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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.

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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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2017 Archive
2016 Archive
2015 Archive (6 months Jul to Dec)
2015 Archive (6 months Jan to Jun)
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:41 pm
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Sad days, no more posting for me in Premium Fare Deals, but I still got a decent TP run today! 800 TP for the below, no minimum stay, should be available during holiday periods.

I tried doing something with DUB-LAX but it proved really difficult. This one however seems to lend itself to a decent routing, with BA coded flights for maximum avios.

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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:54 pm
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Just did this yesterday and it was super easy, and great price at the moment! I managed to get close to £1/TP
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Old Feb 12, 19, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
Another option for a similar price would be to B2B at MLA with nested tickets, will give you 320 TPs instead for £237 + £295 = £532. Out 5th March, back 7th March - https://www.google.co.uk/flights/?gl...;sc:b;sd:1;t:f
Apologies for duplicating post.

Just did LGW-MLA back to back yesterday and it was super easy, and great price at the moment! I managed to get close to £1/TP
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Old Feb 12, 19, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
Another option for a similar price would be to B2B at MLA with nested tickets, will give you 320 TPs instead for £237 + £295 = £532. Out 5th March, back 7th March - https://www.google.co.uk/flights/?gl...;sc:b;sd:1;t:f
Ill look into that. Thanks so much!
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Old Feb 12, 19, 1:39 pm
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Originally Posted by stuarttheap View Post
Apologies for duplicating post.

Just did LGW-MLA back to back yesterday and it was super easy, and great price at the moment! I managed to get close to £1/TP
How was the B2B? Was it easy?
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Old Feb 12, 19, 2:25 pm
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I have 2 days in New York I booked on a BA sale. Anyone have any good tier point runs I can do in this time? Was looking at NYC to LAS via BOS and LAX but its coming in at about £1000
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:04 am
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Originally Posted by Keep it Riel View Post
Hi all

Wiser and more experienced heads may be able to build on this, but I can construct the following for August 9th - the day the app reverts to zero....

OTP - LHR - MAD - JFK - LAX - PHX - LAX - JFK - BCN - LHR - OTP: 880 TPs for £1,252 (£1.42 per tp)

Then a cheeky nested PHX - LAX - MIA - Havana - MIA - LAX - PHX: 440 TPs for around £650 (£1.47 per tp)

So 1,320 TPs for around £1,900. Buy the positioning flight to OTP for £500 for 160 tps and you're virtually there. I think both itineraries require a Saturday night so its not a quick dash, and Havana might be getting a bit hurricane-y at that time of the year, but a few days in Havana is very tempting...
dont forgetter that you need a landing card in Cuba. You would get this with the airline. Also, Cuba still has some travelling restrictions. Make sure you chose 'cultural reasons' when you buy the tickets.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 7:34 pm
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LATAM are doing CPT - GRU for £600 - £800

I managed to squeeze 600 TPs out this for £860 which is a pretty good return.

it's a MPM fare and you can hop around South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe ,

You can also route through JNB twice for some really creative ones like the below,

2 stopovers free each direction too but remember JNB to GRU needs a Yellow Fever Cert!!

Strictly no hopping around South America , Its specific to one flight direct from JNB to GRU

Excellent for seeing parts of Africa that are normally cost prohibitive,

Ignore the dates below this is just to give you some ideas

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Old Feb 14, 19, 3:44 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
LATAM are doing CPT - GRU for £600 - £800

I managed to squeeze 600 TPs out this for £860 which is a pretty good return.

it's a MPM fare and you can hop around South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe ,

You can also route through JNB twice for some really creative ones like the below,
That is a truly excellent find @cgtechuk - I wish I could take advantage of this one. I’ve always wanted to visit Namibia

Edit: When you stay “stopovers” included, you mean an actual stopover (i.e. can have >24 hours) rather than a connection? That really is a stellar sightseeing fare!
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Old Feb 14, 19, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by cgtechuk View Post
LATAM are doing CPT - GRU for £600 - £800

I managed to squeeze 600 TPs out this for £860 which is a pretty good return.

it's a MPM fare and you can hop around South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe ,

You can also route through JNB twice for some really creative ones like the below,

2 stopovers free each direction too but remember JNB to GRU needs a Yellow Fever Cert!!

