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.
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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.