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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 28, 18, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by cw_ View Post
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!
If they're unique flight numbers then yes you will earn per sector, so no issues.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 6:39 am
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Excellent, thank you.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 10:41 am
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Has anyone had any success booking the INV-US fares via BA Holidays? Just off the phone with BA who quoted £2700/pp for a INV-LHR-LAX-HNL trip (with 2 days car hire), compared to £1480/pp flight only (verified by the agent).

Agent seemed to think that this fare "isn't available as a package".
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Old Feb 28, 18, 11:58 am
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Successfully booked INV-LAS-LHR inc car hire no problem online
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Old Feb 28, 18, 12:22 pm
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Following a reasonably frustrating time trying to get American Express travel's site to work, I gave up and phoned the Platinum Travel Line who have booked me on CAI-LHR-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX-JFK-LHR-CAI and manually credited the £200 offer to my account, coming in almost dead on £1/TP.

It's of course now dawning on me that I need to nest this within another ticket to position to Cairo (and the BA schedule is not ideal for this). I would also like to try and earn enough TPs to get me to Gold off the back of the entire trip (I have 40TPs already, so ideally need a total of 340TPs from positioning for the CAI-HNL-CAI run to hit 1,500.)

The best I have found so far is avoiding APD ex-EU with something like BCN-LHR-CAI, but at an eye-watering £933.44 , this very much screws up the £/TP ratio. I would also need to fly an RFS LGW-BCN to start this trip, which is fine, except now I am nesting three tickets. This would be OK but of course this massively increases the risk of all my money ending up down the toilet if any of the sectors are rescheduled.

I suppose I can part pay with Avios to bring this down a bit – but am I missing some clever way to get to CAI? Am I better off booking tickets ex-LON somewhere else, maybe with a BA Holidays deal, and then perhaps using Avios on RJ via AMM?

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Old Feb 28, 18, 12:48 pm
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Following a reasonably frustrating time trying to get American Express travel's site to work, I gave up and phoned the Platinum Travel Line who have booked me on CAI-LHR-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX-JFK-LHR-CAI and manually credited the £200 offer to my account, coming in almost dead on £1/TP.

It's of course now dawning on me that I need to nest this within another ticket to position to Cairo (and the BA schedule is not ideal for this). I would also like to try and earn enough TPs to get me to Gold off the back of the entire trip (I have 40TPs already, so ideally need a total of 340TPs from positioning for the CAI-HNL-CAI run to hit 1,500.)

The best I have found so far is avoiding APD ex-EU with something like BCN-LHR-CAI, but at an eye-watering £933.44 , this very much screws up the £/TP ratio. I would also need to fly an RFS LGW-BCN to start this trip, which is fine, except now I am nesting three tickets. This would be OK but of course this massively increases the risk of all my money ending up down the toilet if any of the sectors are rescheduled.

I suppose I can part pay with Avios to bring this down a bit – but am I missing some clever way to get to CAI? Am I better off booking tickets ex-LON somewhere else, maybe with a BA Holidays deal, and then perhaps using Avios on RJ via AMM?
AMS - CAI is £550 in premium economy. Thats 200 TP.You could do a separate TP run for the remaining 140 another time. The more separate tickets, the more risk of misconnects.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by dakaix View Post
Has anyone had any success booking the INV-US fares via BA Holidays? Just off the phone with BA who quoted £2700/pp for a INV-LHR-LAX-HNL trip (with 2 days car hire), compared to £1480/pp flight only (verified by the agent).

Agent seemed to think that this fare "isn't available as a package".
I had this issue Last year the issue is that you can only book flights on ba codes and the availability is based on the same

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Old Feb 28, 18, 2:00 pm
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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.
MAN-IBZ is definitely not 80 TPs, I can speak from experience!

For a complete list of short haul + routes have a look at the first few posts in this thread.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 2:46 pm
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Ex CAI 1280 TP's for £1658 in J ... £1.29 / TP ..... Thats good right ?
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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by WLX View Post
Following a reasonably frustrating time trying to get American Express travel's site to work, I gave up and phoned the Platinum Travel Line who have booked me on CAI-LHR-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX-JFK-LHR-CAI and manually credited the £200 offer to my account, coming in almost dead on £1/TP.

It's of course now dawning on me that I need to nest this within another ticket to position to Cairo (and the BA schedule is not ideal for this). I would also like to try and earn enough TPs to get me to Gold off the back of the entire trip (I have 40TPs already, so ideally need a total of 340TPs from positioning for the CAI-HNL-CAI run to hit 1,500.)

The best I have found so far is avoiding APD ex-EU with something like BCN-LHR-CAI, but at an eye-watering £933.44 , this very much screws up the £/TP ratio. I would also need to fly an RFS LGW-BCN to start this trip, which is fine, except now I am nesting three tickets. This would be OK but of course this massively increases the risk of all my money ending up down the toilet if any of the sectors are rescheduled.

I suppose I can part pay with Avios to bring this down a bit – but am I missing some clever way to get to CAI? Am I better off booking tickets ex-LON somewhere else, maybe with a BA Holidays deal, and then perhaps using Avios on RJ via AMM?
how much was the ticket to Hnl?
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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:05 pm
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Ex CAI 1280 TP's for £1658 in J ... £1.29 / TP ..... Thats good right ?
Any chance of the routing?

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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:12 pm
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30/10 : CAI-AMM-LHR-MAN-PHL-LAX-HNL Returning from HNL on 04/11

Can price it up in Matrix ... but can"t get it to price up on AA
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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:17 pm
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30/10 : CAI-AMM-LHR-MAN-PHL-LAX-HNL Returning from HNL on 04/11

Can price it up in Matrix ... but can"t get it to price up on AA
Very clever.

Call AA and see if they can price it over the phone?
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30/10 : CAI-AMM-LHR-MAN-PHL-LAX-HNL Returning from HNL on 04/11

Can price it up in Matrix ... but can"t get it to price up on AA
Have you got the matrix screenshots for this please?
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Have you got the matrix screenshots for this please?
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