on the way out and 2A on the way back in.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 9:34 am
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Iím doing the LHR-HEL-LHR run on 24/25 Nov and 23/24 March if anyone is about...
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Old Oct 1, 18, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by pinksocks View Post
I'm doing this with the later LHR > HEL flight + the pods on 17/18 Nov.
Originally Posted by Ilovethebeachclub View Post
DH is doing 17/18 Nov too. He's not booked a pod yet though......he may be sleeping in a chair!
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCyclist View Post
Iím doing the LHR-HEL-LHR run on 24/25 Nov and 23/24 March if anyone is about...
Maybe we need a dedicated thread for the LHR-HEL-LHR run (nested and not)
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Old Oct 1, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by TheFlyingCyclist View Post
Iím doing the LHR-HEL-LHR run on 24/25 Nov and 23/24 March if anyone is about...
23/24 March is the same dates at the GIB do. There will be a fair few FTers in t3 at lHR on the Saturday. Do say hello.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
Maybe we need a dedicated thread for the LHR-HEL-LHR run (nested and not)
Yup. I have one 18th-20th Jan with AMS nested in the middle. Hotels for me though, no pods.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 11:47 am
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Thanks to the contributors to this thread and the general passing on of information on good fares. After my first real TP run to PHX earlier this year my travel mate and I now have a GVA-LHR-HEL-LHR-JFK-LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR-GVA booked for April. 840TPs for under £1300 each.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Apologies for the delay in putting these fare details up for the current exSwitzerland to US J fare. Just to emphasis again, they only work if booking for 2 people.

INN4Y8S6 fare Switzerland to US BA/AA/IB/AY in Business

Example prices per person from ZRH:
NYC - £1,035
LAS - £1,150
LAX - £1,248
Has anyone had any joy booking one of these as a holiday with car hire thrown in?

Been trying to book an open jaw to LAX and back from LAS, prices up ok and goes through to payment, then after I enter the payment details it fails telling me I haven't been charged and that I should try again.

Tried different credit cards, phoned BA who say they can see the booking but it's failed and they don't know why, I even got notification of a time change on one of them with a booking reference that when I accessed MMB said I needed to pay but gave me no option to do so.

One lady on the phone told me I need to contact Bremen, but it's a bit difficult as they work the same times that I do.

Running out of patience with it, any pointers?

TIA
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Old Oct 1, 18, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Temps View Post
Has anyone had any joy booking one of these as a holiday with car hire thrown in?

Been trying to book an open jaw to LAX and back from LAS, prices up ok and goes through to payment, then after I enter the payment details it fails telling me I haven't been charged and that I should try again.

Tried different credit cards, phoned BA who say they can see the booking but it's failed and they don't know why, I even got notification of a time change on one of them with a booking reference that when I accessed MMB said I needed to pay but gave me no option to do so.

One lady on the phone told me I need to contact Bremen, but it's a bit difficult as they work the same times that I do.

Running out of patience with it, any pointers?

TIA
I spent a lot of time trying to book ZRH-MSY with a first night in an airport hotel - always failed at the final stage, like you. I eventually gave up and booked flight only...
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Old Oct 1, 18, 3:12 pm
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I spent a lot of time trying to book ZRH-MSY with a first night in an airport hotel - always failed at the final stage, like you. I eventually gave up and booked flight only...
Oh dear, that doesn't bode well.

Thanks for the data point.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by pinksocks View Post
It's just LHR out on BA0798 on the 17th and then BA0795 back in first thing the next morning.
Iím doing an NCL-LHR-HEL-LHR run in January, out on a Friday back on Sunday. Given that the Sunday flight is 07:45 I was thinking about heading to the airport on the Saturday night and staying in a pod (happy to sacrifice a hotel for more sleep!).

Does anyone know if I can clear security the night before my morning flight so I can access the pods?

Cheers
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Old Oct 1, 18, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by JMS87 View Post


Iím doing an NCL-LHR-HEL-LHR run in January, out on a Friday back on Sunday. Given that the Sunday flight is 07:45 I was thinking about heading to the airport on the Saturday night and staying in a pod (happy to sacrifice a hotel for more sleep!).

Does anyone know if I can clear security the night before my morning flight so I can access the pods?

Cheers
Dont think so. You'll have to land airside and head to them then. FYI they are tiny.
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Old Oct 1, 18, 4:48 pm
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Who else is doing the LHR-HEL run on 1st/2nd December? There's already 17 of us in the largest CE cabin I'll ever have flow in (if it stays that big...)

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