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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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 Apr 5, 19, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by BA707 View Post
Hi all,

Looking for some input please around SEA as I'll be 620TP short of a GUF2.

I'm LON based and need to be in KUL for a wedding on 03/01 and 04/01/2020 and can stay in the region the week before or after.

With the time of the year, it looks like it'll have to be the week after as all the promotional fares rightly exclude the first week of January.

I've had a look at AUH-CGK, ARN-BKK, ARN-HKG but they aren't ideal as it would require positioning at both ends. I've had a look at KUL-TPE/CGK runs as a side trip, but they seem to be excluded for that time of the year.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
It's an awkward number of TPs. Best bet would be an ex-EU to BKK on QR most likely (ARN-DOH-BKK is usually well priced) then a MH J return BKK-KUL.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by BA707 View Post
Hi all,

Looking for some input please around SEA as I'll be 620TP short of a GUF2.

I'm LON based and need to be in KUL for a wedding on 03/01 and 04/01/2020 and can stay in the region the week before or after.

With the time of the year, it looks like it'll have to be the week after as all the promotional fares rightly exclude the first week of January.

I've had a look at AUH-CGK, ARN-BKK, ARN-HKG but they aren't ideal as it would require positioning at both ends. I've had a look at KUL-TPE/CGK runs as a side trip, but they seem to be excluded for that time of the year.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
How about CDG - BKK on RJ, with separate booking of BKK - KUL on MH? With return flights that should be 560 + 80 = 640 TPs. I can't check prices at the moment, but as far as I recall that should be around 1500 GBP.

Edit: just realized I just pretty much duplicated Wozza2404's suggestion above. Bonus of using QR is that you won't have to fight to get the TPs - but on RJ you get the awesome Jordanian coffee...
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Old Apr 5, 19, 9:40 am
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Thanks Pilot37 rossmacd and KARFA for your suggestions!

Update: Got the same info (@KARFA - automatic rebooking) in the AA forum.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 10:34 am
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If you get delayed MAN-LHR, causing a misconnect LHR-AMS you may help a helpful agent in LHR to allow you to start your ex-EU from LHR.
Although there is precedence, it's not policy and comes to who you get on the day. Previous reports have suggested the ones in the lounges to be more willing to accomodate.

I'd personally go from MAN-LHR the night before.
Cheers. My risk aversion kicked in and Iím flying from MAN the night before
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:05 am
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I'd route DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS out, and LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR/LGW-DUB back, and drop the last segment.
Thanks for the suggestion. Is there not a risk of not getting all tier points for dropping the last segment?
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by jjgau View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. Is there not a risk of not getting all tier points for dropping the last segment?
Hi,

You will get all the tier points for the legs flown. I have not heard of anyone losing all the points for missing the last leg ( I would probably not do this too often though and personally have flown all the legs as my return to EDI is from the ex-eu starting point)

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Old Apr 6, 19, 3:22 am
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Hi all,

I need to gain 20TP before 20th of May to retain my status. Itís only bronze as I slipped from silver due to less travel with work, however itís now starting to pick up again and Iíd rather retain bronze than having to start all over again.

Im looking for the absolute cheapest way to do this flying from any London airport and ideally a same day return trip.

At at the moment the cheapest I can find is LGW-JER however on the lowest fare this only earns 10TP on the round trip. If I add baggage - which I assume is what takes me away from Economy Lowest to Economy I will get 20TP but the cost is significantly more. Iím looking to spend as little as possible.

Could any of you more experienced folk let me know of a better or cheaper route?

thank you.
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Old Apr 6, 19, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by Noopz View Post
Hi all,

I need to gain 20TP before 20th of May to retain my status. Itís only bronze as I slipped from silver due to less travel with work, however itís now starting to pick up again and Iíd rather retain bronze than having to start all over again.

Im looking for the absolute cheapest way to do this flying from any London airport and ideally a same day return trip.

