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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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, needs to be booked by 31 January, see linked post for details

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)

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 Jan 7, 19, 8:18 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
ORC is really for rerouting on the day due to IRROPS rather than schedule changes months ahead.
Originally Posted by gcuk View Post
My understanding was the same as KARFA's, that ORC can be applied for in the case of IRROPS but not for an accepted rerouting prior to travel.
Did not know that - thanks for the clarification! What I love about FT is that I learn something new everyday!
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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:27 am
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Getting frustrated trying to book. I've tried multi-city on AA.com (doing INV-JFK, JFK-LAX (don't want to go via SFO on the way over due to timings), LAX-SFO, SFO-JFK and JFK-INV) and keeps giving an error, saying you can't specify connecting flights when using multi-city. If I bring it up on ITA and try BookWithMatrix or use the PowerTools script, it creates correctly on aa.com but only for 1 passenger - I need 2 (I have 2 specified on ITA).

Other option I suppose is book it twice, but I don't really want to have 2 PNR's for this given all the likely schedule changes.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:33 am
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Would this fare allow a stopover in NY?

Also, how do I book it, do I need to phone AA?

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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:35 am
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Getting frustrated trying to book. I've tried multi-city on AA.com (doing INV-JFK, JFK-LAX (don't want to go via SFO on the way over due to timings), LAX-SFO, SFO-JFK and JFK-INV) and keeps giving an error, saying you can't specify connecting flights when using multi-city. If I bring it up on ITA and try BookWithMatrix or use the PowerTools script, it creates correctly on aa.com but only for 1 passenger - I need 2 (I have 2 specified on ITA).

Other option I suppose is book it twice, but I don't really want to have 2 PNR's for this given all the likely schedule changes.
Perhaps not all flights have the availability for 2 passengers. If you can create the booking on aa.com put it on hold without purchasing then call AA and ask them to add a second person.
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Just saw this for about £1185 rtn and 800 TP in early August. OTP - PHX rtn.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 8:38 am
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Perhaps not all flights have the availability for 2 passengers. If you can create the booking on aa.com put it on hold without purchasing then call AA and ask them to add a second person.
It won't price up with AA codes on the BA flights INV-LHR so can't place it on hold unfortunately. Managed to get it in the end, BookWithMatrix does pass through 2 PAX and let me click on the pull down menu to change from The Flight Network to select American Airlines. That put it through as 2 PAX and all booked

Sneaky having the aa.com option hidden!
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Getting frustrated trying to book. I've tried multi-city on AA.com (doing INV-JFK, JFK-LAX (don't want to go via SFO on the way over due to timings), LAX-SFO, SFO-JFK and JFK-INV) and keeps giving an error, saying you can't specify connecting flights when using multi-city. If I bring it up on ITA and try BookWithMatrix or use the PowerTools script, it creates correctly on aa.com but only for 1 passenger - I need 2 (I have 2 specified on ITA).

Other option I suppose is book it twice, but I don't really want to have 2 PNR's for this given all the likely schedule changes.
The AA sit has been doing this to me as well when trying to book DUB-PHX via PHL
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Old Jan 7, 19, 9:04 am
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The AA sit has been doing this to me as well when trying to book DUB-PHX via PHL
Try using BookWithMatrix - that passed through 2 PAX for me without issue and allowed me to book on aa.com
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It looks like routing outbound from INV and inbound to MAN can get the price down even further - I got just under £940 per person for the following routing (not quite tier point optimised, but not too bad timings!)

INV-LHR-JFK-LAX-LAS / LAX-JFK-LCY-[change of airport to LHR-]MAN

I make that a total of 680 tier points. It looked like you could add in an SFO on the way home for an extra £5 and 40 tier points, but the timings didn't work for me.
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Anything I should be aware of before trying BookWithMatrix? I assume booking with AA still gets me all the tier points etc?
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Old Jan 7, 19, 9:56 am
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Anything I should be aware of before trying BookWithMatrix? I assume booking with AA still gets me all the tier points etc?
It sure does. Works fine, my ticket just recently purchased has now gone from "On Request" to "Ticketed" (as it had BA flights on it that needed to be confirmed).
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Managed to bring it down to 1093GBP for 880TP. Quite happy!
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Anyone have any suggestions for what to plug into matrix? I'm awful at working it out.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:18 am
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Managed to get this down to £965

Any idea how I could change the last flight to LGW-INV so I can skip it?

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