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Get 15% off ex-UK Finnair business class flights to Asia and India

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This offer may be of interest to anyone heading down to Asia or India in the near future.

Finnair is offering a further 15% discount on its already very competitive business class fares from London or Manchester (with a plane change in Helsinki) to:

Finnair A350 flying

  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Chongqing
  • Delhi
  • Nagoya
  • Osaka
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo

You can book until 31st December 2012, and travel does not have to be completed until 31st December 2013.  Payment must be made with an American Express card.

Finnair is also offering an immediate upgrade to Finnair Plus Silver to anyone taking up this offer.  Finnair Plus Silver, however, is NOT equivalent to BA Silver when flying BA.  It is classed as ‘OneWorld Ruby’ and therefore only offers the same benefits as BA Bronze.  This is not, therefore, an easy way of getting yourself a BA Silver-equivalent card.

Finnair’s seats may not be the greatest (see below) but if you can get a price in the c £1,750 range – available on some but not all of the routes above – then you might be happy.  Tickets are semi-flexible, as you can change the date for €150 and cancel for a full refund for a charge of €400.  This is more flexibility than you get with BA’s cheapest business class tickets

This is the improved flat bed seat being rolled out on the new A330 planes:

Importantly, as Finnair is a oneworld member, you will earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points for your trip.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (2)

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  • BugAlugs says:

    Hey Raffles, small correction to the post. If the complimentary Finnair cars is similar to BA Bronze shouldn’t it be a One world Ruby and not Emerald as in the post above?

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