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 deals look very attractive. Delhi is just £1,299 return, Bangkok is £1,399, Singapore is £1,699 and there are a few Chinese destinations from £1,199.
Economy tickets start from £439 to Chongqing.
You need to book by June 17th. You can depart from either Manchester or London to Helsinki and then onwards.
These are the dates where the sale prices are available for business class:
Bangkok, 2 July–10 December 2014
Beijing, 1 October–11 December 2014 and 14 January–31 March 2015
Chongqing, 2 July 2014 and 31 March 2015
Delhi, 17 June–17 December 2014 and 7 January–31 March 2015
Hanoi, 2 July–23 September 2014
Krabi, 10 December 2014–26 March 2015; flights to Krabi available from London only,
Singapore, 23 June–28 August 2014; travel permitted Monday–Thursday only
Xi’an, 2 July–24 October 2014
You also need to stay a Saturday night to get these fares. Full terms and conditions are on their offers page here.
Note that, unless Finnair has updated its IT recently, you cannot put in a British Airways Executive Club number at the time of booking – it needs to be added later via their ‘Manage My Booking’ function.
As I wrote recently, Finnair has now published the timetable for the introduction of fully flat beds in business class, so you may be able to combine these fares with the impressive looking new seat.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.