Yesterday, I got an email from British Airways to let me know that my Finnair flight from Helsinki to Los Angeles (booked for a few months' time has been cancelled) so I thought I'd write a quick post setting out how I plan to tackle this minor set back in the hope that it may give less experienced travelers an idea of how to approach any similar situations they may encounter.
At the beginning of April Finnair restarted non-stop service between Helsinki and Los Angeles after a 25-year hiatus and, courtesy of the restarted route, we now have a pretty decent Business Class deal for travel between LA and Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
Today is the last day to book some of the very good Business Class fares that Qatar Airways is offering between the Nordic countries and Asia but, if those fares don't work for you or if you haven't got the time to book before the fares expire, Finnair may be able to help you out.
Finnair has announced that it will be adding two new routes to its winter schedule for 2019/20 and, although the frequencies on the routes aren't exactly impressive, the fact that this is an airline known for the occasional great deal means that they should prove popular with oneworld flyers.
Today is the last day to book the fantastic oneworld Business Class fares on offer between Germany and the West Coast but, if you need more time to make plans or if those fares don't work for you, you now also have the option to start your journey in Sweden.
Finnair is currently offering a number of good Business Class fares between Budapest and Asia so, if you're looking to get to cities like Beijing, Hong Kong or Bangkok (amongst others) in comfort, these are the fares you should probably be considering....especially as the aircraft on offer has a great Business Class cabin.
You only have to look back a little over a decade to see a time when most transatlantic airlines didn't offer a Premium Economy cabin and when the likes of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offered a product that few others did. Air France and KLM added Premium Economy cabins in 2009 but things didn't start to speed up in the sector until 2014 when Lufthansa joined the Premium Economy club. Since then we've seen American Airlines, Iberia, Delta, LOT and United Airlines(amongst others) jump on the Premium Economy bandwagon. Now it's Finnair's turn.
Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance so if you're a fan of the American Airlines AAdvantage program or the British Airways executive club it's an airline that should be firmly on your radar.
Finnair is a oneworld partner of British Airways and American Airlines so, if you like collecting and using AAdvantage Miles or Avios it's an airline you should know about and pay attention to. At one time Finnair used to offer very good Business Class deals to a lot of the destinations it serves but those deals haven't been around for a while and have probably been consigned to history......but it isn't all bad news.
Finnair flys its excellent Airbus A350 between London Heathrow and Helsinki on a daily basis but, as luck would have it, the A350's schedule wouldn't get me into Helsinki in time to connect on to my Qatar Airways flight to Doha so I was stuck with a narrow-body A319. I don't normally book myself into short-haul Business Class (either with miles or points) as I don't generally see the value in paying considerably more for a cabin that differs only slightly from Economy Class. On this occasion, however, I had chosen to overpay for my flight and book the frontmost cabin as the math behind the tier points I'm earning this year showed that it was the right thing to do.