OFFERS: Tier point run offers, BA & Virgin extra sale offers and 10% off Heathrow parking + extra points

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British Airways sale offer – save an extra £100

If you have not checked out the British Airways sale, now may be a good time since there is extra money off until 7 January. You can find our best flight deals and holiday deals in these articles. The sale ends on 30 January. You can find the sale page here. 

Buying a flight with a hotel or car can often make the flights cheaper and offers the chance to only pay a small deposit if you are booking in advance. You also earn an extra 1 Avios per £1 spent on top of the flight Avios.

Book a flight + hotel or flight + car holiday in the British Airways sale and you can make the following additional savings:

  • £100 extra discount with a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking.
  • £50 extra discount with a minimum spend of £1,250 per booking.
  • £25 extra discount with a minimum spend of £650 per flight + car booking only.

These savings are on top of the existing sale price when you book before 7 January.

You can find the best value holidays using the Holiday Finder tool here. Remember that you don’t have to book the hotel or car for the whole trip. Just use the BA complex holiday booking tool here. 


Virgin Atlantic sale offer

Virgin Atlantic have a similar offer to BA with 10% off flight+ hotel sale bookings this weekend when you use the code 10SAVE. The offer is available from today until midnight on Monday 6.

You can find more details here.


10% off Heathrow official parking

heathrow parking options

If I am booking Official car parking at Heathrow unless I am using my Heathrow Reward points, I nearly always use TopCashback as the cashback varies between 7-10% (excluding on VAT). There is currently up to 10% cashback on Heathrow Official parking with Topcashback for the next two days, so if you need to book something now is the time to do it. To get the full 10% you need to be a Plus member – which costs a whopping £5 a year!! It’s well worth it as you can an extra 5% on most cashback transactions and easily get that back in one transaction.

You can still earn your Heathrow Rewards points too as it just takes you to the normal booking site and you can sign in during the process. There is currently also a bonus on booking Official Heathrow parking – bookings made by 31 January 2020 for Official Heathrow Parking until 31 March will earn 250 extra Heathrow Rewards. 

Topcashback allows you to earn cashback on most of your online travel purchases such as flights, hotels and more. As it just redirects you to the normal website for the brand, you get all your usual loyalty and status points and perks. Topcashback is free to join here.


Tier point run offers

Before Christmas I covered the best tier point runs at the moment in this article. There were two other well-known tier point runs that readers suggested that I didn’t cover. The reason they weren’t included is that they were not necessarily the best value or the most comfortable way to get tier points. But both are very effective and have some nice destinations at the end so here goes:

Bucharest to Phoenix

The TLFL team at the Phoenix tier point run meet up L-R Paul, Claudio and Michele

This has been around for a couple of years and whilst it is not such great value at £1491 as the previous £1100 price, it is still decent value if you maximise or want to go to Phoenix anyway. The drawback is that during the summer it is crazy hot – but if you just lounge around the pool it is bearable! The Phoenix area has a lot to offer including great scenery, luxury resort hotels and good shopping and restaurants. You can read more about it in this article about Phoenix and Scottsdale.

There are lots of routeings possible in the rules depending on how extreme you want to be:

  • Bucharest – London – Helsinki – New York – Los Angeles – Phoenix and return the same way = 960 tier points
  • Bucharest – London – New York – Los Angeles – Phoenix return = 800
  • Bucharest – London – Phoenix return = 440

The TLFL team did a tier point run there in August 2018 which you can read about in these articles:

You can also find guidance on how to plan tier points runs here.

The current offer has these rules:

  • Book by: 28 days in advance
  • Travel:   Permitted 01 Jul through 31 Aug or 22 Nov through 29 Nov or 22 Dec through 06 Jan or 04 Apr through 21 Apr for each transatlantic sector.
  • Minimum stay: 6 nights or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 12 months
  • Transfers:  
    • 2 transfers permitted in each direction.
               1 permitted between AA and VY in BCN/ROM in each direction
               none permitted between AA and VY in each direction
               2 permitted in Europe in each direction.
    • and – 2 transfers permitted in each direction:
                     1 permitted between BA/IB AND B6 in BOS/JFK
                    in each direction
                     1 permitted between AA/AY/BA/IB/US and AS
                    in LAX/PDX/SEA in each direction
                     1 permitted between AA/AY/BA/IB/US and AM
                    in Mexico in each direction
                     1 permitted between AA/AY/BA/IB/US and AC
                    in Canada in each direction
                     1 permitted between AA/AY/BA/IB/US and HA
                    in Hawaii in each direction
                     2 permitted via AA/AY/BA/IB/US only in each
  • Stopovers: Unlimited stopovers permitted on the outbound and on the inbound fare components at €150.00 each in Europe and £600 in USA.
  • Refundable: No
  • Changeable: For a fee

You can book direct with American Airlines here or find the cheapest online travel agent price with Skyscanner. If your itinerary is complex you can use our partners Propeller Travel to book. 


Helsinki to Malaga

If you want to get long haul tier points on a fairly short flight then this is a good value option. The drawback is that Finnair uses their short-haul aircraft for this which means nearly 5 hours in one of these: 

Finnair short-haul business class

However, at 280 tier points for £426, you may feel its worth it given you only have to take two flights and could enjoy a nice break in Malaga at the same time. Add in a cheap £230 return in Club Europe to Helsinki and you will have got 440 tier points for £656 in one trip. 

  • Book by: 28 days advance purchase
  • Travel: Permitted Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat.
  • Minimum stay: a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay: 1 month
  • Transfers: n/a
  • Stopovers: 2 free stopovers permitted on the pricing unit – 1 in each direction.
  • Refundable: Yes for 50% fee
  • Changeable: Yes for a fee

You can book direct with Finnair here or find the cheapest online travel agent price with Skyscanner.


3 Comments on "OFFERS: Tier point run offers, BA & Virgin extra sale offers and 10% off Heathrow parking + extra points"

  1. Great article Michele. I also found a relatively good tier point run which will take me on some interesting aircraft.

    Man – Mad – Rak rtn in business gives me 240 tier points on a mixture of BA, Iberia (including A340 on the MAD-LHR route and Air Nostrum in their CRJ’s) not as high as the 280 from HEL-AGP but at least it’s a Ex-UK departure and might be of interest for those who are north of the M25 🙂

  2. On Heathrow parking. I have just made a booking and the discount is 7.5%from the pre vat price. The topcashback site does say 10%for online bookings. Still worth having if the 250 extra points arrive

  3. looking at phoenix i’ve found good dates in july but i am really confused with your abbreviated transfer rules, what’s this in plain english?

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