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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Feb 3, 18, 11:29 am
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in regards to the DUB-HEL ... if you use aer Lingus DUB-LHR there's no business class right? and do you still get tier points?
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Old Feb 3, 18, 11:33 am
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This is my first post. Long time lurker, and previous runs to Hawaii. I couldn't resist the OTP-PHX opportunity. Have booked myself this fare (in First) in early August - couldn't manage the dates of the party!

Big hat-tip to KARFA and rossmacd. Thank you!
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Old Feb 3, 18, 11:43 am
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This is my first post. Long time lurker, and previous runs to Hawaii. I couldn't resist the OTP-PHX opportunity. Have booked myself this fare (in First) in early August - couldn't manage the dates of the party!
Welcome hammers2958! Make sure you put your details into the PHX Do thread as there are many people flying who are do at the do (myself included) and you may bump into some fellow FTers on the way.

EDIT - I have seen you have done it already!
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Old Feb 3, 18, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by timeport4 View Post
in regards to the DUB-HEL ... if you use aer Lingus DUB-LHR there's no business class right? and do you still get tier points?
If booked under a BA codeshare on an EI operated flight you would get TPs and avios. You are right there is no business class so I think the most you can get from an EI flight would be 20 TPs.
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Old Feb 3, 18, 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by hammers2958 View Post
This is my first post. Long time lurker, and previous runs to Hawaii. I couldn't resist the OTP-PHX opportunity. Have booked myself this fare (in First) in early August - couldn't manage the dates of the party!

Big hat-tip to KARFA and rossmacd. Thank you!

Thanks, and welcome to the thread and to FT hammers2958!
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Old Feb 4, 18, 7:58 am
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Fantastic!

If you add your flight details to the PHX mini do thread, you'll probably find you could meet up with others along the way
Thanks for the tip, just posted my flight details, looks like we'll meet on our trip!
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Old Feb 4, 18, 8:05 am
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Has anyone else had any issues booking though aa.com? I made a booking last week and it's been stuck in "On Request" since then and the money hasn't been charged from my account
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Old Feb 4, 18, 8:18 am
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Has anyone else had any issues booking though aa.com? I made a booking last week and it's been stuck in "On Request" since then and the money hasn't been charged from my account
Call them - it's probably just a currency snafu. They're very good on the phone and will re-bill in sterling.
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Old Feb 4, 18, 9:22 am
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Not sure. Those folks who did nested TLL runs had more I think.
nowhere close
i've done 13 in 2 on those MH domestic J runs.
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Old Feb 5, 18, 4:56 am
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New Member seeking advice

Hi Guys,

First time Bronze member and completely new to the world of TP runs; however reading this thread and others this sounds like a great idea and looking forward to getting stuck in!

Apologies if this is the wrong area but wanted to seek your collective wisdom on ex UK runs to Florida; I've started to have a play with the ITA Matrix and am relatively comfortable with using it but am unsure on optimal routings for maximum TP in the area. In essence my Girlfriend and I love the Orlando / Fort Myres area and were thinking of constructing a 600 ish TP run with 24 hour stopovers in this area to obtain silver membership prior to our main vacation in November for the Half Marathon there. We are completely flexible on route and timings after March.

Many Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 5, 18, 5:19 am
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Hi Guys,

First time Bronze member and completely new to the world of TP runs; however reading this thread and others this sounds like a great idea and looking forward to getting stuck in!

Apologies if this is the wrong area but wanted to seek your collective wisdom on ex UK runs to Florida; I've started to have a play with the ITA Matrix and am relatively comfortable with using it but am unsure on optimal routings for maximum TP in the area. In essence my Girlfriend and I love the Orlando / Fort Myres area and were thinking of constructing a 600 ish TP run with 24 hour stopovers in this area to obtain silver membership prior to our main vacation in November for the Half Marathon there. We are completely flexible on route and timings after March.

Many Thanks in advance.
Welcome to FT. Perfectly suitable place to ask your question.

If heading to Florida area and staying around there you may want to look at something from the main ex-EU cities, e.g. Dublin, Copenhagen etc. YOu would then route via LHR and perhaps JFK and then down to MCO or perhaps one of the smaller FL airports via PHL or CLT or even MIA. The following would earn you 520TPs return in J. DUB/LHR/JFK/CLT/MCO. A lot of the fares allow 2 connections in US of less than 24 hours. You can play around with dates but likely to get best prices over the Easter and Summer holidays.

Alternative you could look to do something like: DUB/:HR/JFK/MCO/LAX (depending on routes being available). This would earn you 720TPs return in J as long as one of the US flights was over 2000 miles. 40+140+40+140+140+40+140+40

The pitfall with AA flights is if you have a connecting flight that book onto the same AA code. Even if you physically change aircraft this only counts at 1 flight for TPs.

There's lots of really useful information in the posts at the start of this thread.

If you have any specific questions, just ask.
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Old Feb 5, 18, 5:30 am
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Thanks a lot Madfish, I will start looking at these routes and post any queries.
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Old Feb 5, 18, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by ermen View Post
nowhere close
i've done 13 in 2 on those MH domestic J runs.
Wow, big respect that's some serious TP running!
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Old Feb 5, 18, 4:58 pm
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I havenít seen this question answered but if it already has feel free to point me to the right post...

Is it possible to book the AMS to BKK INCEU60 fare and add hotels to make it a BA holiday booking. Less interested in doing so to save money (although a nice bonus if it does) more so to pay only deposit now and balance later.
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Old Feb 5, 18, 6:55 pm
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Wow, big respect that's some serious TP running!
more like pain! never again.
LH sectors are a much more efficient and comfortable way
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