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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Nov 1, 18, 2:39 am
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Just call BA to book it, ba.com has it's limitations. explain you couldn't price it on-line and they should wave the phone booking fee.
Thanks. The blindingly obvious was way to obvious!
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Great find and lovely price SavvyTravel

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Old Nov 1, 18, 4:20 am
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Looking for some help, need 290 TP within the next week, due to a change in plans. Leaving from LBA if possible. Can spend up to £1k for it, prefer not travelling to the US.
290 is definitely an awkward number to get. Doing it all in one trip something like LBA-LHR-ABZ-LHR-HEL-LHR-LBA would do it for 40+40+40+80+80+40. You may have to play around with it so for ABZ sub in any of INV/EDI/GLA/NCL/MAN/LUX/AMS. Also depending on the days you may have to start/finish at MAN rather than LBA.
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I don't recall prices for BKK-KTM but in a normal sale the price for return flights to other >2000 mile destinations such as PEK or PVG is typically 18000 THB (around 430 GBP), and I think similar to KTM.
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If there's no close time limit on your Amex, I'd recommend you to wait and see, the MH sales tend to come and go every other month. Bookmark MH sales page. After opening just change Yangoon (default) to Bangkok, I usually search for Business/Return/Any, but if not considering anything else, replace with KTM.

Just finishing a BKK-KUL-TPE r/t, I can really recommend this destination, and KUL-TPE is 140 TP, just like KTM
Originally Posted by GinFizz View Post
This link MH Thailand deals should go directly to "deals of the day" for ex-Thailand (change "th" in the http address e.g to "my" for ex-Malaysia, "cn" for ex-China, etc.).
Thanks guys - since then the price on BKK-KUL-KTM has dropped by 5000 THB, so time to book
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Well I hope it's a bloody good deal when it eventually does arrive!
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But cannot get it to work on AA or BA. FlightNetwork works. Would rather do it on BA as a Holiday booking.
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But cannot get it to work on AA or BA. FlightNetwork works. Would rather do it on BA as a Holiday booking.
Call BA or AA to book.
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Thanks! I can see the current deals there only offer for travel up to 31/3/2019 and we'd be starting just a few days after that, so I'm thinking any upcoming sales will also probably cover the same date range so just need to weigh up whether I pull the trigger on £500 p/p return or take a gamble, wait and maybe come in better or maybe not....!
New MH ex-BKK sale is now up - includes KTM at 23120 THB or 540GBP (seems so not quite as good as previous sales).
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New MH ex-BKK sale is now up - includes KTM at 23120 THB or 540GBP (seems so not quite as good as previous sales).
But DEL and BOM are still tolerable fare wise, although agree they’re all not as generous this time round.
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Discovered this thread last week, really useful - thanks all. I was in a position of needing 130 TPs to get me up to Silver by the end of the year.

Found an interesting flight + hotel deal. LHR-HEL-LHR in Club for 17/18 November... as suggested, last flight Saturday night, airport hotel, then first flight back Sunday

There seems to be a weird quirk on the BA site where the price kept jumping up and down. Cheapest offer I was shown was GBP 296 but got an error message before I booked. Successfully booked at GBP 345
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Originally Posted by Grimes View Post
Discovered this thread last week, really useful - thanks all. I was in a position of needing 130 TPs to get me up to Silver by the end of the year.

Found an interesting flight + hotel deal. LHR-HEL-LHR in Club for 17/18 November... as suggested, last flight Saturday night, airport hotel, then first flight back Sunday

There seems to be a weird quirk on the BA site where the price kept jumping up and down. Cheapest offer I was shown was GBP 296 but got an error message before I booked. Successfully booked at GBP 345
Hi Grimes. Welcome to FT!

Thanks for posting. HEL can offer decent deals sometimes - in the recent CE sale I think it was bookable for around £230 rtn in CE for 160 TPs. Also often if you do a holiday booking it can be cheaper than buying flights and hotels separately. Looking forward to more contributions to the thread from you. There are also a few other threads on FT covering cheaper fares from slightly different angles which you may wish to keep an eye on - there is a list in post 1.
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Thanks for the welcome, and advice! I’m sure others could’ve found more cost effective deals, but I was pretty restricted on dates and just went for it! Possibly more interesting was the weird price jumps on the BA site. When I first searched it offered me 485 GBP, so I went clicking around a bit, changing dates/destinations etc, and then when I went back to my original 10 mins later, it had dropped pretty dramatically for no apparent reason. It was tough to get it booked - error messages galore - but eventually it stuck. Does this happen a lot?
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Thanks for the welcome, and advice! I’m sure others could’ve found more cost effective deals, but I was pretty restricted on dates and just went for it! Possibly more interesting was the weird price jumps on the BA site. When I first searched it offered me 485 GBP, so I went clicking around a bit, changing dates/destinations etc, and then when I went back to my original 10 mins later, it had dropped pretty dramatically for no apparent reason. It was tough to get it booked - error messages galore - but eventually it stuck. Does this happen a lot?
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Make sure you get your name added to the dedicated thread, there are other FT'ers to meet on your trip!
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