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I was pretty excited to read Joe’s news about Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan finally adding Finnair. Although the pricing isn’t great – I will still aim for Cathay Pacific rewards to/from Hong Kong and American Airlines rewards to/from the United States – the addition of Finnair will allow you to fly to these great places with just the one stop en route to Asia / Middle East / India:
- Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Nanjing, Osaka, Phuket, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Xian
- Delhi, Dubai, Tel Aviv
But the main reason for this post is to point out the value of Alaska Mileage Plan’s free stopover on one-way itineraries. Your first instinct might be that you wouldn’t care much for a stopover in Helsinki when travelling to Asia. Fair enough… But what if you fancied a getaway to Helsinki and could structure a “boomerang” itinerary.
Here’s how it works…
Look for two cities served by Finnair that are relatively convenient to you. Somebody living in the Midlands might be relatively agnostic about flying out of London or Manchester. So fly from London to Manchester with a stopover in Helsinki!
And voila, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan will charge you 12,500 miles in Economy or 20,000 miles in Business Class, since the itinerary is deemed to be “one way with a stopover”.
According to Wikipedia, Finnair serves these British airports:
- London Heathrow
Londoners might also find it convenient to fly in/out of Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris and take the train / a short flight using Avios to position…
This isn’t the first time that InsideFlyer UK has pointed out the travel hacking opportunities presented by Alaska’s stopover policy – click here for the Japanese version – but it is the first time that British residents can use the trick to fly off for a quick getaway and pay “half price”. Perhaps not in February though, despite the easy award availability for blogging purposes…