Buying miles or – in this case – points can be a lucrative endeavor. Until November 16, 2020, you can buy Finnair Plus points and the airline will double the amount of points you’ve purchased.
You can theoretically (the route is currently suspended) buy a roundtrip from Europe via Helsinki to Dubai in Finnair’s A350-900 Business Class for 60,000 points = €322 + taxes & surcharges.
Economy roundtrips from Copenhagen/Warsaw/Krakow/Gdansk via Helsinki to Iceland at 15,000 points = €97 + roughly €67 taxes & surcharges = roughly €125. In contrast to regular economy tickets, these include a checked bag up to 23 kg and can be changed for free up to seven days before departure. Availability seems to start in May 2021.
The amount of bonus points depends on the number of points you buy:
- 5,000 – 49,000 points = 60% bonus
- 50,000 – 99,000 points = 80% bonus
- 100,000 – 150,000 points = 100% bonus
If you buy at least 100,000 points, you’ll receive another 100% = 100,000 points as a bonus = 200,000 award points, and will then get another 25% of the total sum as status points = 50,000 status points.
With that 100% bonus, you’d be paying 0.64 cents per award point – a very good rate!
Great news: Finnair announced that it will remove fuel surcharges from long haul award tickets. This makes this offer more appealing.
Every frequent flyer program has certain sweet spots – routes that allow maximum value award tickets:
At the current price per point, you can score the following award tickets in business and economy class. These prices are without taxes or surcharges:
|Within Northern Europe||15,000|
incl. Tel Aviv, Dubai
|Europe to Asia||90,000|
|Europa to North America||90,000|
This list contains every airport Finnair counts within Northern Europe:
- All Finish destinations
- St. Petersburg
Tel Aviv and Dubai are counted as European destinations. Because of that, business class tickets from Helsinki are attractive sweet spots.
Long haul tickets to America or Asia allow for a stopover in Helsinki.
Here are some of Finnair’s most interesting destinations prior to the Covid-19 outbreak:
Award tickets can be changed without a free up to 7 days before departure. All economy tickets include a checked bag up to 23 kg.
Finnair allows Upgrades from any booking class. This enables you to upgrade to business class, even when purchasing an economy light fare. This is Finnair’s upgrade table for oneway flights:
|Within Northern Europe||7,500|
incl. Tel Aviv, Dubai
|Europe to Asia||50,000|
|Europa to North America||50,000|
If you purchase a €500 roundtrip to Asia, you can upgrade each long haul flight at a price of 50,000 or €322. This would add up to a €1,144 business class roundtrip – a marvellous price for two long haul flights in lie flat seats. The catch is that an upgrade must be available for your specific flight. You can check this out easily here.
Buying points with such an incredible bonus can pay off. That you cannot check availabilities before your purchase is a huge downside, nonetheless. Please remember that hoarding points is never a good idea, since airlines may devalue them at free will.