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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Nov 4, 18, 2:08 pm
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With the possibility of Qatar leaving the One World Alliance TP runs via Doha will become more difficult. Does anybody have a list of what routes BA co share with QR ex LHR? Ie book on BA site but fly Qatar metal. I know they do SGN & Colombo.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Shl View Post
Many thanks zen100 and THEOBCMAN for your feedback.

I was able to find the £1350 also for some dates in April.
However I was not able to create the routing as stated by rossmacd here https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29240873-post36.html
Wanted to build the OTP-LHR- JFK-LAX-PHX-LAX-JFK- LHR-OTP to earn 80+140+140+40+40+140+140+80=800 TP.
But everytime when I add HEL and JFK to the game I am not able to price it via bookwithmatrix for the originally advertised price.
Any suggestions?
Had a similar issue. When I use PowerTools and click through the US/UK site, it prices higher.

If I go through the EU site, it prices correct (albeit in Euros), but haven't got as far as payment yet - you have to pay straight away, no hold option on the EU site.

Still toying with dates the moment. Keep looking for the F-class deal, but sadly that's still £3K+
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Old Nov 5, 18, 3:43 am
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I am doing a minor TP run next Wednesday: LGW to GLA b2b, then four hours later LGW to AMS b2b. The question I have is, upon my return from GLA will I have to exit via immigration then go back through again for the AMS flight out of LGW or can I just go to the lounge(as Silver) on arrival from GLA and then go straight to the gate for the AMS flight in the afternoon?
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Old Nov 5, 18, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by higham44 View Post
I am doing a minor TP run next Wednesday: LGW to GLA b2b, then four hours later LGW to AMS b2b. The question I have is, upon my return from GLA will I have to exit via immigration then go back through again for the AMS flight out of LGW or can I just go to the lounge(as Silver) on arrival from GLA and then go straight to the gate for the AMS flight in the afternoon?

I haven't managed to transit in LGW yet, In my experience you have to go out and back in regardless

Happy to be corrected though
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Old Nov 5, 18, 4:55 am
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Originally Posted by higham44 View Post
I am doing a minor TP run next Wednesday: LGW to GLA b2b, then four hours later LGW to AMS b2b. The question I have is, upon my return from GLA will I have to exit via immigration then go back through again for the AMS flight out of LGW or can I just go to the lounge(as Silver) on arrival from GLA and then go straight to the gate for the AMS flight in the afternoon?
I would hope you don't have to do immigration on arrival at LGW from GLA! Unlike the north terminal, there is no indoor airside path in the south terminal for domestic arrivals so you are bused to the domestic arrivals door from the aircraft. You have to go out through the baggage hall to landside, then up to security and back airside if connecting onwards.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 5:32 am
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Thanks. Glad I have built in some connection/immigration checks time between arrival/departure giving me ample lounge time.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Shl View Post
Many thanks zen100 and THEOBCMAN for your feedback.

I was able to find the £1350 also for some dates in April.
However I was not able to create the routing as stated by rossmacd here https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29240873-post36.html
Wanted to build the OTP-LHR- JFK-LAX-PHX-LAX-JFK- LHR-OTP to earn 80+140+140+40+40+140+140+80=800 TP.
But everytime when I add HEL and JFK to the game I am not able to price it via bookwithmatrix for the originally advertised price.
Any suggestions?
You will struggle to get HEL added in if you also want to go via LAX. Those who have done it previously tend to book the HEL route and hope for a schedule change that then allows then to reroute via LAX for the Transcon.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:22 pm
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I have just had a rather bizarre conversation with a BA booking agent on the BA booking line...

I went to book a OTP - PHX TP run. The agent asked why I didn't just fly to PHX from LHR. I said it was a lot more expensive to do that and that going via this indirect route (LHR, JFK LAX) was cheaper. He said that as I wasn't taking a sensible route he wouldn't be able to sell me the ticket. I asked him to check with his supervisor as I felt that as this was a permitted route they should be able to sell the ticket. He returned and confirmed that he could not sell me the ticket.

Is this right? Was I doing something wrong in calling BA to book this trip?

I called back immediately and spoke to a different agent and she was perfectly happy to do the booking. As it happens, I couldn't get the price quoted by Matrix as she could not book a flight on BA metal that had a AA flight number.

So I still haven't yet booked my trip. What should I have done?

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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:27 pm
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I have just had a rather bazaar conversation with a BA booking agent on the BA booking line...

I went to book a OTP - PHX TP run. The agent asked why I didn't just fly to PHX from LHR. I said it was a lot more expensive to do that and that going via this indirect route (LHR, JFK LAX) was cheaper. He said that as I wasn't taking a sensible route he wouldn't be able to sell me the ticket. I asked him to check with his supervisor as I felt that as this was a permitted route they should be able to sell the ticket. He returned and confirmed that he could not sell me the ticket.

Is this right? Was I doing something wrong in calling BA to book this trip?

I called back immediately and spoke to a different agent and she was perfectly happy to do the booking. As it happens, I couldn't get the price quoted by Matrix as she could not book a flight on BA metal that had a AA flight number.

So I still haven't yet booked my trip. What should I have done?
HUACA - he was completely wrong (the first guy, that is).
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet View Post
I have just had a rather bazaar conversation with a BA booking agent on the BA booking line...

I went to book a OTP - PHX TP run. The agent asked why I didn't just fly to PHX from LHR. I said it was a lot more expensive to do that and that going via this indirect route (LHR, JFK LAX) was cheaper. He said that as I wasn't taking a sensible route he wouldn't be able to sell me the ticket. I asked him to check with his supervisor as I felt that as this was a permitted route they should be able to sell the ticket. He returned and confirmed that he could not sell me the ticket.

Is this right? Was I doing something wrong in calling BA to book this trip?

I called back immediately and spoke to a different agent and she was perfectly happy to do the booking. As it happens, I couldn't get the price quoted by Matrix as she could not book a flight on BA metal that had a AA flight number.

So I still haven't yet booked my trip. What should I have done?
the agent was being a knob. Nothing wrong with what you were trying to do. HUACA.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:29 pm
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I agree with KARFA. I have had an agent claim something similar. At the same time other agents are more than happy to do the booking.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:33 pm
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Thanks. I have to admit that he made me feel almost like some kind of petty criminal!

What about the 2nd agent... can BA agents book a flight on BA metal using an AA codeshare flight number?

Perhaps it is better I just use Flight Network but I have never used any travel agent to book flights and I wanted to try to avoid doing it. I have always felt it better to book direct with an airline in case of irops?
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by snaxmuppet View Post
What about the 2nd agent... can BA agents book a flight on BA metal using an AA codeshare flight number?
if itís the TATL under the aa codeshare then they are actually booking the aa equivalent fare. No reason they canít do it on the JBA routes. However they have apparently been told in the past not to do it so you may find some resistance. It can be done tho and I have done it myself in the past.
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Old Nov 5, 18, 12:36 pm
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I am sure that BA agents can book AA codes but they should be looking to book with BA codes if they exist. There are often minor differences between matrix dates and those when it comes to book. I have had the opposite issue with AA agents.
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It's a perfectly legitimate routing. I used something similar for the PHX do, because I wanted to see a bit of Manhattan during the layover, and I wanted to try out the full F experience to LA. I actually didn't need the TPs so I ended up coming back from PHX to LHR direct. As Karfa put it, you just got a nob.

Incidentally I booked direct with AA which was just a case of putting up the routing in sections on the multi flight tool and choosing the appropriate section.
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