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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.

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  • 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

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  • 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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2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
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Old Feb 8, 19, 6:08 am
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Originally Posted by Rizzo71 View Post
I am 205 TPs away from retaining gold, so looking to do a TP run this month. Have found LHR-HEL-TAL-HEL-LHR leaving Friday 15th Feb @ 6.15pm, sleeping in Tallin for a few hours and then returning [email protected] 6.00am on Saturday 16th. Cost is 357 after using Avios to reduce the price. My wife thinks i am mad!

But this gets me 200 pts and therefore 5 away from the 1500 needed.

ITA matrix Fare rules state that the ticket allows for unlimited stopovers, but each time i try to put in another hop, TAL-HEL-MAN-LHR for example, the price goes up massively. I have even considered adding in TAL-HEL-ARN-HEL-LHR but ITA Matrix doesnt like it.

Anybody able to offer any assistance please? to get me the 5 needed??

Thanks all
You can also try calling BA and explaining that you're just 5TP away. If your profile matches their guidelines, they might let you through. You can also call before the trip and ask honestly, nothing to lose.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 12:05 pm
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I am thinking about trying to get Silver quickly at the start of my next tier point collection year. My collection year ends on 8 May. I have been looking at the AUH-CMB-CGK run on UL and with the current Avios offer from BA positioning to AUH is fairly cheap in WT, but the flight times are incredibly awkward and I am trying to avoid needing to take much time off work. So far I have been able to come up with this combination of nested tickets.

London (LHR) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) Thu, May 9
BA 73 Dep: 12:43pm Arr: 11:18pm 7h 20m Economy (O)

Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Colombo (CMB) Fri, May 10
UL 208 Dep: 10:58pm Arr: 04:46am 4h 30m Business (I)
Layover in CMB Sat, May 11 2h 20m

Colombo (CMB) to Jakarta (CGK) Sat, May 11
UL 364 Dep: 07:18am Arr: 1:53pm 4h 35m Business (I)

Jakarta (CGK) to Colombo (CMB) Sun, May 12
UL 365 Dep: 2:22pm Arr: 5:34pm 4h 35m Business (I)
Layover in CMB 1h 20m

Colombo (CMB) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) Sun, May 12
UL 207 Dep: 6:42pm Arr: 10:17pm 4h 40m Business (I)

Abu Dhabi (AUH) to London (LHR) Mon, May 13
BA 72 Dep: 01:49am Arr: 06:50am 7h 40m Economy (O)
Thanks to the Avios offer I can get the total cost of this to something like 716 and I believe the total trip returns 600TPs, which I don't think is bad value and means I only need two eligible BA/IB flights to secure Silver. It doesn't seem to be possible with the flight timings to do this routing any quicker unless I am wrong?

The main issue with trying to do it this fast is that it leaves only 3 /12 hours between arriving in AUH on the UL inbound and taking the BA flight back to LHR. It looks like both carriers operate out of AUH Terminal 1, but I am extremely nervous about booking a connection like this on separate tickets. The only time I have tried something similar with a CA domestic flight CGO-PEK and a BA flight PEK-LHR, and I missed the BA flight due to late baggage on the inbound (I won't have baggage this time, but still).

Am I worrying too much about booking this itinerary with a tight separate-ticket connection? I am wondering if Amex Plat missed connection cover would consider 3 1/2 hours in this situation sufficient time to make a claim should the UL inbound be late.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 5:25 am
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I am thinking about trying to get Silver quickly at the start of my next tier point collection year. My collection year ends on 8 May. I have been looking at the AUH-CMB-CGK run on UL and with the current Avios offer from BA positioning to AUH is fairly cheap in WT, but the flight times are incredibly awkward and I am trying to avoid needing to take much time off work. So far I have been able to come up with this combination of nested tickets.



Thanks to the Avios offer I can get the total cost of this to something like 716 and I believe the total trip returns 600TPs, which I don't think is bad value and means I only need two eligible BA/IB flights to secure Silver. It doesn't seem to be possible with the flight timings to do this routing any quicker unless I am wrong?

The main issue with trying to do it this fast is that it leaves only 3 /12 hours between arriving in AUH on the UL inbound and taking the BA flight back to LHR. It looks like both carriers operate out of AUH Terminal 1, but I am extremely nervous about booking a connection like this on separate tickets. The only time I have tried something similar with a CA domestic flight CGO-PEK and a BA flight PEK-LHR, and I missed the BA flight due to late baggage on the inbound (I won't have baggage this time, but still).

Am I worrying too much about booking this itinerary with a tight separate-ticket connection? I am wondering if Amex Plat missed connection cover would consider 3 1/2 hours in this situation sufficient time to make a claim should the UL inbound be late.
I've booked this end of April start of May, and the connecting BA flights were not very good at all. So in the end I booked Etihad from LHR to AUH - no points, but ment that it was just a couple of hours between connecting flights, so quicker and saved having to have a hotel stopover. As you need the four BA/IB flights as well though may not be good for you, but would have thought been easy enough to get 4 qualifuing flights maybe LGW-JER-LGW-AMS-LGW would do it.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 6:20 am
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The main issue with trying to do it this fast is that it leaves only 3 /12 hours between arriving in AUH on the UL inbound and taking the BA flight back to LHR. It looks like both carriers operate out of AUH Terminal 1, but I am extremely nervous about booking a connection like this on separate tickets. The only time I have tried something similar with a CA domestic flight CGO-PEK and a BA flight PEK-LHR, and I missed the BA flight due to late baggage on the inbound (I won't have baggage this time, but still).

