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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 29, 18, 3:15 am
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Originally Posted by Etxebas View Post
I don't get why this fares are only valid for travel in christmas/easter/summer. Looking for something in Jan/Feb/March and the prices are crazy! Surely the lower demand months should be cheaper? :P (just jealous)
Anyway, good luck to everyone taking advantage of this fare, I think some pretty amazing itineraries can be build!!!!
They are the lower demand months for business travellers
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by Etxebas View Post
I don't get why this fares are only valid for travel in christmas/easter/summer. Looking for something in Jan/Feb/March and the prices are crazy! Surely the lower demand months should be cheaper? :P (just jealous)

Anyway, good luck to everyone taking advantage of this fare, I think some pretty amazing itineraries can be build!!!!
As the airlines don't dump seats at reduced rates when they know there is a demand from higher paying business travellers. They don't focus on the cheapo travellers at these times !
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Old Nov 29, 18, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by Foltan View Post
LUX is generally the best option here - CE return is about £170 but I don't think you'd be able to get it without an overnight. You can get very good flight+hotel deals though, if you want to take the other half away for a night. It's a pretty place for a short weekend, return Business Class flights and a decent Sofitel for around £450 for the two of you.

If you do want to do it in a day yourself though, then one of the scottish airports for £220-250 is probably your best bet.

If you have Avios to burn, a niche option is to book a single back from RAK or IST for the 80TPs for <£200, and book the outbound with an RFS, which will obviously also allow you to do a B2B if you want. You could also use Avios on the cash ticket, thus bringing your total spend to report to the Lady as "only £150...". Probably no point in spending more time in the air if not required though, unless you like the Long Distance meal options!
Leeds or newcastle- at about £200, Leeds you can only to on monday, thursday or friday biy newcastle every day.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 4:08 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
They are the lower demand months for business travellers
Good point!!! Sad that we the poor tourists/TP-Runners are of no interest to the airlines :P
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Old Nov 29, 18, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by Etxebas View Post
Good point!!! Sad that we the poor tourists/TP-Runners are of no interest to the airlines :P
Also known as bottom feeders
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Old Nov 29, 18, 7:35 am
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Has anyone done a same day return HKG-DOH via the following routing HKG-CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK-HKG on a mix of CX/UL Y/J fares (20+140+140+140+140+20=600TP)?

I'm trying to take advantage of the UL Business I fares ex-CGK, but don't have much time to spare before the end of my TP collection year.

All the connections are tight outbound: CGK (70 min), CMB (95 min), DOH (95 min back-to-back), with one short inbound connection at CMB (80 min). Carry-on only.

1. Any thoughts/concerns on the short connections?
2. Would it be possible to collect all boarding passes (outbound and inbound) when checking in with CX at HKG?
3. Any need to clear immigration at DOH? I've been through DOH many times, and transit passengers don't have to go through immigration. But would I have to because my outbound "destination" is DOH?

I'm not sure which forum to post to as there isn't a UL forum and I've seen teledude and wonderman post here about UL DXB-xCMB-CGK TP runs here.

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Old Nov 29, 18, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by bchang View Post
Has anyone done a same day return HKG-DOH via the following routing HKG-CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK-HKG on a mix of CX/UL? I'm trying to take advantage of the UL Business I fares ex-CGK, but don't have much time to spare.

Al the connections are tight outbound CGK (70 min), CMB (95 min), DOH (95 min back-to-back), with one short inbound connection at CMB (80 min). Carry-on only.

1. Any thoughts/concerns on the short connections?
2. Would it be possible to collect all boarding passes (outbound and inbound) when checking in at HKG?
3. Any need to clear immigration at DOH? I've been through DOH many times, and transit passengers don't have to go through immigration. But would I have to because my outbound "destination" is DOH?

I'm not sure which forum to post to as there isn't a UL forum and I've seen teledude and wonderman's posts on here about UL DXB-xCMB-CGK TP runs here.
I believie @teledude attempted it in Jakarta and failed. You need to present yourself at the check-in desk for passport / credit card check, so 70 minutes won't be enough as check-in closes 60 minutes before departure.

1. allow more time in CGK
2. not for UL flight departing CGK
3. just security and you're back in departure hall - usually very quick/efficient security check
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Old Nov 29, 18, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
I believie @teledude attempted it in Jakarta and failed. You need to present yourself at the check-in desk for passport / credit card check, so 70 minutes won't be enough as check-in closes 60 minutes before departure.

1. allow more time in CGK
2. not for UL flight departing CGK
3. just security and you're back in departure hall - usually very quick/efficient security check
I forgot to say that this would be ticketed on one PNR, so perhaps itís possible to get boarding pass at HKG?
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Old Nov 29, 18, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by bchang View Post


I forgot to say that this would be ticketed on one PNR, so perhaps itís possible to get boarding pass at HKG?
If you have HKG-CGK-CMB-DOH... on a single PNR, you should be fine. You'll get checked in for all segments at HKG and they should be able to produce you with all boarding passes. If not, you'll get them at the transfer desk at the connecting airport.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 8:54 am
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Just a quick note to thank the regular contributors to this thread. After a couple of TP runs recently, I'm back up to BA silver with gold on the horizon.

Thanks everyone for your help and advice!
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:02 am
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Having a nightmare with the ARN/MIA fare - cannot seem to actually book it.... AA.COM keeps failing on me as it defaults to the US site and because I have a mix of carriers I cannot hold.... BA cannot find the fare which I find odd.....

any assistance gratefully received :-)
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by bermudasun View Post
Having a nightmare with the ARN/MIA fare - cannot seem to actually book it.... AA.COM keeps failing on me as it defaults to the US site and because I have a mix of carriers I cannot hold.... BA cannot find the fare which I find odd.....

any assistance gratefully received :-)
Try using one of the European AA sites e.g. Ireland or Germany.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by bermudasun View Post
Having a nightmare with the ARN/MIA fare - cannot seem to actually book it.... AA.COM keeps failing on me as it defaults to the US site and because I have a mix of carriers I cannot hold.... BA cannot find the fare which I find odd.....

any assistance gratefully received :-)
I had a few false starts but Powertools and AA>COM (Europe) eventually worked. I had to remove an open jaw that Matrix was offering before I could get aa.com to play nicely
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Old Nov 29, 18, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by bermudasun View Post
Having a nightmare with the ARN/MIA fare - cannot seem to actually book it.... AA.COM keeps failing on me as it defaults to the US site and because I have a mix of carriers I cannot hold.... BA cannot find the fare which I find odd.....

any assistance gratefully received :-)
Book it on the US site and pay in dollars -- revolut works well for this. When you enter payment details on the final screen, use New York 10001.
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Old Nov 29, 18, 12:43 pm
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Hi Guys. I need to go to SGN in January and wonder if there is any TP run in J under £1500 that could get me there? Happy to EX-EU and flexible with dates.. minimum 5 days?
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