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Finnair launches flights to Sapporo, bookable on Avios

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Finnair, a British Airways partner in the oneworld alliance, will launch flights to Sapporo in Japan this Winter.  It becomes the first European airline to fly to the city since KLM dropped the route back in 2002.

The service will only operate for a short period between 15th December and 27th March 2020.  Flights will depart from Helsinki on Thursdays and Sundays.

Sapporo will be the 5th Finnair destination in Japan following Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.  The direct route from the UK to Japan takes you over Scandinavia which is why the flight time from Helsinki to Sapporo is only 8hr 55 min.

Booked with Avios, Economy seats are 50,000 points + £254.  Business Class is 150,000 Avios + £362.

Finnair appears to have released two Economy and two Business Class seats per flight, and availability was good when I looked yesterday.

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Comments (158)

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – currently not an IHG ambassador member… can I book a room using the ambassador weekend certificate ‘now’ (for a stay in August), and then sign up to the ambassador programme a few days before I go?

    I’ve tried to do it, and on the final reservation page (before I ‘confirm’) it says “turn up with ID and your certificate”

    The first night is registering at $180 but it’s trying to charge me another $210 for the second night (which may be normal and it just gets deducted on check-in perhaps?)

    • Genghis says:

      Yes – you just need the certificate at time of staying.
      For pricing, all you’ll pay is the price of the first night + taxes for that night. Yes, it shows the full two nights + tax for some reason.

      • Genghis says:

        On timing to sign up, you’d have to wait and see how eDelivery of AMB certificates works in practice (coming soon…)

      • AndyGWP says:

        Fantastic! Cheers 🙂

        Am I correct in thinking its not a physical certificate as such, and it shows up immediately on my account (I think I remember seeing issues on here (historically) about the certificate taking months to arrive)

        • AndyGWP says:

          Ha – brill – thanks again… you’ve even managed to answered my question before I asked it 🙂

        • Alex W says:

          AndyGWP remember to check the price of the room nearer the time of the stay, in case it goes down. AMB rates should be refundable.
          I forgot to do this once and the price was literally halved, meaning I completely wasted my certificate!

      • Alan says:

        I guess they’re covering themselves if you turn up without the cert then that’s what you’ll pay!

    • Alan says:

      Yep, as long as you’ve got voucher at hotel you’re fine – may have gone to electronic delivery by the time you arrive. 2nd night free doesn’t show up but will be applied by hotel. If there’s a per night city tax you still have to pay it.

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Need to head to Guernsey soon. Are Red Carnation still doing 2k VS miles / night?
    There was talk of it going away but the note at the top of this article says otherwise: https://headforpoints.com/2018/01/26/earn-2000-virgin-flying-club-miles-per-night-red-carnation-hotels/
    Any recent experiences?

  • jonathan brown says:

    Can you really buy 320k Hilton Points (well really 160k)?

    My acc says you buy 80k max per year (so160k in total with 100% bonus)

    • Rob says:

      I think some people have got a higher target. I will amend it though.

    • Qwerty Bertie says:

      I believe there were two offers running concurrently until, if memory serves, 16th December. Now there is just this one, i.e. get 100% extra when buying as diamond. The other offer, which I had but I don’t know if all had, was a temporary doubling of the annual limit. I could have bought 320k for $1.6k, whereas now the limit is 160k for $0.8k.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Amazing that they are flying direct now to Sapporo. Our winter trip there (via Tokyo and on extremely cheap Avios domestic redemption with JAL) in 2016 was teh best skiing holiday ever. A combination of weather, skiing, food and accommodation experience is completely unique. Highly recommended!!!

    • Scallder says:

      It’s definitely on my list to go for snowboarding – however with a 1 year old, I feel it might be some way off yet. Everyone I know who has been there has said how insanely good it is for the snow itself, but good to know all the other bits around it are good too.

      Alex – did you manage to use points for the stay? If so, where did you stay and would you recommend that hotel?

      • E says:

        We went to Niseko twice so Sapporo will make that trip much easier than looping via Tokyo like we did. Visited both times in February. But only one trip had great snow. Other trip the mountain was like a solid block of ice and impossible to get any edges into. Loads of injuries around us that year including me who partially tore my ACL. Stayed at the Hilton on points both times which was a good return on our points.

