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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.
Right now Finnair has a sub $1,750 roundtrip Business Class fare available for travel between Stockholm and Bangkok and, thanks to some great availability and the Business Class cabin on offer, this should be very interesting to oneworld flyers.
Headline Fare Rules
- Travel between 14 January and 31 October 2019*
- Book by 4 February 2019
- Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance
- 5 night minimum stay or Saturday night stay required
- Maximum stay is 1 month
- 2 stopovers permitted – 1 free and one at €50
*There’s a similarly priced fare for travel after 31 October too
As this is Finnair we’re talking about it probably won’t surprise you to find out that these fares route through Helsinki:
There are quite a few flight options available so you shouldn’t be forced into any tight connections or unnecessarily long layovers.
The fare is available a week from the 22nd of this month…
…and good pricing available throughout February….
…but prices go up slightly in April (to coincide with the Easter break in Europe):
Good pricing is back every day in May….
….and things get slightly cheaper from July….
And despite the fare ending on 31 October there’s still a good deal to be had in November….
…and into December:
I suggest avoiding any itineraries that involve a regional jet as the aircraft may feel a little cramped and it should be easy to book your short-haul sectors on to A320/321 aircraft.
The short-haul Finnair A320/321 Business Class cabin is basic and not much different from what you’ll find on most European carriers….
…but as the flights from Stockholm to Helsinki are relatively short this shouldn’t really matter.
On the long-haul sectors this fare books into the Finnair A350 Business Class cabin….
…which offers the excellent reverse herringbone seating that you’ll find on the likes of American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
As far as Business Class cabins go there aren’t too many that are better than this one.
Finding The Fare
You can use Google Flights to find these fares if that’s the search you’re used to using but I prefer to use the Matrix Search as it seems to show more flight options.
Here’s an example of the search parameters I used to find the good deals….
…but clearly you’ll need to tailor these to match your desired dates, destination, currency etc…
Booking The Fare
You can’t book the fares via the Matrix search so, once you’ve found dates that work for you, you should book via the route which is most beneficial to you.
By this I mean….
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for booking directly with an airline you should make sure you book via Finnair.
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for all travel bookings booking you should be safe booking through most online travel agents or the airlines directly.
As you can see, Google Flights is pricing up the fare cheaper than what’s being shown in the Matrix search.
Where To Credit The Flights
Most of you probably know this already but I’ll repeat it briefly for anyone new to this hobby – Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance and so this fare can be credited to any oneworld loyalty program.
I suspect that most readers will be crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club (where you’ll earn at least 360 Tier points from just one trip) or to the American Airlines Executive Club where you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Miles & Dollars as well as Redeemable Miles based on the distance travelled.
As American Airlines awards Elite Qualifying Dollars and Redeemable Miles based on the distance traveled when you book through Finnair these flights can offer a very nice boost towards elite status if you’re crediting to the AAdvantage program
If you’re not sure where to credit you flights you should take a look at the wheretocredit site which will give you all the information you need.
With the great Qatar Airways fares expiring today it’s nice to have another oneworld alternative for flights to Bangkok (albeit a slightly more expensive one).
With a lot of good Business Class fares there’s usually a small downside somewhere but, in this instance, I can really find one – there are no long segments in short-haul aircraft, the long-haul segment is flown in one of the better Business Class cabins out there, you aren’t forced into any unnecessarily long layovers and the fare is easy to find throughout most of 2019. What’s not to like about this?