Finnish airline Finnair has launched some excellent sale deals out of London and Manchester on its routes to Asia.
Finnair, of course, is a partner with British Airways in the oneworld alliance. Like the Qatar Airways deals I flagged yesterday, these Finnair flights will earn you Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points – as well as saving you substantial sums over taking a BA flight!
Finnair is the first European airline to launch the new Airbus A350. As you can see on their promotional website here, it comes with an attractive 1-2-1 business class layout, pictured below, which is a definite cut above Club World.
For some reason, details of this sale are not on the Finnair website although they have been circulated to travel agents. The fares are bookable on finnair.com – the exact fare rules may vary by route but for Bangkok:
You must book by September 21st
Only valid on Finnair and Flybe codeshares (eg Manchester to Helsinki)
Book at least 3 days before travel
Must stay away over a Saturday night (flying back on Saturday seems OK)
No maximum stay
No stopovers allowed
No changes and no refunds
Travel must be completed by December 18th
Here are sample business class prices, which I had to find by trial and error on finnair.com. Remember that you can fly from Heathrow or Manchester with a plane change in Helsinki.
Bangkok – £1,189
Beijing – £1,099
Chongqing – £1,099
Delhi – £1,297
Saigon – £1,433
Seoul – £1,396
Shanghai – £1,789
Singapore – £1,765
Xi’an – £1,099
Other destinations did not seem to be reduced.
In terms of British Airways tier points, these routes would earn 80 + 140 + 140 + 80 = 440 tier points return.
In terms of getting the A350, you can see full details here. Between now and the end of this offer on December 18th, the launch dates are:
Shanghai – 26th October
Beijing – 21st November
Bangkok – 4th December
I think that all of the A330 aircraft have now been refitted with a more traditional fully flat business class seat which is perfectly fine but not as modern as the A350. There are still a few A340 aircraft in the fleet which are running with sloping business class seats and these are best avoided – these planes are off to the scrap heap soon as more A350 arrive.
If you’re interested in these deals, head over to finnair.com and have a search. Handily, the site has a ‘+/- 3 days’ search function which allows you to easily spot the days with these sale fares.