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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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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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 12, 19, 4:27 am
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Originally Posted by Lefly View Post
Is the IB fare OSL-HNL bookable online?
I was researching for a friend the "basic" version OSL-HEL-LAX-HNL and back for 1600 eur, but so far no joy using either IB website or Ita-Matrix powertools...
Priceline from powertools - but I'm no fan of OTAs so would recommend Propeller Travel.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 4:36 am
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Is the IB fare OSL-HNL bookable online?
I was researching for a friend the "basic" version OSL-HEL-LAX-HNL and back for 1600 eur, but so far no joy using either IB website or Ita-Matrix powertools...
perhaps just call BA?!
I'm thinking of doing this run in Aug. But wanna the 1080 TP (with the hel-lhr shuffle)
hope the weather is nice and not too hot in hawaii
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Old Jan 12, 19, 4:38 am
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Priceline from powertools - but I'm no fan of OTAs so would recommend Propeller Travel.
I wouldn't book on Priceline for myself, even less recommend it to a friend
I was hoping it was self-bookable for simplicity, but hey ho. I'll suggest Propeller in case the friend is seriously interested in the trip/price.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 6:06 am
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perhaps just call BA?!
I'm thinking of doing this run in Aug. But wanna the 1080 TP (with the hel-lhr shuffle)
hope the weather is nice and not too hot in hawaii
yes a call to BA.

as for the weather. Generally glorious. I don’t go to HNL now but rather Big Island which I think is fabulous. There is a risk of hurricanes in August but direct hits are very rare there was a storm last August but I did not notice in Waikoloa but the area around the volcano National Park did get rain.

in 2016 there was heavy rain in Waikiki for about an hour😁
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Old Jan 12, 19, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
It involves a quick OJ, have edited it into the article linked above

OSL-HEL-AGP//MAD-JFK-LAX-HNL
Brilliant!!!!

Just when I thought I'd mastered Tier Point optimisation, someone comes up with a great principle, of potentially wider application, that I'd never previously even considered! Thanks, teledude
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Advice on positioning

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Old Jan 12, 19, 6:23 am
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10 TP run North East, USA

Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
You probably won't find "good value" ex-NYC and you might not need to go cross-country unless you need a lot of TPs.
Hello!

I'm at 590 TPs and needed a TP run along the East Coast area to attain Silver before my collection year ends in the first week of Feb. The cheapest flights that worked with my schedule were BOS-LGA. The summary of cost and booking class was $95 for (B), $114 (N) and $196 (I) when I checked last week. I booked the $196 flight for the 40 TPs as I didn't want to do a round trip in Eco. This works out to ~ $5/TP: is that good/ok/bad value?

While booking I received an AA Advantage CC offer, which included a $250 credit on any AA expenses. I took the offer, was approved, and made my purchase with this new card. I put in my BAEC number for the TP post booking. Let's see what the CC statement will reflect.

I've also found that booking via the Chase UR portal using a mix of points and money also yields regular TP and Avios earnings while offsetting the cost.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 12, 19, 6:38 am
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TP for AA "S" booking short- haul domestic: 5 or 10?

Hello!

On Jan 1st I did a one-way flight (PIT-PHL-HVN), booking code "S". For this, I received 10 TP for each leg. My recent transactions show "PIT-PHL, S/Y, 10 TP, 250 Avios". Other S bookings (like LGA-ORD) have also earned me 10 TP. The TP calculator shows that "S" booking on AA should be only 5 TP. Has anyone else seen this?

I ask because I was running the numbers before my PIT-PHL-HVN flight and figured I needed 20 TPs to make Silver. On economy flights, I would've had to do 4 legs given the booking codes I was seeing on AA. If the TP calculator isn't accurate, it does throw the planning out of whack!

Also, are any TPs earned on AA's basic economy (B)?

Thanks!

Thanks!
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Old Jan 12, 19, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by cocoabean28 View Post
Hello!

I'm at 590 TPs and needed a TP run along the East Coast area to attain Silver before my collection year ends in the first week of Feb. The cheapest flights that worked with my schedule were BOS-LGA. The summary of cost and booking class was $95 for (B), $114 (N) and $196 (I) when I checked last week. I booked the $196 flight for the 40 TPs as I didn't want to do a round trip in Eco. This works out to ~ $5/TP: is that good/ok/bad value?

While booking I received an AA Advantage CC offer, which included a $250 credit on any AA expenses. I took the offer, was approved, and made my purchase with this new card. I put in my BAEC number for the TP post booking. Let's see what the CC statement will reflect.

I've also found that booking via the Chase UR portal using a mix of points and money also yields regular TP and Avios earnings while offsetting the cost.

Thanks!
$5/TP is not good- however - in the grand scheme of things, $200 to get over the threshold (if you want it) isn't the end of the world to most.

