BA Tier Point Runs | 2019 master thread

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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.

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 ILW8C8S6 reported here, e.g. PHX - £1,200, must be booked at least 28 days in advance.

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

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

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)

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 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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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 May 3, 19, 12:06 pm
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is this a travel agent booking, BA systems will only price the #1563 etc for £3200, and I can't get the AA site to do it either. Powertools maybe?
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Old May 4, 19, 3:29 am
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Originally Posted by Guanran Wang View Post
Routing INV-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-SJC (40+80+140+140+40)*2 RT
Min stay 1 night
Max stay 365 days
Valid 08JAN20 to 27MAR20
Valid 234 dep outbound 123 departure inbound
1377GBP (route direct LHR-JFK less 160TP RT but 1251GBP)
EU BA/AY
TATL AY
TCON AA 321T

https://matrix.itasoftware.com/#view...RBzssrt2OfS002
Thanks for this - very helpful as I actually needed to travel to SJC.

If anyone is struggling to find availability on JFK-LAX, another option is BOS-LAX which now has two 321T flights per day which seem to have better availability, although with this option you can't build in a HEL transfer (though perhaps MAD might be possible - I haven't tried).

https://flights.app.goo.gl/vpBVi

I booked through AA although it seems the same fare rules are available with BA by phone if you want to upgrade any segments with avios, although in my experience AA bookings are better as there is no longer any tier point difference for US domestic first and they are really helpful with rerouting options - even the slightest delay in schedule is pretty much carte blanche to completely change the affected segment's routing. They are also prompt with original routing credit requests following IRROPS which is helpful in the winter months.

For the INV outbound, I would recommend doing a B2B on the afternoon/evening flight the day before the TATL to avoid having to stay overnight in Inverness - there seems to be plenty of availability this far out so you won't have a problem finding space. The bottlenecks seem to be US transfers so you can also build in overnight stopovers in the US if you are struggling with availability on certain days.
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Old May 4, 19, 9:13 am
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I will be in New Orleans in a fortnight but will now have finished my business 36 hours before my booked flights back to the UK. I could change my flight and return early. Or I could fit in a small TP run. Ideally I would get 290 TPs so that when I hand after my MSY-PHL-LHR trip I would hit Gold.

Any thoughts on what’s possible from MSY in 36 hours?
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Old May 4, 19, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by jjgau View Post
There seems to be cheap flights starting from London as well, both Business (~£1,400) and First (~£1,800). Seems to be good availability starting December 2019 all the way to March 2020:
The booking engine of BA showed me a cancellation fee of GBP 150 per ticket in F from INV to SJC with full refund!

Is that correct or there is something wrong there?
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Old May 4, 19, 9:50 am
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I need 155 TP by August 8th to reach silver. I'm looking for cost effective ways of achieving this. Ideally same day return or a cheap overnight.
Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks
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Old May 4, 19, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by Oli Venn View Post
I need 155 TP by August 8th to reach silver. I'm looking for cost effective ways of achieving this. Ideally same day return or a cheap overnight.
Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks
Without knowing where you are or what you consider "cost effective" it's difficult to advise.

Have you read the Wiki at the top of the thread? 155 is a very convenient number of TPs to need and you have numerous options.
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Old May 4, 19, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
Without knowing where you are or what you consider "cost effective" it's difficult to advise.

Have you read the Wiki at the top of the thread? 155 is a very convenient number of TPs to need and you have numerous options.
Sorry - In the UK, so ideally travelling from Manchester or Heathrow.

I have read the wiki, I was just curious if anyone had any great ideas or had seen cheap flights etc esp as a ba sale is on
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Old May 4, 19, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by Oli Venn View Post
Sorry - In the UK, so ideally travelling from Manchester or Heathrow.

I have read the wiki, I was just curious if anyone had any great ideas or had seen cheap flights etc esp as a ba sale is on
Your best bet is to look at the sale - either an 2x80TP destination from LHR or a 4x40TP connecting flight from MAN. Or if you have any planned flights, just upgrade those to Club Europe.

Alternatively use Google Flights for any convenient dates to see what looks cheap. 155TP is not difficult, but nobody around here has any magic solutions...
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Old May 4, 19, 10:51 am
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Iceland, Malta or Sicily are all 160tp return. Iceland is a very easy turnaround you will be back in Heathrow by mid afternoon same day.
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Old May 4, 19, 10:14 pm
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I liked Catania in Sicily and this is an easy 160TPs.
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Old May 5, 19, 12:51 am
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Damn, the timing of the BA First Class sale is frustrating - comes only a couple of days after I booked a J INV-LAS and upgraded to First using Avios.

Could have gotten a much better deal - and far better sequencing of flights. Had to make quite a few compromises on the schedule for find the right flights for upgrade.

But that's the way the cookie crumbles - still bloody annoying though
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Old May 5, 19, 3:48 am
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Originally Posted by Fossiebear View Post
Prices actually dip for some locations in February eg for 1 night:
KEF 270
HEL 238
IST 278
SOF 242
LED 246

Feb 29 departure seems to be a particular sweet spot!
My guess it's due to the low demand, for many years, for flights on Feb 29.
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Old May 5, 19, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by zen100 View Post
Damn, the timing of the BA First Class sale is frustrating - comes only a couple of days after I booked a J INV-LAS and upgraded to First using Avios.

Could have gotten a much better deal - and far better sequencing of flights. Had to make quite a few compromises on the schedule for find the right flights for upgrade.

But that's the way the cookie crumbles - still bloody annoying though
...exactly the same for me, and I booked it twice!
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Old May 7, 19, 8:12 am
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Have a trip coming up May 22 - 28 to New York, leaving from London - happy to be flexible on stops and things either way, what's my best bet? Looking to maximise TP's to hit Gold for the year.
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Old May 7, 19, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by Benedmonds View Post
Have a trip coming up May 22 - 28 to New York, leaving from London - happy to be flexible on stops and things either way, what's my best bet? Looking to maximise TP's to hit Gold for the year.
This isn't much to go on - further information needed.

You're looking for TP run to get to New York? Or how to maximise TP's when there?
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