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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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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Old Jan 30, 18, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


I can’t imagine 15/16 AA flights in 3 days would rank high in anyone’s list of enjoyable events. Especially not on the reduced TOs. I might be tempted if it was still 1260TPs.
Agree completely, I've got within 1500TP's of GGL with 6 weeks to go till membership year end and this may be the last time I make an effort to complete it. Things are way harder and way more expensive than the days of 1500TP's to HNL on babybus and transcon First.

Looking like I might get stuck in CGK as a nice little sting in the tail this year. asked sri lankan to keep check in desk open for my turnaround next week, they CC'd me in on their email to Jakarta:
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Old Jan 30, 18, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by wonderman View Post
Agree completely, I've got within 1500TP's of GGL with 6 weeks to go till membership year end and this may be the last time I make an effort to complete it. Things are way harder and way more expensive than the days of 1500TP's to HNL on babybus and transcon First.

Looking like I might get stuck in CGK as a nice little sting in the tail this year. asked sri lankan to keep check in desk open for my turnaround next week, they CC'd me in on their email to Jakarta:
"Dear Airport Team



Please assist the needful
"

Good luck sir! Waiting for your outcome before I compose my letter to UL
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Old Jan 30, 18, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Not necessarily correct - it is usually offered when all flights are on AA flight numbers, even if not operated by AA (e.g. codeshares).
Probably. I just remember there being a clause somewhere that said certain types of flights operated by someone else had to be paid for immediately. Mine was one of them because I couldn't put it on hold. I tried going through from the UK, from Japan and it told both times to start again from within the UK, but the prices were too high. I got fed up in the end and just chanced it on my CC anyway. It went through fine.

Edit:

This clause:

"Reservations containing one or more flights on airlines other than American Airlines or American Eagle must be purchased at time of booking."

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Old Jan 30, 18, 10:50 am
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There is an easier way to get bookwithmatrix to give you a price in £ straight away. You need to edit the URL bookwithmatrix generates for American. I'm on mobile at the moment so cant post the exact change but from memory there is a part of the URL that defines the billing currency. I think it's something like 'CUS' - copy the entire URL into notepad or similar and change that part to 'CGB' and then copy and paste the revised Urll in to your browser. Should price in £ then.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 10:57 am
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Alternatively, use ITA Powertools instead of BookWithMatrix, and use the AA UK link instead of the default US one (or better yet, change the settings in Powertools to UK by default)
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Old Jan 30, 18, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
Probably. I just remember there being a clause somewhere that said certain types of flights operated by someone else had to be paid for immediately. Mine was one of them because I couldn't put it on hold. I tried going through from the UK, from Japan and it told both times to start again from within the UK, but the prices were too high. I got fed up in the end and just chanced it on my CC anyway. It went through fine.

Edit:

This clause:

"Reservations containing one or more flights on airlines other than American Airlines or American Eagle must be purchased at time of booking."
Yep, and the clause you quote includes the use of AA codeshares
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Old Jan 30, 18, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by armouredant View Post
Alternatively, use ITA Powertools instead of BookWithMatrix, and use the AA UK link instead of the default US one (or better yet, change the settings in Powertools to UK by default)
Could you let me know how you change the settings in Powertools?
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Old Jan 30, 18, 11:55 am
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Could you let me know how you change the settings in Powertools?
Of course. Once you've installed and activated Powertools (using the bookmarklet), look at the top right of the screen; there's a Settings link there.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 12:20 pm
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Hi All,

I am planning a trip to the US for business next month (well March) but close enough, I would like to maximise TPs as the demise of Qatar as a gateway to the ME as robbed me of TPs as QANTAS fares are very unrewarding. I see the best option is to start in Dublin but has anyone had any experience of losing TPs if you walk out at LHR on the way back? I may be pushed for time so would like the option to escape with my hand luggage...

Thanks

PT
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Old Jan 30, 18, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by paddytaylor View Post
Hi All,

I am planning a trip to the US for business next month (well March) but close enough, I would like to maximise TPs as the demise of Qatar as a gateway to the ME as robbed me of TPs as QANTAS fares are very unrewarding. I see the best option is to start in Dublin but has anyone had any experience of losing TPs if you walk out at LHR on the way back? I may be pushed for time so would like the option to escape with my hand luggage...

Thanks

PT
Hi paddytaylor,

Welcome to flyertalk and the BA forum.

You will not get the tier points for the flights not taken ( ie the LHR DUB) but you will get it for the other flights.

Regards

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Old Jan 30, 18, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by paddytaylor View Post
Hi All,

I am planning a trip to the US for business next month (well March) but close enough, I would like to maximise TPs as the demise of Qatar as a gateway to the ME as robbed me of TPs as QANTAS fares are very unrewarding. I see the best option is to start in Dublin but has anyone had any experience of losing TPs if you walk out at LHR on the way back? I may be pushed for time so would like the option to escape with my hand luggage...

Thanks

PT
As pointed out you will get the TPs for the flights you actual take. However, if you book through a TA there is a slight possibility that the TA may be charged for the actual flights you took. There is one reported instance (to the best of my knowledge) of this so is not widespread. But remains a possibility.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 3:35 pm
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I am currently fighting a glitch that I am not able to find a workaround for. When it comes time to book at flight using Matrix and bookwithmatrix it defaults to the US-version of the site. I need to have my country selected or else I get this:


When i click change I get this



If I change to my home country it returns to aa.com and my booking is gone.

I have tried PayPal (not supported in my country), change to my country before going through the payment process and put the booking on hold to pay later. All with the same result.

Does my booking require that I have a US credit card or is there a workaround?
The AA site isn't very sensitive from my experience. My method is simple: make it up. A US zip code - 10001, or something - will suffice instead of your post code, so long as your credit card details are correct. I, as a UK resident, have managed two bookings on AA that have successfully gone through in USD rather than GBP.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
The AA site isn't very sensitive from my experience. My method is simple: make it up. A US zip code - 10001, or something - will suffice instead of your post code, so long as your credit card details are correct. I, as a UK resident, have managed two bookings on AA that have successfully gone through in USD rather than GBP.
this is the way i did it too - all details correct except zip code 0000 and it worked perfect
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Old Jan 31, 18, 12:47 am
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Of course. Once you've installed and activated Powertools (using the bookmarklet), look at the top right of the screen; there's a Settings link there.
Thank you armouredant
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Old Jan 31, 18, 1:05 am
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Iberia MAN-LHR-MAD-VLC and back earns 200 TP in business and prices available from £354.00 = £1.77/TP
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