BA Tier Point Runs | 2018 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 5, 18, 2:26 pm
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Found a Moscow - Honolulu run, £2,024 for 1120 tier points. Might be a bit high at £1.81/TP but Iím sure thereís others with more ITA Matix experience that can add on a few more legs for pittance
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Old Oct 5, 18, 4:04 pm
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Originally Posted by thomasd21 View Post
Found a Moscow - Honolulu run, £2,024 for 1120 tier points. Might be a bit high at £1.81/TP but I’m sure there’s others with more ITA Matix experience that can add on a few more legs for pittance
Did manage to find a few itineraries at a lower fare of £1,957.

Mostly BA codes as well - more Avios, so net cost will drop as well.


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Old Oct 5, 18, 5:14 pm
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Interesting trip that. Do you need a visa if you're just passing through Moscow airport?
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Old Oct 5, 18, 6:04 pm
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Interesting trip that. Do you need a visa if you're just passing through Moscow airport?
i believe the most recent evidence is that people doing a back to back relying on the transit without visa option were denied boarding at LHR. Canít locate the thread here but Iím sure someone can point it out. Itís not something that Iíd like to chance though wonder if there is an alternative starting point for a similar thread.
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Old Oct 6, 18, 12:59 am
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Interesting trip that. Do you need a visa if you're just passing through Moscow airport?
They do have TWOV so if going say from the UK transiting DME to a third country that should be fine. However, as noted by KeaneJohn, b2b isn't possible with BA as they will not let you board - they do not deem a b2b as a transit.

Back to Back in Moscow - Denied Boarding at LHR
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They do have TWOV so if going say from the UK transiting DME to a third country that should be fine. However, as noted by KeaneJohn, b2b isn't possible with BA as they will not let you board - they do not deem a b2b as a transit.

Back to Back in Moscow - Denied Boarding at LHR
You CAN, however, do a same-day turnaround if you arrive from a third country, e.g. arriving on LX and departing on BA. Up to 24 hours is permitted but there is no possibility of leaving the airside area.
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Old Oct 6, 18, 7:08 am
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You CAN, however, do a same-day turnaround if you arrive from a third country, e.g. arriving on LX and departing on BA. Up to 24 hours is permitted but there is no possibility of leaving the airside area.
Does it have to be a different country or just a different airport (much like routing through LHR-PRG-LCY as I did earlier this year to facilitate through checking of luggage).
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Old Oct 6, 18, 7:43 am
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You CAN, however, do a same-day turnaround if you arrive from a third country, e.g. arriving on LX and departing on BA. Up to 24 hours is permitted but there is no possibility of leaving the airside area.
Errr yes, thatís what I said, TWOV is ok if going to a third country

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Old Oct 6, 18, 5:19 pm
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So no to flying to Moscow with BA, but OK with say... Aeroflot?
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£171 to route via MAD and bag 160 TPs

Wide open until the new year.
This would have been great if it had been 160TPs
:-(
Anyone been able to develop this even further than already posted ?

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So no to flying to Moscow with BA, but OK with say... Aeroflot?
its not relevant who you fly with. What is relevant is where you arrive from and where you are flying to.

If you are arriving from county A and going to country C then TWOV may apply. If you are arriving from country A and heading backmto the same then this isnít deemed a transit and TWOV may not apply so you might need a visa otherwise you will be denied boarding.
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Hi Guys,
Posting for a friend of mine. He is in need of 800TP before 08/02/19 . are there any TP run for less than £1.5k still available?
Thanks!
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Hi Guys,
Posting for a friend of mine. He is in need of 800TP before 08/02/19 . are there any TP run for less than £1.5k still available?
Thanks!
You're looking at £1850 as far as I am aware. Ex-EU to the west coast would net exactly 800, but that's not so cheap.
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Hi Guys,
Posting for a friend of mine. He is in need of 800TP before 08/02/19 . are there any TP run for less than £1.5k still available?
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Wait and see what (if any!) deals get thrown up for the Xmas / New Year period - three of the last four years there's been so interesting deals last weekend of November

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What is the cheapest routing from U.K. preferably from MAN to reach Silver?
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