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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 14, 18, 7:43 am
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I've been trying to find the CAI-HNL fare with the transcon legs on a BA codeshare - but to no avail.

Also, and slightly OT, do electronics still have to be checked-in at CAI, or has the ban been lifted?

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Old Feb 14, 18, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I've been trying to find the CAI-HNL fare with the transcon legs on a BA codeshare - but to no avail.
The ban still there!
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Old Feb 14, 18, 8:56 am
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The ban still there!
So then with the ban, presumably one needs to allow extra time when transiting back through LHR (en route to JFK) to collect electronics from the baggage carousel?

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So then with the ban, presumably one needs to allow extra time when transiting back through LHR (en route to JFK) to collect electronics from the baggage carousel?
YUP.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I've been trying to find the CAI-HNL fare with the transcon legs on a BA codeshare - but to no avail.
It looks like it's an AA code fare on the transatlantic so you wouldn't be able to get the BA transcons anyway. There isn't a huge benefit to having BA codes on the transcons anymore, only a few more Avios - an AA code can book in D buckets domestically rather than BA fares only in I for the cheapest.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
YUP.
Drat!

Originally Posted by Beaulieu View Post
It looks like it's an AA code fare on the transatlantic so you wouldn't be able to get the BA transcons anyway. There isn't a huge benefit to having BA codes on the transcons anymore, only a few more Avios - an AA code can book in D buckets domestically rather than BA fares only in I for the cheapest.
I agree, but I was more so thinking that with a BA code, I could use a GUF.

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Old Feb 14, 18, 9:47 am
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The ban was lifted back in September last year

Sep 1, 2017 - British authorities have lifted a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Friday.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
The ban was lifted back in September last year

Sep 1, 2017 - British authorities have lifted a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Friday.
BA website contradicting that. It says only mobile phones allowed but other devices must be placed in the checked in baggage:

https://www.britishairways.com/trave...s/public/en_eg
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Old Feb 14, 18, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
The ban was lifted back in September last year

Sep 1, 2017 - British authorities have lifted a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Friday.
but BA maintains the ban. If you want electornica travel egyptair
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
BA website contradicting that. It says only mobile phones allowed but other devices must be placed in the checked in baggage:

https://www.britishairways.com/trave...s/public/en_eg
Who is right .... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-e...-idUSKCN1BC4W8 says Ban Lifted.
BA and GOV.UK say itis still in place https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-rest...ectrical-items
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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
Who is right .... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-e...-idUSKCN1BC4W8 says Ban Lifted.
BA and GOV.UK say itis still in place https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-rest...ectrical-items
From personal experience: during my departure from CAI to LHR on BA back in Dec 2017 the check-in staff insisted on applying the ban to all travelers. No exception was granted to any passenger.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
From personal experience: during my departure from CAI to LHR on BA back in Dec 2017 the check-in staff insisted on applying the ban to all travelers. No exception was granted to any passenger.
That was my experience too, all electronic devices larger than a phone had to be checked in. Note: cameras and DSLRs were fine, just laptops/tables/phablets/power banks.
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Originally Posted by Firemin View Post
Thanks. I can't seem to get them to price properly on Google flights, so I guess I need to find them on Matrix.

Considering a nested run of:

CGK-CMB-DOH (Ticket 1 o/b)
DOH-CMB-HKG/CAN-CMB-DOH (ticket 2)
DOH-CMB-CGK/HKG (ticket 1 i/b)

Which should net me either 1120 tps, or 1160 if I can get HKG-CAN to price (without the HKG-CAN leg Google flights reckons the total cost is ~£1470 if my last flight is back to CMB (i.e. £1.31/TP), or ~£1785 if my last leg is back to HKG (so £1.59/TP). Would need to get avios positioning (from HKG) to CGK but shouldn't be an issue.
This got me searching for UL flights ex-CGK. It's slightly cheaper to BAH than DOH, DXB slightly more expensive. Thanks for the tip.
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Bank hol weekend in May (24-29th ish) Anyone getting about 1400-1500gbp? Best I can do now is 1860gbp?

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Originally Posted by deboyzoned View Post
Who is right .... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-e...-idUSKCN1BC4W8 says Ban Lifted.
BA and GOV.UK say itis still in place https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-rest...ectrical-items
i traveled in dec 2017, ban still there. I remember i did reserach at that time, many airport lift the travel ban, but CAI is Not on the list.
a guy at counter yelling at the staff for not able to bring his computer on board.... quite a scene.
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