BA Tier Point Runs | 2019-20 edition

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Welcome to the thread. This is a continuation of the highly popular 2018 Tier Point thread (found here). 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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.

A new guideline thread for TP meetups has been created on 31 March 2020. If you would like other members to join your TP, or if you want to organize a TP run with other members. Please visit there. From the first few posts over there you could see the active ( confirmed ) TP meetings and the links to their relevant discussion threads, connect with other members and learn the details about the run. Click here to access that thread.

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See here in post 9 for a 2019 archive of exEU sale fare, and see this post in the 2018 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

15 Oct 0.96/TP 154 160 TPs LHR-SOF (2021 dates)
24 Feb 1.90/TP 152 80TP MAD-FRA Z/Z LA (available Feb-Mar 2019, immediate turnarounds possible)
10 Aug 2.06/TP 329 160TP LHR-MAD-RAK RAK-MAD-LHR I/I/I/I IB (available August, Sat night stay) BA.com, note hotels on offer until 26 March
3 Jul 2.99/TP 2,758.45 920TP DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-HNL-LAX-JFK-LHR-DUB J/I/I/I/I/I/I/J Fare basis INX4C3S4 and INN4C1S4. Booked on AA via ITA Matrix Powertools script
18 Dec 1.90/TP 1370 720TP DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR-DUB All I class Flights 25 December to 31 March 2020, transatlantic Mon to Thur. Offer to 18 Dec. ITA details booked by TA Propeller
27 Apr 2.29/TP 640TP BEG-DOH-KUL-PEN-KUL-DOH-BEG I / I / I / I / I / I Fare IJR2R1RE Bookable on QR.com

From North, Central and South America
10Jan 1.52/TP 668 440tp JFK-BOS/CLT-LAX-LAS-LAX-BOS/CLT-JFK I / I / I / I / I / I HPN-HRL AA (find with ITA; probably have to book via a TA)
12Apr 0.90/TP 215 240tp DCA-ORD-CLT-RDU-CLT-ORD-DCA I/I/I/I/I/I/I AA Found with ITA, booked on the AA site with BookWithMatrix
23Apr 0.76/TP 182 240TP DCA-PHL-CLT-RDU-CLT-ORD-DCA I / I / I / I / I / I AA Found with ITA Matrix, Book on AA.com via BookWithMatrix or PowerTools
24Apr 1.04/TP 459 440TP YVR-LAX-CLT-ATL-CLT-LAX-YVR I / I / I / I / I / I AA Found with ITA Matrix, Book on AA.com via BookWithMatrix or PowerTools
23May 0.70/TP 169 240TP EWR-ORD-CLT-RDU-CLT-DFW-EWR I / I / I / I / I / I AA Found with ITA Matrix, Book on AA.com via BookWithMatrix or PowerTools
24Jun 0.52/TP 128 240TP LAX-DFW-PHX-SJC-PHX-DFW-LAX I / I / I / I / I / I AA Found with ITA Matrix, Book on AA.com via BookWithMatrix or PowerTools

From Middle East, Asia and Australasia

04/01 0.95/TP 479 560tp AUH-CMB-CGK-CMB-AUH I / I / I / I cgtechuk UL
1FEB 1.49/TP 1,673 1,120tp PER-SYD-SIN-TYO-BKK Return (All book in I Class) timcjp BA (Ticket sold by BA, flights are on QF, BA & JL and lie flat seats available for all sectors)
23/04 2.07/TP 2,112 1020TP CAI-LHR-JFK-LAX-HNL-DFW-ORD-LHR-CAI I/R here (All flights must be BA numbered)

From Africa
04/01 1.80/TP 721 400tp CPT-JNB-GRU-JNB-DUR-CPT I / Z / Z / I / I ubiest LA

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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 (here), 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 BA flight out on a Saturday, airport hotel and return on 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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Historic information
2018 Archive
2017 Archive
2016 Archive
2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
2014 Archive









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Old Sep 4, 19, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by higham44 View Post
I ticked off the 4 flights in one day in Economy from LGW: morning B2B to Glasgow, then sat in the lounge doing some work (as I have Silver already) for a couple of hours then did a B2B to AMS. I was back at LGW by late afternoon, so it was day well spent. I recognise that you prefer LHR but the (short) flights can be done if the timings are right. I think the total cost for the 4 flights was around 160. Good luck anyway from wherever you fly out from.
Nice, that sounds pretty impressive. At 160 its making me think Silver is definitely doable and that I need to look at basing out of LGW. Thanks for the advice
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Old Sep 4, 19, 1:43 pm
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Not sure if this helps, but you don't have to fly on BA metal to tick off the 4 flights. BA codeshares will do.
Now this I didnt know. I think 2 of my flights are codeshared and marketed with BA and 1 is codeshared and marketed with Iberia. Seems like I may be much closer to silver than I realise and I may hold off booking a big TP run until after this trip... this is very useful info thank you
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Old Sep 4, 19, 3:36 pm
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I've been playing with the EX Germany fare sale and came up with the following including flying on BA1... thoughts on how I could improve? Currently 1200GBP for 680TP. Enough to get you silver due to the 4 legs on BA. 30 minute connection in DCA which is a risk, but that is half of the game!

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Old Sep 4, 19, 3:37 pm
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My small run - probably not too interesting. Let e know and I will delete my message.

