Explanation of Tier Point system Collecting Tier Points Use of Avios on British Airways Other uses ◦ LHR-DME in First Class ◦ CX around Asia
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day… Teach the man to fish, feed him for a lifetime” You get some fish, but also learn how to do it!
Advanced Tier Point running (20 mins) Taxes, Fees and Surcharges (15 mins) Maximum Permissible Mileage (5-10 mins) Free form discussion (15 mins) Feel free to ask questions any time!
Relies on combination of “Instant Upgrade” and cheap business class fares. ALWAYS consider auxiliary cost. ◦ Hotels/accommodation ◦ Food ◦ Opportunity cost – annual leave, time with family. Keep referring to Flyertalk. ◦ Bit.ly/BATPruns
American Airlines and US Airways Best origins are big cities that aren’t hubs, but close to one. ◦ [ Removed. For participants only ] Best destinations to look for… Anywhere with bad safety!: ◦ [ Removed. For participants only ]
If East to West coast (and v.v.), ignore flights stopping in DFW. VERY short Minimum Connection Time ◦ AA does not have to give you First Class if re- booked. ◦ You can request fares and Tier Points from original routing though!
Buy during Premium Fare sales ex-Europe (Easily 1000+ TP for around €1500-2000). ◦ Ask Kevin about his DUB-LCY-SNN-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX- JFK-LCY-DUB adventure. 1340TP for £1368 = £1.02/TP. Find your itinerary on ITA Matrix and book by phone. You’ll go crazy booking it online. Watch out for AA/BA/IB/AY/US codeshares on domestic USA flights. VERY important to put it into AA/US marketed flight.
Prices more stable and easier to find than Americas Cathay Pacific ◦ [ Removed. For participants only ] Malaysia Airlines – Kuala Lumpur ◦ [ Removed. For participants only ]
CX/MH business class service is FAR superior to AA/US. Each destination in Asia is interesting in its own right. Can’t say the same about USA.
Most TP Runs in Europe go through LGW, and often through JER. ◦ JER-LGW-AMS-LGW-JER ◦ JER-LGW-MLA-LGW-JER ◦ AMS-LGW-AMS Airports like JER, AMS and FRA do not separate inbound and outbound passengers at gate. Very easy turnaround
Not as lucrative as America, Asia and Europe. British Airways 5 th Freedom DOH – BAH in First class Qatar Airways ◦ [ Removed. For participants only ]
Anywhere between 5-99% of the airfare! Most people call YQ or YR “Fuel Surcharge”, but it’s called “Carrier Imposed Fee” by BA. You have to pay them if redeeming Avios. ◦ Some notable exceptions…
Intra-Americas journeys ◦ New York to Toronto ◦ Any flight under 650 miles. Intra-Asia ◦ HKG to most of Far East Asia is max 10,000 Avios each way in Y. Domestic Japan ◦ No Taxes!!! Free positioning flight to Jersey, UK ◦ No Air Passenger Duty payable ex-JER Aer Lingus and Air Berlin for TATL ◦ AB is £1 in tax! Air Berlin for Germany -> Abu Dhabi
Raised by price of fuel, hardly ever lowered. Still some regions or cities where YQ is low
No specific pattern, but in general… Europe North America ◦ AB and EI ◦ IB no surcharge! Transfer BA Avios to IB. Europe South America ◦ IB no surcharge! Transfer BA Avios to IB. North America South America ◦ No YQ
Europe Asia MH, CX, QR usually lower than BA Intra - Middle East ◦ Nearly all routes low YQ (under €100 for r/t) Europe Middle East ◦ QR and BA usually lowest
In a nutshell, how far you’re allowed to fly on a single ticket. MPM exists because not everywhere has non- stop flights between 2 cities. Easy to understand and exploit. Good place to start “travel hacking”.
Economy class sales! ◦ Typically base fare is <€100. I have seen £1 before! ◦ MPM does not affect YQ, but might add extra government/airport charges. ◦ Best to do as many transfers in USA as possible. ◦ Limit EU transfers. (Taxes too high)
Ticketed Point Mileage = Great Circle distance between two cities. E.g. AMS-SFO 5473 miles
Maximum Permissible Mileage = TPM + 20%. MPM of AMS-SFO = 5473 x 1.2 = 6568. IB/BA/AA/US/AY Europe USA flights governed by MPM Rules. Use KVS tool or Expert Flyer to find routing rules
MPM of AMS-SFO = 6568 MPM+5% = 6896 MPM+10% = 7225 MPM+15% = 7553 MPM+20% = 7881 MPM+25% = 8210 Just pay additional X% to the BASE FARE E.g. if Base Fare is £50, and you fly MPM+25%, you pay an extra 0.25*£50 = £12.5