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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.

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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

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  • 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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Old May 17, 19, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by lipsum View Post
Sorry, I just phrased in unclearly. My TP collection year ends August 8. But I'll be travelling between July 31 and mid-August (non-OW). That is why I wrote I need the TP by July 30.


Thanks. That is an option. Although, I'm still hoping for something better than 520 EUR plus two overnight stays in MAD for 160 TP.

Another doable one I found so far is by starting in LUX. That is not optimal for me as positioning to LUX is somewhat inconvenient (expensive flights/poort train connections from FRA). But at least from there, prices seem to be good. Another problem seems to be though, that I see some flights such as LUX-LHR-MAN on GF but these aren't bookable at those prices.
what are possible travel dates?
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Old May 17, 19, 4:37 am
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I am trying to come up with a cost-effective and decent tier point yielding flight to LAS. I would be starting from LHR but happy to re-position if there is a more cost efficient place to start a multi-stage trip from. If it can begin from TXL that is even better as I go there frequently.

I read the advice from the original post about trying DUB starting point etc. but not sure the best way to search these routes to work out price as you go. The multi-city booking form just gives the price at the end so hard to see which flights at which times would be better choices.

I am all a bit lost in the best way to work out a good route. I would appreciate any advice on the best route to take, and the best way to actually build the trip to see the best value flights at each point would be appreciated. I should add this is for November, dates within that month are flexible.
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Old May 17, 19, 5:25 am
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fellow TXL-guy here.

ARN could be a doable thing: but thats at least 2200 EUR. - at least what i have found.
ARN-LAX is 2k but you need another flight to LAS...

TXL-LAX and TXL-LAS are both around 4k in November.
if you position to LHR directly it can be as low as 1900 EUR

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Old May 17, 19, 5:48 am
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Originally Posted by Nephoi View Post
fellow TXL-guy here.

ARN could be a doable thing: but thats at least 2200 EUR. - at least what i have found.
ARN-LAX is 2k but you need another flight to LAS...

TXL-LAX and TXL-LAS are both around 4k in November.
if you position to LHR directly it can be as low as 1900 EUR
The Points Guy was noting that there were some good deals ex-CDG. Don’t know if it was another random flash sale
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Old May 17, 19, 6:01 am
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Hey all! I am based out of HEL (for my sins, but probably a good place to be based when it comes to these routes) and I need to get 240 TP before my year ends on 8th Jul to get to Silver.

Could you help me find the cheapest solution to get my necessary TP to get to Silver? Dates aren't an issue as I can work remotely! I have done some searching but Finnair is expensive and it's proving difficult to find a suitable route that is cost effective and gets me the necessary points! If there is an especially cheap route that doesn't get the total 240, please let me know as I will also do some short-haul Finnair trips with work which can boost my TP to get to that all-important 240!

Also, and recommendations on what searches I should be doing based out of HEL would be greatly appreciated so that I can do the hard work myself

Thanks!
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Old May 17, 19, 6:03 am
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Originally Posted by lipsum View Post
Sorry, I just phrased in unclearly. My TP collection year ends August 8. But I'll be travelling between July 31 and mid-August (non-OW). That is why I wrote I need the TP by July 30.


Thanks. That is an option. Although, I'm still hoping for something better than 520 EUR plus two overnight stays in MAD for 160 TP.

Another doable one I found so far is by starting in LUX. That is not optimal for me as positioning to LUX is somewhat inconvenient (expensive flights/poort train connections from FRA). But at least from there, prices seem to be good. Another problem seems to be though, that I see some flights such as LUX-LHR-MAN on GF but these aren't bookable at those prices.
If you are trying to avoid overnight costs may be worth trying to build an itinerary around the overnight Finnair Malaga to HEL night flight which yields 140TP and seems to have availabily around 351 GBP one way. Could couple that with an evening flight out of London to AGP on BA in business for around 154 oneway GBP. That gets you 180TP but of course on top you need to source FRA-LON and HEL-FRA flights as cheaply as possible.

Probably cheaper to buy returns straddled around the TP collection date should you want to kick start the next collection year
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Old May 17, 19, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by Nephoi View Post
what are possible travel dates?
With the exception of the last week of May and the first week of June, pretty much all dates until the end of July.

@Fossiebear: These are great suggestions, thanks! Will now check the matrix for itineraries.
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Old May 17, 19, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by Joeleh View Post
Hey all! I am based out of HEL (for my sins, but probably a good place to be based when it comes to these routes) and I need to get 240 TP before my year ends on 8th Jul to get to Silver.

