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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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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2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:43 am
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You will struggle leaving from LHR

I suggest you look at something like this instead...


Huh, that's odd @IAANN - I assume you pulled this up today - does that mean this fare is somehow still available?

I thought this had gone, as I said to @KARFA just now in the Babybus meet thread, as the fare rules said to ticket by 31st December 2018.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:50 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post
Huh, that's odd @IAANN - I assume you pulled this up today - does that mean this fare is somehow still available?

I thought this had gone, as I said to @KARFA just now in the Babybus meet thread, as the fare rules said to ticket by 31st December 2018.
Just had another search and also looked at EF. I can't see this in either place. On EF the cheapest J fare for ARN-MIA for August is about £1200 base so about £1500 including TFC.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:52 am
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I can get a basic ARN-LHR-MIA return on BA.com for around £1100
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by BA707 View Post
For weekend trips you're probably limited to Europe so have a look at the SH+ routes to earn 80 TP each way
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25635346-post3.html

These aren't great £/TP wise (£2.26) but I do see 0-1 day weekend trips BRU-LON-XXX-LON-BRU in April/May to earn 240TP and no positioning.
SOF £543
OTP £544
KBP £559
RAK £571
Or you can do some SH+ routes (OTP, SOF, HEL) for £400 from EDI/GLA, nested within a separate BRU-LHR-EDI/GLA return for another c. £400, giving around £2/TP. But I guess you couldn't squeeze that into a weekend.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 4:11 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
Just had another search and also looked at EF. I can't see this in either place. On EF the cheapest J fare for ARN-MIA for August is about £1200 base so about £1500 including TFC.
Wop wop..! You are right, my bad, I was merely suggested looking at different routes, but yes indeed this fare is no longer available!
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Old Jan 4, 19, 5:11 am
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I can get a basic ARN-LHR-MIA return on BA.com for around £1100
Great fare.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 6:59 am
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Happy New Year everyone....

So just took advantage of the LHR-BNA sale with a couple extra stops. Now playing with a DUB-LAS TPR, but the 040min connection in LAX on return is a bit worriesome and I was wondering if the price can be brought down even more? Doesn't have to be those exact dates, but the route is preferred.

Thank you for all your help. Keep flying!
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Old Jan 4, 19, 7:07 am
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Have emailed BA to ask for full rules - not available via ITA/OTAs yet.

edit - thanks to @BAEC looks like hes found it cheaper still @1249EUR
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Old Jan 4, 19, 7:11 am
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Old Jan 4, 19, 8:05 am
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Have checked with BA - that fare is ONLY available online and without the HEL shuffle of last year
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Old Jan 4, 19, 8:10 am
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Have checked with BA - that fare is ONLY available online and without the HEL shuffle of last year
DO we know the travel period?
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Old Jan 4, 19, 8:10 am
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@teledude is there a way (sorry for being useless!) you can screenshot the multi flights screen and what you enter? I've never had any luck getting anything slightly complex out of BA.com and ended up exporting to AA through Powertools - please pretty please
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DO we know the travel period?
I'd guess July/August but not 100% sure
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Old Jan 4, 19, 8:12 am
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@teledude is there a way (sorry for being useless!) you can screenshot the multi flights screen and what you enter? I've never had any luck getting anything slightly complex out of BA.com and ended up exporting to AA through Powertools - please pretty please
OTP-JFK
JFK-LAX
LAX-PHX
PHX-LAX
LAX-JFK
JFK-OTP

Make sure all the dates tie up
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Old Jan 4, 19, 8:18 am
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HI all

I have tried a few dates in July and August and the PHX-LAX leg only seems to be available in Economy.
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