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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Mar 1, 18, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
Yes be prepared for secondary immigration questioning and SSSS on any domestic flights you take, including those on other reservations. Turkey is even worse at the moment.
I was SSSS'd at LHR on my way to JFK (then LAX / OGG) after a recent visit to IST. Only time this has ever happen. Had a longer than usual conversation with the CBP agent at JFK and no further issues (plus subsequent IST and USA visits).
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Old Mar 1, 18, 8:31 am
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Be careful of your fare buckets. Lowest economy fare buckets earn only 5TPs. Check which one you need and then use this to price up on matrix before calling Ba to book. Cannot be done online. Alternatively just get CE both ways and save the hassle.

To make it cheaper you can either do a Saturday night stay or look to price up with a hotel or car hire. Will you be paying yourself or going through a work appointed agent?

If my Work agents booked they'd put me on Ryanair, so the flights are on me, but they do take care of everything else! Interesting that you cannot do it online though, i'll keep looking and give them a call.
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Old Mar 1, 18, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by JackDann View Post
If my Work agents booked they'd put me on Ryanair, so the flights are on me, but they do take care of everything else! Interesting that you cannot do it online though, i'll keep looking and give them a call.
You will need the economy leg to book into either K, L, M, N, S or V codes to earn 10TPs on this.

As an example using
f bc=k
in in the extension code box on the outbound and
f bc=I
for the inbound on ita matrix when looking for LHR/BHD I was able to see flights departing Sunday and returning Tuesday for £287 return.

However, I also found a straight CE return (leaving late Monday returning late Wednesday) for just £260 return.
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Old Mar 1, 18, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I have done 4 ex-cair and never once had SSSS, I am just a really trustworthy person I guess I never do anything dodgy...
Recently I have had SSSS 2 out of 3 times to the States, December, nothing in January then this month. 2 ex-EU and 1 UK direct flight.

I am also honest and trustworthy but......... maybe I just look dodgy?

Back on topic, and I am considering the OTP fare. Is F still available on the LHR-JFK routing? I am just not great with ITA Matrix despite trying to self teach myself and reading on here.
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Old Mar 1, 18, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
Recently I have had SSSS 2 out of 3 times to the States, December, nothing in January then this month. 2 ex-EU and 1 UK direct flight.

I am also honest and trustworthy but......... maybe I just look dodgy?

Back on topic, and I am considering the OTP fare. Is F still available on the LHR-JFK routing? I am just not great with ITA Matrix despite trying to self teach myself and reading on here.
F fare is no longer available. Although you could book the J fare and UuA. Come to the PHX do.

As for being dodgy... thatís the company you keep!
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Old Mar 1, 18, 9:43 am
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F fare is no longer available. Although you could book the J fare and UuA. Come to the PHX do.

As for being dodgy... thatís the company you keep!
Thanks madfish. It'd mean I reach getting a GUF 2 for the very first time!

Ha ha, it was excellent company at The Bristol Do
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Old Mar 1, 18, 9:56 am
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Old Mar 1, 18, 4:38 pm
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how much was the ticket to Hnl?
I want to say £1,338, with my AmEx offer subtracting £200 from that. $80US fee to cancel or change.
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Old Mar 1, 18, 6:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
Yes be prepared for secondary immigration questioning and SSSS on any domestic flights you take, including those on other reservations. Turkey is even worse at the moment.
I am intrigued to see what will happen once I have an Algerian visa and an ex-ALG itinerary to the US
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Old Mar 2, 18, 2:50 am
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Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
I am intrigued to see what will happen once I have an Algerian visa and an ex-ALG itinerary to the US
Algerian visas in my passport have never once been questioned when entering the US. Had no impact on my Global Entry either.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 3:08 am
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MCT-BKK on QR via DOH has come down again. Wide open for £576 return. Can also get on the A380 on certain dates/times.

