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Finnair resumes flights to Osaka and adds more Tokyo services, bookable with Avios

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Finnair has announced plans to boost its flights to Japan, albeit with longer flight times than pre-covid due to the need to avoid Russian airspace.

If you have been struggling to find Avios availability on British Airways to Japan next year, you may want to see if you can find seats on Finnair – albeit you can’t use an American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher or a Barclays Upgrade Voucher.

Finnair resumes flights to Osaka and adds more Tokyo services


There will be three flights per week to Osaka starting on 26th March.

Flights will use an A350 and depart Helsinki on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Tokyo Narita

As well as its existing daily flight to Tokyo Haneda – where landing slots are restricted – Finnair is adding four weekly flights to Tokyo Narita for Summer 2023.

Services to Narita will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting on 27th March. It has already been tentatively restarting Narita with two weekly flights this Winter.

Other routes

Hong Kong and Delhi are being expanded to daily from late March.

Services are timed to allow sensibly timed connections to the Finnair flights from Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin.

Our review of the innovative new ‘no recline’ Finnair business class seat is here. I also took a look at the new Finnair Premium Economy seat here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

Get a 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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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