Finnair Plus Promo: Buy Points For 0.73 Cents Each

Finnair Plus Promo: Buy Points For 0.73 Cents Each

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Strategically buying points for premium travel can be a great value. The Finnair Plus program has just launched its latest promotion on purchasing points. While it’s not quite as lucrative as the promotion we saw at the end of 2021 (which included the ability to earn elite status), the cost per mile here is still very attractive.

Buy Finnair Plus points at a huge discount

Through Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Finnair Plus is offering up to a 30% discount plus up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. The promotion is tiered, as follows:

  • Buy 6,000-49,000 points, get a 10% discount and 10% bonus
  • Buy 50,000-99,000 points, get a 20% discount and 20% bonus
  • Buy 100,000-200,000 points, get a 30% discount and 30% bonus

Ordinarily Finnair charges as little as 1.2875 cents (in EUR) per purchased point. If you purchased 200,000 points through this promotion (pre-bonus), you’d receive a total of 260,000 points at a cost of 1,802.50 EUR (~$1,900), which is a rate of ~0.73 cents (in USD) per point. That’s a spectacularly low cost at which to acquire points, and for that matter it’s the lowest cost at which virtually any airline program sells points.

Finnair Plus is offering a promotion on purchased points

Which credit card should you buy Finnair Plus points with?

Finnair Plus points purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending.

In this case the best option is the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (review) or Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review), which offer 2x miles and have no foreign transaction fees. Usually the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review) would also be good options for maximizing everyday spending, but the cards have foreign transaction fees, so wouldn’t be a good option in this case.

Personally I consider the Capital One Venture X to offer a 3.4% return on spending. So if you want to do the math differently, that lowers the real cost per purchased point from ~0.73 cents per point to ~0.7 cents.

Finnair Platinum Wing Helsinki

Is buying Finnair Plus points worth it?

I’d say that ~0.73 cents per point is quite a low acquisition cost. While Finnair Plus is more of a niche program, there are plenty of situations where you can get value when you consider the cost of points acquisition here.

Finnair Plus points can be used for upgrades from economy to business class, which is a good use of points, given the limited fare class restrictions. The cost of upgrades ranges from 7,500 points to 50,000 points one-way, depending on how far you’re flying.

If you’re in a situation where you have a paid economy ticket on Finnair, buying points in order to upgrade could be an exceptional value.

Upgrade Finnair flights starting at 7,500 points

If you want to outright redeem for an award ticket on Finnair, the Finnair Plus program also has pretty good award pricing, with no fuel surcharges. For example, a one-way transatlantic flight will cost you 80,000 points.

At an acquisition cost of 0.73 cents per point, that’s like paying ~$585 for a one-way transatlantic business class ticket, which is awesome. The catch is that Finnair is fairly stingy when it comes to award availability, so you’ll want to make sure you take a close look at award availability prior to making any purchases, so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Redeem points for Finnair’s A350 business class

You can also redeem for partner airline flights, including on other oneworld airlines, though in general that’s not going to be a great value. Finnair has different award charts for different partners.

Just to give some examples, here’s the one-way award chart for travel on American Airlines:

Then here’s the one-way award chart for travel on Cathay Pacific:

If you ask me, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about here for partner award redemptions. 27,000 points for a domestic one-way economy award on American, or 180,000 points for a US to Asia one-way first class award on Cathay Pacific, aren’t exactly great deals.

In many cases you’d be better off buying miles through Alaska Mileage Plan or American AAdvantage at a discount. Then again, at the rate at which Finnair Plus is selling points, it’s kind of hard to go wrong.

Finnair Plus partner redemptions aren’t a great deal

Bottom line

Finnair Plus has launched a promotion on purchased points, which could potentially represent a good deal. The program is offering up to a 30% discount plus up to a 30% bonus on purchased points, which is an opportunity to acquire points for just 0.73 cents each. That’s potentially a good deal, when you consider that one-way transatlantic business class awards cost 80,000 points.

While this is a great offer, unfortunately it’s not as good as the offers we saw at the end of 2020 and 2021, whereby you could earn elite status with Finnair (and by connection, oneworld) when buying points. It’s anyone’s guess if we see a promotion like that again later this year.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this promo on Finnair Plus points?

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  1. Lora Guest

    Anyone knows why I am not able to get the purchase done with bonus? The sale is still on, but no bonus shown at the payment point

  2. J. Guest

    I always see tons of availability JFK-ARN or HEL... Or is this a rare thing happening right now??

  3. Chris Guest

    Yeah, finnair rarely release award seats . I tried search few times on Alaska.

  4. Omar Guest

    Funny to see all these programs having huge transfer bonuses or cheap miles to buy because they know it will be near impossible for the average person to redeem in the near future. There's only a handful of dates in the next year that have Finnair award availability.

  5. Alex Guest

    And where does Cathay fly these days? right.. just about no where.. the problem here is everyone is stingy with award space right now.

  6. Muggus Guest

    Was going to fly Finnair from Osaka to Helsinki then Stockholm later this summer in business class for 80,000 points and was really excited to do so, but alas, Japan still being closed to tourists and Putin killed that plan.

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Lora Guest

Anyone knows why I am not able to get the purchase done with bonus? The sale is still on, but no bonus shown at the payment point

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J. Guest

I always see tons of availability JFK-ARN or HEL... Or is this a rare thing happening right now??

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Chris Guest

Yeah, finnair rarely release award seats . I tried search few times on Alaska.

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