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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 Please add important information to it or correct outdated information by clicking the "Edit" button below.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
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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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 13, 19, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by thebigben View Post
If you are nice to the person on the other end of the line, I would say push it gently for (1), and fall back to LAX-JFK-LHR-INV Customer support is always more willing when you are able to talk to them in a friendly fashion. I wouldn't want to do the longer one via MIA (and not sure the fare rules allow it), but that's up to you!
Hmm.. I might have to HUCA (hang up call again) since the first one I called said that I would need to contact Priceline to make any changes even though the schedule change was on AA and made by AA (with the 001) ticket number, something is off there so I might just give AA another call tomorrow. lol
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:36 am
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Hmm.. I might have to HUCA (hang up call again) since the first one I called said that I would need to contact Priceline to make any changes even though the schedule change was on AA and made by AA (with the 001) ticket number, something is off there so I might just give AA another call tomorrow. lol
I think that is fairly standard: if you make booking through a travel agent (online or otherwise) then in my experience for changes before the first flight - even when involuntary due to airline schedule changes - you still need to liaise with the travel agent. That's not too say however that if you HUACA you might get lucky and be able to do this.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:45 am
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How would 1 do the INV-LAS TP run with a HEL shuffle?
basically I'm looking to do the run 1)I'm looking to maximise the run to as many TP points as possible 2) as quick as possible i do NOT wanna stay in Vegas for a week (1 night is just fine for me )
any help out there please?
?like this......
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:48 am
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?like this......
perfect thanks
also do you know how many TP that is?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:49 am
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880TP

I am doing a B2B in INV on the Wednesday, and it priced the same to get me back to LBA without needing to return to INV at the end
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:53 am
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880TP

I am doing a B2B in INV on the Wednesday, and it priced the same to get me back to LBA without needing to return to INV at the end
I see that the translantic flight is from HEL rather then from LHR is there any way how we can switch that round?
I like to fly to JFK from London as I find I have more options to choose from
Or is that not possible on this route?
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Old Apr 13, 19, 2:56 am
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I see that the translantic flight is from HEL rather then from LHR is there any way how we can switch that round?
I like to fly to JFK from London as I find I have more options to choose from
Or is that not possible on this route?
Of course you can!

Only downside is the price climbs a little. To £21K........
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:13 am
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This feels like a stupid question, but how do you use a UK credit card to buy flights on aa.com? Whenever I use bookwithmatrix it takes me to US site. Even if I change the locale in the URL to 'en_GB', when it comes to a billing address, it's still a US address and if I change it the the UK, I lose my search....or, does everyone use PayPal or just phone BA/AA?
Not a stupid question at all. One of the sneeky difficult things about TP friendly itineraries is actually finding a way to book them.
In this particular case one workaround is to note the payment processor doesn't seem to mind if you mis-type a US hotel zip and state rather than your full UK CC billing address.

But you are right. The aa.com software sends you in a loop if you actually try and enter correct data at each step. I have fed this back
I actually called in via the 24/7 UK phone line and got it paid that way; just be prepared the agent sees all sorts of things that makes it appear it was a US booking. Anyway, he re-modified the payment side back to GBP and took my payment. Ticket arrived about an hour later.

All-in-all aa.com has lost a lot of functionality these last 18 months. The bookwithmatrix link, kinda sort of, works in some situations so you can book slightly complicated itineraries thru aa. But there remains a large gap where I just can't make bookings (or in fact confirm ITA-MATRIX itineraries are actually valid - some aren't).
This thread remains the best resource (I know) to keep track of some of the workarounds or booking mediums.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:16 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemious View Post
Of course you can!

Only downside is the price climbs a little. To £21K........
Indeed - you can't add in HEL and fly transatlantic from London on this fare - you need to choose one or the other!
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:17 am
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Originally Posted by Gastrocnemius View Post
Of course you can!

Only downside is the price climbs a little. To £21K........
£24 a tier point isn't the best value I've seen on this thread.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 3:37 am
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Can anyone find baby bus for TATL on INV-LAS deal?
Sure:
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Old Apr 13, 19, 6:15 am
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Sure:
Sorry, pal... Link's broken it seems
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Old Apr 13, 19, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by 747jetter View Post
Can anyone find baby bus for TATL on INV-LAS deal?
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Sorry, pal... Link's broken it seems

Showing for me. Maybe this works for you? Hopefully....

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Old Apr 13, 19, 6:23 am
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Yes, thank you. Only saw a greyed out icon. All better now.
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Old Apr 13, 19, 7:08 am
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Showing for me. Maybe this works for you? Hopefully....

do you mind sending in a screen shot of the ITA front page?
like what you had to put in, in order for the LCY should show?
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