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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 yearsí 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
2018 Archive
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, 1:35 pm
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my guess is that there is no I fares left for your dates I found mine via ITA Matrix then used the BA mulitcity tool to book it online but had to come back via Boston not JFK that's for July .
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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!
Try picking the Economy option on the selection page and see how it prices. It returns a business cabin. It's yet another quirk of the optimally design BA multi city selector functionality.

EDIT: keep in mind anyway that this right now might be an early glimpse into the fare, it can only be booked on BA, online, with BA coded flights. Might be worth waiting a few days and seeing if this comes up with AA too, or with TAs, where we'd get a lot more flexibility.

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Old Jan 4, 19, 1:56 pm
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Old Jan 4, 19, 1:59 pm
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Hi all,

been trying to ask for a couple of times now but doesnt seem to be able to get a fruitful answer...

any stop over locations that I should looking at to maximise the TP for a Manchester to HKG trip?

thanks In advance.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 2:02 pm
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Hi all,

been trying to ask for a couple of times now but doesnt seem to be able to get a fruitful answer...

any stop over locations that I should looking at to maximise the TP for a Manchester to HKG trip?

thanks In advance.
You will likely not be getting a fruitful answer since it is good practice to show what you have found so far using your own research, rather than asking others to do all the hard work for you. If you can provide the very knowledgeable folks here the best options you have found, they will do a lot to help you.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
You will likely not be getting a fruitful answer since it is good practice to show what you have found so far using your own research, rather than asking others to do all the hard work for you. If you can provide the very knowledgeable folks here the best options you have found, they will do a lot to help you.
Thank you for your reply.

But the sole reason why my question was so open ended was because I have struggled to find any previous history of TP runs from MAN-HKG mentioned in this forum?

It it is very hard for a beginner to even start draft an itinerary when there is no example to reference to, which is exactly I am merely asking a few pointers to which stopovers suggestions. Iím more than happy to draft my own itinerary afterwards.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:09 pm
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Try picking the Economy option on the selection page and see how it prices. It returns a business cabin. It's yet another quirk of the optimally design BA multi city selector functionality.

EDIT: keep in mind anyway that this right now might be an early glimpse into the fare, it can only be booked on BA, online, with BA coded flights. Might be worth waiting a few days and seeing if this comes up with AA too, or with TAs, where we'd get a lot more flexibility.
Is it common for these kind of fares to be bookable first on ba only and TA/etc.. later on? Just trying to figure out if it is worth waiting or not!
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:38 pm
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Happy New Year everyone

First I want to take KARFA for setting up this amazing thread. Previous years and this...just keeps getting better. And then all the others who always help so kindly.

Now down to 2019 TPR business. I just took advantage of the LHR-BNA sale with a couple extra stops. Now playing with a DUB-LAS TPR, but the 040min connection in LAX on return is a bit worriesome.

I was wondering if the price can be brought down even more?

Doesn't have to be those exact dates, but the route is preferred. Thank you for all your help. Keep flying
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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:51 pm
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ah. Annoying. That rules out doing a b2b at OTP as well then.
What wait? Is there a suggestion that the OTP being discussed cannot be booked over the phone (yet)? Because I want to take advantage of it, but have to call as I need to do two tickets: one for myself but coming back to OTP a few days later and the other one for Mstr Hoch but coming back in early August (I'm dropping him off at his grandparents for the month of July ).

This may seriously ruin my plans let alone the last two hours I have done tweaking all the connections. It's been hard work getting the dates right without spending through the nose

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Old Jan 4, 19, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Definilogy View Post


Thank you for your reply.

But the sole reason why my question was so open ended was because I have struggled to find any previous history of TP runs from MAN-HKG mentioned in this forum?

It it is very hard for a beginner to even start draft an itinerary when there is no example to reference to, which is exactly I am merely asking a few pointers to which stopovers suggestions. I’m more than happy to draft my own itinerary afterwards.
Hi @Definilogy
We're usually a friendly bunch here and as a new poster you're usually allowed some latitude so I presume other posters have missed your low post count and that you only joined in December.

I'm no expert on TP runs but pleased to see you're interested in the maximising TP game. Assuming you're talking about business class, MAN-HKG on Cathay would earn you 140TP each way, or a total of 280TP. If you did BA via London that adds an extra 80TPs return so a total of 360TP.

Another option would be MAN-Helsinki-HKG on Finnair as the MAN-Helsinki leg earns 80TP so that totals 440TP . You may also try MAN-Doha-HKG on Qatar as that creates two sectors greater than 2000 miles each direction so would earn you 560TP return. If you tried routing the Helsinki and Doha routes through Heathrow you would add an additional 80TPs return. I have no idea what fares those routes will be though.

Good luck with your quest. Hopefully someone cleverer than me can give you some more pointers and I hope you continue to post on the BA board.
Do let us know what you find.
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Originally Posted by Definilogy View Post


Thank you for your reply.

But the sole reason why my question was so open ended was because I have struggled to find any previous history of TP runs from MAN-HKG mentioned in this forum?

It it is very hard for a beginner to even start draft an itinerary when there is no example to reference to, which is exactly I am merely asking a few pointers to which stopovers suggestions. I’m more than happy to draft my own itinerary afterwards.
To begin with, look at MAN/HKG as a direct service. You’d be earning 140TPs each way in J. But will pay the price. Do you have dates in mind? In which case what can you get price wise.

Then look at this with options via LHR. An additional 40TPs each way, but still pricey.

Consider ex-EU options via LHR on BA. Will be cheaper fitvthe same TPs. Then look at these but connecting with a OW airline. The obvious suggestion would be QR via DOH. That should see 560TPs in J.

Run some basic searches using the above and see what you get.



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Can anybody suggest the most cost effective way of gaining 80TP between now and the end of Feb? Iím London based but can position somewhere if needed. Iím not getting anywhere with my searches.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 4:22 pm
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Can anybody suggest the most cost effective way of gaining 80TP between now and the end of Feb? I’m London based but can position somewhere if needed. I’m not getting anywhere with my searches.
80TP is a straightforward Club Europe return.
Luxembourg at end Feb is showing on the cheapest fare finder and bookable at £232 rtn, midweek though.
Amsterdam is wide open through February, including weekends for £260 rtn and has the advantage of a safe back to back to minimise the time away.
Hope that helps.

edit: back to back may not be possible on return ticket but still an easy airport to turn around at

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Can anybody suggest the most cost effective way of gaining 80TP between now and the end of Feb? Iím London based but can position somewhere if needed. Iím not getting anywhere with my searches.
80TP is easy. You can do a day trip for ~ £230 within the UK in CE or a cheap weekend getaway, for example to LUX in CE for ~ £221.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
80TP is easy. You can do a day trip for ~ £230 within the UK in CE or a cheap weekend getaway, for example to LUX in CE for ~ £221.
Weekend to DUB or AMS for £197 (various dates)

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