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Interesting (Avios-earning) long-haul deals in the Finnair sale

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Finnair is a British Airways partner, courtesy of its membership of the oneworld airline alliance.  This means that you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on Finnair flights.

The new Finnair long-haul sale is therefore worth a look.

You can see full details here.

Some of the Business Class deals look very attractive.  Delhi is just £1,299 return, Bangkok is £1,499 and there are a few Chinese destinations from £1,299.

Economy tickets start from £449 to Chongqing.

You need to book by January 17th.  You can depart from either Manchester or London to Helsinki and then onwards.

Blackout dates are:

Bangkok, 20 April–6 July 2014;
Beijing, 2 January–6 April 2014 and 23 April–17 June 2014;
Chongqing, 28 December 2013–29 June 2014;
Delhi, 12 January–29 June 2014;
Hanoi, 18 August–22 September 2014;
Hong Kong, 21 April–15 June 2014;
Osaka and Tokyo, 28 December 2013–14 March 2014;
Seoul, 6–19 January 2014 and 10 February–31 May 2014;
Shanghai, 14 January–17 June 2014;
Singapore, 24 February–1 June 2014;
Xi’an, 30 March–30 June 2014.

You need to stay a Saturday night to get these fares.

Note that, due to weird Finnair IT, you cannot put in a British Airways Executive Club number at the time of booking – it needs to be added later.

This recent post gives you an idea of what seat you may find on your Finnair flight, depending on aircraft type.


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 (8)

  • Tony says:

    When is the last date for travel on these fares?

  • courtster says:

    Shame SYD isn’t in the sale – last year that was a killer price. I even managed to add a stopover for 3 days for the Singapore GP for no extra.

  • Tony says:

    Note also that the offer is running from Switzerland with the lead in fares of £1011 (CHF1499) to some of the Chinese destinations.

    • Rob says:

      Good spot. It you had time to kill then a Reward Flight Saver to Zurich would be a decent deal.

    • Henk Ombelet says:

      Although the Zurich to Helsinki leg doesn’t earn the double tier points. Heathrow to Helsinki in business class is 80TPs

  • darrenf says:

    Did you mean travel dates, not blackout dates?

  • Londonbus says:

    For my next long-haul Asian trip (open jaw: LHR-PEK/BKK-LHR) I’ve had to downgrade to WhY from WTP with BA. Building works on the house have cleaned me out.

    £600 in the sale; WTP is just under a grand and Club is £2k. But only £1,300 from AMS. AY is coming up as £1285 from ZRH.

    Must… control…. credit card…