Good Asia sale on Finnair (earns Avios) from London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin

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Finnair has launched its January sale early!  It has launched special business class fares to Asia, valid until 9th January 2017 for travel between 16th January and 28th October 2017 (dates vary by route).

Finnair is focussed on routes to Asia.  What makes this sale attractive is that:

you can start from London (although you save more if you start in Dublin)

Finnair flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points

Finnair is flying brand new A350 aircraft on many routes with excellent business class seats

You can read my review of the new Finnair A350 business class seat here.  The 1-2-1 configuration is a major improvement over Club World.

Finnair A350 350

Click here to see the prices out of London (and Edinburgh and Manchester) in both business and economy class.

In summary, in business:

  • Xi’an – £1,225
  • Chongqing – £1,249
  • Delhi – £1,310
  • Bangkok – £1,305
  • Guangzhou – £1,339
  • Beijing – £1,335
  • Krabi – £1,375
  • Ho Chi Minh City – £1,379
  • Phuket – £1,379
  • Seoul – £1,375
  • Hong Kong – £1,420
  • Singapore – £1,459

If you can get to Dublin the deals get even better.  Click here to see the Dublin prices.  The two sale deals are:

  • Bangkok – €1,395 (£1,188)
  • Singapore – €1,599 (£1,362)

These deals must be booked by 9th January.  Economy sale fares are also available.  The Finnair website is here.

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Comments

  1. pretty good sale on Malaysian too ex-London

    2,250 return to oz with London as starting point (no faffing with positioning flights), plus automatic silver EC status, (assuming u have done your 4 ba flights which I would be surprised if anyone reading this site has not!)

    not quite as aggressive a price as their last sale, but not to be sneezed at

    • sorry for o/t

      interested to hear peoples views on this as thinking of pulling the trigger to Sydney and whether there is anything im not considering and logic is correct

      price for wife and I = 4,500 gbp

      avios for flights = approx. 52k
      avios for using bapp = 4500x 1.5 = approx. 7k

      so as I value an avios at 1p, 59k avios = 590 gbp

      rob values a companion voucher at roughly 1,000 gbp (as do I), so half a companion voucher = 500 gbp

      I would buy tier points if I was able to (I know I cannot unfort) at 1 gbp per point, so would definitely pay 600 pounds for 2 years of silver status, as would the wife, so value = 1200 gbp

      so the actual real net cost of these flights = 4,500-590-500-1200 = 2,220 gbp, or 1,100 gbp per person?

      is my thinking skewed in anyway?

      • Scallder says:

        Jamie – my personal thoughts on the above:

        1) Value of Avios seems fair as that’s your personal valuation, and if you wanted to extend it, you could factor in the status bonuses you’ll get over the time you’re Silver (if you otherwise wouldn’t have Silver, or gain above Bronze) for future flights.

        2) The value of the voucher – you should only be factoring this in if you wouldn’t otherwise spend the £10k. If you would otherwise spend the £10k without these flights or other spending, then you shouldn’t be including it.

        3) Tier points – persona opinion is if you’d value it at £600 then that’s for you, but not sure you should value it for both of you unless you both independently do lots of flying, as Silver for one of you would get you both lounge access/seat selection etc when travelling together.

        That’s just my piece – I’m sure others would have other views on it, but I hope this helps 🙂

        • tks scallder

          much appreciated

          1 and 2 I am ok with.

          3 has got me thinking, u are right, about travelling independently of each other, so have inflated that value slightly.

          cheers

  2. Does this work with one-way tickets or do they have to be return? This may be a good start to our round-the-world trip next year if we fly to Asia to start, but wouldn’t want a return flight.

    • Run a dummy booking and check? Not much is good for one way, other than avios bookings

    • You can book the return for January 2018 or whenever, also check how much it would cost to change the return and just be prepared to pay that.

    • Hayley, if you’re planning a RTW trip, don’t overlook the ‘official’ tickets… they’re actually pretty good value, no problems with one-way itineraries, and up to 16 sectors on one alliance. Oneworld’s are good, and supported by all airlines (and some non-OW ones too), but the right one for you will depend mostly where you want to go. To be honest I’m surprised Rob’s never done an article on them.

      • I would be interested in this, I’ve tried looking on the flyer talk threads but it seems really complex. My step daughter is planning on a year in Australia starting next summer and I think I can persuade my husband to work this into a RTW ticket. Really interested in other people’s experiences. Particularly doing it in Business class and mid life!

      • Thanks for the tip.

  3. Shame, the first date for travel is the 16th Jan, just a few days too late for us, all of our eggs are in the QR basket now else we aren’t going anywhere!

  4. Jonathan says:

    Does anyone have an insight of how these prices will compare to Qatar business class sale price? I’m looking to fly to Singapore late Jan and can’t decide whether to pull the trigger on the Finnair offer or wait till Qatar launch theirs.

    Thanks in advance.

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