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Book Avios-earning £1,040 Finnair business flights to Bangkok – or £835 ex-Stockholm

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It’s just like the old days on HfP, with multiple excellent cash flight deals turning up this week.

The snag on this one is that you are taking a punt on Thailand opening. The odds are looking pretty good for next month, however, and you can book this deal until well into 2022.

Finnair is offering some very aggressive pricing to Bangkok from across Europe. Even with Air Passenger Duty, the UK fare is very reasonable – and you can also fly from Manchester and Edinburgh as well as Heathrow.

Finnair A350 business class

Finnair has a very decent business class product which is a substantial step up on British Airways Club World – see above. Our review of Finnair business class on their A350 fleet is here. There is no guarantee that you get an A350 but the seating on their other aircraft is also better than Club World.

Finnair’s website is terrible at showing you the flight details and total fare in one convenient place, so I can’t cut and paste any screenshots. Trust me that the flights are definitely there at £1,040 from London and SEK 9,984 (£835) from Stockholm.

There is a snag though ….

These are VERY restricted Business Light tickets.

We covered the new Finnair Business Light fares here and, to be honest, we don’t like them.

Be very clear what you are (not) getting here though:

  • no lounge access (I’m not sure if oneworld status would allow this)
  • no checked baggage (unless you have BA status – this is definitely OK)
  • no advance seat selection
  • no fast track security
  • no fast track boarding

You will earn standard Avios and tier points.

In terms of tier points, Heathrow to Bangkok would be 80 + 140 + 140 + 80 = 440 tier points return, which is an excellent return on a £1,040 ticket. You would earn 80 fewer tier points from Stockholm because of the shorter hop to Helsinki.

Be aware of the terms and conditions of the fare. You can change the dates if necessary, but your ticket will reprice. If Finnair isn’t selling any dirt cheap flights to Bangkok at the time you come to reprice, you could face paying a substantial sum on top.

From the UK, the best way to pay is with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which gives double points – 2 per £1 – on airline spend. If booking from Stockholm or another starting point not priced in £, you should use any card you have which does not charge FX fees.

The Finnair home page 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 (61)

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  • YFP says:

    I’ve also had a look at Swiss airlines and they have a quite frankly ridiculous price of around £1600 for 2 people return in business class for June next year.(ARN-BKK) I’ve been hoping to get Qatar for this trip, but these prices are making me think I should just go for it. anyone have advice in Swiss airlines?

    • John says:

      Some people don’t like the schedule

      • Rob says:

        On Monday or Tuesday Rhys is reviewing his SWISS business class flight to Dubai.

        • YFP says:

          Thanks Rob! Don’t want to pre-empt the post, but hopefully good things are said! Been tracking business class flights for this trip for a while, don’t think it’s even been this cheap.

    • Gavin says:

      Flew Swiss to HKG in October 2019, they were great. Got quite a good haul of United miles from the trip, which I used for domestic redemptions on ANA in Japan.

    • Clive says:

      We have Swiss booked for later this year. They have been good with handling changes etc and we managed to pick up tickets for £850 AMS to BKK

  • Concerto says:

    I could review that flight for you. I flew SWISS Zurich to Dubai a couple of years ago. But I don’t have much that is positive to say about it. Food was quite mediocre, service was frankly borderline unfriendly, seat and foot was not particularly comfortable. I am really no longer a fan of SWISS, too many average to poor experiences in all classes. So I don’t book them any more, except for something short like Geneva- Nice. If you want good service and food, go with Austrian.

    • Richie says:

      I always ignore out of date reviews.

    • YFP says:

      thanks for that, seen more recent reviews that are more positive, so fingers crossed. At that price, it’s pretty much equivalent to some economy tickets I’ve seen

    • Lady London says:

      I did exactly that route LX out LH back in 2011 and my comments would be exactly the same.

      A lot of the time the DNA of an airline doesn’t change.

  • Concerto says:

    Meant the foot cubby hole above

  • Berni Bjorn says:

    No UK citizens allowed through UK border unless residents or direct relationship (e.g marriage) to a swedish resident citizen. This potentially changes on the 11/10/21 but until then the £835 headline is not relevant. From then on, only fully vaccinated permitted entry. And yes there is a Swedish border to connect to Finnair as ARN-HEL is a within schengen flight.

    • Riku says:

      Are you talking about the swedish border or UK border? If the swedish border (entering sweden) then there are rules about entering from the UK but they don’t single out UK CITIZENS.

  • Michael C says:

    For now just have one-way SIN on Avios for July. As we hope to return from BKK in Aug, just found BA one-way via HKG for GBP230. Economy and nightmare length, of course, but great price, and in theory A380 upper deck at least!

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