Here is something I came across by accident this week when preparing an article on something else, but I thought it was worth mentioning in its own right.
What was VERY interesting is that Helsinki to Dubai is under 3,000 miles. This means that it falls into a cheaper Avios pricing band than Dubai flights from London.
Finnair (Helsinki-Dubai) costs 75,000 Avios in Business Class, 365 days per year. British Airways wants 120,000 Avios on peak dates and 100,000 Avios off-peak.
Finnair also has very low taxes.
Here is an example:
Yes, you can fly Business Class from Helsinki to Dubai for 75,000 Avios and just £116 in charges, return.
Obviously you need to get to Helsinki in the first place, but Finnair has regular services from Manchester and Edinburgh (bookable on Avios or for cash) and both BA and Finnair fly from Heathrow. There are presumably also low-cost options.
Remember that return cash tickets to Helsinki from the London earn 160 tier points in Business Class too!
Historically, there was a snag ….
Finnair used to run a short-haul A320 on this route which is why I never talked about it much. It was pretty pointless going to Helsinki just to fly on a short-haul plane with a British Airways Club Europe-style seat for five hours.
This seems to have changed. Whilst ba.com shows a blank when you select aircraft type for these services, a quick look at finnair.com shows that they are now operated on some days by a brand new Airbus A350-900.
I have reviewed Finnair’s A350-900 in Business Class – click here – and it is an impressive service.
I have also reviewed the Hilton at Helsinki Airport (click here), if you are on the day flight to Dubai which leaves at 08.10. There is also an overnight option, leaving at 20.40 from Helsinki, which could be done in the same day from London.
Here is Finnair’s A350 business class (click to enlarge) – you can find out more in my review:
Obviously this sort of routing is not for everyone, but if you are up for a bit of adventure and wouldn’t mind a quick look at Helsinki too then it is well worth a look.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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