Finnair now guarantees minimum award seats for flights — what this means for travelers

In the event you’ve ever needed to redeem factors and miles to fly Finnair, there has by no means been a greater time.

Following strikes from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, Finnair now ensures a minimal variety of award seats shall be accessible for reserving with Finnair Plus factors or accomplice factors, reminiscent of American Airlines AAdvantage miles or British Airways Avios.

Finnair ensures a minimal quantity of award seats for flights

In keeping with the Finnair website, the airline will provide at the least eight award seats on long-haul flights working between Europe and Asia, North America and Dubai. Finnair will provide the next award seats on these long-haul flights:

  • Two seats in enterprise class
  • Two seats in premium economic system
  • 4 seats in economic system

On short-haul flights inside Europe — when there isn’t any premium economic system cabin — 4 economic system and two business-class seats are the brand new minimal assure. If you’re trying to e-book Finnair with factors, the elevated variety of award seats are presently accessible for reserving on flights departing on or after Feb. 1, 2024.

Additionally, take into account that award seats is not going to all the time be accessible on each flight always. This 2024 change excludes flights during which Finnair companions have reserved nearly all of seats, flights to and from Doha, Qatar, and flights that don’t depart or arrive at Helsinki Airport (HEL).

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Whereas Finnair transatlantic award availability has by no means been as simple to return by as its Oneworld partner British Airways (with its irritating surcharges), it’s possible you’ll discover Finnair award area is far more plentiful than earlier than, particularly if you’re trying to e-book 11 to 12 months prematurely when the award seats should still be accessible.

Beforehand, the airline made no minimal ensures, so award seats had been more durable to seek out when trying to e-book Finnair with factors.

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Finnair operates from the next U.S. airports to Helsinki Airport:

  • Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas Fort Value Worldwide Airport (DFW)
  • Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX)
  • New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK)
  • Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA)
  • Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport (SEA)

Associated: Comparing the Finnair premium economy flight experience on the A330 versus the A350


You may join via Finnair’s glorious Helsinki hub to a spread of European locations, together with Scandinavia, the UK, Spain, France and Asia.

American Airways expenses the next AAdvantage miles per individual for Finnair-operated providers from the U.S. to wherever in Europe:

  • 30,000 miles every manner in economic system
  • 40,000 miles every manner in premium economic system
  • 57,500 miles every manner in enterprise class

Relying on the space, British Airways expenses the next Avios per individual for transatlantic flights on Finnair:

  • 25,750 to 31,000 Avios every manner in economic system
  • 62,000 to 77,250 Avios every manner in premium economic system
  • 92,750 to 103,000 Avios every manner in enterprise class

British Airways additionally imposes massive surcharges on Finnair redemptions from the U.S.


So, if in case you have transferable factors and want to sit in a premium cabin, utilizing AAdvantage miles to e-book Finnair flights shall be a greater deal.

Finnair Plus will adopt Avios as its points-earning currency in late January 2024.

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