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Bits: Tallinn BA tier point run, 10% Clubcard to Virgin transfer bonus, 500 Avios with Iberia wine offer

News in brief:

Tallinn tier point run on BA

Tallinn is being launched by British Airways as a new route next year as we wrote over the weekend.

In the meantime, British Airways is running a very attractive offer if you want to check out the city.

For £234, ba.com will sell you a Business Class return flight from Heathrow to Tallinn.  You can fly on either BA or Finnair.  This will earn you 200 tier points for the return trip because you need to change planes in Helsinki for a Finnair ‘all economy’ connection.

Even better, selected Finnair flights between Heathrow and Helsinki are operated by long-haul A350 aircraft which means you will get a flat bed!  I reviewed the Finnair A350 here and it is VERY impressive.

This is a very attractive deal which gets you a weekend away in a very attractive city and give you a leg up towards status (re)qualification.  Pop over to ba.com and have a play around with dates.

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Tesco to Virgin transfer bonus launched

Virgin Atlantic has launched a transfer bonus if you convert your Tesco Clubcard points – 10%!

I’m not sure what prompted them to offer something so weak.  20%-25%, which we have seen recently, seems like a minimum bonus to make it worth the effort.  An extra 10% of anything will never make a bad deal into a good deal.

At least there is some bonus, which will be a small benefit to anyone desperately trying to top up their Virgin Atlantic account before a lot of redemptions go up in price on 16th January.

You can find full details here.  The deadline to convert is 13th November.

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500 Avios with Iberia wine deal

In the absence of any codes for bonus Clubcard points on Tesco Wine deals, you may be interested in this new Iberia Plus wine offer.

Via their UK wine partner Vinoseleccion, you can order a six bottle of case of two wines for half the usual price – £50 instead of £100 – and receive 500 Avios and get free delivery.

Remember that you will need an Iberia Plus account to receive the Avios, which can later be transferred into British Airways Executive Club or avios.com.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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Comments

  1. Simon Spanswick says:

    Thanks, Rob, for the brilliant Tallinn TP run idea! An excellent way to gain a useful 200 TPs seeing a new city in a country not visited before. Have just booked on the BA website, choosing AY flights, including the A359 out for sunny January… With an Airbnb in the centre of the city, a nice break at a bargain rate.

    What would we do without HFP and FT? Thank you again.

    • Simon – you will have a great time in Tallinn – visited with friends in May. My suggestions (FWIW) would be the KGB museum tour, Soviet Prison tour (please note it was dank, dark and exceptionally cold in MAY – so dress accordingly) and for something completely different (safe and fun) Tactical Shooting Tallinn. We ate at Von Krahli Aed twice we liked it so much. I genuinely think you will have a superb time in Tallinn – I am actually a little jealous esp about the A350 !

      • Thanks for those useful tips, Andy. Will definitely make sure I have decently warm clothing for in and outdoors!

  2. Anyone get the BA flights for £234 each? Closer to £350 when i try- of course, going for the A350 if possible ( though seat guru lists A350 or A321 as possible choices for many flight numbers so hard to know which plane it will be!)…..trying for March 24-26/27th…..

    • Paid £260 for INV-LHR-TLL via HEL. Both Finnair flights on a350. Going late August 2017. I though it was a decent price starting from Inverness, and convenient for me. Mind you , Inverness flight times are rubbish, which means I get to spend some time with my son in London who will be able to give me a heads up re: best things to do and where to eat ,as he has booked a trip to Estonia for May.

  3. Just paid £221 each for BA direct return in May. They’re not showing amount of tier points on calculator- maybe cos it’s a new route. I looked at Finnair and their club was showing £250 plus each way. Can’t see how to get the lower fare and the points with them lest u go in midwinter and it’s brass monkey weather up there then !

  4. We’re after a (Nordic) midsummer trip to both Tallinn and Helsinki. It’s many years since I last visited Helsinki, and Tallinn would be totally new.

    One option is to book LHR/HEL/TLL and HEL-LHR on AYBA and take the ferry between Tallinn and Helsinki. There are three ferry companies and foot passengers cost from £45 for the two of us one way.

    Calling ferry experts! Is any ferry better or more convenient than the others? Do we need/must we have a cabin – for a 2-2,5 hour midday crossing in June? Thanks.

    • I’ve used Tallink Silja before and highly recommend it as a great way to experience local life with commuters and cheap booze being taken across borders. It arrives at the secondary port in Helsinki (nr Ruoholahti) which is a 20-30 min walk to the subway then around 10 mins journey to the centre. Other ferries may drop you off at the main port which is right in the centre but I have not used them before.

      No need for a cabin, there are plenty of seating options and a bar/cafe as well as free wifi to keep you occupied for the crossing.

    • Linda Line is the fastest / cheapest option, but also prone to last-minute cancellation in bad weather since it uses a much smaller vessel.

    • Definitely no need for a cabin!

  5. You don’t need to tell them, they will decide the CB rate based on what you book.

  6. Bargain BA J fare to Tallinn via HEL (including the A350) is still bookable via Expedia. Just booked in June for £237 – it’s ticketed and shows 7,670 avios & 200 tier points in MMB. Sweet!

    • so book via expedia not BA.com? Does that then show the non-direct only BA flights Tony?

      • BA.com won’t price the BA codeshare Finnair flights as it’s after they’ve started the direct TLL service. Expedia shows all the flights required for the maximum tier points – just choose the timings you prefer. There’s no need to move to Ukraine to save CC fees either!

        • Booked for May! Thanks Tony. Love that expedia shows the wifi symbol for the flight, so there must be the A350! Booked the 10.20 and the 8am coming back.

    • How do you know what flights are the a350?

  7. Put the next 9 digits in the big (middle) box and the 10th digit in the last box. I got this info from a support ticket last week and it seems to have worked.

  8. Thanks, Johnnycl, Jan, David and Graeme for ferry advice. :)

    I was able to find the A350 flights for June at ba.com. This is probably because I used the multi-city page for LHR-TLL and HEL-LHR. This prices up at the TLL fare. I was inspired by the need to use ba.com to benefit from the £100 AmEx credit.

    • Hi

      I’m new to this site and keen on a TP run to Tallinn but can’t seem to find out when the offer starts, which days the flights go and how I find out how many points are offered.

      Sorry to be so thick !

      • Bookable everyday on ba.com before March when the direct service starts. The 10.20am on most days ex Heathrow is the A350 with flat beds.

  9. ThatGuyOverThere says:

    I have a nice trip planned for the end of May, A350 out, A319 back (but much better timing).

    I would book some more for the TPs but with US election result, I suspect Putin may be causing trouble in Estonia next year so have decided to limit my exposure !!

    • Booked. Flights came in at £466 so I added an airport hotel for the night before our travel to take us over the magic £500 to trigger the Amex £100 statement credit. Booked the Hilton using points. All in all, a very acceptable situation. I also chose the flatbed outward and A319 return, purely because the very early start on the Sunday morning would be too tiresome.

  10. BA seem just to be pushing their own flights on ba.com now and saying there is no availability on other days, but found the deal with a BA codeshare but AY Business Class flights on Expedia just now. £232 per person – great deal!

  11. The Tallinn flights are no longer on BA.com?

  12. Morning Rob, Everyone :-) does a BA Holiday to Tallinn count for a points run if I book Business class? e.g., will it get me the same amount of tier points (sorry if a silly question!)

    • Yes, you still get TPs on flights booked through BA holidays. Hotels booked as part of the holiday would not (normally) accrue status credits/points.

  13. Can anyone still find that fare? Seems like it’s gone. :(