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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 8, 19, 3:02 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav View Post
What have you found for yourself so far?
So far I have found LHR-NYC Sunday in WT+ return MPS-ORD-LHR on the 15th wt+ as well for 2k. Not ideal..!
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Old May 8, 19, 4:35 am
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So far I have found LHR-NYC Sunday in WT+ return MPS-ORD-LHR on the 15th wt+ as well for 2k. Not ideal..!
Are you close to LHR or would LGW also work? I can get the fare down to around 1400 GBP in PE. (The short hop from MSP to ORD would be economy, the transatlantic in PE - BA/AA). All BA Codes
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Old May 8, 19, 4:55 am
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Please help. I need another 26,075 TPs for LTG.
I only need 25,575. Does that mean I can cut off someone's last leg?
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Old May 8, 19, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by BAEC View Post
Are you close to LHR or would LGW also work? I can get the fare down to around 1400 GBP in PE. (The short hop from MSP to ORD would be economy, the transatlantic in PE - BA/AA). All BA Codes
yes would be fine.. GF link? I can't find anything anywhere near that price I'm afraid?..

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Old May 8, 19, 5:17 am
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yes would be fine.. GF link?
prepared to rent a car for 2 days prior or after your flight at LHR?
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Old May 8, 19, 5:26 am
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prepared to rent a car for 2 days prior or after your flight at LHR?
I don't mind, I won't use/need it though but it that can bring the price down!
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Old May 8, 19, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
I don't mind, I won't use/need it though but it that can bring the price down!
It does by 600 GBP. BA Website - Customise your Trip. Multiple Flights and Multiple car option. Example below ... plus you get Avios for the Car. You can route via Madrid on outbound for additional TP's but its in Economy to MAD.
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Old May 8, 19, 6:19 am
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Do let us know how you get on @IAANN, maybe once you have made the booking, you can call the holidays team to enquire about a cash upgrade to J Class with the savings you make.,
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Old May 8, 19, 8:45 am
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Per my post in #1559
the reason to book JFK direct LAX is for the more comfy A321T flatbed transcon. I would sacrifies 80TP for 2 good sleeps
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Old May 8, 19, 8:54 am
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A good fare for USA fliers from East Coast
BWI to SAL RT 7 seg 280TP 668USD/528GBP 1.885GBP/TP

Routing:
BWI-CLT-MCO-MIA-SAL Outbound (1 overnight needed)
SAL-MIA-CLT-BWI (1 overnight needed)

Available through year
Overnight is a pain but otherwise not ba dfare for 280TP, and good to fly south than to UK during winter
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Old May 8, 19, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by Guanran Wang View Post
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A good fare for USA fliers from East Coast
BWI to SAL RT 7 seg 280TP 668USD/528GBP 1.885GBP/TP

Routing:
BWI-CLT-MCO-MIA-SAL Outbound (1 overnight needed)
SAL-MIA-CLT-BWI (1 overnight needed)

Available through year
Overnight is a pain but otherwise not ba dfare for 280TP, and good to fly south than to UK during winter
Not bad. I did the LAX-SAL thing (still started from the east coast) in February. Night in SAL wasn't bad at all.
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Old May 8, 19, 1:25 pm
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yes would be fine.. GF link? I can't find anything anywhere near that price I'm afraid?..
DUB-US is sub £1000 in WT+.

Oops. Wrong dates. Here's another at £987 (AA)/£1152 (BA)
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Old May 8, 19, 1:29 pm
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
What has this thread become?
Maybe there are means of restoring it, and at the same time making it more user-friendly. Besides from questions/requests, a 'normal' month in the TP-run thread consists of up to 20+ different discussions/fares/destinations, with an answer posted (without a quote) 10-15 posts later is completely out of context, and therefore almost wasted. Constructing an umbrella forum, in the BAFT, with three or more subfora like: TP-Run Deals, Premium Fares Deals, maybe Good Economy Deals, but more important a separated subforum for Expired Deals, Requests and General Discussion. Every subforum having separate threads for each deal/destination(s), which will make things easier to find deals you actually are interested in, or at least could fancy, not getting lost in all non-deal related chats.

Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
It's difficult to keep up with everything in this thread, and easy to miss key posts, because of all the chatter. It's worth getting to know the key starting points for TP runs so you can start playing around as soon as a good deal comes up. Dublin used to be the most reliable, because of the strength of the £ against the €, but these days it's more likely to be Inverness because there's no Air Passenger Duty from that airport.
Se my comment above and further down the post

Originally Posted by Ned1968 View Post
Please could we have a separate request thread?
Hear, hear...
Just wanting to highlight the thread with discussions on how to improve the TP-run and Premium Fares Threads, as mentioned by @KARFA .

There seems to have been more suggestions to separate 'requests' from the Premium Fares thread, but recently, the TP-run thread has had many vague or insufficiently researched questions/requests, hence many posts commenting on that, and a good ironical post by @madfish above, requesting help for GfL

Se further discussion in the dedicated thread , but please, give the BAFT community some feedback on your thoughts. I have also given examples of the subfora arrangements, as this seems to have been misunderstood by some posters.
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Old May 8, 19, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by BAEC View Post
Do let us know how you get on @IAANN, maybe once you have made the booking, you can call the holidays team to enquire about a cash upgrade to J Class with the savings you make.,
Hi Mate.
Thanks a lot, I played with the car rental option but for some reasons didn't work in the first place. Realised I had to push for a rental from London for 2 days min and it worked...

Result: £1467
LHR-NYC - WT+
NYC-MPS - Eco
MPS-ORD-LHR - WT+
All AA flights on BA codes.

Called BA and upgraded the 2 TC to J for £542

Total 2k...
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Old May 8, 19, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by IAANN View Post
Result: £1467
LHR-NYC - WT+
NYC-MPS - Eco
MPS-ORD-LHR - WT+
All AA flights on BA codes.

Called BA and upgraded the 2 TC to J for £542

Total 2k...
I'm glad you found a fare you're happy with but, at £5.60 per Tier Point, this is not a TP run - it's just a good last-minute fare - and the extensive conversation around building this itinerary has no place in this thread.

In reply to rossmacd's question above, the thread has become a complete waste of time and bandwidth, and it really is time to fix it.

At the top of the Wiki it says: This thread lists attractive tier point (TP) runs under £3 per TP grouped within different (departure) geographies. Please let's get back to that.
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