Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

An interesting Finnair tier point run for British Airways Executive Club members

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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, 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 (  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.

Finnair tier point run

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.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.