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More non-London routes for spending Avios

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I have been running a few articles to show people how they can travel from the regions via Avios, using BA partner airlines.

I have already looked at routes on Vueling here and here.

Sun-Air of Scandinavia is a low profile BA franchise airline running flights in Scandinavia.

Sun-Air runs two routes from the UK regions into Scandinavia.

From Manchester, it flies to Billund in Denmark up to three time per day. 

It also flies from Manchester to Aarhus and Gothenburg. This is one flight with a stop in Gothenburg on the way.

All 3 routes are available as Reward Flight Savers for 9,000 Avios plus £30. You can also fly from London, with a plane change in Manchester, for the same amount (although BA has its own LHR-GOT service anyway).

Finnair A350

I have also been taking a look at Finnair‘s route network. Outside London, Manchester is the only UK airport they serve. The service is good, though, with 2 flights a day in each direction to Helsinki for much of the week.

Unfortunately it is difficult to book MAN-HEL on using Avios because the website automatically defaults to MAN-LHR-HEL unless there are no BA options available – and BA does have seats almost every day! However, a quick telephone call to BAEC should allow you to get this booked.

It is 15,000 Avios for a return Economy ticket and – whilst this is a BA codeshare flight (BA6003/4, BA6007/8) – I don’t think you can use Reward Flight Saver here to reduce the taxes, which are £73 according to

Helsinki is a lovely city to visit in its own right, but it is also a short ferry trip to Tallinn in Estonia which is also recommended.

This is not the end of this series on non-London redemption options …. more to come.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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

Comments (3)

  • DV says:

    Billund is the home of Legoland, which might be of interest to some.

  • Ed E says:

    I will be doing the GOT-MAN flight this Sunday so will let you know how it compares to the normal BA product.

  • Martyn says:

    I see there is now an Iberia Express to Madrid service from Edinburgh, which could come in handy for South American destinations.