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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 (May 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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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  • Dan says:

    Just came back from TP run in HEL – have to admit the Finnair Business (Non-schengen) lounge was great quality. Quiet (since it was too early for Finnairs Asian flights). Very clean, modern, classy and Nordic. Can’t complain!

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