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Decent Finnair sale to Thailand, Asia, India …. earns British Airways tier points and Avios

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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.

Finnair A350

Some of the business deals look very attractive. Delhi is just £1,299 return, Phuket and Krabi are £1,299 and there are a few Chinese destinations from £1,199.

Economy tickets start from £419 to Chongqing.

You need to book by January 15th. 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, 6 January – 30 June, £1499

Chongqing, 7 January – 21 June, £1199

Delhi, 1 January – 31 October, £1299

Xi’an, 29 March – 21 June, £1199

Phuket, 11 January – 28 March, £1299

Krabi, 13 January – 28 March, £1299

Seoul, 7 January – 31 March, £1499

Hong Kong, 7 January – 31 May, £1799 (although cheaper to fly to Xi’an and redeem Avios for a Dragonair connection)

Tokyo, now – 30 September, £1999

You 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.

If your flight is scheduled to be on the new A330 aircraft then you will get the new fully flat beds in business class. On the A340 routes it is hit and miss, unfortunately.  Of the routes above, I think only Tokyo, Seoul and (until the end of the Winter timetable in late March) Hong Kong will almost guarantee you the new seat and you are always at risk of a last minute change of aircraft.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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 10,500 Avios.

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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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (14)

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  • Adam W says:

    I’ll challenge you to write the next 10 posts reporting sales without using the word ‘aggressive’ once.

    £20 to a charity of your choice if you can.

    • jonboy73 says:

      This one is just “Aggessive” so only 9 to go…

    • Rob says:

      Here’s the thing. I meant to remove that last night. Even I decided it was not suitable on this occasion, on reflection. The Wi-Fi then died and when I got it working again I didn’t spot that the changes had not been saved.

      I have changed it to what it was meant to say! 🙂

  • jonboy73 says:

    Does this allow any stopovers in helsinki? Never been so might be interesting to break up a trip for a few days…

    • JQ says:

      Don’t know about a few days but a few years ago I managed to schedule LHR-HEL-HKG with a 12-hour stopover; whilst searching for that I also found a very cheap LHR-ARN-HEL-HKG but only in Y, it was something close to £300 return, when a direct flight was going for £500

    • Andy says:

      Not sure about the fare rules but if a stopover in HEL is permitted I definitely recommend it. Had a city break there last month for two nights and loved it: compact, easy to navigate on foot, easy bus in to town from the airport, some interesting things to see.

    • Roger Wilco says:

      Most probably yes. I fly a ton on AY from Europe to the Far East and always stop there from a few week to a few months, even. Actually I live in HEL, but ex-Europe the tickets are so much cheaper than from HEL.

  • JamesWag says:

    Anyone got any hints on how to maximise TPs on this sale ?
    Any interesting routing people have found ?
    Need a holiday & a TP run but not too interested in Hawaii via BA sale, more interested in Asia destinations so this sale could be the answer.

    • Rob says:

      Tier point maximising in BA sales only works on US routes. This is because of the joint venture agreement that BA has with Finnair, Iberia, American and US Airways, which means they have to offer you routings on all three airlines for the same price.

      There is a similar with JAL so it may be possible to get a route via Tokyo to somewhere else in Asia for the same price as a direct BA flight. I have never seen this done tough.

  • mrbw says:

    slightly OT but i found business class with BA (LHR-TOK) for £940 + 30,000 avios which I think is a steal?

  • DS says:

    According to Pekka Vauramo CEO Finnair:
    “Set to enter into service in the second half of 2015,
    Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing will be the first destinations for A350”

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