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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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
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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 7, 18, 4:11 am
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Originally Posted by sirkay View Post
Seem to be some cheap fares again from Germany.

https://www.google.com/flights/?curr...=ONEWORLD;eo=e

Interesting that a Saturday night stay does not appear to be necessary.
Thanks sirkay The fare conditions differ from yesterday's fare.

exGERMANY Sale Fare BA IKX6T1S2 to US in Business

Some information below on this sale fare from Germany to the US - it seems to be to NYC and Chicago only. Some example prices are noted below. Routing with two connections in the US is possible so example TP earning can be:

DUS-LHR-JFK-BOS-ORD rtn = (40+140+40+40)x2 = 520 TP

It may be possible to route via HEL (e.g. TXL-HEL-LHR) but I haven't checked that possibility yet.

The fare has a ticket by date of:

TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 08 FEB 18.
It seems to be available from all starting points in Germany, so DUS, HAM, MUC, FRA, HAM, HAJ, TXL, NUE, STR, and FDH

Example prices (exDUS and all via LHR):

NYC - £1,094
ORD - £1,093

it seems this is just for NYC and ORD? I can't find it for other US cities?

Some other starting points in Germany may be cheaper.

PERMITTED 02 APR 18 THROUGH 22 JUN 18 OR 27 AUG 18 THROUGH 31 OCT 18 FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
FROM GERMANY - PERMITTED SUN THROUGH WED ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
TO GERMANY - PERMITTED TUE THROUGH THU ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
This allows positioning for your inbound TATL prior to the Sunday. You can therefore set off from PHX on Saturday arriving in to NYC during Saturday, have a night in NYC night, and then do your TATL on Sunday.

RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.
2 TRANSFERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION FREE
So 2 transfers in Europe and 2 transfers in the US each way. An overnight connection of up to 24 hrs between flights would be counted as a transfer, anything beyond that would be a stopover.

STOPOVERS NOT PERMITTED ON THE FARE COMPONENT.
Cancellation and change conditions:

