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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Feb 1, 18, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post


you can get some ideas about activities in Luxembourg by watching the series Patriot on Amazon Prime
Apparently that was filmed in Prague... hahahaha
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Old Feb 1, 18, 6:31 am
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My mileage year expires in August - and looks unfortunately like I might be ~150 TPs away from gold - though ultimately it is heavily dependent on how work pans out over the next few months, so I'd prefer to wait before booking.

- How likely am I to be able to find 'short notice' Short Haul+ CE returns around the £300 / £400 mark in the summer? (i.e. can I wait, or do I need to buy now?)
- Are there any refundable Short Haul+ CE return fares out there that aren't a million miles away from £300 / £400?
I had much the same question: my year ends in September and on current bookings I need 135TPs. I'm hoping a change of role might solve the issue entirely, but the feasibility of reasonable SH+ at shortish notice in/around August might be of concern?
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Old Feb 1, 18, 6:59 am
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If my Tier Point collection period ends on 8th May 2018, and i do a TPR after this date and become Silver, am I Silver until 7th May 2020?
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Old Feb 1, 18, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by flipper118 View Post
If my Tier Point collection period ends on 8th May 2018, and i do a TPR after this date and become Silver, am I Silver until 7th May 2020?
Until 30 June 2020
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Old Feb 1, 18, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by NordicMaster View Post
I called in, changed the price to local currency (with better rate than the bank) and the did waive the phone booking fee. Worked like a charm
Ah, but sometimes region of purchase adjusts the price.

I was buying LAS-LAX a couple of years ago (when it used to still be 60TP) and it was something like $100 on the US site vs £150 on the UK equivalent (figures made up, as I can't remember specifics). It was hugely more expensive in my local currency - and not just because of market adjustment, because AA was, frankly, fixing it.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 8:55 am
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I've only been to Lux twice, for work though, so I didn't really get time to see what was about. I can't say it looked that exciting, at a glance, unless you like banks and head offices. I'm too chicken to risk anything but a certainty, can you call the Gold line maybe, and explain? Maybe they'll give you a hint to as what the chances are.
Head out to Vianden, nice little town and a cool castle to have a wander around. Very cheap to get there, train and bus.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Ah, but sometimes region of purchase adjusts the price.

I was buying LAS-LAX a couple of years ago (when it used to still be 60TP) and it was something like $100 on the US site vs £150 on the UK equivalent (figures made up, as I can't remember specifics). It was hugely more expensive in my local currency - and not just because of market adjustment, because AA was, frankly, fixing it.
For a more egregious form of this, google the Peru "gringo tax".
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Old Feb 1, 18, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Until 30 June 2020


Flipper... even though your BAEC membership date will be the 8th May, the date on your card will be the 30th of June and you can avail all of your membership benefits right up to the date on your card... I.e. almost an extra two months.

Everyone’s “card date” is the 30th of the month, the month after their actual membership renewal date.


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Old Feb 1, 18, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by flyuk View Post
I've only been to Lux twice, for work though, so I didn't really get time to see what was about. I can't say it looked that exciting, at a glance, unless you like banks and head offices. I'm too chicken to risk anything but a certainty, can you call the Gold line maybe, and explain? Maybe they'll give you a hint to as what the chances are.
Thanks, I booked the flights on the 3rd as I'm also to chicken to risk! Will lose a few hours but thats what happens when you book things late

Gold tier here I come!!!!
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Old Feb 1, 18, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by etiene View Post
I had much the same question: my year ends in September and on current bookings I need 135TPs. I'm hoping a change of role might solve the issue entirely, but the feasibility of reasonable SH+ at shortish notice in/around August might be of concern?
Sidestep the problem by doing a run to PHX in First and going straight to GOLD...

(unless you're already silver going for gold in which case skip the question and go straight to GUF2)
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Old Feb 1, 18, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by oxtailsoup View Post


Flipper... even though your BAEC membership date will be the 8th May, the date on your card will be the 30th of June and you can avail all of your membership benefits right up to the date on your card... I.e. almost an extra two months.

Everyone’s “card date” is the 30th of the month, the month after their actual membership renewal date.


Slight correction, it’s the 30th when there are only 30 days in the month otherwise it’s the 31st. (Obvious exception with February.)
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Old Feb 1, 18, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Sidestep the problem by doing a run to PHX in First and going straight to GOLD...

(unless you're already silver going for gold in which case skip the question and go straight to GUF2)
Haha. Silver going for gold [maybe]. We'll see, I'm likely to get funny looks if I end up doing a B2B to get over the line - runs like OTP-PHX would get me crucified!
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Old Feb 1, 18, 2:47 pm
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Hi All
Great thread. My first attempt at a Tier point run. Have just dropped from Gold to Silver on BAEC and now realize the difference especially on fast track and first lounge in LHR. I need to do a trip to CapeTown and Joburg from the 8th to 14th of March from my base in Dublin. I have flexibility +/- a day on the dates. Will fly business and have budget about $3k to spend. Any of the more experienced posters able to help with getting me to 800 tier points on this trip? Don't mind which one-world partner i fly with. Thanks for your help.
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Old Feb 1, 18, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by jpm290975 View Post
Hi All
Great thread. My first attempt at a Tier point run. Have just dropped from Gold to Silver on BAEC and now realize the difference especially on fast track and first lounge in LHR. I need to do a trip to CapeTown and Joburg from the 8th to 14th of March from my base in Dublin. I have flexibility +/- a day on the dates. Will fly business and have budget about $3k to spend. Any of the more experienced posters able to help with getting me to 800 tier points on this trip? Don't mind which one-world partner i fly with. Thanks for your help.
I'd imagine your best bet is Qatar from somewhere Nordic, where you'll get 4 sectors in business class via DOH. Maybe have a look ex MUC or HEL?

Edit - here you go.

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#se...HEL1QR301;sc=b

for 560 TP

plus something like

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#se...c=b;a=ONEWORLD

For 240 (corrected as pointed out below)

You'll need to fiddle with the timings to suit, but that should be below your budget and 800 TP

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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:18 pm
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Great thanks. I thought that Helsinki was only 80TP in CW each way frommLHR so would that make that segment 240 in total?
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