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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 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)
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 Feb 2, 19, 4:09 am
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
As far as I know the sale didn't give us much in the way of TP runs on BA. QR however was a bit more generous with HEL-BKK but this is now gone I think.
Whether TP run or not, I wasn't that impressed by the BA sale this January - even by BA-sale standards... the "sale" prices didn't seem much lower than the usual price.
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Old Feb 2, 19, 4:22 am
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One way to get your BA PNR is
- go to the Quantas web site and put your AA PNR in to MMB
- when in the booking go to the seat selection section and you should see "Seat selection is only available for flights operated by Qantas. To select seats and manage your booking, visit British Airways site with your booking reference #XXXXX" where XXXXX is your BA PNR
- go to BA.com and look at MMB for XXXXX, the frequent flyer number field will be blank but you can now add your BAEC number and also select seats for the BA operated flights.

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If you make a booking with AA and it contains AA operated & marketed, BA operated & AA marketed flights, and BA operated & marketed flights you should have:

- AA PNR issued on your ticket from AA - used to do seat selection for your AA operated & marketed flights
- BA PNR for seat selection on your BA operated & AA marketed flights
- another BA PNR for seat selection on your BA operated & marketed flights
I query if this is up to date. I went to Qantas MMB link as above, entered a live reference for a forthcoming BA flight and it showed all my flight details. . When I went to select seats, it let me re-select my BA seats.
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Old Feb 2, 19, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by RADIOSUTCH View Post
I query if this is up to date. I went to Qantas MMB link as above, entered a live reference for a forthcoming BA flight and it showed all my flight details. . When I went to select seats, it let me re-select my BA seats.
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It's a bit ad hoc, but yes, you can select seats for a BA operated flight via the QF website (even if is marketed as BA). I find it very hit and miss and assume it's based on the seatmap being available in QF's system. Same with selecting seats on BA or AY via QR's website (even if there is not a single QR flight on your itinerary).
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Old Feb 2, 19, 7:32 am
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I've been following this thread for quite some time now and would like to thank everyone for the tips I am presently doing the TP run with MH, BKK-KUL-DPS-KUL-BKK. and reached the 2600 TP the other day, with the KUL-BKK segment to be flown tomorrow. My TP collection year ends on March 9 this year. I have booked OSL-SIN/HKG-ARN for travel on the 3rd week of March, then ARN-SIN-ARN on August both trips on QR booked during their sale, and then the CX F mistake fare booked last month for travel in AUG (HAN-HKG-JFK). I believe Id be able to retain gold thru this 3 bookings so thanks to all
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Old Feb 2, 19, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by thefilipinotraveler View Post
….... My TP collection year ends on March 9 this year. I have booked OSL-SIN/HKG-ARN for travel on the 3rd week of March, then ARN-SIN-ARN on August both trips on QR booked during their sale, and then the CX F mistake fare booked last month for travel in AUG (HAN-HKG-JFK). I believe Id be able to retain gold thru this 3 bookings so thanks to all
Don't forget your 4 qualifying flights on BA codes or metal, or IB coded and operated flights
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Old Feb 2, 19, 12:52 pm
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Quick and Easy Route for 4-segment BA Gold Qualifying

For that 4-flight BA metal requirement, found this for late 2019:

LHR-EDI
EDI-LGW
LGW-AMS
AMS-LHR

All in one day, on one itinerary. Nice lounges at each connection. 143 BP.

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Old Feb 2, 19, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by zen100 View Post
Whether TP run or not, I wasn't that impressed by the BA sale this January - even by BA-sale standards... the "sale" prices didn't seem much lower than the usual price.
I got some good fares, booked some MAN-LHR-LAS flights in First for 1850 and found a flight for my son to join us in Vegas next month in Club for 1402. There were some great deals, but the pricing appeared dynamic.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 3:21 am
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Don't forget your 4 qualifying flights on BA codes or metal, or IB coded and operated flights
Thanks, I almost forgot about it. Id probably take a short flight within Europe for that.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 6:25 am
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I got some good fares, booked some MAN-LHR-LAS flights in First for 1850 and found a flight for my son to join us in Vegas next month in Club for 1402. There were some great deals, but the pricing appeared dynamic.
1850 F to west coast is good. Presumably that's direct from LHR, rather than TP optimised via JFK/LAX.

I had a look at some of the BA F-class deals, but wasn't impressed. In past years, you could normally find some JFK F deals for 1,600. Cheapest I could find this year was 2,000 - and not many of those.

I was also hoping for a repeat of the F-class OTP - PHX deal this year. Then after I booked my INV/LHR/JFK/LAX/LAS ticket, I was hoping it wouldn't re-appear, so I wouldn't kick myself for jumping in
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Old Feb 3, 19, 10:26 am
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Doing a wee TP run in CE (Edi-Lgw) next week. I arrive at 7.40am then leave again at 10am...just wondered if i just follow flight connections? Never actually flown into south terminal before...ive no bagage either..so shouldnt take too long? Plus..can i just fly on my driving licence? Thxs.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 10:48 am
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I did the OTP-PHX run last year thanks to this fantastic thread, and I'm hoping to do it again this year to stay at Gold (the avios bonus is addictive!). I've looked on ITA but the pricing seems to come up at over 3k.

I need to do UK-LAX early April (say 3rd/4th), and return middle of June (11th/12th), but have a lot of flexibility on the actual dates. I looked at the routing OTP-LHR-HEL-JFK-LAX-PHX and back but wasn't able to find the fare circa 1k. Any thoughts/tips? Thanks so much! I'm aiming to get just over 1k tier points.

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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:01 am
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Doing a wee TP run in CE (Edi-Lgw) next week. I arrive at 7.40am then leave again at 10am...just wondered if i just follow flight connections? Never actually flown into south terminal before...ive no bagage either..so shouldnt take too long? Plus..can i just fly on my driving licence? Thxs.
Generally don't need ID but yes your DL is fine. On arrival at LGW you'll go on a bus to domestic arrivals, so just walk out and then head back to check-in/departures and go through fast track security.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:39 am
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Since im flying ba..i thought id just clear a security check..then back into airside?
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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:45 am
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Since im flying ba..i thought id just clear a security check..then back into airside?
Assuming you have your boarding pass, yes, but you'll walk through the check-in area.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 1:00 pm
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Im just checking. LGW - CTA. still earns 80 Tier points in each direction? Ive looked on the list, but wanted to be certain that this has not changed. Many Thanks.
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