Offers: UK Avios earning Finnair sale Hong Kong from £1475 + 15% off Expedia bookings

Finnair UK saleFinnair A350 Business class

Finnair Sale

The last Finnair promotion was a bit underwhelming but the new sale has some excellent prices from the UK. The sale is bookable until the 19th September. You can travel:

Bangkok | Shanghai: 1 December 2017–30 June 2018.
Beijing | Seoul | Goa: 1 November 2017–30 June 2018.
Delhi: 1 September 2017–30 June 2018.
Hong Kong: 1 January–30 June 2018.
Krabi: 29 October–13 December 2017 and 11 January 2018–8 February 2018.

The minimum stay is 5 nights or a Saturday night. Finnair is probably not your first thought when selecting an airline to fly to Asia in business class. If you are looking for the cheapest prices and are collecting Avios or BAEC status, then you would generally think of Qatar on an Ex EU fare. However, Finnair offers a good alternative depending on what your priorities are.

Finnair UK sale

Finnair A350 business class seat

The Finnair A350 is a good product with very similar seats to Qatar. You can read my review here.

If your priority is a direct flight to Asia and you want Avios your best bet is British Airways from Heathrow, but it is likely to be the most expensive. The product isn’t that great either, as the seats are a bit dated and not many have direct aisle access or are stepped over by your neighbour. You will also earn fewer tier points and Avios but you should get there quicker. Although the new Club World service is a big improvement, it is only being rolled out from 2018 except on JFK and there are no definite dates for any particular route.

If you don’t mind a connecting flight and are trying to get extra Avios and/or tier points, then either Qatar or Finnair are good options. See below for the tier point and miles comparison. Assuming the pricing was similar, which would I choose? If there was no difference in aircraft type or price then I would go for Qatar as I find the seats more comfortable, although very similar, however, Qatar’s onboard food and drink is definitely superior.

Tier point and Avios Comparison

The comparison takes London-Singapore return in business class as an example and assumes you do not have any more than blue status in the BAEC:

Qatar 

Tier points 140 x 4 = 560

Miles = 17778

BA

Tier points 140+140 = 280

Miles – 14402

Finnair

Tier points 80+140+140+80= 440

Miles = 17238

560 tier points is nearly enough for Silver status (600 points) which gives you lounge access even in economy.

Prices

A sample of the most interesting sale prices are below. The A350 aircraft currently flies once daily from Heathrow currently but check when you make the booking which aircraft it is. The routes in bold have the A350 from Helsinki:

  • Bangkok – £1,465Finnair a350
  • Beijing – £1,449
  • Delhi – £1,445
  • Goa – £1415
  • Hong Kong – £1,475
  • Krabi – £1459
  • Seoul – £1,459
  • Singapore – £1,909
  • Shanghai – £1449

You can find the offer page here.

15% off Expedia hotels in certain cities

This weekend sees a flash sale with Quidco, a UK cashback site. If you haven’t joined Quidco yet, it is worth doing as they often have different offers to TopCashback. It is free to join here. If you join using this link you can get £5 of cashback free.

I often use Quidco for Sofitel bookings as they offer 12-15% cashback most of the time or a bit less for the other Accor hotels. The disadvantage is that you can’t take the cashback as Avios like you can on TopCashback. However, with the 25% boost for Topcashback Avios having ended, you may prefer cash anyway.

The Expedia promotion gives 15% cashback on hotels in London, Paris, New York and Manchester. All other hotel bookings get 12% as do airport transfers. The offers ends at midnight on Sunday 10 September. The Quidco page is here.

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