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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.

Finnair A350

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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