Get A350 Business Class to Dubai using Avios points for just £116 in taxes ….. on Finnair

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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.

Finnair runs a seasonal service to Dubai.  As a British Airways partner, you can earn and redeem Avios on this route.

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:

Finnair to Dubai with Avios

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 shows a blank when you select aircraft type for these services, a quick look at shows that they are now operated on some days by a brand new Airbus A350-900.

Finnair Avios to Dubai A350

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:

Finnair A350 business class

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.

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  1. Doog1000 says:

    Does anyone actually know the dates of this seasonal service?

    • finnair will only fly twice a week (two out of seven flights) with A350.
      According to this story they have introduced the A350 in response to Fly Dubai operating a 737 with lie flat business class seats. Otherwise most of the passengers HEL-DXB were finnish holidaymakers (AY have the unusual concept of “leisure” flights which are a cross between a charter flight and a scheduled flight) and there was no need to offer any kind of comfort (this explains why HEL-DXB is buy onboard in economy even though you would not really consider it “short haul”).

  2. Rob’s excellent has prompted me to think about Helsinki and other destinations for a relative Avios steal — could anyone kindly confirm that my maths is correct when I say that Tokyo to Helsinki in J seems doable for 35,000 Avios and circa £70.00 in tax one-way? Thanks!

  3. Rob’s excellent article above has prompted me to think about Helsinki and other destinations for a relative Avios steal — could anyone kindly confirm that my maths is correct when I say that Tokyo to Helsinki in J seems doable for 35,000 Avios and circa £70.00 in tax one-way? Thanks!

    • Use the Great Circle Mapper site to get the distance and then check it via the Avios price chart.

      Answer is 4877 miles.

      That is 150k Avios in Business.

  4. OT but has anyone ever made a ‘business’ transaction with Lloyds via their Curve card? If so how do you do it as I cannot do this online or over the phone.

    • Wally1976 says:

      If you’re referring to what I think you are, I don’t think it’s possible.

    • the_real_a says:

      There is no facility at llyods to accept any “business transactions” unfortunately.

  5. A350 to HEL is nice hut hardly news.

    HEL-DXB is a good value redemption apart from the fact that you end up in Dubai, which Graham Greene would almost certainly have described as “a sunnier place full of even shadier people” !!!


  7. I did finnair business on the London to Helsinki route on the a350 and even on that flight it’s a solid product, and leaving from Heathrow t3 means the lounge selection is better than t5. Great flight and crew. Would fly them again for sure.

  8. As another option, you could book Finnair using Alaska miles, from LHR to DXB via HEL. 80k Alaska miles plus $300. Free stopover in HEL.

  9. The A350 flights are on Fridays and Sundays starting from early November. Flight numbers AY1961 and AY1962.

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