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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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
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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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 24, 19, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by londonLHR View Post
I actually found propeller very good: their price including fee was lower than the ITA Matrix quite [...]
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I have just had the ticket issued via Propeller at less cost (including their fee) than the ITA Matrix fare.
+1: I also used Propeller for the first time this month and for me, too, the total cost came in below the best price I'd managed to coax out of ITA.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 2:16 am
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+1: I also used Propeller for the first time this month and for me, too, the total cost came in below the best price I'd managed to coax out of ITA.
And a third recommendation as well - used them twice this year, and cheaper than ITA/Google Flights.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 3:15 am
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Originally Posted by AUHDXB View Post
And a third recommendation as well - used them twice this year, and cheaper than ITA/Google Flights.
Same here. My TP run last weekend was booked through them (TPs and Avios posted as usual), and my 2 upcoming TATLs in CW were also booked very quickly and around the same price point. I was also able to UuA to F on some legs within less than 24h by calling the BA Silver line.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 3:24 am
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Any thoughts on that? Do you have an idea how I can improve it?

Price seems fair to be for the holiday season....
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Old Jan 24, 19, 3:31 am
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Thats only earning 600 TP ... I wouldn't :-)
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Old Jan 24, 19, 3:34 am
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Transfer in jfk isnít possible yet since itís later than 330 day
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:02 am
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200 Euro cheaper ... if you depart on 24/12.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:08 am
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Can’t find it. Do you have the matrix itinerary?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:13 am
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Can’t find it. Do you have the matrix itinerary?
Here you go @Nephoi ... and it avoids the 2 overnights you have in HEL (unless you wanted that)
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:16 am
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Here you go @Nephoi ... and it avoids the 2 overnights you have in HEL (unless you wanted that)
if found that too, but thatís even less tp because you donít stop at LHR.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:18 am
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Oops ... I forgot the LHR Connection :-(
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Old Jan 24, 19, 6:50 am
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I need to earn 160 TP via AA any time between March and July - any suggestions??
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:10 am
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I need to earn 160 TP via AA any time between March and July - any suggestions??
You could do LGA-BOS-CLT-BOS-LGA over a weekend. That will give you 160 BA TP (40 TP each for the 4 sectors) flying AA in Business Class.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:12 am
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I need to earn 160 TP via AA any time between March and July - any suggestions??
If you want to start your journey from NYC then you need 4 sectors to achieve that. I would think of a round trip to MCO via MIA or PHL or CLT in business class I fare bucket.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:27 am
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I need 80 TPs and 4 BA flights to retain Gold. Will need to travel from MAN and do it on a Saturday departure, Sunday return. I've been looking at CE flights to the usual suspects DUB, BRU, MAD, LUX etc and the best I can find is AMS in March for £294. Is this as good as it gets folks?
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