MAN-LHR/LGW-BOD-LGW/LHR-MAN for 215 +10,000 Avios or 1.34/point
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Old Sep 4, 19, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by thomasd21 View Post

Shame its on Finnairs A330 - awful seats in J
Yes, certainly a terrifying experience compared with the BA's fantastic A320 experience
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Old Sep 4, 19, 10:58 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Yes, certainly a terrifying experience compared with the BA's fantastic A320 experience
However, from JFK I would prefer BA to AY 330... I flew that route/plane combo twice and didn't like it.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by alp67 View Post
No "I"-class availability on one or more legs. Did you double-check on EF?
Keep in mind, ITA hasn't been maintained for over two years now. Not everything showing up there is also bookable as it is showing up.
any options in replacing the ITA Matrix with another tool?
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:22 am
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Hi everyone, first second post on FT!

I have a quick question about BA01/02 - forgive me if this is answered elsewhere, I've googled and searched FT and not found a conclusive answer.

Using the matrix,I've found a TP run next April for about 1500 on BA as follows (can't send a link as I haven't done 5 posts yet, sorry...):

- LCY-JFK on BA01 (I class = 140 or 210 TP?)
- JFK-SEA on BA1791 (I class = 140 TP)
- SEA-JFK on AA288 (I class = 140 TP)
- JFK-LHR on AA142 (I class = 140 TP)

Does this total 560 or 630? I'd only need 540 to hit Silver so either would be fine.

Thank you!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by aiphillips View Post
Hi everyone, first second post on FT!

I have a quick question about BA01/02 - forgive me if this is answered elsewhere, I've googled and searched FT and not found a conclusive answer.

Using the matrix,I've found a TP run next April for about 1500 on BA as follows (can't send a link as I haven't done 5 posts yet, sorry...):

- LCY-JFK on BA01 (I class = 140 or 210 TP?)
- JFK-SEA on BA1791 (I class = 140 TP)
- SEA-JFK on AA288 (I class = 140 TP)
- JFK-LHR on AA142 (I class = 140 TP)

Does this total 560 or 630? I'd only need 540 to hit Silver so either would be fine.

Thank you!
BA1-4 used to be 210 TPs from when it launched to around 2016/17. It is now 140 TPs.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by aiphillips View Post
Hi everyone, first second post on FT!

I have a quick question about BA01/02 - forgive me if this is answered elsewhere, I've googled and searched FT and not found a conclusive answer.

Using the matrix,I've found a TP run next April for about 1500 on BA as follows (can't send a link as I haven't done 5 posts yet, sorry...):

- LCY-JFK on BA01 (I class = 140 or 210 TP?)
- JFK-SEA on BA1791 (I class = 140 TP)
- SEA-JFK on AA288 (I class = 140 TP)
- JFK-LHR on AA142 (I class = 140 TP)

Does this total 560 or 630? I'd only need 540 to hit Silver so either would be fine.

Thank you!
LCY-JFK earns 140 so you'll get 560 for the whole trip. Try to route via LAX if you need more tps, e.g. JFK-LAX-SEA
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:30 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post

Originally Posted by onobond View Post

Originally Posted by thomasd21 View Post

Shame it’s on Finnair’s A330 - awful seats in J
Yes, certainly a terrifying experience compared with the BA's fantastic A320 experience
However, from JFK I would prefer BA to AY 330... I flew that route/plane combo twice and didn't like it.
On the JFK-HEL route I don't think AY faces much competition, and I certainly never heard of any BA flights on that trade.

For the LHR-HEL route, however, AY has one daily A350, one (occasionally two) daily A330:s and 2-3 daily A320/321:s. BA has 1-2 daily flights, using A320:s. Having the choice, I would never hesitate to fly AY on the A350 and also A330 over any 3h flight in a A320 to/from HEL
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:32 am
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Originally Posted by aiphillips View Post
Hi everyone, first second post on FT!

I have a quick question about BA01/02 - forgive me if this is answered elsewhere, I've googled and searched FT and not found a conclusive answer.

Using the matrix,I've found a TP run next April for about 1500 on BA as follows (can't send a link as I haven't done 5 posts yet, sorry...):

- LCY-JFK on BA01 (I class = 140 or 210 TP?)
- JFK-SEA on BA1791 (I class = 140 TP)
- SEA-JFK on AA288 (I class = 140 TP)
- JFK-LHR on AA142 (I class = 140 TP)

Does this total 560 or 630? I'd only need 540 to hit Silver so either would be fine.

Thank you!
560 TPs. Ah the bygone days of 210 TPs on the babybus!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by ATCO2 View Post
I need to be in Barbados for a wedding in January next year. Can anyone more creative than me see a way to eek out any more TPs? I've managed what I think is 720TP, for 2k, which isn't awful, but it's nowhere near as good as some of the fares/routes we've seen before.
Don't think that's right? (3x40 + 1x140)x2 = 520 TPs by my reckoning.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:41 am
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Originally Posted by aiphillips View Post
I'd only need 540 to hit Silver so either would be fine.

Thank you!
Only 560 out of 600 ?! Ensure you do this just after your start date to get almost two years of Silver to make this worthwhile
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:52 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Only 560 out of 600 ?! Ensure you do this just after your start date to get almost two years of Silver to make this worthwhile
Ha, yes, indeed. This would get me 14 months of silver which I appreciate isn't ideal, but as I'm hoping to be in Seattle in April anyway I can justify it to myself.
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