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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Jan 24, 19, 7:38 am
  #526  
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
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Originally Posted by happeemonkee View Post
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?
Pardon the text, can't take a screenshot. But you can have this for 235 if you go in ET out and back in CE. Just use ITA and chuck in "f bc=i|bc=r|bc=j|bc=c|bc=d" in the extension codes for either the outbound or inbound.

Manchester (MAN) to London (LHR) — Sat, Mar 16
British Airways 1375
Dep: 2:00 pm
Arr: 3:05 pm
1h 5m
Airbus A319
Economy (O)

London (LHR) to Amsterdam (AMS) — Sat, Mar 16
British Airways 440
Dep: 4:25 pm
Arr: 6:45 pm
1h 20m
Airbus A320
Economy (O)

Amsterdam (AMS) to London (LHR) — Sun, Mar 17
British Airways 431
Dep: 11:40 am
Arr: 12:00 pm
1h 20m
Airbus A321
Business (I)

London (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) — Sun, Mar 17
British Airways 1394
Dep: 1:15 pm
Arr: 2:20 pm
1h 5m
Airbus A321
Business (I)
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:42 am
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Could also do it in Y forcing the 10 TP buckets. May need to call BA to book as the site may not offer the right fare buckets.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:43 am
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
Pardon the text, can't take a screenshot. But you can have this for 235 if you go in ET out and back in CE. Just use ITA and chuck in "f bc=i bc=r bc=j bc=c bc=d" in the extension codes for either the outbound or inbound.

Manchester (MAN) to London (LHR) — Sat, Mar 16
British Airways 1375
Dep: 2:00 pm
Arr: 3:05 pm
1h 5m
Airbus A319
Economy (O)

London (LHR) to Amsterdam (AMS) — Sat, Mar 16
British Airways 440
Dep: 4:25 pm
Arr: 6:45 pm
1h 20m
Airbus A320
Economy (O)

Amsterdam (AMS) to London (LHR) — Sun, Mar 17
British Airways 431
Dep: 11:40 am
Arr: 12:00 pm
1h 20m
Airbus A321
Business (I)

London (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) — Sun, Mar 17
British Airways 1394
Dep: 1:15 pm
Arr: 2:20 pm
1h 5m
Airbus A321
Business (I)
Excellent. Thanks
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:50 am
  #529  
 
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Originally Posted by BAEC View Post
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.
AA won't let me book that kind of route on their site though - but that's what I had in mind. Why over a weekend, if I may ask?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by jrc999 View Post
Have a work trip to SEA and need to be in SEA 20th May-24th May, normal base is LHR. (have christening on 26th May so have to fly back on 24th - initial day can be flexible by 2 -days i.e to Sat). Work policy is economy but can fly better class if cost is close/can top up. Happy to travel Ex EU to get the business class fares down - any advice / routes would be much appreciated!

TIA!
GOT/ARN are normally a good Ex-Eu starting point for SEA, especially in PE. Haven't checked for the May dates you want though.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by TheSafariMan View Post
AA won't let me book that kind of route on their site though - but that's what I had in mind. Why over a weekend, if I may ask?
RE AA bookings: The AA site is now making it difficult to design your own connection points. I have to travel from NYC to CLT this coming summer and when trying to book LGA-xxx-CLT and return I could only get AA's site to allow xxx to be PHL or DCA (or other cities for which there was no front cabin). ITA Matrix will show connections in BOS, but I suspect you have to use an online TA. (I ended up booking LGA-PHL-CLT-DCA-LGA on AA as I didn't want to deal with Priceline etc.)
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Old Jan 24, 19, 12:45 pm
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Hi all,

I need 205 TPs before my year end to retain gold.

I need to be in New York on 27/28th February, so I was thinking to try and make it into a TP run.

Does anyone have any creative suggestions - the base LHR-JFK return is £275 at the moment netting only 40 TPs. Because of the Saturday night rule, I will have to depart US on 3rd March, so have 1st and 2nd for any positioning flights.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated as always!

Thanks
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Old Jan 24, 19, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by BAEC View Post
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.
Hi I'm in the same boat coming to NYC in Feb wanna do a small run but everything seems to be very expensive at £2.50 per tp and up if you find anything decent please post thanks
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Old Jan 24, 19, 2:22 pm
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Ouch, it seems like the latest wave of Ex-EU are gone. Saw AMS-YUL for 1100 GBP but then it was gone when I arrived home. No more GOT-HNL either.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
Ouch, it seems like the latest wave of Ex-EU are gone. Saw AMS-YUL for 1100 GBP but then it was gone when I arrived home. No more GOT-HNL either.
I was pricing up an OSL-HNL run earlier today as well only to have it jump up a couple hundred quid - given how early all of these fares are getting pulled, it really is about firing the trigger as soon as you see something you like.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:40 pm
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Originally Posted by jackowilkinson View Post
Hi all,

I need 205 TPs before my year end to retain gold.

I need to be in New York on 27/28th February, so I was thinking to try and make it into a TP run.

Does anyone have any creative suggestions - the base LHR-JFK return is £275 at the moment netting only 40 TPs. Because of the Saturday night rule, I will have to depart US on 3rd March, so have 1st and 2nd for any positioning flights.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated as always!

Thanks
Not sure what your budget is, but we found Turin > JFK to be the cheapest via LHR.

Deoending on which flights you book, you can connect via LGW on the way out (taking a position flight from LHR or wherever to Turin), then on the way back you can connect coming in to LHR from JFK and out of LGW to Turin. This would mean you could fly in to LHR, collect bags and then drop the final sector.

That woukd give 40 + 140 + 140 if booked in business so 320 total. It was about £1200 for the dates I was looking at. If you took the whole trip I think it’s about £3.33 per TP so a bit pricey.

There might be options to optimise better!
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Old Jan 24, 19, 5:40 pm
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My reset day is on 8th May. I have a return trip to Washington DC booked, going out on 3rd May and then flying back overnight 8th/9th May. So technically I take off on reset day but land the day after. Would this still count, is there any grace period in this situation? The booking brings me 25 points away from Silver.

Also based on the fact I may be 25 points from Silver, what would be the easiest way to get 25 tier points departing from Gatwick or Heathrow?
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Old Jan 25, 19, 1:08 am
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Originally Posted by Swiftly View Post
My reset day is on 8th May. I have a return trip to Washington DC booked, going out on 3rd May and then flying back overnight 8th/9th May. So technically I take off on reset day but land the day after. Would this still count, is there any grace period in this situation? The booking brings me 25 points away from Silver.

Also based on the fact I may be 25 points from Silver, what would be the easiest way to get 25 tier points departing from Gatwick or Heathrow?
If your scheduled departure time is on the 8th then it will count for your old year, irrespective if when you land. You can get a 2 week grace period. If you phone up after flights have credited to your account they can apply them all to the previous year, if that would take you over a threshold to bronze, silver or gold.

25TP suggests CE one way ET back from a domestic or other nearby destination
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Old Jan 25, 19, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by omk298 View Post
25TP suggests CE one way ET back [...]
Yes - or CE in one direction and RFS in the other.
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Old Jan 25, 19, 1:57 am
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KARFA, I noticed that AY's HEL-PVR (>6000mi flight) is missing (increased TPs). Maybe you can add it some time?
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