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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Mar 5, 18, 8:07 am
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It is possible to get more than 840 TPs from the fare using 16 sectors on a 'one way', but it is fair to say that is a very specific niche category for extremely time rich/flexible employment arrangement can achieve. A couple of people on here I know have done them, but I would suggest they are not for the 'masses'.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
most of the one-ways are filed on this route at OR near half or return, so it would cost you about the same to do 32 segments.!
I have very rarely found that to be the case, maybe they have changed recently. Depends on your definition of "near half" I suppose.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
I have very rarely found that to be the case, maybe they have changed recently. Depends on your definition of "near half" I suppose.
Sorry but they have been there for ages, of course they fluctuate like any fares, but currently cheapest:
GNN0ASN1/LAUPAAI One-Way 440.00(GBP)B
NNN0NSN1/LAUPAAI Round-Trip 806.00(GBP)B

So really differential very small, extra TPs plentiful!
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Old Mar 5, 18, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
Sorry but they have been there for ages, of course they fluctuate like any fares, but currently cheapest:
GNN0ASN1/LAUPAAI One-Way 440.00(GBP)B
NNN0NSN1/LAUPAAI Round-Trip 806.00(GBP)B

So really differential very small, extra TPs plentiful!
Interesting that you have chosen a round-trip example that is conveniently close to double the cheapest one-way

A round trip can be had for 649GBP + taxes, so 230 GBP extra for two one-ways. Excellent value if you are using all the segments, not so much if you are around the 16 mark anyway.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 9:42 am
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Intriguing. To pull the suggestions together - is it possible to book two one-ways (LAX-PTY and PTY-LAX) with 16 segments each (so 32 flights overall) for around 2 x £440?

Would that be 30 x 40 and 2 x 140 = 1,480 TPs?

How is it booked (i.e. how do we find 16 sectors from the millions of combinations possible)?
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Old Mar 5, 18, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by Ned1968 View Post
Intriguing. To pull the suggestions together - is it possible to book two one-ways (LAX-PTY and PTY-LAX) with 16 segments each (so 32 flights overall) for around 2 x £440?

Would that be 30 x 40 and 2 x 140 = 1,480 TPs?

How is it booked (i.e. how do we find 16 sectors from the millions of combinations possible)?
£440 is the base fare, so you have to add taxes fees and charges, of which there are some as it is an international itinerary.

As for getting 16 segments in each direction for that price, well the fare is mileage limited, which means that to get that price you have to keep the total flown distance under 3610 miles, which you are never going to do with that many segments. You can increase the total allowed flown distance by paying 5% increases in the base fare, up to a maximum of 25% I think? nufnuf77 will undouvtedly confirm shortly as this is a special TP territory that they operate in. That would be 4512 miles each way maximum. Some fares also allow deductions for flying through certain airports, which helps, but I haven't had a chance to check these ones.

Finally, as many of these AA fares are "UP" fares, to get the lowest overall price you need to choose fares that have the underlying economy inventory available too, which gets harder as you add segments, therefore you end up getting a slightly higher fare as you make them more complicated.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 11:51 am
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Hi all,

I've been lurking from afar for a year or two, but finally have the opportunity to do a tier point run. I have leave from 23/03/2018 until 01/04/2018 (inclusive) and like the look of the OTP/PHX run but I can only get a price over £2,000. Can anyone assist to get that under £1500? All help is appreciated, thanks!
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Old Mar 5, 18, 12:03 pm
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Welcome aboard csyc66 and I admittedly have no real experience of TP runs but I would be confident in saying that because you are so close to those dates it is higher or it is only eligible on certain dates. There is info on this here and I'm sure others will be along to help a new member with more info and guidance

Thanks for taking the plunge and I hope you enjoy it!
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Old Mar 5, 18, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
Welcome aboard csyc66 and I admittedly have no real experience of TP runs but I would be confident in saying that because you are so close to those dates it is higher or it is only eligible on certain dates. There is info on this here and I'm sure others will be along to help a new member with more info and guidance

Thanks for taking the plunge and I hope you enjoy it!
As PETER01 points out, there is a advance booking requirement for ILN8C8S4

RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 28 DAYS
BEFORE DEPARTURE.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 12:16 pm
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RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 28 DAYS
BEFORE DEPARTURE.
Ah, thanks for that ubiest as I am looking into that fare for myself!
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Old Mar 5, 18, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ubiest View Post


As PETER01 points out, there is a advance booking requirement for ILN8C8S4

Ah, unfortunately had to take my leave on short notice, such a shame. Thanks for the help though!
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Old Mar 5, 18, 3:28 pm
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Frustratingly, it looks like the LAX-PTY routing only works in August...well either that, or at least one of the flights doesnt run in May/June/July.

I was trying to get it to work for a Sunday-Wednesday trip, but to no avail

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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
£440 is the base fare, so you have to add taxes fees and charges, of which there are some as it is an international itinerary.

As for getting 16 segments in each direction for that price, well the fare is mileage limited, which means that to get that price you have to keep the total flown distance under 3610 miles, which you are never going to do with that many segments. You can increase the total allowed flown distance by paying 5% increases in the base fare, up to a maximum of 25% I think? nufnuf77 will undouvtedly confirm shortly as this is a special TP territory that they operate in. That would be 4512 miles each way maximum. Some fares also allow deductions for flying through certain airports, which helps, but I haven't had a chance to check these ones.

Finally, as many of these AA fares are "UP" fares, to get the lowest overall price you need to choose fares that have the underlying economy inventory available too, which gets harder as you add segments, therefore you end up getting a slightly higher fare as you make them more complicated.
All correct! I usually focus on the Liberia as they offer cheaper one-ways there in my experience.
Interestingly @Airprox, we are both sort of right on the previous post, being always focused on LIB, I remembered all proper 'I' fares allowed only 2 tranfers, and you had to choose 'UP' fare to get the 16 segments. That's why i quoted those two fares for PTY above. It turns out they removed the 2 transfer restriction from proper 'I' fares on PTY, so you are right the option there is not as lucrative. But most central american still has 2 transfers on 'I' unlimited on 'UP'.
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Frustratingly, it looks like the LAX-PTY routing only works in August...well either that, or at least one of the flights doesnt run in May/June/July.

I was trying to get it to work for a Sunday-Wednesday trip, but to no avail

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It is available in May-July, just not using the flight numbers I posted. You would need to change the flight numbers/routing to make it work, but perfectly doable
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Old Mar 5, 18, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by nufnuf77 View Post
I recently booked a WTP BA ticket for long-haul travel that is below £1/TP, I will let you figure the rest
This isn't really in keeping with the spirit of this thread, which exists only because of the incredible effort, generosity and patience shown by contributors to help others (and each other) get the best deals. If you know of a deal that offers £1/TP then please share it so everyone can benefit.
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