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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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, needs to be booked by 31 January, see linked post for details

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

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)

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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Historic information
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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 Jan 4, 19, 10:49 am
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Wow. Just wow. KARFA. Thank you!!
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Old Jan 4, 19, 11:40 am
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Thanks indeed, KARFA.

Is it just me, or is the BA site trying to force a 120min connection for PHX-LAX-JFK? OTOH, worth noting that the fare @teledude booked, aside from ensuring good time in the LAX lounges, books JFK-LAX-JFK in J, so you can pretty much pick any transcon flight you want (and upgrade to F if you so wish for 12,500 Avios). It won't allow routing through SF and is somewhat restricted on LAX-PHX especially, still I am looking at something like




Which is a bit cleaner of a route. Does anyone know if we do a hold whether BA will edit the route before ticketing?
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Old Jan 4, 19, 11:42 am
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The problem with the ba.com multicity tool is that it will only allow 120 min or more connections even if MCT is a lot less and there is a shorter connection option.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 11:53 am
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Just figured that out. If we ticket it, will BA let you change it within 24hrs or are we stuck with it? Looks like no price hold with multi city, either.
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Thanks indeed, KARFA.

Is it just me, or is the BA site trying to force a 120min connection for PHX-LAX-JFK? OTOH, worth noting that the fare @teledude booked, aside from ensuring good time in the LAX lounges, books JFK-LAX-JFK in J, so you can pretty much pick any transcon flight you want (and upgrade to F if you so wish for 12,500 Avios). It won't allow routing through SF and is somewhat restricted on LAX-PHX especially, still I am looking at something like




Which is a bit cleaner of a route. Does anyone know if we do a hold whether BA will edit the route before ticketing?
FYI I'm not booked.... Just posted what I found
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Old Jan 4, 19, 11:57 am
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Here's what I have just booked which works out to 800 teir points and plus the positioning flights the day before and after get's me to gold again with 3 months to spare for €1239 and over 47000 Avios.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 11:59 am
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Here's the faster version of the route:


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Old Jan 4, 19, 12:07 pm
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I did find a slightly cheaper version earlier today for €1250. This included the Transcon in J so would earn the 800TPs.

However, this meant leaving OTP on the Tuesday and starting the journey back in the Sunday.
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Originally Posted by MarkedMan View Post
Just figured that out. If we ticket it, will BA let you change it within 24hrs or are we stuck with it? Looks like no price hold with multi city, either.
as long as the right selling classes are available I think you could just call ba and book over the phone specifying the shorter connections.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 12:26 pm
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Happy New Year!

Here's a decent 440TP run for those US based members. $1.7/TP:

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FYI I'm not booked.... Just posted what I found
I was sure

I'm probably going to fly into LAX for a couple of hundred more and a week in Cali. Nice enough deal. Wait a bit and see if anything comes up with AA, too.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 12:38 pm
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as long as the right selling classes are available I think you could just call ba and book over the phone specifying the shorter connections.
When @teledude checked with them, they said online only ... PITA
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Old Jan 4, 19, 12:46 pm
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When @teledude checked with them, they said online only ... PITA
ah. Annoying. That rules out doing a b2b at OTP as well then.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 12:57 pm
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Over the Premium Fare deals -> Interesting deal from CPT to GRU on Comair and Latam - 440 TPs for 735 GBP
LATAM (LA) ZEEEV0UQ CPT to SAO


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Here's the faster version of the route:


No matter what dates I try (even these exact dates), the BA website only offers the LAX-JFK leg in economy. Is this fare still available, if so, what is the trick?

Many thanks!
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