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


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 (8)

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  • 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…

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