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Get a good Asia business class flight sale on Finnair – fly from UK, earn Avios and tier points

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Finnair has launched its Winter sale – and all flights earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.

There are special Business Class fares to Asia from the UK via Helsinki, valid until 27th January for – in many cases – travel between 1st February and 10th December 2020.

What makes this sale attractive is that:

  • You can start from London, Manchester and Edinburgh
  • Finnair flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points
  • Finnair is flying brand a new A350 aircraft on many routes with excellent business class seats
  • If you fly from London, you can even get a long-haul flat bed aircraft on the European leg if you pick the right departures

Finnair sale

Compared to the Club World seat the 1-2-1 configuration is a major improvement. You can read my review of the Finnair A350 business class seat here.

Here is some typical pricing in Business Class, via Helsinki:

  • Bangkok £1,698
  • Beijing £1,396
  • Busan £1,659
  • Delhi £1,548
  • Guangzhou £1,496
  • Hong Kong £1,545
  • Krabi £1,649
  • Nanjing £1,496
  • Phuket £1,648
  • Seoul £1,659
  • Shanghai £1,496
  • Xi’an £1,303

Click here to see the prices out of London, Edinburgh and Manchester in both business and economy class.

In terms of BA tier points, you will earn 440 for a round trip.  This consists of 80 tier points each way between the UK and Helsinki and 140 tier points each way between Helsinki and Asia.

By the way, the website is also offering UK to Helsinki in Business Class from £685!  Give that a miss – British Airways is offering it for £196 return on certain dates in the current sale.  Use BA’s Low Fare Finder tool here to find dates. 

You will earn 160 tier points return and, as a Heathrow Terminal 3 service, you can check out the Cathay Pacific lounge on the way.  This won your vote for ‘Best UK Airport Lounge’ in the 2019 Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

Comments (35)

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  • Tim says:

    LHR-HEL is a very common route for me. While the BA fares are cheaper if you can snag a deal on the 10:20am Finnair LHR-HEL Flight it’s on the new A350 instead of the standard narrow body aircrafts.

    • Doug M says:

      European travel as it should be. But Finn food really sucks.

      • Shoestring says:

        I was in Finland a few times for jollies (skiing, actually! not that you would associate Finland with skiing but they have some pretty good little resorts) – and hotel breakfast in particular was excellent, very healthy with loads of berries etc – shame if Finnair doesn’t keep to the higher standard

        • meta says:

          I don’t agree with Doug. Finns have some excellent food, just need to know what they actually are. Lohikeitto in particular is my favourite dish. Finnair also serves reindeer and I love their offer.

          • ankomonkey says:

            Breakfast at Hilton Helsinki Strand was one of the tastiest I’ve ever had. One day I had it in the restaurant and later went and had it again in the lounge for early lunch.

      • AJA says:

        The food on Finnair in business class is actually very good IMHO.

  • tony says:

    If interested in what’s left of the LX/LH deals, move very fast.

    Saw this on FT yesterday morning but the availability – at least for next summer – vanished fast. Managed to get the whole family out to HK next summer (out on a Friday night, back Saturday night) but SIN & BKK were as good as finished by lunchtime.

    Some very astute married segment business going on too, which makes it even more surprising that they haven’t smashed this all over the place when advertising it. I haven’t even had an e-mail from them.

    Note also that it’s not strictly 2-4-1. So long as there’s >2 pax, you’re fine.

    • Harry T says:

      I grabbed two tickets from LHR to HKG for £1079 each yesterday in business, travelling in November. The tickets were disappearing as I searched through every set of dates on Google Flights! Took me half an hour to find some where the price didn’t change as I selected the itinerary. Very very good deal.

      Sadly couldn’t find any First but probably would have been a bit too expensive to justify when I am perfectly happy with business. I will try and get First next year with Lufthansa just to experience the First terminal though.

      • Harry T says:

        I should say my tickets are with Swiss. The long segments are on the 777 and we have grabbed one of the sets of paired seats in row 4 going both ways – in the mini cabin! Helpfully they don’t charge for selecting most of the seats (some seats blocked for senator but can still get some very good options).

        • tony says:

          Likewise got seats on LX – used LH last summer on a similar deal and was a bit underwhelmed. Unfortunately we have a 9hr layover in ZRH on the return, and that’s a Sunday so not quite sure what we’ll be able to get up to!

          On one leg it would let me bag 2 pairs up front but the fifth seat would either be in the back or come at a £167 premium – and we’d be split across the two sides of the cabin, to boot.

