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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 15, 18, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
FRA - CMB - CGK

Bank hol weekend in May (24-29th ish) Anyone getting about 1400-1500gbp? Best I can do now is 1860gbp?

Thx
The UL fare has shot up in price - looks like it's gone.

Originally Posted by Fly2Where View Post
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.
So to clarify, the ban is still in place (as I'd assumed).

Makes the ex-CAI fare a little more complicated, but they're still decent deals and I may take advantage...although 40mins connecting through LAX is a tad tight.

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Old Feb 15, 18, 9:31 am
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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
As it is a department for transport rule then it is still very much in place.

It suggests that Cairo airport has still not got its act together sufficiently security wise - whereas other airports (like Hurghada for instance) have.
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Old Feb 15, 18, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by Geo772 View Post
As it is a department for transport rule then it is still very much in place.

It suggests that Cairo airport has still not got its act together sufficiently security wise - whereas other airports (like Hurghada for instance) have.
CAI airport can provide the security required for the ban to be dropped, it requires another explosives screening point at the gate entry, but BA has to pay for it, which they are not willing to do, so they continue with the electronics ban and the single explosives swab station required to operate the flight at all
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Old Feb 15, 18, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
CAI airport can provide the security required for the ban to be dropped, it requires another explosives screening point at the gate entry, but BA has to pay for it, which they are not willing to do, so they continue with the electronics ban and the single explosives swab station required to operate the flight at all
Ah that explains things. Thanks.
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Old Feb 15, 18, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
CAI airport can provide the security required for the ban to be dropped, it requires another explosives screening point at the gate entry, but BA has to pay for it, which they are not willing to do, so they continue with the electronics ban and the single explosives swab station required to operate the flight at all
Sounds very BA.
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Old Feb 15, 18, 12:57 pm
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Same applies to IST where TK pax are not subject to the ban but BA pax are.
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Old Feb 15, 18, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by wanderingjock View Post
FRA - CMB - CGK

Bank hol weekend in May (24-29th ish) Anyone getting about 1400-1500gbp? Best I can do now is 1860gbp?

Thx
The UL I fare to CGK, HKG and PVG from German airports has gone up considerably. Cheap fares still available from DME (QR to DOH then UL) but the DME - DOH leg is an A320 and timings not so good. Around £1100 for 840TP

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Old Feb 15, 18, 1:48 pm
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice View Post
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.

I am currently in Dubai just got off UL from CGK via CMB , its not bad , service quite good , price is excellent , look for A330-300 rather than 200 though , the 200 isn't that comfy , but obviously better than CE
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Old Feb 15, 18, 2:58 pm
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Slightly dumb question, but oddly I've never done this. I have a TP run next week booked via AA on a mixture of BA, Finnair and AA. Can I check in for the BA legs on the BA app, or do I do it via AA all the way through?
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Old Feb 15, 18, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
Slightly dumb question, but oddly I've never done this. I have a TP run next week booked via AA on a mixture of BA, Finnair and AA. Can I check in for the BA legs on the BA app, or do I do it via AA all the way through?
Operated legs via each app...so ba in ba etc just make sure you have the relevant PNR
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Old Feb 17, 18, 3:12 am
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AA question - do they opeate a lie flat service from LAX to MIA? AA.com shows A321 Sharklets, which I believe is lie flat? But EF shows an A32B.

also - the A321 birds they fly are the old US ones, right? For example on LAS-CLT. Terrible seats and no IFE?
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Old Feb 17, 18, 3:20 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
AA question - do they opeate a lie flat service from LAX to MIA? AA.com shows A321 Sharklets, which I believe is lie flat? But EF shows an A32B.

also - the A321 birds they fly are the old US ones, right? For example on LAS-CLT. Terrible seats and no IFE?
AA has 3 types of A321.

The A321T which is 3-class with lie flats in F and J. Operated only on JFK-LAX/SFO. (also JFK-BOS mostly but that’s not their primary job)

The A321 AA version. These have sharklets but are in a normal 2 class domestic config. Seatback AVOD IFE throughout. If the schedule says 32B and you are not on JFK-LAX/SFO then this is what you are getting.

The A321 US version. 2 class, no seatback IFE just streamed content via GoGo Video. Listed in the schedules as “321”.

The only lie-flat on MIA-LAX is the B772 which comes and goes in different weeks. When it is there It’s always on the 17:30 departure from MIA and the 08:40 or 09:40 departure from LAX though.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 2:37 pm
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I find myself in a rather precarious position.

I sit at 2,260 TPs today, and my year end is July.

I'm guarenteed to keep GGL status through the Paternity Benefit, but regrettably the Baby team wont let me keep my CCR card (apparently they just dont allow it).

With a newborn baby at home, I can't be away that often, but need to garner another 2,740 TPs...because I like my CCR card!

I cant be away on a Friday night, so my best bet looks like doing 2 CAI runs, and then a short trip somewhere else.

What would the regulars recommend?

Shame the UL fare has gone!

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Old Feb 18, 18, 2:41 pm
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How would the PHX fare work? Could you B2B to OTP on a Saturday and still catch a late night LHR/JFK? Or look to at the usual suspects as B2B on Friday morning and then do the TATL on the Saturday.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post
How would the PHX fare work? Could you B2B to OTP on a Saturday and still catch a late night LHR/JFK? Or look to at the usual suspects as B2B on Friday morning and then do the TATL on the Saturday.
The PHX fare could work, but I'd need to leave OTP on the Friday, and do the TATL on a Saturday (which I've done in the past).

I can evidently fly out on 6th April at 0830 from OTP, but I cant find a way to force the TATL to 7th April.

Can anyone help?

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