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BBC Radio 4 recently ran a 30-minute segment that is well worth a listen or two. Without actually naming the airline – ahh… Auntie Beeb and her “let’s not be commercial” attitude – the programme took a peek inside the world of those who choose to chase British Airways Executive Club status through so-called Tier Point runs.
The programme is spot on with its gentle mocking of the chase for elite status, although some liberties are taken – especially with the descriptions of First Class, which any frequent flyer can clearly recognise as Etihad‘s version rather than BA’s…
I promised a confession… It’s been a couple of years since I’ve done a Tier Point run although the temptation remains strong! But here’s my personal best (admittedly done with overnight stops in hotels sprinkled in to avoid insanity…)
Vancouver – Phoenix – Las Vegas – Los Angeles – San Francisco – Charlotte – Atlanta – Washington DC – Miami – Panama – Miami – Charlotte – Raleigh Durham – Washington DC – Pittsburgh – New York JFK – Phoenix – Vancouver.
1,240 Tier Points and 37,000 Avios for £800.
Can you beat that? Are you willing to admit to any crazy TP runs yourself? Let us know in the comments section…