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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 19, 18, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by BerksFlyer View Post


I’m on that final flight from LHr to OTP!
See you onboard the LHR-OTP flight. I've booked 800TPs for £1,171 (I had a $200 AA voucher due to IRROPS). Breaks back to £1.46/TP which isn't bad...especially with 64K booked on both TATL legs.

The next trip I need to sort out, will be LCA-DOH-CMB-CGK // CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK // CGK-CMB-DOH-LCA which comes in at £1.52/TP. The downside with this trip, is that I need a night in a hotel in LCA (can't be expensive), in order to get the flights on Avios.

It makes the trip one night longer than I'd have liked, but I need to have a bit of a play around.

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Old Feb 19, 18, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
See you onboard the LHR-OTP flight. I've booked 800TPs for £1,171 (I had a $200 AA voucher due to IRROPS). Breaks back to £1.46/TP which isn't bad.

The next trip I need to sort out, will be LCA-DOH-CMB-CGK // CGK-CMB-DOH-CMB-CGK // CGK-CMB-DOH-LCA which comes in at £1.52/TP. The downside with this trip, is that I need a night in a hotel in LCA (can't be expensive), in order to get the flights on Avios.

It makes the trip one night longer than I'd have liked, but I need to have a bit of a play around.

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Feel free to add to the PHX do wiki where others are adding their dates.
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Old Feb 19, 18, 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
I can't be away that often, but need to garner another 2,740 TPs...because I like my CCR card!
There must be a prize for this
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Old Feb 20, 18, 12:37 am
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I had an email last night from AA, rerouting the return of my TP run to PHX in August-

instead of PHX-SFO-JFK in F, I am now shown for PHX-PHL-JFK, with the last leg in economy. Is it possible to get them to change it back, or reroute via LAX? I need the sleep on the Transcon!

thanks
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Old Feb 20, 18, 12:40 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
I had an email last night from AA, rerouting the return of my TP run to PHX in August-

instead of PHX-SFO-JFK in F, I am now shown for PHX-PHL-JFK, with the last leg in economy. Is it possible to get them to change it back, or reroute via LAX? I need the sleep on the Transcon!

thanks
with AA everything is possible. Just find an interest that suits you and feed them the flight numbers, they will oblige.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 12:40 am
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AA are usual good at sorting out rerouting issues due to schedule changes. Even if you sort this now, expect more before you actually fly. Just give them a call.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 1:10 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
I had an email last night from AA, rerouting the return of my TP run to PHX in August-

instead of PHX-SFO-JFK in F, I am now shown for PHX-PHL-JFK, with the last leg in economy. Is it possible to get them to change it back, or reroute via LAX? I need the sleep on the Transcon!

thanks
Just take the F direct from PHX-LHR and then claim original credit ?
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Old Feb 20, 18, 1:21 am
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Just take the F direct from PHX-LHR and then claim original credit ?
Not sure if you can given that this is for August. I assumed ORC was only in event of irrops.
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Hmm last time I did HNL it was DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-HNL months in advance the JFK-LAX flight was retimed; took direct F to LAX and claimed ORC no problem. Had a celeb packed cabin to LAX to boot!
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Not sure if you can given that this is for August. I assumed ORC was only in event of irrops.
that is not an issue. Issue here is ORC on AA tickets is much more difficult
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Old Feb 20, 18, 2:39 am
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Originally Posted by madfish View Post


Not sure if you can given that this is for August. I assumed ORC was only in event of irrops.

Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post

that is not an issue. Issue here is ORC on AA tickets is much more difficult
I think that ORC wouldn't apply here for the reason madfish noted regardless of whether it was AA ticketed. ORC is not for re-routings dine months before actual travel.

I think on the ORC thread there are reports of successful AA ticketed ORCs so that may not be a deal breaker.
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Sale on MH, could be useful for piecing together some ex-KUL TP runs.

Book: Now until 22 Feb 2018
Travel: 23 Feb - 31 May 2018

~£200 return KUL-BKK
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Old Feb 20, 18, 4:36 am
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Haha! I love my newborn daughter, but my CCR card doesnt scream at me at 3am for no reason!

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Haha! I love my newborn daughter, but my CCR card doesnt scream at me at 3am for no reason!
Not an expert myself, but there's usually a reason
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Haha! I love my newborn daughter, but my CCR card doesnt scream at me at 3am for no reason!

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Don't worry in about thirteen years time you will be screaming at her at three in the morning.

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