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CANCELLATIONS
    BEFORE DEPARTURE
      CHARGE EUR 250.00 FOR CANCEL/NO-SHOW/REFUND.
         NOTE -
          IN THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF THE PASSENGER/
          OR A TRAVELING COMPANION/THE SERVICE CHARGE MAY
          BE WAIVED OR THE TICKET REFUNDED.
          VISIT AA.COM FOR DETAIL.
          ----
          INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
          CHILD DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY.
          ----
          FOR TRAVEL AGENCY BOOKINGS MADE IN MEXICO / THE
          CARIBBEAN / CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA - AA WILL
          ASSESS A USD 25.00 FEE ON ANY UNTICKETED
          RESERVATION NOT CANCELED BEFORE DEPARTURE.
          ------------------------------------------------
          THE ORIGINAL NON-REFUNDABLE AMOUNT REMAINS
          NON-REFUNDABLE.
          REFUND PERMITTED WITHIN TICKET VALIDTY.
          ------------------------------------------------
          WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CANCELLATION FEES
          THE HIGHEST CANCELLATION FEE OF EACH CANCELLED
          PRICING UNIT APPLIES.
          WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION-
          WHEN COMBINING A REFUNDABLE FARE WITH A NON-
          REFUNDABLE FARE
          1- THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE REFUNDABLE FARE
          COMPONENT IS REFUNDED LESS APPLICABLE PENALTY
          2- THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
          COMPONENT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
    AFTER DEPARTURE
      TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN CASE OF CANCEL/NO-SHOW/
        REFUND.
         NOTE -
          IN THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF THE PASSENGER/
          OR A TRAVELING COMPANION/THE SERVICE CHARGE MAY
          BE WAIVED OR THE TICKET REFUNDED.
          VISIT AA.COM FOR DETAIL.
          ------------------------------------------------
          WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CANCELLATION FEES
          THE HIGHEST CANCELLATION FEE OF EACH CANCELLED
          PRICING UNIT APPLIES.
          WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION-
          WHEN COMBINING A REFUNDABLE FARE WITH A NON-
          REFUNDABLE FARE
          1- THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE REFUNDABLE FARE
          COMPONENT IS REFUNDED LESS APPLICABLE PENALTY
          2- THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
          COMPONENT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
  CHANGES
    BEFORE DEPARTURE
      CHARGE EUR 250.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION.
         NOTE -
          INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
          CHILD DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY.
          -----
          THE CHANGE FEE APPLIES PER TRANSACTION AND PERSON.
          A CHANGE IS A ROUTING / OR DATE / OR FLIGHT
          MODIFICATION.
          CHANGE IS PERMITTED WITHIN TICKET VALIDITY OF
          ORIGINAL TICKET.
          THE ORIGINAL NON-REFUNDABLE AMOUNT REMAINS
          NON-REFUNDABLE.
          --------------------------------------------------
          WHERE THIS FARE IS COMBINED WITH ANOTHER FARE AND
          ONLY ONE FARE COMPONENT IS CHANGED THE PENALTY
          CONDITIONS OF THE CHANGED FARE COMPONENT WILL
          APPLY.
          WHEN MORE THAN ONE FARE COMPONENT IS BEING CHANGED
          THE HIGHEST PENALTY OF ALL CHANGED FARE COMPONENTS
          WILL APPLY.
          --------------------------------------------------
          IN CASE OF UPGRADE TO A HIGHER FARE OR IF THE
          ITINERARY RESULTS IN A HIGHER FARE THE DIFFERENCE
          WILL BE COLLECTED -AND- THE CHANGE FEE WILL BE
          APPLIED.
          --------------------------------------------------
          WHEN THE NEW ITINERARY RESULTS IN A LOWER FARE A
          REFUND OF THE RESIDUAL AMOUNT LESS THE APPLICABLE
          PENALTY WILL BE MADE.
          --------------------------------------------------
          REISSUE/REVALIDATION MUST BE MADE AT THE SAME TIME
          THE RESERVATION IS CHANGED.
          --------------------------------------------------
                     CALCULATION FOR REISSUES
          //CHANGES BEFORE OUTBOUND DEPARTURE//
          WHEN THE FIRST FARE COMPONENT IS CHANGED THE
          ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING CURRENT FARES IN
          EFFECT ON THE DATE THE TICKET IS REISSUED.
          -----
          WHEN THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE FIRST FARE
          COMPONENT BUT OTHER FARE COMPONENTS ARE CHANGED
          THE ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING HISTORICAL
          FARES IN EFFECT ON THE PREVIOUS TICKETING DATE OR
          CURRENT FARES IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF TICKET
          REISSUE WHICHEVER IS LOWER.
          --------------------------------------------------
          //CHANGES AFTER DEPARTURE//
          THE ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING HISTORICAL
          FARES IN EFFECT ON THE PREVIOUS TICKETING DATE.
          --------------------------------------------------
          THE NEW ITINERARY MUST MEET ALL RULE PROVISIONS
          OF THE NEWLY TICKETED FARE - I.E.  ADVANCE
          RESERVATIONS/TICKETING DEADLINE/MINIMUM/MAXIMUM
          STAY/BOOKING CLASS/SEASONALITY  ETC.
    AFTER DEPARTURE
      CHARGE EUR 250.00 FOR REISSUE/REVALIDATION.
         NOTE -
          INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
          CHILD DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY.
          -----
          THE CHANGE FEE APPLIES PER TRANSACTION AND PERSON.
          A CHANGE IS A ROUTING / OR DATE / OR FLIGHT
          MODIFICATION.
          CHANGE IS PERMITTED WITHIN TICKET VALIDITY OF
          ORIGINAL TICKET.
          THE ORIGINAL NON-REFUNDABLE AMOUNT REMAINS
          NON-REFUNDABLE.
          --------------------------------------------------
          WHERE THIS FARE IS COMBINED WITH ANOTHER FARE AND
          ONLY ONE FARE COMPONENT IS CHANGED THE PENALTY
          CONDITIONS OF THE CHANGED FARE COMPONENT WILL
          APPLY.
          WHEN MORE THAN ONE FARE COMPONENT IS BEING CHANGED
          THE HIGHEST PENALTY OF ALL CHANGED FARE COMPONENTS
          WILL APPLY.
          --------------------------------------------------
          IN CASE OF UPGRADE TO A HIGHER FARE OR IF THE
          ITINERARY RESULTS IN A HIGHER FARE THE DIFFERENCE
          WILL BE COLLECTED -AND- THE CHANGE FEE WILL BE
          APPLIED.
          --------------------------------------------------
          WHEN THE NEW ITINERARY RESULTS IN A LOWER FARE THE
           CHANGE FEE APPLIES AND THERE IS NO REFUND HOWEVER
           THE DIFFERENCE IN FARE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE PA
          SSENGER IN THE FORM OF A NON-REFUNDABLE TRAVEL VOU
          CHER WHICH MAY BE APPLIED TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF
          A TICKET VALID FOR TRANSPORTATION GOVERNED BY AA O
          NLY.
          --------------------------------------------------
          REISSUE/REVALIDATION MUST BE MADE AT THE SAME TIME
          THE RESERVATION IS CHANGED.
          --------------------------------------------------
                     CALCULATION FOR REISSUES
          //CHANGES BEFORE OUTBOUND DEPARTURE//
          WHEN THE FIRST FARE COMPONENT IS CHANGED THE
          ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING CURRENT FARES IN
          EFFECT ON THE DATE THE TICKET IS REISSUED.
          -----
          WHEN THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE FIRST FARE
          COMPONENT BUT OTHER FARE COMPONENTS ARE CHANGED
          THE ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING HISTORICAL
          FARES IN EFFECT ON THE PREVIOUS TICKETING DATE OR
          CURRENT FARES IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF TICKET
          REISSUE WHICHEVER IS LOWER.
          --------------------------------------------------
          //CHANGES AFTER DEPARTURE//
          THE ITINERARY MUST BE REPRICED USING HISTORICAL
          FARES IN EFFECT ON THE PREVIOUS TICKETING DATE.
          --------------------------------------------------
          THE NEW ITINERARY MUST MEET ALL RULE PROVISIONS
          OF THE NEWLY TICKETED FARE - I.E.  ADVANCE
          RESERVATIONS/TICKETING DEADLINE/MINIMUM/MAXIMUM
          STAY/BOOKING CLASS/SEASONALITY  ETC.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 4:26 am
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I can see it working on MIA KARFA - such peculiar booking limitations on this one !
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Old Feb 7, 18, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by smit0847 View Post
Iím in an interesting conundrum with my BA status this year. Iíve made Silver and have been toying with the idea of doing a status run to go for Gold as OWE has always been a bucket-list thing for me. The conundrum is that I work as a contractor and I am paid a generous day rate for each day I work. I could take a few days off to do a status run but for each day I donít work, the status run gets significantly more expensive. I would happily do an ex-EU QR J run to BKK (say from HEL) with a same day turn around at BKK but all of their cheapest fares seem to require at least a 2 night stay there meaning I would have to take the Friday and the Monday off (and maybe a Tuesday as well). If I could do a run with 0 or just 1 day off work it would be very cost effective, if I need to take several days off it becomes very expensive due to lost income.



