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Finnair adds a 7th daily London Heathrow flight to Helsinki

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On 2nd January, Finnair announced that it was adding a 6th daily weekday service from London Heathrow to Helsinki.

It also announced plans to turn a second daily service into a long-haul flight, meaning that Business Class passengers would get a flat bed seat for the journey.

This does not seem to be enough to meet demand, however.  London Air Travel reports that Finnair has taken over one of Etihad’s slots at Heathrow.  Etihad has not used this slot in recent years, leasing it first to the now-bankrupt Jet Airways of India and then to Air Serbia for a season.

Finnair adds a 7th daily London Heathrow flight to Helsinki

The extra flight is already showing in the Finnair timetable although, oddly, does not yet show it.  The Finnair weekday departure schedule from Heathrow is now, based on Monday 6th April:

  • 07.30 (arr 12.20) – A320
  • 10.20 (arr 15.15) – A350-900 with flat beds
  • 13.50 (arr 18.45) – A320
  • 16.10 (arr 21.00) – A321
  • 18.10 (arr 23.00) – A330-300 with flat beds
  • 19.35 (arr 00.30) – A321
  • 20.30 (arr 01.20) – A319

Remember that Finnair is a member of oneworld and you can book their flights with Avios.  You can also earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with them.

For completeness, I should add that there is also one daily British Airways service, departing at 08.25.

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

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Barclaycard Avios card

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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

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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

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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