Am I worrying too much about booking this itinerary with a tight separate-ticket connection? I am wondering if Amex Plat missed connection cover would consider 3 1/2 hours in this situation sufficient time to make a claim should the UL inbound be late.
I'll let you know - I'm doing the same route in a couple of weeks! My flight times are slightly different to yours - arrive on UL at 2200 and leave on BA at 0205, so I've got a tad over 4 hours.

Maybe I'm over confident, but I think it would take something calamitous to miss the connection. UL207 has good on time reliability, both carriers use the same terminal and the MCT is 1 hour. What could possibly go wrong

Agree about the BA flight timings - I almost went with Etihad but I can look around Abu Dhabi for a day.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 8:55 am
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I'm doing the UL run in 2 weeks time, but a friend and FTer is doing it sooner.

I'm sure he will report back, but I'll do so as well just in case.

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Old Feb 9, 19, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by WLX View Post
I am thinking about trying to get Silver quickly at the start of my next tier point collection year. My collection year ends on 8 May. I have been looking at the AUH-CMB-CGK run on UL and with the current Avios offer from BA positioning to AUH is fairly cheap in WT, but the flight times are incredibly awkward and I am trying to avoid needing to take much time off work. So far I have been able to come up with this combination of nested tickets.



Thanks to the Avios offer I can get the total cost of this to something like 716 and I believe the total trip returns 600TPs, which I don't think is bad value and means I only need two eligible BA/IB flights to secure Silver. It doesn't seem to be possible with the flight timings to do this routing any quicker unless I am wrong?

The main issue with trying to do it this fast is that it leaves only 3 /12 hours between arriving in AUH on the UL inbound and taking the BA flight back to LHR. It looks like both carriers operate out of AUH Terminal 1, but I am extremely nervous about booking a connection like this on separate tickets. The only time I have tried something similar with a CA domestic flight CGO-PEK and a BA flight PEK-LHR, and I missed the BA flight due to late baggage on the inbound (I won't have baggage this time, but still).

Am I worrying too much about booking this itinerary with a tight separate-ticket connection? I am wondering if Amex Plat missed connection cover would consider 3 1/2 hours in this situation sufficient time to make a claim should the UL inbound be late.
I did this a few weeks ago and 3.5 hours was plenty (if you have lounge access; enough time to shower, eat, drink, relax and then sit waiting at the gate a bit too). Once you get off the UL flights, you clear the transit security, and then plenty time. Same terminal. I also had no luggage so you will not need to leave the airport. Just be sure to check in online and download / print your next flight boarding pass. On your return UL flights at CGK remember you must get your printed boarding ticket at the check in desk - not an electronic boarding pass!
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Old Feb 10, 19, 2:31 am
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I did this a few weeks ago and 3.5 hours was plenty (if you have lounge access; enough time to shower, eat, drink, relax and then sit waiting at the gate a bit too). Once you get off the UL flights, you clear the transit security, and then plenty time. Same terminal. I also had no luggage so you will not need to leave the airport. Just be sure to check in online and download / print your next flight boarding pass. On your return UL flights at CGK remember you must get your printed boarding ticket at the check in desk - not an electronic boarding pass!
I will probably go ahead and book this then! Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 3:49 am
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The OTP-PHX deal is back for 1187.

If you do OTP-LHR-PHL-PHX-PHL-LHR-OTP that will net you 720 TP.
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:35 am
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The OTP-PHX deal is back for 1187.

If you do OTP-LHR-PHL-PHX-PHL-LHR-OTP that will net you 720 TP.
For which dates does this apply please?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:41 am
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For which dates does this apply please?
A few dates over Easter otherwise its July & August
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Old Feb 10, 19, 4:58 am
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The OTP-PHX deal is back for 1187.

If you do OTP-LHR-PHL-PHX-PHL-LHR-OTP that will net you 720 TP.
What is the minimum stay in PHX thats required for this fare?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 5:01 am
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I can get it to work with one over night in US
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Old Feb 10, 19, 5:04 am
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I can get it to work with one over night in US
Does it have to be SAT-SUN night or any night in the week?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 5:08 am
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Im doing this over 30/31 March weekend but booked couple of months ago. Not sure if still available. Anyone else booked for this time ?
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Old Feb 10, 19, 5:20 am
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Originally Posted by THEOBCMAN View Post
Im doing this over 30/31 March weekend but booked couple of months ago. Not sure if still available. Anyone else booked for this time ?
Like you, I booked a while ago for a trip over Easter. There is meet up thread, but no one has posted there about a new booking yet.
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