BA Gold - any better way of getting there?

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Old Oct 12, 18, 4:27 am
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BA Gold - any better way of getting there?

Morning all. So, my BA status resets in early November, I would like to then get to gold as quickly and cost effectively as possible, and I need to go to Taipei. Currently the best option I can find is as follows:

LHR - DXB - BA Y - 20tp
DXB - CMB - UL J - 140tp
CMB - CGK - UL J - 140tp
CGK - CMB - UL J - 140tp
CMB - DXB - UL J - 140tp
DXB - CMB - UL J - 140tp
CMB - CGK - UL J - 140tp
CGK - HKG - CX J - 140tp
HKG - TPE - CX J - 40tp
TPE - HKG - CX J - 40tp
HKG - CGK - CX J - 140tp
CGK - CMB - UL J - 140tp
CMB - DXB - UL J - 140tp
DXB - LHR - BA Y - 20tp

Total TPs 1,520 Total cost £2,285 (I will do a ver quick LHR-AMS turnaround for the remaining 2 BA sectors).

It will be a bit gruelling, especially with the late night short hop UL flights ex DXB, so does anyone have an better ideas, that include TPE for travel between 10-30 November?

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Old Oct 12, 18, 8:09 am
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Old Oct 12, 18, 8:39 am
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It's not quite the full monty 1,500, but something along the lines of:

LHR-HEL (overnight HEL to be safe)
HEL-somewhere nearby in Europe e.g. ARN/CPH
[CPH]-DOH
DOH-CMB (redeye)
CMB-DEL
DEL-KUL (redeye)
KUL-TPE

The above should be 720 each way.
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Old Oct 12, 18, 9:40 am
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Gold for < £3k, mainly in business - is that a record?
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A scenic ex-DUB to HNL used to give 1000+ TP for a little over £1k per person. Topping that up to 1,500 was fairly oainless, albeit on a longer timeline than the OP.
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Old Oct 12, 18, 10:17 am
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Taipei to Kathmandu is probably the shortest 560 tier point route you can do in business class. Think it costs around £1000. Not the cheapest but good value and convenient
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A scenic ex-DUB to HNL used to give 1000+ TP for a little over £1k per person. Topping that up to 1,500 was fairly oainless, albeit on a longer timeline than the OP.
you used to be able to get 1500 for an optimised exEU run to Hawaii if going via HEL and on the babybus. The reduction in TPs for the babybus and for AA domestic flights has meant thatís no longer possible.
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Old Oct 12, 18, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by geerat View Post
Taipei to Kathmandu is probably the shortest 560 tier point route you can do in business class. Think it costs around £1000. Not the cheapest but good value and convenient
560tp on UL for the DXB-CMB-CGK for £640 and each sector just over the magic 2000 miles
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AMS-LHR-DXB-LHR might be a very cost-effective way of getting one of your additional two sectors. Get the second one by positioning to Dubai on the same plane from Heathrow, and you're sorted.
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Old Oct 12, 18, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
AMS-LHR-DXB-LHR might be a very cost-effective way of getting one of your additional two sectors. Get the second one by positioning to Dubai on the same plane from Heathrow, and you're sorted.
Yes that is what I am looking at right now - thanks
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Originally Posted by wijibintheair View Post
560tp on UL for the DXB-CMB-CGK for £640 and each sector just over the magic 2000 miles
awesome find thanks! Could do a discount business class from Jakarta to Tokyo on Malayasia for £600 and get another 360 easily
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Won't work for you as you'd want to do the flights in Jan for 2 yrs status - but if you're happy with Oneworld Emerald vs BA Gold then the current Malaysian "triple" everything promo is very interesting - book by TONIGHT (KL time... so 5pm UK) though.

I haven't run the numbers fully but cost wise seems like running Y segments could actually be best....44 of them @ around 1100gbp. that's a lot of MH peanuts and juice tho
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Old Oct 15, 18, 2:07 am
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im sat in CGK about to do my second return run of the month CGK-CMB-DXB-LHR
Had to do it for business anyway.
Did PE DXB-LHR-DXB and got bumped both times on last run, so fingers crossed again for this one.
Did a few DPS-KUL-SIN runs on MH for peanuts as well which picked up 160 for about 250 GBP each time
Add in a couple of LHR-AMS-LHR runs and pretty much there when i get back to DPS next week
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Old Oct 15, 18, 4:07 am
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Originally Posted by sammyg901 View Post
Won't work for you as you'd want to do the flights in Jan for 2 yrs status - but if you're happy with Oneworld Emerald vs BA Gold then the current Malaysian "triple" everything promo is very interesting - book by TONIGHT (KL time... so 5pm UK) though.

I haven't run the numbers fully but cost wise seems like running Y segments could actually be best....44 of them @ around 1100gbp. that's a lot of MH peanuts and juice tho
I think 44 Y sectors on Malaysian would be a bit out of the time frame I have - Thanks for the suggestion though, triple everything is great, but honestly not sure how they work fully, so would have to do a lot of studying to understand and booking before 5pm.
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