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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 18, 18, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post

What would the regulars recommend?

Shame the UL fare has gone!

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the UL fare is still alive and well from DME or LCA
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
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).

Issue with the PHX fare though, was trying to make it work prior to the end of my year...because from memory, there was only one date period before July
Could you sneak in one at Easter and another at the start of July?

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29319258-post580.html
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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:06 pm
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Could you sneak in one at Easter and another at the start of July?

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29319258-post580.html
I could do an Easter one, but can't force the TATL leg onto 7th April - departing OTP 6th.

For July, I could do it but can't price it for under £2k.

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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I could do an Easter one, but can't force the TATL leg onto 7th April - departing OTP 6th.

For July, I could do it but can't price it for under £2k.

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You’re not trying hard enough.

Did it as multicity with OTP/LHR as day one, LHR/PHX on day two and the return as PHX/OTP on day three.


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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:17 pm
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Youíre not trying hard enough.

Can I ask for the search parameters?

I'm pretty sure the bit I'm messing up, is how to enter specific flight numbers into the Routing Codes bit!

Thanks madfish!

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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Can I ask for the search parameters?

I'm pretty sure the bit I'm messing up, is how to enter specific flight numbers into the Routing Codes bit!

Thanks madfish!

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I kept it fairly simple. Of course you can try specific flights but gets more complex.


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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:22 pm
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Many thanks!

I found the guide I first read when trying to understand ITA a while back, and have priced it up.

Just wish it would offer more than 800 TPs, but hey ho!

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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Many thanks!

I found the guide I first read when trying to understand ITA a while back, and have priced it up.

Just wish it would offer more than 800 TPs, but hey ho!

M
No problem. Now, if you fancy going over the weekend before, Iíd be happy to have some company!

For slightly more you can add the LHR/HEL/LHR shuffle which nets a further 240TPs. You would have to do the JFK/PHX instead of LAX however as this bumps the permitted mileage.
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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:28 pm
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No problem. Now, if you fancy going over the weekend before, Iíd be happy to have some company!
If it wasn't Passover, I'd have happily joined you!

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Old Feb 18, 18, 3:54 pm
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the UL fare is still alive and well from DME or LCA

Thanks - undone slightly by the fact LCA-DOH only earns 40TPs

I've found the routing for around £1,126 but it's only interesting if a CGK-CMB-DOH return can be nested.

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Old Feb 18, 18, 5:01 pm
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Thanks - undone slightly by the fact LCA-DOH only earns 40TPs

I've found the routing for around £1,126 but it's only interesting if a CGK-CMB-DOH return can be nested.

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I nexted a B2B at CGK, to pull it off you have to ask for help as you deplane in CGK.

Live Trip report LHR-DOH-CMB-CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK-CMB-DPH-LHR
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Old Feb 19, 18, 12:45 am
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I nexted a B2B at CGK, to pull it off you have to ask for help as you deplane in CGK.

Live Trip report LHR-DOH-CMB-CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK-CMB-DPH-LHR
I was reading your TP report live as you did it - well done!

I'm going to see what works best, because its days way from home that count for me.

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Youíre not trying hard enough.

Did it as multicity with OTP/LHR as day one, LHR/PHX on day two and the return as PHX/OTP on day three.
Iím on that final flight from LHr to OTP!
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Old Feb 19, 18, 12:49 am
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I was reading your TP report live as you did it - well done!

I'm going to see what works best, because its days way from home that count for me.

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You do know you can take the little one with you, donít you?

I took my 11month old on a TP enhanced trip last summer involving 10 flights. This summer my 9 year old is coming with me in a OTP/PHX run.
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Old Feb 19, 18, 1:23 am
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Iím on that final flight from LHr to OTP!
I'll let you know this morning - that leg was where the GGL India call centre were crashing the itinerary.

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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


You do know you can take the little one with you, donít you?

I took my 11month old on a TP enhanced trip last summer involving 10 flights. This summer my 9 year old is coming with me in a OTP/PHX run.
I could take the little one with, but based on how little she currently sleeps, I'm not sure I fancy taking her on an overnight stay to PHX - unless you fancy babysitting, in which case I'll move onto the flights the week before
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