      • Alex Sm says:

        We went in late Jan 2016 and it was fresh powder snow every day! So, the best quality. They only have a massive Hilton there of all big hotels and it looks good but the skiing sector itself is not the best in Niseko. And we didn’t have HH points. We stayed at a new ryokan-style hotel called Ikoino Yuyado Iroha: http://www.niseko-iroha.com/en/ (and it was great but a bit pricey – about £1100/week for a double room)

  • Ben says:

    OT. I have the Amex Plat. Does anyone know if I were to add a supp card, would the Amex Travel offer be there or has it all been used up now? (I understand there was a max number of people)

    • Alan says:

      Not sure if they’re still adding it or not, I think the only way you’d know would be to try it out. Even if you don’t geg it you’ll have the additional card for the future!

      • Tom H says:

        Added it my supp yesterday

        • Tom H says:

          On a similar thread, I tried to book some flights today which failed ticket it multiple times. Amex travel said they could do it over the phone but not online. However I want to trigger the 200/600 offer. Anyone had experience of claiming it back?

        • Paul says:

          The offer never seems to go. Maybe there isn’t 14,000 card holders in the UK.

        • thehornets says:

          I cannot see it on my new Plat and live chat is adamant that the offer is fully subscribed.

          I’d be interested to know if anyone can actually still see it as an available offer. I.e. somebody who has not already opted in.

        • thehornets says:

          Oopa, just realised that my post from last night DID actually post and this is a repeat. Sorry.

    • thehornets says:

      Re: the 200/600 offer. I’ve just been told by online chat that “there is cap of 40,000 card members on this offer which has already been fulfilled. The offer is no longer available for new enrollments”

      I would be interested to know if anybody can still enroll or if they are fobbing me off.

  • RTS says:

    If I have a Plat Amex with a supp holder. If i do another supp card but Gold… does that attract another 5k points??

  • Andrew says:

    Just home from work and a little festive box is behind the door from Amex inviting me to “Bring More to The Table This Christmas” with a few refer a friend cards for a promotion with just 15 days remaining.

    Something seems to have gone a bit wrong with their marketing…

  • Rob mc says:

    Ot
    just received an email from IHG saying I have earnth my free night voucher for staying two nights at the selected hotels.. Although I have only stayed one night at one of the hotels. Can’t see the free night on my account so assume they have sent the emails out in error. Anyone else got one?

    • Alan says:

      Not had that email myself.

    • Russ says:

      Me to. I think it means everyone who is registered with IHG (that’s the earned bit covered) will get a free night cert if they spend two successive nights at select properties. That’s how I read it but perhaps someone else has another view.

      • Rob mc says:

        You’ve earned it. We hope you enjoyed two nights at our new UK hotels. Now you can stay anywhere, on us!

        As our gift to you, your next night is on us (*room rate only), redeemable until 31 October 2019. With over 5,000 IHG® hotels around the world to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Where will you go?

        • Alan says:

          Sounds good – perhaps their IT has worked in your favour? Would expect it to show on your account though (like a credit card free night cert), not sure you can do much to chase it if you’ve only stayed one night tho!

    • Lady London says:

      IIRC the total required was 2 nights. which could actually have been consecutive, on the same booking in the same hotel. not 2 stays (unusually).

      sounds like you’ve qualified for it.

      • Alan says:

        I thought Rob mc said he’d only stayed at one hotel for one night though?

        • Rob mc says:

          I only did one night…

        • Lady London says:

          Thought he might have done a 2 night stay at another and not realised that this time, that was enough to qualify rather than 2 2 night stays

      • Mikee says:

        Do we know if the “Mastercard Partner Rate up to 30% Off” would qualify as the T&Cs state “Members must book (Qualifying rates only)”?
        A Sunday night at Wotton House would bring the rate down to £79.

        • BJ says:

          According to InsideFlyerUK it does.

        • Tom1 says:

          I googled it before, and a “qualifying rate” is one that is up to 30% off.
          So yes, should be ok, as was the Avis preferred discount.