Finnair launches a new flight sale
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Finnair has launched a new sale, with the long haul offers covering four eastbound long-haul routes.
I will ignore the European sale which believes that £546 return in short-haul Business Class to Helsinki constitutes a bargain. £582 to Tallinn has a little more value if you are looking for British Airways tier points due to the extra flights, netting you 240 tier points in total – 80 + 40 + 40 + 80.
(EDIT: Comments below suggest that if you book Business Class to Tallinn, the connection only credits as Economy to BAEC so you’d get 80 + 20 + 20 + 80 tier points. This is not confirmed though.)
The four long-haul routes which are discounted are:
- Hong Kong – £1,684
- Seoul – £1,707
- Mumbai – £1,380
- Doha – £2,048 (less of a deal)
These prices are for travel starting in the UK via Helsinki. You would earn 440 British Airways tier points return in Business Class (80 + 140 + 140 + 80).
You need to book by 2nd February. Travel dates are
- Hong Kong: 1st February – 15th June 2023
- Seoul: 9th February – 31st May 2023
- Mumbai: 1st March – 15th June 2023
- Doha: 1st March – 15th June 2023
You can play around with dates on the Finnair website here.
Our review of the new Finnair business class seat, which both Rhys and I rate, is here although this is not yet operating on all routes. A photo is above.
If you have a British Airways Gold card, you will also be able to try the high-end Platinum Wing lounge at Helsinki Airport, which includes its own sauna!
The best credit card to pay with, assuming you are billed in £, is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – for airline spend.
If you collect Finnair Plus points, here is our guide to earning them from UK credit cards.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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:
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 £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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.