Correct on the Chase -- it looks like a "normal" purchase to the airline.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 10:07 am
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I'm at 590 TPs and needed a TP run along the East Coast area to attain Silver before my collection year ends in the first week of Feb.
Just to flag up that you need 4 BA flights (or BA coded flights on partners) as well as 600TP - I assume you’ve already got those/know about this, but sometimes people are caught out.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 2:42 pm
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Just to flag up that you need 4 BA flights (or BA coded flights on partners) as well as 600TP - I assume you’ve already got those/know about this, but sometimes people are caught out.
can I ask being a bit of a BA novice the 4 flights are they four return flights of 4 sectors ie two return flights thanks in advance
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Old Jan 12, 19, 2:44 pm
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can I ask being a bit of a BA novice the 4 flights are they four return flights of 4 sectors ie two return flights thanks in advance
2 BA return flights
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Many thanks Palty for quick reply . That makes it a bit easier for me. Cheers
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Old Jan 12, 19, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Palty View Post
perhaps just call BA?!
I'm thinking of doing this run in Aug. But wanna the 1080 TP (with the hel-lhr shuffle)
hope the weather is nice and not too hot in hawaii
For an IB fare?
Anyway, I don't think is a valid option for the friend case.

As for me, I have already maxed out the summer vacation time
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Old Jan 12, 19, 3:20 pm
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exOTP Advanced Purchase Fare AA ILW8C8S6 to PHX

Some information below on this advanced purchase OTP fare. I think this may cover multiple US destinations, but this is highlighted for PHX which is particularly cheap.

Bear in mind LHR-OTP is a short haul + route so earns 80 TPs one way in J, so a simple OTP-LHR- JFK-LAX-PHX-LAX-JFK- LHR-OTP would earn 80+140+140+40+40+140+140+80=800 TP.

See this post from rossmacd which has a worked example of how to search for this fare using itamatrix https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29240873-post36.html

The end date for this sale is 31 January

Example price:

OTP-PHX - £1,200

INBOUND - PERMITTED
21 DEC 18 THROUGH 02 JAN 19 OR
4 APR 19 THROUGH 21 APR 19 OR
01 JUL 19 THROUGH 31 AUG 19
FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.

OUTBOUND - PERMITTED
22 DEC 18 THROUGH 06 JAN 19 OR
14 APR 19 THROUGH 22 APR 19 OR
01 JUL 19 THROUGH 31 AUG 19
FOR EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
FROM EUROPE - PERMITTED MON/FRI/SAT/SUN ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
TO EUROPE - PERMITTED THU/FRI/SAT/SUN ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
This allows positioning for your inbound TATL prior to the Sunday. You can therefore set off from PHX on Saturday arriving in to NYC during Saturday, have a night in NYC night, and then do your TATL on Sunday.

RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SECTORS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 28 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.
2 TRANSFERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION FREE
So 2 transfers in Europe and 2 transfers in the US each way. An overnight connection of up to 24 hrs between flights would be counted as a transfer, anything beyond that would be a stopover.

UNLIMITED STOPOVERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION IN EUROPE AT EUR 150.00 EACH.

UNLIMITED STOPOVERS PERMITTED IN EACH DIRECTION IN THE UNITED STATES/CANADA/MEXICO AT EUR 600.00 EACH.
TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/AFTER 04JAN 19 AND ON/BEFORE 31 JAN 19.
Code:
CANCELLATIONS
    ANY TIME
      TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
         NOTE -
          IN THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF THE
           PASSENGER/OR A TRAVELING COMPANION/
           THE SERVICE CHARGE MAY BE WAIVED OR
           THE TICKET REFUNDED.
          VISIT AA.COM FOR DETAIL
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          WAIVED FOR SCHEDULE CHANGE
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          WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CANCELLATION FEES
          THE HIGHEST CANCELLATION FEE OF EACH OF THE
          CANCELLED PRICING UNITS APPLIES
          WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION
          WHEN COMBINING A REFUNDABLE FARE WITH A
          NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
          1.THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE REFUNDABLE FARE COMPONENT
          IS REFUNDED LESS ANY APPLICABLE PENALTY
          2.THE AMOUNT PAID ON THE NON-REFUNDABLE FARE
          COMPONENT WILL NOT BE REFUNDED
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          REFUND OF UNUSED TAXES FEES AND CHARGES PAID TO
          THIRD PARTIES PERMITTED.
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          FOR TRAVEL AGENCY BOOKINGS MADE IN MEXICO / THE
          CARIBBEAN / CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA - AA WILL
          ASSESS A USD50.00 FEE ON ANY UNTICKETED
          RESERVATION NOT CANCELLED BEFORE DEPARTURE
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         NOTE -
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          WHEN COMBINING FARES THAT HAVE CHANGE FEES
          THE HIGHEST PENALTY OF ANY OF THE CHANGED
          FARE COMPONENTS APPLIES
          WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION
          WHEN COMBINING NON-CHANGEABLE FARES WITH
          CHANGEABLE FARES THE CHANGEABLE FARE
          COMPONENTS REMAIN CHANGEABLE.
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