Buying miles or – in this case – points can be a lucrative endeavor. Until May 31, 2022, you can buy Finnair Plus points and the airline will give you a bonus of 30% and a 30% discount on the points you’ve purchased.
The discount and the amount of bonus points depends on the number of points you buy:
- 6,000 – 49,000 points = 10% bonus + 10% discount (1.16 cents/mile)
- 50,000 – 99,000 points = 20% bonus + 20% discount (0.86 cents/mile)
- 100,000 – 200,000 points = 30% bonus + 30% discount (0.69 cents/mile)
With that bonus and discount, you could be paying as little as 0.69 cents per award point – a very good rate! It’s almost half of what you’d usually pay for Finnair miles.
You can theoretically buy a roundtrip from Europe via Helsinki to Dubai in Finnair’s A350-900 Business Class for 50,000 points = €345 + taxes & surcharges.
Economy roundtrips from Copenhagen/Warsaw/Krakow/Gdansk via Helsinki to Iceland at 15,000 points = €104 + roughly €67 taxes & surcharges = roughly €170. 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 September 2022, especially in November.
In June 2020, Finnair removed fuel surcharges from long-haul award tickets. This makes this offer even 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:
|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 marvelous 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.
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