Finnair announced yesterday that it is launching a new route to Busan in South Korea next year.
This will be the first direct flight to Busan from anywhere in Europe. As Finnair is a British Airways partner in the oneworld alliance, you will be able to earn and spend Avios on this route, and earn British Airways Executive Club tier points.
The first flight will depart on 30th March. Amazingly, this will be Finnair’s 20th Asian destination, capitalising on the fact that Helsinki is ‘on the way’ to Asia from many places in Europe and so a convenient place to connect.
There will be three services per week, using a brand new A350. Connections will be available via Finnair’s existing UK routes from London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
….. and Iberia is launching Cairo
Iberia announced a new route to Cairo yesterday. Flights from Madrid will start on 2nd March and operate four days per week.
It will be an almost five hour flight on a shorthaul A319 aircraft, so it isn’t a hugely attractive alternative to the British Airways direct flight which uses a long haul Boeing 787 aircraft. There isn’t much arbitrage when looking at an Avios redemption either.
However, if you want to go to Cairo on Avios and there is no British Airways availability showing, you do now have a new option.
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:
(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.)