Finnair UK sale from £1396
The new UK Finnair promotion may seem a bit underwhelming compared to the current Qatar ex EU prices. However, for the ease of travelling from the UK with only one stop, they are worth considering. You earn Avios and Tier points on Finnair like Qatar, but most routes will work out as slightly less due to the routeing. When you factor in the cost of positioning and a hotel plus the extra time involved, some of the deals are still good value. The sale ends on 27 January. Travel dates vary by destination:
Bangkok | Krabi | Phuket: 1 February–30 November 2020. Return by 10 December 2020.
Beijing | Guangzhou | Hong Kong | Nanjing | Shanghai: 10 February–30 November 2020. Return by 30 November 2020.
Busan: 30 March–30 June 2020. Return by 30 June 2020.
Delhi: 27 January–27 May 2020. Return by 10 June 2020.
Seoul: 1 February–31 May 2020. Return by 31 May 2020.
Singapore: 18 February–14 May 2020. Return by 25 May 2020.
Xi’an: 23 April–4 September 2020. Return by 4 September 2020.
The Finnair A350 business class 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 old Club World cabin 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.
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:
Tier points 140 x 4 = 560
Miles = 17778
Tier points 160+160 = 320
Miles – 14402
Tier points 80+140+140+80= 440
Miles = 17238
The best prices in the sale from the UK are:
- Bangkok £1,698
- Beijing £1,396
- Delhi £1,548
- Guangzhou £1,496
- Hong Kong £1,545
- Krabi £1,649
- Phuket £1,648
- Seoul £1,659
- Shanghai £1,496
You can find the Finnair sale page here.
KLM/Air France UK sale from £879
The latest Air France/KLM sale has just launched and is bookable until 21 January 2020.
KLM are steadily improving their onboard product and are a much better proposition than they were a few years ago. The main thing to be wary of is the variation of long-haul business class seats, but at least they all have flatbeds now.