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News in brief:

15% Iberia discount code – today and tomorrow only

Iberia has a new discount code aimed at the UK market which expires on Tuesday.

The code you need is MARCH15.  You input this after you have selected your flights.

Impressively, the discount seems to be taken off the total fare including taxes.

It is valid on flights booked by Tuesday 28th February, for travel in March.

You must book a return flight on Iberia or Air Nostrum from the UK to Spain (all destinations), Panama, Guayaquil, Lima, Caracas, Cali, Medellin, Bogota, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile or El Salvador.

You can book on the Iberia site here.

Finnair A350

Finnair now flying the A350 daily to Helsinki

I flew Finnair’s impressive new A350 business class to Helsinki last year – my review is here.  You can’t go wrong – you get a fully flat bed on a brand new aircraft with impressive 1-2-1 seating.

For cargo purposes, Finnair has been scheduling A350’s into Heathrow on a regular basis.

From 27th March, there will be an A350 flying to Helsinki every day.  Finnair has an impressive network of routes to Asia and, as long as the connections make sense, you could now fly the entire trip from London on an A350.

Remember that, as a oneworld partner, you earn Avios and BA tier points on Finnair.  You can also redeem Avios for this flight.

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Comments (38)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Can avios be spent on Kulula?

    • Genghis says:

      Thanks. I’m sure I looked at that page yesterday and missed it completely. Will give it a go

      • Genghis says:

        Doubt anyone’s interested but using avios on Kulula is not a good deal. 1k avios buys ZAR60 flight credit. I’ll pay cash on my desired route.

  • Cat says:

    Just looked at my Exec Club page – I got 250 Avios through from the wine club! Any idea if the rest will appear?

    • Rolfe says:

      Same here – I’ll send a msg and see what they say

      • Nick_C says:

        Thanks. Same here. But also in my (new) Laithwaites account, the order has not been fully processed. I’m hoping the extra avios will just go through when the order is completed, but do let us know what they say.

        • Rolfe says:

          Just got the response below. The extra points haven’t hit yet, so will keep an eye on it over the next couple of weeks.

          Thank you for your e-mail.
          I am sorry to see you have only received 250 points from your recent order.

          I have added a further 750 points to you account today. This can take up to 14 days to show on your account.

          If you have any other queries please let me know.

          • the real harry1 says:

            those Laithwaites girls are truly delicious (in voice, at least 🙂 )

          • Nick_C says:

            Rolfe, what e-mail address did you send your query to? Can’t find a way to raise this on line through BAEC. (Planning to leave it a week to see if it corrects itself, but if not I will send an email)

          • Rolfe says:

            Nick_C – it won’t let me ‘reply’ to your msg below for some reason. I just replied to the order confirmation email from Laithwaites. The response I got was from [email protected] so I guess you could use that.

    • Serena Wilson says:

      I called and they are assuring me that they are investigating. They say that 250 go on immediately, if they haven’t appeared in A month then go contact them again.

      Also, apparently a lot of customers ordering either the white or red box got the mixed French instead and Laithwaites haven’t contacted them to explain. They charged me more money than I was anticipating, I’ve now got to repackage the wine, wait for a collection and a separate second redelivery of my chosen order. Plus monitor to check that my partial refund comes through.

      All in all not an amazing first experience for this new customer!

  • Nick says:

    Groupon Iberia have posted!

  • Talay says:

    Finnair were offering fantastic, well, very good at least, fares to Bangkok at a pretty regular £1200 or so but they have jumped in the last few months to around £1800 with a few dates around £1600. For my next trip (May) they are £1871.

    Contrast that to £1569 on Etihad which includes chauffeurs (no chauffeurs on Finnair) and (valuing chauffeurs for me at £150) this gives a net £1419.

    For me, Finnair would need to be back at their £1200 level to get me to dump Etihad and at £1871 they are 50% overpriced.

    • John says:

      If you don’t start in London or Helsinki AY often has good fares – like BA

      • Will says:

        There was a good fare recently from LHR with finnair, I booked shanghai for £1200 from lhr.

  • Talay says:

    I couldn’t get the Iberia code to work on dates in March and early April for flights ex UK to PMI, BCN or MAD.

    Anyone else get it to work ?

    • Marc says:

      No te sure what’s not working, but your flights need to be operated by Iberia and/or Iberia Regional Air Nostrum. Flights operated by Iberia Express (or Vueling or BA) are not suitaboe for the code.
      Remember flights must be in March (outbound and inbound).

  • Noggins says:

    I am looking for 30 tier points to retain silver and thought a trip to Helsinki might do the job on a plane we’ve not experienced. But every flight using Finnair is shown as sold out whereas every BA flight is available. I smell a rat.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’m sure TP runs to Tallinn are using up a fair share of the seats on the Finnair flights

    • C77 says:

      Unlike a European style business class, remember the A350 business cabin will be a fixed number of seats that cannot be altered to supply and demand. Add in the favourable press Finnair receives (you only have to search Finnair on here to see how much attention they get) and you begin to see how popular their A350 product from London actually is. Add in all the enhancements BA has added of late and I don’t think it at all unreasonable to assume Finnair is full with those wanting to add value / comfort to their journey while BA is still actively trying to sell empty seats because the product is inferior.

    • Serena Wilson says:

      You’ll get way more than you need to Helsinki, 80 tp each way. It is an expensive city and taxis from the airport have always cost me about €30-40. There is no fast track priority security (BA have chosen not to pay for it, per a member of staff there) and my meal in the air has been a snack (i.e. Finger sandwiches and a scone for a 3 hour flight!). However, the Finnair lounge near gate 36 is quite fun AND they have a sauna that I intend to try out on my next visit. They always have a hot food option in the lounge.

      If you want to visit Helsinki then definitely go, but I think that the cheaper BA flights I’ve seen that will bet you what you need will be places like Bilbao.

      Have fun!

  • Alice Kaerast says:

    The Iberia discount makes getting to Melilla a bit more affordable. Not sure I can fit it in during March though.

    • anon says:

      Hi Alice – is Melilla a good tourist destination – we are looking for somewhere to go for a few days but was worried about the safety of the area with the influx of people from over Africa looking to get across the European borders. Is this still a problem?

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