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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Aug 14, 19, 1:58 am
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The TP Run thread appears to have morphed into Grindr.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 2:21 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
The TP Run thread appears to have morphed into Grindr.
All I've said is that I'm looking for a partner to fly to the romantic city of Mexico City with me, ideally on flatbeds, for a long weekend in the sunshine.

Oh wait, I see your point

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MEX seems to be gone from JER as JER-LCY is Flybe and BA Gold line told me no way to ticket this.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by 747jetter View Post
MEX seems to be gone from JER as JER-LCY is Flybe and BA Gold line told me no way to ticket this.
Try JER-LGW.

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Old Aug 14, 19, 3:12 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
The TP Run thread appears to have morphed into Grindr.
If that's your understanding of what goes on on Grindr then I won't disabuse you :P
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Old Aug 14, 19, 3:29 am
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Originally Posted by msm2000uk View Post
Try JER-LGW.

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Yup, tried but could not find anything on Matrix. I am focused on departing directly from LCY now, doing LCY-JFK-LAX-MEX-MIA-JFK-LCY or instead of MIA again via LAX but when booking on AA the payment does not go through as it increases.
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
If that's your understanding of what goes on on Grindr then I won't disabuse you :P
Isn't it an app for gentlemen to meet similar-minded gentlemen for socialising? That's what my boyfriend tells me...
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Something like this?
Seems to be around 1400 ish in matrix now. Or am I missing something?
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Old Aug 14, 19, 3:37 am
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Seems to be around 1400 ish in matrix now. Or am I missing something?
Did you search for two people travelling? It's a companion fare.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 3:39 am
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webstereo I don't think you missing out on something but we came a bit late to the party. I cant price anything that appears on Matrix.
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Friendly reminder - using a US Point of Sale can give you expanded I class availability on transatlantic flights from/to London. You'll need to issue a ticket with a US entity - if using ITA powertools that'd be AA.com US or Princeline

Why on earth msm2000uk a GfL/GGL/CCR wants to take a TP run I have no idea ... surely the whole point if that by that amount of flying you don't really want to do any more that isn't absolutely necessary?!
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Old Aug 14, 19, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by 747jetter View Post
webstereo I don't think you missing out on something but we came a bit late to the party. I cant price anything that appears on Matrix.
Still there, but dying out. seems that an open jaw from/to GB works. Doesn't have to be an open jaw in Mexico though, SJD only works, too.


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Old Aug 14, 19, 4:47 am
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webstereo I don't think you missing out on something but we came a bit late to the party. I cant price anything that appears on Matrix.
Your baby bus rides are still there, too! Did price out on AA.com fine for me.

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Old Aug 14, 19, 5:25 am
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Friendly reminder - using a US Point of Sale can give you expanded I class availability on transatlantic flights from/to London. You'll need to issue a ticket with a US entity - if using ITA powertools that'd be AA.com US or Princeline

Why on earth msm2000uk a GfL/GGL/CCR wants to take a TP run I have no idea ... surely the whole point if that by that amount of flying you don't really want to do any more that isn't absolutely necessary?!
Because I have a client in Mexico City, and another in New York. I can kill 2 birds with 1 inexpensive stone.

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Old Aug 14, 19, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by Ole Laustsen View Post
I could totally do this. Thanks for sharing. Seems like it's dead now though
There's plenty of destinations that you can get 400+TPs for <£900 if you can travel with someone else and start in a regional airport - e.g. INV-MSY or CHS

Here's a Silver Card for £887, and you can add the Babybus in to that fare if you'd rather do that instead of a routing through Europe.

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