Could you help me find the cheapest solution to get my necessary TP to get to Silver? Dates aren't an issue as I can work remotely! I have done some searching but Finnair is expensive and it's proving difficult to find a suitable route that is cost effective and gets me the necessary points! If there is an especially cheap route that doesn't get the total 240, please let me know as I will also do some short-haul Finnair trips with work which can boost my TP to get to that all-important 240!

Also, and recommendations on what searches I should be doing based out of HEL would be greatly appreciated so that I can do the hard work myself

Thanks!
Joel
One very easy way is a back to back HEL-AGP trip yielding 140 TP each way, eg in google flights outbound 14 June return 15th June for 525 GBP, could do more cheaply if preparedto spend time in Malaga
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Old May 17, 19, 6:43 am
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Hey all! I am based out of HEL (for my sins, but probably a good place to be based when it comes to these routes) and I need to get 240 TP before my year ends on 8th Jul to get to Silver.
HEL-LON-JER-LON-HEL is 240TPs and available in June from £442 according to Google Flights. May involve a night or two at an airport but suggest you start here and see if it works for you.


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Old May 17, 19, 8:27 am
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A quick question, as my brain isn't properly engaged today. If I wanted to do a day return trip tomorrow from London, as cheap as possible, to get my final BA flight for status, is there an easy way to find the cheapest destination? I'm sure I should know the answer to this .....
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Old May 17, 19, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by ttama View Post
A quick question, as my brain isn't properly engaged today. If I wanted to do a day return trip tomorrow from London, as cheap as possible, to get my final BA flight for status, is there an easy way to find the cheapest destination? I'm sure I should know the answer to this .....
A quick raw search on ba.com from LHR-NCL is £86 in economy basic for tomorrow. (0825 dep, arrive 0950, leave back to London at 1150)

Try yourself and see if you can get it lower elsewhere perhaps? Also £10 off for 1,000 Avios or £20 for 2,500 for info.
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Old May 17, 19, 8:58 am
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A quick question, as my brain isn't properly engaged today. If I wanted to do a day return trip tomorrow from London, as cheap as possible, to get my final BA flight for status, is there an easy way to find the cheapest destination? I'm sure I should know the answer to this .....
I am sure someone more knowledgeable than me can advise but looking at LON-EDI the best would be an overnight out late Sunday back Monday afternoon which if you part paid with avios would be £68, am sure you could find a could find a cheap hotel in Edinburgh too.

Edited to add I appreciate this isn't a daytrip but that would be in hundreds

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Old May 17, 19, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by ttama View Post
A quick question, as my brain isn't properly engaged today. If I wanted to do a day return trip tomorrow from London, as cheap as possible, to get my final BA flight for status, is there an easy way to find the cheapest destination? I'm sure I should know the answer to this .....
Try GF, you can put in a origin and leave the destination blank. Select Oneworld, LHR, shorten the duration, select tomorrow for out/in dates and you can see Paris is showing as the cheapest available destination for a day trip - could be worse...
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Old May 17, 19, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by bastoj View Post
I am trying to come up with a cost-effective and decent tier point yielding flight to LAS. I would be starting from LHR but happy to re-position if there is a more cost efficient place to start a multi-stage trip from. If it can begin from TXL that is even better as I go there frequently.

I read the advice from the original post about trying DUB starting point etc. but not sure the best way to search these routes to work out price as you go. The multi-city booking form just gives the price at the end so hard to see which flights at which times would be better choices.

I am all a bit lost in the best way to work out a good route. I would appreciate any advice on the best route to take, and the best way to actually build the trip to see the best value flights at each point would be appreciated. I should add this is for November, dates within that month are flexible.
Originally Posted by Nephoi View Post
fellow TXL-guy here.

ARN could be a doable thing: but thats at least 2200 EUR. - at least what i have found.
ARN-LAX is 2k but you need another flight to LAS...

TXL-LAX and TXL-LAS are both around 4k in November.
if you position to LHR directly it can be as low as 1900 EUR
Originally Posted by Tiger_lily View Post

The Points Guy was noting that there were some good deals ex-CDG. Don’t know if it was another random flash sale
How about exBUD? Available on quite a few dates in July. Bookable via ITA Powertools. Tried CDG but came out more expensive.


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Old May 17, 19, 10:09 am
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[QUOTE=KC818;31111422]How about exBUD? Available on quite a few dates in July. Bookable via ITA Powertools. Tried CDG but came out more expensive.

Sorry about the wrong month! INV has a few cheap dates in November.

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