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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jan 23, 18, 12:19 am
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Originally Posted by n4ynx View Post
I'm doing this exact run but as I'm being crazy I added the OTP-PHX run via HEL to it. so should get gold in one whole trip.
when are you doing that?

as Flyuk, im also hoping something like this is available in December and Iíd do what youíre doing to reach gold in one go.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:28 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post


when are you doing that?

as Flyuk, im also hoping something like this is available in December and Iíd do what youíre doing to reach gold in one go.
Interesting! The latter part of December hasn't been released by AA yet, so I can't see what's released for OTP-PHX:

PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 30NOV
OR 18DEC THROUGH 02JAN OR 27MAR THROUGH 11APR FOR EACH
TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON IS BASED ON TRIP DATE.
Going to try to go over Christmas, as I'd rather be on an aircraft drinking champagne than pretending to like people I don't.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by MrPrice16 View Post
Looks like availability on the OTP-PHX first fare seems to be disappearing from what I can see
Possibly for specific dates (around the August bank holiday), but the fare is definitely still alive and kicking.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by TPRun View Post


when are you doing that?

as Flyuk, im also hoping something like this is available in December and I’d do what you’re doing to reach gold in one go.
Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
Interesting! The latter part of December hasn't been released by AA yet, so I can't see what's released for OTP-PHX:



Going to try to go over Christmas, as I'd rather be on an aircraft drinking champagne than pretending to like people I don't.
You will not be able to book OTP-PHX for December, since there is a travel restriction on the fare:

VALID FOR TRAVEL COMMENCING ON/BEFORE 31AUG 18.
I understand this is for both fare components.

The fare may be updated in due course, but I guess we would have to wait and see first.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:13 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
You will not be able to book OTP-PHX for December, since there is a travel restriction on the fare:



I understand this is for both fare components.

The fare may be updated in due course, but I guess we would have to wait and see first.
That doesn't seem to be the case, this is November, I found it a couple of days ago.



Which matches:

PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 30NOV
OR 18DEC THROUGH 02JAN OR 27MAR THROUGH 11APR FOR EACH
TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON IS BASED ON TRIP DATE.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
That doesn't seem to be the case, this is November, I found it a couple of days ago.



Which matches:

PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 30NOV
OR 18DEC THROUGH 02JAN OR 27MAR THROUGH 11APR FOR EACH
TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON IS BASED ON TRIP DATE.
bonus. That works for me as I just need to do it after 8 Nov for another year of Gold.

Although....if I hold out to see what December brings...Middle Dec is my 30th bday. Could enjoy being in America for that. Especially if Vegas can be thrown in

Get your point about Xmas though
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
That doesn't seem to be the case, this is November, I found it a couple of days ago.



Which matches:

PERMITTED 01JUL THROUGH 31AUG OR 22NOV THROUGH 30NOV
OR 18DEC THROUGH 02JAN OR 27MAR THROUGH 11APR FOR EACH
TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON IS BASED ON TRIP DATE.
Yes, because that time frame is explicitly called out in the seasonal restrictions, which trumps the travel restrictions.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Yes, because that time frame is explicitly called out in the seasonal restrictions, which trumps the travel restrictions.
I might be missing something, so the travel restrictions apply to the December dates, even though they don't on the November dates?

I'm new to this, doesn't the matrix represent valid fares?
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
I might be missing something, so the travel restrictions apply to the December dates, even though they don't on the November dates?

I'm new to this, doesn't matrix represent valid fares?
I think and stand to be corrected but the J fare you have posted and the F one Ross is referring too have different dates crossed wires and all that
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
I might be missing something, so the travel restrictions apply to the December dates, even though they don't on the November dates?

I'm new to this, doesn't matrix represent valid fares?
Regardless, AA only release availability at 330 days so only just sneaking into the start of the Christmas period. Besides, matrix wonít quote beyond 330 days even though BA have flights on sale.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
I think and stand to be corrected but the J fare you have posted and the F one Ross is referring too have different dates crossed wires and all that
Oh, very likely, I wasn't referring to F.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:56 am
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Marginally OT, but has anyone been able to combined this with a travel agent offer? I have Trailfinders £100 off £1k. Iím guessing that they can get this fare?
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by MrPrice16 View Post
Marginally OT, but has anyone been able to combined this with a travel agent offer? I have Trailfinders £100 off £1k. Iím guessing that they can get this fare?
There should be no reason why a TA cannot see the OTP-PHX J fare. I'm not sure about the OTP-PHX A fare to be honest, but maybe try and report back?
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:36 am
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Just a note/reminder to those looking to take advantage of the AA OTP-PHX J or F fares, there is a ticket issue date in both of the fare rules:

TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 04FEB18.
We have seen instances of fares being pulled before their ticket issuance deadline (if sales are high), so you may wish to ensure that you avail of the offer sooner rather than later.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Just a note/reminder to those looking to take advantage of the AA OTP-PHX J or F fares, there is a ticket issue date in both of the fare rules:



We have seen instances of fares being pulled before their ticket issuance deadline (if sales are high), so you may wish to ensure that you avail of the offer sooner rather than later.
That's awesome to know. I'm just waiting on availability. Thank you.
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