    • Doug M says:

      Was looking at Dublin to Florida for October/November time. There were some pretty good prices on Swiss. But in the end managed Dublin to Orlando via JFK for <£1200. That's Delta One on the transatlantic and First down to Orlando. ITA Matrix really is a great tool most of the time.

      • Harry T says:

        @Doug M
        I need to learn how to use the ITA matrix! Sounds like you got a good deal, congrats.

        • Doug M says:

          Sadly it’s not been developed for a while, as google got involved and push towards google flights. ITA Matrix is really clever, and so feature rich. Flyertalk is full of helpful information. So much can be tailored, if you’re looking for certain fare buckets, connection times, or only specific airlines or alliances.
          With some patience and effort you can combine it with scripts to transfer quite complex itineraries to the airline sites for booking.

  • Jon says:

    Took my first Finnair trip a couple of weeks ago – very very impressed. Worth downloading their app, especially if you have multiple sectors each way on the same booking. Very nicely thought through in terms of what you need at different points before and during the journey.

  • Lady London says:

    Plus nice new AY lounge in HEL recently covered by HfP.

    For BA, we have a ‘refresh’ of the zo_ lounges, in T5 to look forward to. At an unspecified moment in 2020. I hope they dump the silly horse thing at the entrance this time.

    • Rob says:

      I like them!

      • Ben says:

        The horse lamps? If they get rid of them and that’s me done flying with them. I’ve got a good picture of my son riding on one from a year or so ago (encouraged to do so by the staff btw!).

      • Lady London says:

        I think this idea of a horse with a lamo sticking out of its head must be an upper class thing. One if those British things I don’t understand.

    • Jon says:

      Indeed. I spent a couple of hours in the Platinum Wing at HEL on the way back – superb!

  • aceman says:

    this sale seemed perfect for me, annoyingly though it prices up multicity as double the price of the sale fares… so annoying.

  • Doug M says:

    Wildly OT. Helsinki is a great airport. Late last year I was arriving from Stockholm and departing to London on a 40 minute connection time. Sat in 1A thinking I’d crush it. Then it got real fun. The flight from Stockholm parked at a non-Schengen gate as it was next being used for the flight to London, ouch. So the plane was unloaded to buses, so we could be taken to the Schengen part of the airport. As it was parked at a jetway it had to be unloaded from the rear. So I was pretty much last off the flight, bused to the Schengen section, walked back through passport control to the Non-Schengen section, and was still back at the gate before boarding had even started. Eventually to be sat back in 1A, the seat I’d arrived on, on the plane I’d arrived on. Helsinki is a really efficient operation and a great airport to connect through.

    • riku2 says:

      At this time of year it’s also nice to know that 1cm of snow won’t bring Helsinki airport to a halt and lead to the cancellation of dozens of flights (Heathrow i’m talking about you).

      • Doug M says:

        Helsinki has 3 runways and doesn’t operate at anything like the capacity of Heathrow. De-icing does add to the time taken to depart and at an airport running at the sort of capacity of LHR, anything will result in delays.
        Whether LHR should operate at that level is a different argument, if they removed 20% of slots so that in bad times they could closer maintain the timetable would people be happy? Lose 20% of flights on 300+ days of no problems because on problem days that allows some slack?
        LHR is far from perfect, but comparison with airports in entirely different circumstances doesn’t make sense.
        Just expand LHR, give it a third runway, who could possibly disagree 🙂

    • Alex W says:

      We had a connecting flight in HEL and they had banned BA pax from using the Finnair lounge. I thought that was against OneWorld rules.

      • Doug M says:

        When they were refurbing the lounges they had very limited space at times, and I believe non AY people were sent elsewhere. But I’m not aware of any ongoing issues.

      • Shoestring says:

        which Finnair lounge, specifically? there are 2, apparently – and one of them is closed to Finnair Business ticket holders, too – so not surprising if all Oneworld Business ticket holders can’t get in

        • Doug M says:

          There’s one in the Schengen side, and then two, business and first, in the non-Schengen side, these are very recently fully opened after refurb. During the refurb last year they sent people to a contract lounge, almost@home. It was rammed and I’m guessing they said lounges closed to this or that ticket holders to manage load.

  • Rob P says:

    Flying out to Singapore in October and want to make the most of my Hilton Diamond status. Anyone have recommendations for either the Hilton or Conrad? Thanks in advance.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Unless things have changed recently, the Conrad has a mediocre reputation backed up my my own experience. Not a patch on Bangkok, or KL Hilton.

      • Crafty says:

        Agreed, we stayed on KLM’s dime because of a cancelled flight, and enjoyed it because of that, but would have been very disappointed had we paid.

  • Abhi Vithlani says:

    I have a spare HFP Part ticket if anyone wants at face value?

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