Anyone in a similar situation?
I'm quite time poor and have had to put a lot of planning into working around weekends, Inevitably you have to take some time off, but to get from silver to gold probably not all that much. You might want to look at the August bank holiday weekend and join the PHX do, which I think you can do Friday to Monday and in business (the F fares have gone).

For the trips out east, one good one is Munich to Peking on Sri Lankan (first flight is Qatar). It gets 3 LH segments per direction and you can return essentially the next day (just after midnight so it looks like two nights on the itinerary, but it's really just one). As I recall it looks theoretically as if it would work B2B but I wouldn't risk that. If you don't have a China visa I think there are options for Hong Kong or Jakarta.

Then again you could view it as holiday and take some holiday. I have a couple of those booked - it was my wife's idea, so however bizarre it seems to sit and relax for a few days not on a flight I'm going along with it.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by sirkay View Post
Seem to be some cheap fares again from Germany.

https://www.google.com/flights/?curr...=ONEWORLD;eo=e

Interesting that a Saturday night stay does not appear to be necessary.
Google Flights is showing Dallas, Charlotte, Houston, Denver, Washington DC (IAD) for around £1,150 on the same dates; Miami and Seattle are around £1,600
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Old Feb 7, 18, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
I'm quite time poor and have had to put a lot of planning into working around weekends, Inevitably you have to take some time off, but to get from silver to gold probably not all that much. You might want to look at the August bank holiday weekend and join the PHX do, which I think you can do Friday to Monday and in business (the F fares have gone).

For the trips out east, one good one is Munich to Peking on Sri Lankan (first flight is Qatar). It gets 3 LH segments per direction and you can return essentially the next day (just after midnight so it looks like two nights on the itinerary, but it's really just one). As I recall it looks theoretically as if it would work B2B but I wouldn't risk that. If you don't have a China visa I think there are options for Hong Kong or Jakarta.

Then again you could view it as holiday and take some holiday. I have a couple of those booked - it was my wife's idea, so however bizarre it seems to sit and relax for a few days not on a flight I'm going along with it.
These 3-leg QR/UL itineraries are very easy to B2B in HKG (and CAN, but that probably requires a visa), UL 896 arrives in HKG at 2200, and UL 897 departs 0200 the same night (early the next morning), so plenty of time to unwind in the lounges at HKG.

The very advanced version is the cross-border B2B between HKG and CAN - arrive into HKG on UL892 at 1710, KA786 HKG-CAN at 2015 and UL885 back to CMB at 0315. This wouldn't require a visa, since you are transiting within 24 hours without departing CAN airport.

As far as B2B in CGK, as Teledude and Madfish have reported, just don't
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Old Feb 7, 18, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by smit0847 View Post
If you can get down to South East Asia there';s usually some excellent MH J status run options
Best I have seen is the UL CGK-DOH (or reverse) about 850 EUR for 560 TPs.

Headed down to India and SEA in April, and would love to hear more about this - I've been struggling to find good TP runs on MH, which is airline that I am keen to try out.

