Airline Route reports that Finnair is switching its Helsinki to Malaga service to a long-haul A330-300 aircraft between 14th December and 29th March – but only on Friday and Sunday. On other days it will remain a short-haul route.
(Looking at finnair.com, the A330 is not yet showing on every Friday / Sunday flight but it is there in March.)
Why is this even vaguely interesting? Because Helsinki to Malaga is 2,086 miles according to Great Circle Mapper (gcmap.com). By breaking 2,000 miles, it qualifies for long-haul tier points if you credit the flight to British Airways Executive Club. You would earn 280 tier points for the return flight in Business Class. With an A330, it would be a comfortable 4+ hour flat bed flight.
You should expect to pay around €600 return for this flight in Business, which is £2 per tier point. This is decent. You can pay less on other days but you will be on a short-haul aircraft.
Remember that London / Manchester to Helsinki is an 80 tier point route, or 160 tier points return, in Business Class.
This means that if you flew London / Manchester – Helsinki – Malaga – Helsinki – London / Manchester, you would earn 440 tier points in Business Class. The total cost of the two tickets would be around £950. This isn’t a bargain but it is a lot easier than, say, flying to Asia with Qatar Airways in Business Class in order to earn 560 tier points.
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