400TPs, so £1.44/TP.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 8:13 am
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So I booked my OTP to PHX Tier Point run, and it couldn't be at a better time. On the 8th of March my membership year ends and I am flying already at the end of the month! Really excited about that, as it will give me the boost to get back to Silver, and sufficient time to save and book another Tier point run later this year. Thanks to the Matrix tool and Book with Matrix, and not to mention so many of your posts here, I have been able to book the flights I wanted. I was really considering going via HEL due to the extra points, however I know from experience that AA is flying around with a lot of aircraft with old configurations, and I genuinely wanted to try the Transcon flights between JFK and SFO/LAX. Please note that I specifically chose a long layover in SFO, so I can see some friends over there (Now let's hope they will be around haha). Knowing it is Easter, I might be able to change some of the flights as they are probably overbooked.

This is my itinerary. If you happen to be on any of these flights, give me a shout:

AA6358 Bucharest - London Heathrow
THU 29MAR
Dep: 8:30 AM Arr: 10:05 AM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA6142 London Heathrow - New York Kennedy
THU 29MAR
Dep: 1:10 PM Arr: 4:00 PM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA85 New York Kennedy - San Francisco
THU 29MAR
Dep: 6:50 PM Arr: 10:49 PM

AA1543 San Francisco - Phoenix
FRI 30MAR
Dep: 12:20 PM Arr: 2:23 PM

AA2996 Phoenix - Los Angeles
SUN 01APR
Dep: 5:40 AM Arr: 7:17 AM
OPERATED BY SKYWEST AIRLINES AS AMERICAN EAGLE

AA172 Los Angeles - New York Kennedy
SUN 01APR
Dep: 10:45 AM Arr: 7:19 PM

AA6135 New York Kennedy - London Heathrow
SUN 01APR
Dep: 9:30 PM Arr: 9:35 AM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA6649 London Heathrow - Bucharest
MON 02APR
Dep: 11:40 AM Arr: 5:00 PM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS
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Old Mar 2, 18, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by AlmostBritish View Post
So I booked my OTP to PHX Tier Point run, and it couldn't be at a better time. On the 8th of March my membership year ends and I am flying already at the end of the month! Really excited about that, as it will give me the boost to get back to Silver, and sufficient time to save and book another Tier point run later this year. Thanks to the Matrix tool and Book with Matrix, and not to mention so many of your posts here, I have been able to book the flights I wanted. I was really considering going via HEL due to the extra points, however I know from experience that AA is flying around with a lot of aircraft with old configurations, and I genuinely wanted to try the Transcon flights between JFK and SFO/LAX. Please note that I specifically chose a long layover in SFO, so I can see some friends over there (Now let's hope they will be around haha). Knowing it is Easter, I might be able to change some of the flights as they are probably overbooked.

This is my itinerary. If you happen to be on any of these flights, give me a shout:

AA6358 Bucharest - London Heathrow
THU 29MAR
Dep: 8:30 AM Arr: 10:05 AM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA6142 London Heathrow - New York Kennedy
THU 29MAR
Dep: 1:10 PM Arr: 4:00 PM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA85 New York Kennedy - San Francisco
THU 29MAR
Dep: 6:50 PM Arr: 10:49 PM

AA1543 San Francisco - Phoenix
FRI 30MAR
Dep: 12:20 PM Arr: 2:23 PM

AA2996 Phoenix - Los Angeles
SUN 01APR
Dep: 5:40 AM Arr: 7:17 AM
OPERATED BY SKYWEST AIRLINES AS AMERICAN EAGLE

AA172 Los Angeles - New York Kennedy
SUN 01APR
Dep: 10:45 AM Arr: 7:19 PM

AA6135 New York Kennedy - London Heathrow
SUN 01APR
Dep: 9:30 PM Arr: 9:35 AM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS

AA6649 London Heathrow - Bucharest
MON 02APR
Dep: 11:40 AM Arr: 5:00 PM
OPERATED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS
You may want to have a look at the WIKI in this thread - PHX mini DO Aug 2018

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Old Mar 2, 18, 8:38 am
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@AlmostBritish hopefully see you in LAX on 1/4.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
You may want to have a look at the WIKI in this thread - PHX mini DO Aug 2018

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Cheers, I surely will! Its been a while since I have been active on here, and some things have changed. Thanks for suggesting it!
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