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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 12, 18, 5:23 am
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Just a quick note to all of those of who have sent me PMs over the last week or so asking for support on TP run bookings - I'll be getting back to you today. I've been rather busy with a large amount of travel and wasn't able to respond. Hopefully if you were looking to book the OTP-PHX F fare you managed to do so before the fare expired
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:28 pm
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It seems the CAI - HNL fare is back. It's a little more expensive now, coming in at £1,398. Thats 8*140 = 1,120 TP or £1.25/TP. No idea if it's possible to get F on the transcons this time, but a pretty good fare. Rakes in a decent number of avios too, considering the sheer distance involved. Seems that stopovers are permitted too. You can find it same way as before, find the rough date in Google flights then use matrix to force a routing visa LHR, JFK and LAX..


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Old Feb 13, 18, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post
It seems the CAI - HNL fare is back. It's a little more expensive now, coming in at £1,398. Thats 8*140 = 1,120 TP or £1.25/TP. No idea if it's possible to get F on the transcons this time, but a pretty good fare. Rakes in a decent number of avios too, considering the sheer distance involved. Seems that stopovers are permitted too. You can find it same way as before, find the rough date in Google flights then use matrix to force a routing visa LHR, JFK and LAX..


Glad to see the great fare back!

A little warning to all considering this fare - expect a friendly chat with a CBP officer and this may take a while.

In my case, I got a cross on the printout from the APC kiosk, went to see the CBP officer who stamped my passport then asked another CBP officer to take me to blue waiting room. A few minutes later my travel companion joined me there. Another few minutes later another CBP officer took us for a "friendly chat" (their words) to another room. This chat was around our last trip to Egypt - why, when - for some reason they could see we've flown directly from CAI. Not sure whether it was a one-off or a new regular welcome. 20-30 minutes later we were escorted to the arrivals.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 4:02 pm
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Can anyone remind us of the cost and perils of starting in CAI. I'd drop the last leg personally, but considering the price of getting there...
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Old Feb 13, 18, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
Can anyone remind us of the cost and perils of starting in CAI. I'd drop the last leg personally, but considering the price of getting there...
10k avios + £149 in taxes... plus $25 visa sticker and a hotel night.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 12:51 am
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post

I am very surprised that the minimum stay in HNL rule has been removed
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Old Feb 14, 18, 12:56 am
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
I am very surprised that the minimum stay in HNL rule has been removed
According to the fare rules, it's 3 days after departure of the first leg (ie the CAI-LHR leg) for the minimum departure from HNL. Considering the stopover flexibility, it's quite nice.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 3:06 am
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Originally Posted by Frequent flyer 101 View Post
According to the fare rules, it's 3 days after departure of the first leg (ie the CAI-LHR leg) for the minimum departure from HNL. Considering the stopover flexibility, it's quite nice.
the AA stopovers are actually near impossible due to HIP check which applies on AA fare (but not on the BA one).
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Old Feb 14, 18, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
A little warning to all considering this fare - expect a friendly chat with a CBP officer and this may take a while.

In my case, I got a cross on the printout from the APC kiosk, went to see the CBP officer who stamped my passport then asked another CBP officer to take me to blue waiting room. A few minutes later my travel companion joined me there. Another few minutes later another CBP officer took us for a "friendly chat" (their words) to another room. This chat was around our last trip to Egypt - why, when - for some reason they could see we've flown directly from CAI. Not sure whether it was a one-off or a new regular welcome. 20-30 minutes later we were escorted to the arrivals.
Come on, this is Flyertalk - we all have Global Entry!
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Old Feb 14, 18, 4:53 am
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Originally Posted by Foltan View Post
Come on, this is Flyertalk - we all have Global Entry!
I am not eligible for Global Entry and I need to have a valid visa to enter the US.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 5:00 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
I am not eligible for Global Entry and I need to have a valid visa to enter the US.
Is Egypt one of the countries that causes the Global Entry to be revoked like Cuba does or is just a myth?
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Old Feb 14, 18, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
10k avios + £149 in taxes... plus $25 visa sticker and a hotel night.
Is that a return cost? I pretty much assumed it would be a visa and overnight stay, but would plan to drop the last leg. 990tps would be enough for me. Plus HNL would be somewhere I'd want to go...

I looked at the few spots it had and it did seem a bit whacky with the transcon timings, but I reckoned I could force something out of it... I assume it had some flexibility unlike the F OTP-PHX fare.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 5:43 am
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Is Egypt one of the countries that causes the Global Entry to be revoked like Cuba does or is just a myth?
I've been to Cuba and said so on my application. Was accepted without issue.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
Is that a return cost? I pretty much assumed it would be a visa and overnight stay, but would plan to drop the last leg. 990tps would be enough for me. Plus HNL would be somewhere I'd want to go...

I looked at the few spots it had and it did seem a bit whacky with the transcon timings, but I reckoned I could force something out of it... I assume it had some flexibility unlike the F OTP-PHX fare.
Transcon timings seem alright actually. It appears to book into D which as much more availability than I on those flights.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 5:47 am
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Originally Posted by Smid View Post
Is that a return cost? I pretty much assumed it would be a visa and overnight stay, but would plan to drop the last leg. 990tps would be enough for me. Plus HNL would be somewhere I'd want to go...
That's one way. Unfortunately Cairo does not qualify for RFS.
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