Tier Point Sweet Spots: Oneworld Flights Barely Over 2,000 Miles = 140 TP in Business Class

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To get a frequent flyer status, most programs require you to earn a certain number of status miles. However, some programs, e.g. the British Airways Executive Club, rely on status points. In this case, Tier Points. Depending on the booking class and distance category, you will receive a fixed number of Tier Points. If you choose the right routes, you can secure the Oneworld Sapphire status very quickly.

The British Airways Executive Club has three distance categories:

  1. Short-haul below 2,000 miles
  2. Long-haul between 2,000 – 6,000 miles
  3. Long-haul between 6,000 – 10,000 miles
  4. Long-haul over 10,000 miles

We have put together the details for the calculation in our Tier Points & Avios calculator.

The sweet spot here is just over 2,000 miles (approx. 3,219 km). For a flight under 2,000, you only earn 40 Tier Points in business class. Just over 2,000 miles, however, you’d already get 140 Tier Points = 3.5 times as many!

Unfortunately, there are only very few routes that meet this requirement. We’ll tell you which routes they are:

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Not all of the routes listed are currently being flown. Since this article was written during the corona pandemic, it was also difficult to check whether the routes would still be served in the future.

British Airways

Choices are very limited with British Airways. Only flights from London Heathrow to Beirut and Tel Aviv are barely above the magical 2,000-mile limit and will get you 140 Tier Points in business class.

British Airways flights over 2,000 miles which get you Tier Points like long-haul flights
Warning

Theoretically, the flights to Cairo, Egypt, Amman, Jordan, and Larnaka, Cyprus would also be over 2,000 miles, but only 80 Tier Points are credited in business class for these routes.

Iberia

Iberia flights from Madrid to Moscow and Tel Aviv are particularly interesting:

Iberia flights over 2,000 miles

Finnair

With Finnair, you can even break the 2,000-mile mark within continental Europe when you fly from Helsinki to Lisbon or Malaga. Flights to Tel Aviv are also interesting.

Finnair flights over 2,000 miles

Royal Jordanian

It has already been shown that Amman is a good destination from Europe. It’s practical that Oneworld member Royal Jordanian has its hub there. On flights to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Paris, and Madrid, you’ll get tier points like on long-haul routes.

Royal Jordanian flights over 2,000 miles

In contrast to flights with British Airways between London and Amman, where you’d only get 80 Tier Points in business class, you’d collect the full 140 Tier Points here.

Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc has only been a member of the Oneworld alliance since early 2020 and operates its hub in Casablanca, Morocco. From there, flights to Stockholm and Istanbul are particularly worthwhile. There is also a flight to Cairo, Amman, Beirut, or Moscow.

Royal Air Maroc flights over 2,000 miles

S7

Oneworld member S7 is based in Russia. Flights to Europe between Alicante and Moscow & St. Petersburg as well as between Valencia, Ibiza, Malaga, and Moscow are worthwhile. But there are also numerous other flights between 2,000 and 2,200 miles that get you Tier Points, like on long-haul routes.

American Airlines

With American Airlines, domestic flights over 2,000 miles, in particular, can be very handy on the way to your status. Some routes are even flown with widebodies so that you can enjoy a real lie-flat business class.

Here are the suitable flights from / to the individual hubs:

American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Philadelphia over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from New York John F. Kennedy over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Chicago over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Charlotte over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Miami over 2,000 miles

American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Las Vegas over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Phoenix over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Los Angeles over 2,000 miles
American Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Dallas over 2,000 miles
Other American Airlines domestic flights over 2,000 miles

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is a very recent member of the Oneworld alliance and, just like American Airlines, there are many domestic flights that are just over the magical 2,000-mile limit (up to approx. 2,500 miles).

Alaska Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Seattle over 2,000 miles
Alaska Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Portland over 2,000 miles
Alaska Airlines: Domestic flights to / from San Francisco over 2,000 miles
Alaska Airlines: Domestic flights to / from Los Angeles over 2,000 miles
Other Alaska Airlines domestic flights over 2,000 miles

Malaysia Airlines

With Malaysia Airlines, flights to Taipei, Wuhan, and Kathmandu are particularly worthwhile:

Malaysian Airlines flights over 2,000 miles

Cathay Pacific

With Cathay Pacific, flights to Indonesia are particularly worthwhile: Jakarta, Bali, and Surabaya are all just over 2,000 miles away. In addition, Sapporo in the north of Japan is also a good option.

Cathay Pacific flights barely over 2,000 miles

Qantas

Down under, long domestic flights with Qantas, e.g. between Perth – Sydney / Cairns, are interesting:

Qantas domestic flights over 2,000 miles

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has some destinations that are just over 2,000 miles. In principle, however, most of the destinations offered by Qatar Airways from Europe offer 4 x 140 Tier Points = 560 Tier Points for a return flight in Business Class:

Qatar Airways flights barely over 2,000 miles

SriLankan Airlines

With SriLankan Airlines, flights to/from Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi can be interesting. There is also often a price war on those routes.

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Comments (4)

  1. Louis says:

    Any hints for the most cost-effective usable routes right now with the current covid restrictions in place?

    • Felix says:

      Hi Louis!
      To be very certain your flight takes place, it basically boils down to Finnair’s routes from Helsinki to Malaga and Lisbon, as well as the domestic routes of several airlines like AA. These are the only one’s that seem relatively safe from new restrictions, given the vaccination rate in the affected countries.

  2. Peter says:

    Hello Dietmar,
    correct me if I’m wrong:
    LHR-HEL-LHR is an exceptional route.
    For a round-trip in business you’ll earn 2×80 = 160 TP.
    Those are sweeeeeet TeaPoints…
    Keep on flying and writing!
    Best regards,
    Peter.

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