At at the moment the cheapest I can find is LGW-JER however on the lowest fare this only earns 10TP on the round trip. If I add baggage - which I assume is what takes me away from Economy Lowest to Economy I will get 20TP but the cost is significantly more. Iím looking to spend as little as possible.

Could any of you more experienced folk let me know of a better or cheaper route?

thank you.
Probably better off including prices of this trip and how much you're willing to spend ideally - this will help users guide you.

As a genuine question do you consider the benefits of Bronze worth paying out for a trip (business class check-in and 7 days seat selection)? If work travel begins to pick up shortly, I'd imagine you'll regain the tier soon enough that it may be quite immaterial dropping to Blue momentarily?
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Old Apr 6, 19, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by Noopz View Post
Hi all,

I need to gain 20TP before 20th of May to retain my status. Itís only bronze as I slipped from silver due to less travel with work, however itís now starting to pick up again and Iíd rather retain bronze than having to start all over again.

Im looking for the absolute cheapest way to do this flying from any London airport and ideally a same day return trip.

At at the moment the cheapest I can find is LGW-JER however on the lowest fare this only earns 10TP on the round trip. If I add baggage - which I assume is what takes me away from Economy Lowest to Economy I will get 20TP but the cost is significantly more. Iím looking to spend as little as possible.

Could any of you more experienced folk let me know of a better or cheaper route?

thank you.
Best option is LON-MAN/LBA/EDI/GLA etc. booking on the 10 TP each way fare, you'll likely need to call BA to book that so you get the right fare bucket. Alternatively look at something like Y over and J back to LUX.
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Old Apr 6, 19, 10:22 am
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Good TP run from Inverness to Vegas in August for £1,285 in business - number of dates available - can do INV-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR-INV for 720 TPs

Example:

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Old Apr 6, 19, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by Ned1968 View Post
Good TP run from Inverness to Vegas in August for £1,285 in business - number of dates available - can do INV-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR-INV for 720 TPs

Example:

Good spot! Seems to be a minimum 120 day advance purchase, and outbound TATL has to be MON/TUE/WEDS with inbound TUES/WEDS/THUR/FRI so not good for a very short stay. However, to get an even better bang for the buck, you can go INV - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - LAS return for £1,376 which, at 880 TPs, works out about £1.56 per TP, rather than £1.78 per TP for the trip above.....

So long as it's booked 120 days in advance, and by 30 April 2019, then it seems like there is no "travel by" restriction (I was trying for next January).
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Old Apr 7, 19, 2:18 am
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Originally Posted by LondonAndy View Post
Good spot! Seems to be a minimum 120 day advance purchase, and outbound TATL has to be MON/TUE/WEDS with inbound TUES/WEDS/THUR/FRI so not good for a very short stay. However, to get an even better bang for the buck, you can go INV - LHR - HEL - JFK - LAX - LAS return for £1,376 which, at 880 TPs, works out about £1.56 per TP, rather than £1.78 per TP for the trip above.....

So long as it's booked 120 days in advance, and by 30 April 2019, then it seems like there is no "travel by" restriction (I was trying for next January).
This seems to come up quite often, I am off tomorrow INV-LAS for £1042
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Old Apr 7, 19, 2:20 am
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
I'd route DUB-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS out, and LAS-LAX-JFK-LHR/LGW-DUB back, and drop the last segment.
Only do it once or twice a year though or you will be met at the jetbridge to "help" you get your flight to DUB !
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Old Apr 7, 19, 2:29 am
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Only do it once or twice a year though or you will be met at the jetbridge to "help" you get your flight to DUB !
Have you had this treatment yourself, or have you seen reports on here of this happening? If not, you are just scaremongering.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
Have you had this treatment yourself, or have you seen reports on here of this happening? If not, you are just scaremongering.
Having done many exEUs over the years I have never had anyone meet me off the airbridge to help on on to my last leg - not that I miss them anyway. I can only this this is a case of seeing HAL agents or BA agents helping people with shorter connections which has somehow evolved in to a story of BA agents trying to target people heading to their last leg.

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