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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
It is not a glitch. AA only shares what it needs to with airlines on the same ticket, hence does not share all segments. Similar happens on other airlines and GDS combinations.
Interesting. Just reporting what I have heard from others.

This would make sense but for the fact that I have three OTP/PHX booked. All the same routings and each one shows a different number of AA flights. All the BA flights are shown.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
My OTP-PHX over 8 legs mirrors perfectly on BA.com MMB and also the App. As rossmacd says - I was not expecting this !
Presumably, you will have a mixture of AA and BA flight numbers interspersed, or are on a BA 125 plated ticket.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Possibly for specific dates (around the August bank holiday), but the fare is definitely still alive and kicking.
Been holding off waiting to see if it might work for a business / leisure mix for me and Mrs T.

Just booked.


Couple of points folks might find useful:
1. Rang Gold line who came up with £2080 citing having to use BA flight numbers throughout.
2. Rang AA, first 2 calls dropped half way through booking. They rang back and waived the booking fee. Came up with exact Matrix fare first attempt. However, they had to create separate bookings for Mrs T and I.

Pleased with this - fits my schedule nicely with a good break thrown in. Many thanks to Rossmacd et al....

Appreciate some wise words of advice on how to get Mrs T and I lined up on the (BA) seat selections? its given me 1A on the CE sectors. She is Silver me Gold and now on separate bookings.

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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Telecasterman View Post
Appreciate some wise words of advice on how to get Mrs T and I lined up on the (BA) seat selections? its given me 1A on the CE sectors. She is Silver me Gold and now on separate bookings.

T
Call BA and ask them to TCP your wife's booking and request seats for her through the back office. It takes a few days.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by wmaciej View Post
Call BA and ask them to TCP your wife's booking and request seats for her through the back office. It takes a few days.
Thanks for prompt response. Will do
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Interesting. Just reporting what I have heard from others.

This would make sense but for the fact that I have three OTP/PHX booked. All the same routings and each one shows a different number of AA flights. All the BA flights are shown.
yes, this is my experience. Iíve had a number of AA booked DUB to LAS runs which on BAEC always show the BA sectors but each booking seems to show different AA sectors... usually the LAX to LAS (and reverse). Doesnít seem to be any consistency.

However... points for all flights always post two days after flying which is good.... unlike Iberia bookings!
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Old Jan 23, 18, 3:47 pm
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Hey guys - so I have another nube question here. I'm a BAEC member and have alternated between bronze and silver for a coupe of years now.

Trying to get a TP run into the states sometime this year, but since I have a lot of Avios points banked already, I was considering if maybe I should bank in some AA miles as well. I have a basic question, that I wouldn't have paid attention to before since I had never thought of earning AA miles, but which seem important right now:
  • My understanding is that if I do a TP run, say for example all domestic US flights, I can earn Avios points as well as tier points. How would I effectively be 'choosing' which program to earn miles on? Is it basically which FF number I put onto the booking?
  • Secondly, lets say if I wanted some legs to be on my BA program, and some on AA - how would I go about doing that?
  • Lastly - and I'm assuming the answer is 'no' - there is no possibility of earning Avios TP but AA miles on the same flight correct?
Thanks all
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Old Jan 23, 18, 4:07 pm
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Anyone fancying some extreme TPs, PEN->KTM is available for around £565 on Malaysian - 360 TP and a chance to take a ride to LUA (sadly non TP earning and relatively expensive, though you do want extremely well paid pilots for that I should think).

The usual boring options are also available. e.g. Mumbai. I was led to look by the claim there are lower business class sale fares (sub 2000 ringgit) from KL to Mumbai but couldn't find anything obvious.
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:00 am
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Having a play, and found this one. Looks OK at £1790 for 780TP (I think) and most of a weekend in Hawaii. Any comments?



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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
Having a play, and found this one. Looks OK at £1790 for 1010TP (I think) and most of a weekend in Hawaii. Any comments?


Not sure where you are getting your TP calculation from. I make it:

40+140+40+140+140+140+140=780

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That's 780 TPs by my reckoning.
40+140+40+140 on the outbound, 140+140+140 on the inbound.

Edit: Beaten to it!
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Having a play, and found this one. Looks OK at £1790 for 1010TP (I think) and most of a weekend in Hawaii. Any comments?
780 TP (5 x 140 + 2 x 40)
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:16 am
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Oh, I've been using the BA TP calculator. Is that incorrect?

https://www.britishairways.com/trave...club/_gf/en_gb
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:22 am
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Without checking I suspect you are looking at the AA flights as earning higher TPs. These are domestic first and earn 40/140 TPs unlike international first which earn 210TPs. They did used to earn the higher rate until last January when they changed.

To earn more TPs you would need to split the outbound to be something like AMS/LHR/JFK/LAX/HNL which would be 460TPs each way.
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:24 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
Without checking I suspect you are looking at the AA flights as earning higher TPs. These are domestic first and earn 40:140 TPs.
It doesn't seem to differentiate on the calculator. I'll edit my post. Where do I find the reference for the AA First Domestic TPs?
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