Would you have suggestions?
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Old Feb 7, 18, 2:18 pm
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KUL to TPE is usually pretty inexpensive, and I think Delhi is a cheap run too, some of the indian destinations. For preference starting from Penang. On Borneo island there are some interesting looking short runs from Kuching to Miri, Kota Kinabalu etc which I think could be B2B in a day fairly easily, but watch out you don't end up on Maswings which give no TPs.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 2:56 pm
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Iím seeing a few flights in PE from PRG-LHR-JFK for under £700. I havenít played around with it too much but it seems an interesting price. (Economy is about £360 but I imagine there arenít many TPs in it).
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Old Feb 7, 18, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by NeverFirst View Post
Iím seeing a few flights in PE from PRG-LHR-JFK for under £700. I havenít played around with it too much but it seems an interesting price. (Economy is about £360 but I imagine there arenít many TPs in it).
OSL-LHR-SFO/LAX is available in PE for under £500.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 3:22 pm
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But not next week ;-)
https://www.google.com/flights#flt=/...463*.GBP.65463

Morning in Prague for Valentines Day, fly to London, have a nice evening at home, then the next day fly to New York,

Who could resist that romantic gesture???

(Positioning flights are totally romantic, right?)
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Old Feb 7, 18, 3:26 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.
Is there that much of a difference between the Galleries Club and Galleries First lounges at LHR. Only ever had Silver as the business trips I often do rack up enough for Silver, but not Gold - hence why I am doing a OTP-PHX TP run as part of my holiday to get Gold this year
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Old Feb 7, 18, 3:33 pm
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Is there that much of a difference between the Galleries Club and Galleries First lounges at LHR. Only ever had Silver as the business trips I often do rack up enough for Silver, but not Gold - hence why I am doing a OTP-PHX TP run as part of my holiday to get Gold this year
Yes, plus you get the first-wing check in which is a breath of fresh air. Mrs Neverfirst is actively encouraging me to take more flights to requalify(!)
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Old Feb 7, 18, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by NeverFirst View Post
But not next week ;-)
https://www.google.com/flights#flt=/...463*.GBP.65463

Morning in Prague for Valentines Day, fly to London, have a nice evening at home, then the next day fly to New York,

Who could resist that romantic gesture???

(Positioning flights are totally romantic, right?)
I actually properly lolled at that comment and just about spat my drink all over my desk lol
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Old Feb 7, 18, 7:36 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
I'm quite time poor and have had to put a lot of planning into working around weekends, Inevitably you have to take some time off, but to get from silver to gold probably not all that much. You might want to look at the August bank holiday weekend and join the PHX do, which I think you can do Friday to Monday and in business (the F fares have gone).

For the trips out east, one good one is Munich to Peking on Sri Lankan (first flight is Qatar). It gets 3 LH segments per direction and you can return essentially the next day (just after midnight so it looks like two nights on the itinerary, but it's really just one). As I recall it looks theoretically as if it would work B2B but I wouldn't risk that. If you don't have a China visa I think there are options for Hong Kong or Jakarta.

Then again you could view it as holiday and take some holiday. I have a couple of those booked - it was my wife's idea, so however bizarre it seems to sit and relax for a few days not on a flight I'm going along with it.
Originally Posted by ubiest View Post
These 3-leg QR/UL itineraries are very easy to B2B in HKG (and CAN, but that probably requires a visa), UL 896 arrives in HKG at 2200, and UL 897 departs 0200 the same night (early the next morning), so plenty of time to unwind in the lounges at HKG.

The very advanced version is the cross-border B2B between HKG and CAN - arrive into HKG on UL892 at 1710, KA786 HKG-CAN at 2015 and UL885 back to CMB at 0315. This wouldn't require a visa, since you are transiting within 24 hours without departing CAN airport.

As far as B2B in CGK, as Teledude and Madfish have reported, just don't

Any example itineraries available for these 3 leg UL/QR runs? Or the MUC - PEK run mentioned above.

I have multi entry Chinese visa so B2Bs on the mainland shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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Old Feb 8, 18, 12:55 am
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Originally Posted by Firemin View Post
Any example itineraries available for these 3 leg UL/QR runs? Or the MUC - PEK run mentioned above.

I have multi entry Chinese visa so B2Bs on the mainland shouldn't be too much of an issue.
the destinations covered by the 3-legged UL runs are quite broad generally speaking all of ULís destinations in Asia - most of the Indian subcontinent, Maldives MLE and GAN, South-East Asia and East Asia.

Most routes are 640 TPs, but you can max out at 840 TPs at destinations over 2000 miles from CMB.
Those are HKG / CAN / CGK / PVG / PEK / NRT also MEL, however that is a much higher fare.

Another good starting point for these runs is DME, which earns the same TPs; however, on most routes youíll spend 300-400 EUR less than from MUC, and is easy to position with RFS. Visa may be needed if you want to leave the airport and explore Moscow.
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