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Earn more Avios when you fly Finnair in Business Class

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After Qatar Airways, Finnair is probably the oneworld partner which is most popular with British Airways Executive Club members, at least amongst those who are suitably switched on.

(Yes, Iberia may be a sister company of BA, but it has a fairly eclectic long haul route network and it tends not to launch price wars with its sibling.)

Before Russian airspace was closed, Finnair was a popular way of flying to Asia from the UK. Transiting in Helsinki didn’t delay you too much because it is ‘on the way’, and the airline would often launch aggressive fare sales for UK departures.

Finnair Avios earning rate

You would also earn Avios and tier points from your flight. You’d actually earn more tier points than you would if flying with British Airways, since (in Business Class) you got an extra 80 tier points each way for the hop between London / Manchester / Edinburgh and Helsinki.

Whilst Finnair has had to cut back its long haul flights to India and Asia due to Russian airspace restrictions – although some routes are still operating – you may still end up flying with them if heading to Helsinki. British Airways has now dropped this route, leaving it to Finnair.

You now earn more Avios when flying Finnair in Business Class

On 1st June, British Airways sharply increased the Avios you earn if you fly Finnair in Business Class and credit your flight to Executive Club.

You can see the earning rates for Finnair, and indeed all other British Airways partner airlines, on this page of ba.com.

Here are the old earn rates for flights up to 31st May:

Economy lowest (A, G, N, O, Q, S, W, Z)25%
Economy low (K, M, P, T, L, V)50%
Economy flexible (H)70%
Economy flexible (Y, B)100%
Business (J, C, D, I, R)125%

Here are the new rates for Finnair flights from 1st June:

Economy lowest (Q, O, A, G, Z)25%
Economy low (K, L, M, V, S, N)50%
Economy flexible (Y, B, H)100%
Premium economy lowest (E, T, P)100%
Premium economy flexible (W)150%
Business lowest (R, I)150%
Business flexible (J, C, D)250%

The percentages are based on the number of miles flown.

Finnair A350 Business class seat

The key changes are:

  • Premium Economy earning is added in, as Finnair has just launched this cabin
  • Non-refundable Business tickets increase from 125% to 150% of miles flown
  • Flexible and semi-flexible Business tickets increase from 125% to 250% of miles flown

The latter makes Finnair substantially more attractive for business trips if your employer lets you book flexible tickets.

Finnair has a brand new Business Class cabin featuring a unique ‘no recline’ seat, pictured above. Here is our news story on the new Finnair seat and here is my review of Finnair’s new Business Class, albeit on the short hop to Helsinki.

It is easy to tell if your aircraft has the new seat because it will also have Premium Economy seats for sale, although the old Finnair Business Class seat certaintly isn’t terrible – it’s a step up from old-style British Airways Club World.

If you collect Finnair Plus points and want to learn how to earn them from UK credit cards, read our guide 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

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 (43)

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  • Patrick says:

    Don’t forget they also recently introduced a tier bonus of 10/15/25% for BA B/S/Gold too 🙂

  • Rob_G says:

    Newbie question here, but I’m flying to Sydney with Finnair and Cathay Pacific in the new year. The route is LHR>HEL>HKG with Finnair, then HKG>SYD with Cathay. It’s a flexible business class fare. I’ve worked out that I’d get 360 tier points, but are the Avios calculated on Finnair earning rates throughout, or does the third flight with Cathay use their earning rates instead, which are lower?

    If anyone has advice for the best lounge at HKG for a 5-hour layover I’d be all ears, assuming they’re open by the time I go there’s quite a lot of choice!

  • Patrick says:

    Just to clarify one thing…

    Let’s say you book HEL-SIN (operated by Finnair) but with a BA flight number as a code share (may not be possible on this route but for the purposes of this example)…I assume you would earn as per the BA Avios table – as flight number is coded BA? Ie. when the BA Avios calculator prompts to select “airline” – they mean ticket code airline (rather than which airline is actually operating)? Conversely, if you flew LHR-JFK operated by BA, but booked with an AY Finnair flight number, this would earn as per the Finnair rules? Thanks.

    • Patrick says:

      All credited to BAEC I should have added. Just seen this on BA.com too, with regards codeshare flights…”The Avios and Tier Points that you earn depends on both the airline flight number that is on your ticket and the partnership agreement in place with that partner. The amount you earn is determined by the airline code you booked under”. So think that confirms my assumptions above.

    • A350 says:

      So in the examples you’ve listed:
      1. HEL-SIN booked with BA code (operated by AY) would earn as per BA’s earning chart, so you’re correct there
      2. Yes, you’d have to choose BA as the airline when looking at the Avios/TP calculator on ba.com to get an accurate reflection of what you’ll earn
      3. LHR-JFK (operated by BA) but booked with AY codeshare would actually still earn according to the BA chart. This is an exception in place for Transatlantic flights only. However, say this was LHR-EDI (operated by BA) with an AY codeshare, you would then have to refer to AY’s earning chart and select AY as the airline within the calculator.

      Hope that makes sense. The transatlantic exception is the only curveball here.

      • Patrick says:

        Great thanks, ah yes I had forgotten about the AY/BA transatlantic caveat.

  • Hbommie says:

    Do you know if the BA Avios calculator has been upgraded with the new numbers?

  • Gordon says:

    Off topic…. I am in T5 now and it’s eerily quiet. Galleries south is not too busy. But heading to B galleries shortly for a more relaxed ambience. Apparently BA’s Book with confidence is ending tonight 7th June ?

    • Gordon says:

      Also be aware if you have a late flight the World of duty free at B gate is closed at 8pm. Just been caught out by this….

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