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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 27, 18, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by JackDann View Post
Hi all, I require 40TP in the next week to get to Silver, does anybody know a good, cheap way of obtaining this? Currently in London.
A domestic up to EDI MAN or GLA in CE one way would do this. Weather dependant of course!
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Old Feb 27, 18, 7:23 am
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Hi all, I require 40TP in the next week to get to Silver, does anybody know a good, cheap way of obtaining this? Currently in London.
Very doable. EDI is a simple back to back as you decant into arrivals then just wait to go back on. I can see LGW at £114 one way in CE for next week which would give you 40TP's and you could RFS it back. Lots of options and possibilities.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 7:48 am
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Very doable. EDI is a simple back to back as you decant into arrivals then just wait to go back on. I can see LGW at £114 one way in CE for next week which would give you 40TP's and you could RFS it back. Lots of options and possibilities.
Would Belfast do it? Might be able to work over there next week, so that could work also.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by JackDann View Post
Would Belfast do it? Might be able to work over there next week, so that could work also.
Any domestic one way revenue fare in CE, Belfast included, will get you 40 TP's [back whichever way you choose]

I am seeing next week, Mon/Tue one way from LHR for £135. Just over £3 per TP but ultimately gets you to Silver. The year benefits will be well worth it.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 9:50 am
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I found this monstrosity whilst searching for something else earlier, 280TP for £407 (£1.45/TP) including 1 leg on the IB A340 if you can actually get it to ticket:

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#se...ORLD;so=p;eo=e

Couldn't get it to price for <£700 on the AMEX travel site so won't be booking it myself.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 10:37 am
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Hi all, new here hope this question is ok!

My points collection ends on the 8th July this year and I've calculated I'll be about 200 tier points away from retaining silver. I really don't want to lose it so would love to fit in a really short trip between now and then for as cheap as possible to try and collect those points. I'm based in London and have free time in the middle-end of April, beginning of May, last week of June and first week of July. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Thanks
If you get a RFS over to DUB (or a cheapo with Ryanair or whoever), you can do DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR for about £360, Saturday night stay in HEL required. Earns you 200 points in one go and you finish in LON not DUB. Seems to be available last weekend June/July.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by molly12345 View Post
Hi all, new here hope this question is ok!

My points collection ends on the 8th July this year and I've calculated I'll be about 200 tier points away from retaining silver. I really don't want to lose it so would love to fit in a really short trip between now and then for as cheap as possible to try and collect those points. I'm based in London and have free time in the middle-end of April, beginning of May, last week of June and first week of July. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Thanks
The question is certainly ok!

Welcome to Flyertalk and the BA Board molly12345, I think you will find this a very useful place to read if your looking for advice on gaining as many TP's as you need for your needs. There are many, many helpful posters on here who are always willing to assist and I tip my hat to them all who assist in questions like yours. It's definitely worth a read through the BA Dashboard and Headforpoints.com is also worth reading every day.

I think the suggestion by bras0978 is an excellent one to consider but there are lots of options.
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Old Feb 27, 18, 11:16 am
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The question is certainly ok!

Welcome to Flyertalk and the BA Board molly12345, I think you will find this a very useful place to read if your looking for advice on gaining as many TP's as you need for your needs. There are many, many helpful posters on here who are always willing to assist and I tip my hat to them all who assist in questions like yours. It's definitely worth a read through the BA Dashboard and Headforpoints.com is also worth reading every day.

I think the suggestion by bras0978 is an excellent one to consider but there are lots of options.
Lovely, thanks for that info - I'll check it out. The Helsinki suggestion is perfect, thank you bras0978!
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Old Feb 27, 18, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by bras0978 View Post


If you get a RFS over to DUB (or a cheapo with Ryanair or whoever), you can do DUB-LHR-HEL-LHR for about £360, Saturday night stay in HEL required. Earns you 200 points in one go and you finish in LON not DUB. Seems to be available last weekend June/July.
​​​​​​​you mean I could have done this in the summer rather than this weekend? -9c is giving me second thoughts...
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Old Feb 28, 18, 1:54 am
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Hi Guys,

Posted yesterday but seem to have mis-calculated the tier points I need in order to obtain Silver. I require 50 points, my year ends 8th March. I'm flexible to do a quick run somewhere any day between now and then to wherever the cheapest way possible. I've had a look myself but can't find much for under £150.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 1:56 am
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Hi Guys,

Posted yesterday but seem to have mis-calculated the tier points I need in order to obtain Silver. I require 50 points, my year ends 8th March. I'm flexible to do a quick run somewhere any day between now and then to wherever the cheapest way possible. I've had a look myself but can't find much for under £150.
What flights are £150?
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Old Feb 28, 18, 2:11 am
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Originally Posted by mickeyjaw View Post
I found this monstrosity whilst searching for something else earlier, 280TP for £407 (£1.45/TP) including 1 leg on the IB A340 if you can actually get it to ticket:

https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#se...ORLD;so=p;eo=e

Couldn't get it to price for <£700 on the AMEX travel site so won't be booking it myself.
Doesn't this rely on MAN-IBZ being an 80 TP-er? I could easily have missed something to suggest it is but the TP calculator has it as 40 TPs.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by JackDann View Post
Hi Guys,

Posted yesterday but seem to have mis-calculated the tier points I need in order to obtain Silver. I require 50 points, my year ends 8th March. I'm flexible to do a quick run somewhere any day between now and then to wherever the cheapest way possible. I've had a look myself but can't find much for under £150.
LUX CE one way ET the other?

7th Mar, £140 Although I don't know if the ET leg gets 10TP?
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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by where2travel View Post
Doesn't this rely on MAN-IBZ being an 80 TP-er? I could easily have missed something to suggest it is but the TP calculator has it as 40 TPs.
Ah looks like you are right, sorry. I guess I had IBZ confused with AGP (which does earn 80TP).
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Old Feb 28, 18, 6:20 am
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Hi all,

I just wanted to check something regarding the infamous JER-LGW-AMS route, and actually booking it. I've put it into the BA website on the multi-city/stopovers tab, and I'm getting the same price as on google flights. This will definitely book as separate flights, and thus return the full 160TPs? It's fine to do it all in this system and you don't need to book 2 separate return flights right?

Thanks for any help!
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