One Mile at a Time is reporting that Finnair has started to block its business class availability for partner airline award redemptions beyond 60 days in advance.
This means you will no longer be able to book Avios tickets on Finnair as soon as flights are released. Other oneworld and Finnair partners face the same restrictions.
Whilst this is annoying, Finnair is not the first airline to do so. Lufthansa, SWISS and Singapore all restrict First Class availability to their top frequent flyer members up until a few weeks before departure (or, in the case of SWISS, never offer it at all).
It looks like Finnair may be limiting availability for all but its top tier Platinum and Platinum Lumos members. Unfortunately there is no formal announcement of these changes that clarify the exact restrictions that have been imposed.
Economy does not appear to be affected by this change – these appear available beyond 60 days in advance.
Here is an example – Helsinki to London is available for 22nd March in Business Class:
…… but not 23rd March, or any day thereafter:
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