Dubai: €998 Nonstop Finnair Business Class from Helsinki in April

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Oneworld member Finnair sells discounted business class tickets for their winter service to Dubai. Nonstop flights from Helsinki are available at €998 for travel in early April 2020.

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Most flights between Helsinki and Dubai are operated by Airbus A321 aircraft (flight numbers AY1969/1970). These planes do not feature a long haul premium cabin, just regular 3-3 economy seating with a blocked middle seat.

Be sure to catch AY1961/1962 as these routes are operated by new Airbus A350-900 planes. These have got fully reclineable lie flat seats up front. Selecting both A350 flights adds €100 to the lowest fare.

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Finnair serves Dubai exclusively during their winter flight plan, so the travel period is restricted from October 7, 2019, through April 2020. Fare rules don’t give many restrictions, as no minimum stay, maximum stay or sales period apply. As of now, tickets at the lowest fare are available at the end of the travel period.

We recommend using Google Flights to find out when the lowest fares are available (instructions). You can enter these dates in our flight search to compare prices. Usually, at least one OTA offers a cheaper fare than Google displays. Please consider that booking directly with Finnair is a bit more expensive, but safer.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:

  1. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

    If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
  2. Baggage Fees
    Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

Mileage

Finnair issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class I. Most Oneworld frequent flyer programs credit 125% of your travel distance for these tickets.

  • 18,150 on Finnair Plus
  • 12,680 on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 7,040 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 7,040 on Iberia Plus
  • 7,040 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 7,040 on LATAM Pass
  • 7,040 on Asia Miles
  • 7,040 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • 7,040 on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 7,040 on British Airways Executive Club
  • 7,040 on American AAdvantage
  • 3,940 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Further, the long haul segments are worth a total of 280 tier points in British Airways Executive Club. TTo get the coveted Oneworld Sapphire status, you need 600 tier points.

Finnair Business Class

Finnair’s A350-900 business class receives some fairly good reviews. Seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 pattern that gives direct aisle access to every seat. Said seats are fully reclinable to a lie-flat-position. The cabin is kept in grey and white colors to reflect the airlines’ corporate color scheme. Some reviews critize this as sterile.

While not reaching the luxury heights of Qatar Airways’ or Emirates’ premium cabin, Finnair still offers one of Europe’s superior business class products. You can read a more comprehensive review here.

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