Award Space Alert: Finnair Business Class between Singapore and Europe

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Finnair has finally released some Business Class award availability for flights to/from Singapore.

Finnair’s NEW Business Class experience

I flew in Finnair’s new Business Class a few months ago and enjoyed the service onboard. The seat doest not recline and was very comfortable in the sitting position. However, I found that it wasn’t as comfortable in bed mode because of the narrow foot well.

Related: Review: Finnair A350 NEW Business Class Helsinki to Singapore

Finnair’s new A350 Business Class seat (read my review)
Finnair’s new A350 Business Class seat in bed mode
Meal onboard Finnair Business Class
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Where is Finnair flying their NEW Business Class seats?

At the moment, Finnair is flying their Airbus A350s with the new Business Class cabin to/from the following Southeast Asian cities:

  • Singapore
  • Bangkok

To check if you will be flying in the new or old seat, here’s what you can do:

  1. Search for a Business Class ticket on finnair.com
  2. Fill up random passenger details
  3. Select seats to view the seat map
  4. If you do not see seats 1A and 1F (see image below), you are looking at the new seat map (with the new Business Class seats)

Here’s how the old and new seat maps compare:

Finnair Business Class seat maps
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Finnair Business Class award availability

Low availability to/from Singapore

I found award availability between Singapore and Helsinki in late January 2023. As long as there is award availability for this long-haul segment, it is pretty easy to find availability between Helsinki and other European cities!

Here are the available dates, as of today, for up to 3 seats per flight:

Singapore to Helsinki: 29, 30, 31 January, 2 February 2023
Helsinki to Singapore: 31 January 2023

Good award availability to/from Bangkok

If the dates to/from Singapore do not work for you and if you are willing to position in Bangkok, I am seeing good award availability from November 2022.

Related: Business Class award availability to/from Singapore (as of August 2022)

How to book Finnair Business Class

One of the cheapest ways (in terms of miles and cash) to fly Finnair’s new Business Class is with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan.

With both frequent flyer programs (FFP), you will not have to pay fuel surcharges for award bookings on Finnair and the total fees payable should be under S$100 per ticket.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is a transfer partner of all good credit cards in Singapore. Award flights can be booked on asiamiles.com.

When booking an award flight on asiamiles.com, you may see an error message shown below. As discussed on Flyertalk, this is a known issue of the website and you should be able to make the booking through an Asia Miles hotline.

Error message on asiamiles.com

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is not a transfer partner of any Singapore credit cards but miles can be bought during frequent offers or earned when flying in paid flights with partner airlines like Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways. Award flights can be booked on alaskaair.com.

Related: Sweet Spots: Best ways to redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles in 2022

How many miles are required to fly Finnair Business Class?

Here are the amount of miles required to redeem for Finnair’s Business Class between Southeast Asia and Europe:

Singapore/Bangkok toAsia MilesAlaska miles
Europe70,00060,000
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How to find Finnair Business Class award space

The easiest way to find Finnair award availability is on American Airlines’ website, aa.com. This is because, you will be able to set filters like “non-stop flights only” and “business/first class only” and have a lovely calendar view of award availability.

Additional note: Use aa.com only as a reference and always cross-check on your Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) of choice. In other words ignore the amount of miles shown on aa.com; use it only as a tool to search for availability.

Pro tip: Search one segment at a time to/from Helsinki and search non-stop flights only, so that you only see Finnair availability.

Finnair Business Class award availability from Singapore to Helsinki

You may also look for Finnair Business Class award availability with a calendar view on alaskaair.com.

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Bottom line

It is nice to see Finnair’s Business Class award availability returning for flights to/from Singapore. This is a great opportunity to redeem your Asia Miles!

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