Strictly no hopping around South America , Its specific to one flight direct from JNB to GRU

Excellent for seeing parts of Africa that are normally cost prohibitive,

Ignore the dates below this is just to give you some ideas

A great find , thanks for posting.

Using your routing, searching for some random days in November, ITA matrix had a suggestion of an extra stop in PLZ in the "Flight 4", ie in all reading:
CPT-PLZ-JNB-WDH-JNB-GRU-JNB-VFA-JNB-DUR-PLZ-CPT = 640 TPs. This did not increase the price. Will check Comair's routes, there might be a possibility to add more segments?

Although this itinerary also is containing a TATL return, it still is a deja vue of the mega-run to PTY. Need to fill up with 5 segments more though

Now for the bad news. LA's 767 business cabin gets lousy reviews. Obviously lie-flat seats, but narrow and outmoded, and service does not impress. Will have to think more than twice...
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Old Feb 14, 19, 6:07 am
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That is a truly excellent find @cgtechuk - I wish I could take advantage of this one. I’ve always wanted to visit Namibia

Edit: When you stay “stopovers” included, you mean an actual stopover (i.e. can have >24 hours) rather than a connection? That really is a stellar sightseeing fare!
*Rocks back and forth*

I do NOT need any more TPs
I do NOT need any more TPs
I do NOT need any more TPs

*Opens Google Flights...*
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Old Feb 14, 19, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404 View Post
*Rocks back and forth*

I do NOT need any more TPs
I do NOT need any more TPs
I do NOT need any more TPs

*Opens Google Flights...*
Welcome to my life lol
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Old Feb 14, 19, 6:54 am
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Originally Posted by squawk View Post


That is a truly excellent find @cgtechuk - I wish I could take advantage of this one. I’ve always wanted to visit Namibia

Edit: When you stay “stopovers” included, you mean an actual stopover (i.e. can have >24 hours) rather than a connection? That really is a stellar sightseeing fare!
Yeah 2 full stopovers for free are allowed each way > 24 hours so you can do 2 places on the way out and a different 2 on the way back its a really good fare!

It allows unlimited mileage and unlimited transfers you can even double back lol the only thing that restricts you is if your one way exceeds 6450 miles you will get forced into D Class which is ummm not cheap lol
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Old Feb 14, 19, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
A great find , thanks for posting.

Using your routing, searching for some random days in November, ITA matrix had a suggestion of an extra stop in PLZ in the "Flight 4", ie in all reading:
CPT-PLZ-JNB-WDH-JNB-GRU-JNB-VFA-JNB-DUR-PLZ-CPT = 640 TPs. This did not increase the price. Will check Comair's routes, there might be a possibility to add more segments?

Although this itinerary also is containing a TATL return, it still is a deja vue of the mega-run to PTY. Need to fill up with 5 segments more though

Now for the bad news. LA's 767 business cabin gets lousy reviews. Obviously lie-flat seats, but narrow and outmoded, and service does not impress. Will have to think more than twice...
That is a good one managing to add it as a connecting stop, I tried adding the leg but it burst the milage of 6450 one way which forced it as D class but it being a mandatory connection seems to let it through good spot!

The 767 isnt brilliant but it's a small sacrifice lol, you could literally go for 2 weeks and see 4 different countries for less than 1k , The flights on BA codes will earn better avios too. Panama yeah, I have one of them in June before they pulled unlimited transfers :-)
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Old Feb 14, 19, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
Like others above, including BingBongBoy, I have been struggling to find any decent runs around the US. Can anyone improve on this, or add to it? I am free from late morning on the 18th in YYZ, and need to be in ORD by mid afternoon on the 21st. It's near the start of my year, so no particular points total in mind, just trying to keep below the £3/ TP level Thanks
Not going to search for the actual flights for you, but a mere advice: add a third segment to your outbound journey. Fully doable with the fare. Something like YYZ-NYC/PHL-CHS or any of the other options. On the inbound to ORD insert max two transfers.
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