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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 14, 18, 10:23 am
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Hi,
Looking to treat my eldest son for recent academic succes who loves flying (his choice honest!).

He's about to embark on his professional journey and recently joined the BA exec.

looking at this initially - any better ideas/ price point (destination/departure v flexible) appreciated - cheers.

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Old Mar 14, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by Telecasterman View Post
Hi,
Looking to treat my eldest son for recent academic succes who loves flying (his choice honest!).

He's about to embark on his professional journey and recently joined the BA exec.

looking at this initially - any better ideas/ price point (destination/departure v flexible) appreciated - cheers.


Save yourself the hassle of getting to CPH and leave from DUB for £554, It can also be the same cost to open jaw and finish back at London for £550 also so Dub => LHR => DXB =>LHR for same price as adding DUB onto the end, Depends if you want the TPs
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Old Mar 14, 18, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by MANtraveller View Post
Thanks guys - I changed LA (all airports) to LAX specifically and added +/- 2 days and woo hoo !!
Any suggestions how far in advance one should book this? I´d like to do my next trip in December but I am quite sure AA will change their schedule until then for several times...
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Old Mar 14, 18, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by krabbenkopf View Post
Any suggestions how far in advance one should book this? I´d like to do my next trip in December but I am quite sure AA will change their schedule until then for several times...
Best to book now, so you get the fare locked. And when the (inevitable!) schedule change does occur, you wont lose the fare, just you'll need to work through your options with an AAgent to correct the routing to what you want.
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Old Mar 14, 18, 12:51 pm
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Any recommendations for 200 TPs over the next couple of months? Cheaper the better! Been looking at LHR-HEL-TLL but doesn’t seem to be any decent deals there.

Any suggestions or ideas to look into would be gratefully received!
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Old Mar 14, 18, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by JMS87 View Post
Any recommendations for 200 TPs over the next couple of months? Cheaper the better! Been looking at LHR-HEL-TLL but doesn’t seem to be any decent deals there.

Any suggestions or ideas to look into would be gratefully received!
Have a look at DUB/LHR/HEL. This will give 240TPs although you may also be able to price with returning to LHR for 200.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 10:01 am
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Hi,
Looking for some help in constructing a minimum 420 TP run originating from NYC area, to be completed by 8th May 2018. Hoping for a max one hotel night stay. Provisionally looking at LGA PHL PHX TUS PHX BOS JFK which can be completed with the return PHX BOS being an overnight, thus avoiding a night in a hotel. Coming in at around $1100 in AA First on ITA Matrix, although I am unable to get it to price on AA.com or Google Flights (one too many flights by the looks of things).
Anyone with any other possibilities?
Help appreciated. Thanks.
Andrew
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Old Mar 15, 18, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by Telecasterman View Post
Hi,
Looking to treat my eldest son for recent academic succes who loves flying (his choice honest!).

He's about to embark on his professional journey and recently joined the BA exec.

looking at this initially - any better ideas/ price point (destination/departure v flexible) appreciated - cheers.
Don't you want to treat him to Silver status? Try one of the Qatar Business Class deals to Asia, with some positioning on BA.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by hamilan View Post
Hi,
Looking for some help in constructing a minimum 420 TP run originating from NYC area, to be completed by 8th May 2018. Hoping for a max one hotel night stay. Provisionally looking at LGA PHL PHX TUS PHX BOS JFK which can be completed with the return PHX BOS being an overnight, thus avoiding a night in a hotel. Coming in at around $1100 in AA First on ITA Matrix, although I am unable to get it to price on AA.com or Google Flights (one too many flights by the looks of things).
Anyone with any other possibilities?
Help appreciated. Thanks.
Andrew
Maybe not cheap - haven't checked - but don't you have a proper 3-class AA flight from JFK to the West Coast? 210 TPs each way and surely there's a simple red-eye coming back.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
Maybe not cheap - haven't checked - but don't you have a proper 3-class AA flight from JFK to the West Coast? 210 TPs each way and surely there's a simple red-eye coming back.
But probably a lot more expensive.

I suggest @hamilan looks at copying the matrix result into bookwithmatrix and then linking to AA if they are happy with what they have found and the price.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by hamilan View Post
Hi,
Looking for some help in constructing a minimum 420 TP run originating from NYC area, to be completed by 8th May 2018. Hoping for a max one hotel night stay. Provisionally looking at LGA PHL PHX TUS PHX BOS JFK which can be completed with the return PHX BOS being an overnight, thus avoiding a night in a hotel. Coming in at around $1100 in AA First on ITA Matrix, although I am unable to get it to price on AA.com or Google Flights (one too many flights by the looks of things).
Anyone with any other possibilities?
Help appreciated. Thanks.
Andrew
I was looking for about the same -- I'm in PHL but NYC is not a problem.
I went with the TP run posted above using the LAX-PTY fare.
Many an option if you want to cut down the return trip to less flights.

Anything NYC to PHX or further will net you 140TP each way, so, it's a bit easier than jumping around the east coast all day.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Best to book now, so you get the fare locked. And when the (inevitable!) schedule change does occur, you wont lose the fare, just you'll need to work through your options with an AAgent to correct the routing to what you want.
Last year I could spend a stopover night at MCO on my way to PTY - any idea what to do in ITA matrix to get a night of sleep instead of doing all the way down in one?
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Old Mar 15, 18, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by krabbenkopf View Post
Last year I could spend a stopover night at MCO on my way to PTY - any idea what to do in ITA matrix to get a night of sleep instead of doing all the way down in one?
Placing the following in the extension codes would mean you have at least 10 hours between connections.

minconnect 600

The 600 represents minutes which can be altered. However, this would apply for all flights. The alternative would be to break your journey into segments which then allows you to use this between the flights you want for the stopover.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 5:10 pm
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TP Run out of South East Asia

Hello, fairly new here and wanted to ask for your help.
I have booked the LHR-DOH-HKG in the QR sale yesterday: 20/4 - 7/5.
We need to be in BKK, KUL and maybe ICN and was wondering whether there were any interesting TP runs out of these cities, covering the others. Thanks.
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Old Mar 15, 18, 8:34 pm
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Originally Posted by majunga View Post
Hello, fairly new here and wanted to ask for your help.
I have booked the LHR-DOH-HKG in the QR sale yesterday: 20/4 - 7/5.
We need to be in BKK, KUL and maybe ICN and was wondering whether there were any interesting TP runs out of these cities, covering the others. Thanks.
I take it you'll be in HKG with no substantial time in DOH?

[edit - not sure if UL do ICN, I somehow interpreted ICN as Jakarta, CGK!) Firemin has it right below. ]

You might look at Sri Lankan and bouncing from Colombo back to ICN. They have some cheap J deals in the other direction so there may be something available. Unfortunately I'm in Shanghai at the moment and can't get to the tools to have a look because of geoblocking, but that wouldn't be a bad place to start. CMB->KUL or BKK is 40 TP I think, where ICN is 140. I think there's a Malaysian sale on business class fares at the moment, and you might well get something for KUL<->BKK, but watch the booking class as some of the deals don't generate TP.

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