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£815 Business Class flights to China ex-UK … good for Avios and BA tier points

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This is an excellent offer … almost as good as the £777 deal to Seoul that British Airways ran recently.

Finnair is promoting its services to Chongqing with this very good offer.

You can fly, return, from London or Manchester to Chongqing for just £815 including all taxes.


The flights are with Finnair so you will be changing planes in Helsinki.  The flight would earn 440 British Airways tier points – very close to the 600 required for a Silver card – plus a big pile of Avios points.

You need to be a member of Finnair Plus, Finnair’s loyalty scheme, to book this.  However, it is free to sign-up, and during the booking process you can put in a British Airways Executive Club number instead of your Finnair one.

The small print:

  • Book by 17th December
  • Must stay for 6 nights or a Friday or Saturday night
  • Must return home before 31st May
  • You cannot do a stopover in Helsinki
  • No changes / no refunds

A visa is required for travel to China, don’t forget.

I haven’t dug out a map of China, so I’m not sure how easy it is to hop from Chongqing to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong etc.

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 (2)

  • dan says:

    Does anyone know if the £559 + 2000 points version earns avios??

    • Raffles says:

      It is not clear, unfortunately. Which is a shame, because you could convert 2000 Amex points to Finnair – although perhaps not in time to book.