Barely a month goes by at the moment without a new route announcement from Finnair, a British Airways partner in the oneworld alliance.
Last month we covered the start of services to Busan in South Korea, Tokyo Haneda and Sapporo.
It is also bulking up on the Heathrow to Helsinki route as well as building a new base in Stockholm to compete with SAS.
Finnair has just announced a new route from Helsinki to Seattle.
It will launch on 1st June. There will be three flights per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Seattle will operate alongside Finnair’s existing routes from Helsinki to Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The airline has also announced that its flights from Stockholm to New York and Los Angeles will continue for the Summer 2022 season. From 1st May, Stockholm to New York will operate daily and Los Angeles will operate four times per week.
Finnair has recently cut the taxes and charges on redemption flights sharply as we showed in this article. Book a redemption in Business Class from Helsinki to Seoul on Avios, for example, and you only pay £30 in taxes and charges! The US routes are not as cheap, unfortunately, as Finnair’s hands are tied by the terms of its joint venture agreement with BA, Iberia and American Airlines.
Avios seats can be booked on ba.com in the usual way. Remember that you cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher on Finnair, and that partner redemptions do not have off-peak pricing – all dates are peak dates.
The latest Finnair business class seat on the A350 is pictured below. We reviewed Finnair’s A350 business class seat and service here. We looked at how to earn Finnair Plus points from UK credit cards here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.