Tallinn Tier Point Run – Finnair, NoRRA and an A350
In this trip report:
- 400TP to Go…
- 2 am at a Birmingham Coach Station and Heathrow Airport
- The new The Cathay Pacific Lounge at Heathrow
- AY3126 Heathrow to Helsinki
- Helsinki Airport Finnair Gate 22 Lounge
- AY107 Helsinki to Tallinn
- Exploring the old town of Tallinn
- Hotel Ulmestie
- Back to Tallinn Airport
- AY118 Tallinn to Helsinki
- The Finnair Gate 39 Premium Lounge
- AY381 Helsinki to Heathrow with an Airbus A350
- A Delayed Ride Home
- 200 Tier Points down… Let’s Tallinn that again!
400TP to go.
A lot of you know I fly cheaply on long haul flights – mainly because my budget doesn’t extend to business class flights everywhere unless someone has made a fat fingered fare error. And I’m mostly happy with that.
However, for my British Airways Tier Points, it paints an unhappy picture, to say the least.
I’m currently sitting on just over 200 Tier points for the year – and considering my membership year is coming in a few months – I need to do something about that pretty stat.
With Silver being a relatively easy 600TP, I’m still within stretch to get some flying done over weekends and bank my Silver for another year.
Considering the luggage I shift as well as the lounge accesses I use – this is no bad thing.
I’ve been keeping an eye on cheap Tier Point runs – and in all honesty, I was looking towards trips to Asia or the Americas again… when I spotted cheap fares to Tallinn via Helsinki.
These fares would fare in full business class tier points between London and Helsinki (a reasonable 80 points) and for the short hop between Helsinki and Tallinn – the full economy 20 points – a grand total of 200 points for just over £230.
SIDE NOTE: These fares are still around.
That’s as close to £1.30/Tier Point it makes no odds (in fact it was lower as I was using the last of my Diamond Club discounts, which chopped another £15 off)
Now there is another interesting thing with this fare depending how you booked it – you could wind up aboard a wide-body A350 on some flights depending which days you booked it.
I fiddled around with the fare and found a weekend in December – and put the hammer down on a ticket.
The next issues were hotel. And I slept on this too long, finding most of the hotel stock had been sold out. I, therefore, plumped for an airport hotel – the Hotel Ulemiste.
With that done, I booked a National Express coach for the airport. I had originally planned to drive and park… but the parking rates for a night and a bit at Heathrow in their cheap parking was £36. Considering a coach was £44… and I wouldn’t have to drive – this was an easy thing to choose
So here’s the map for this trip.
So a simple route for me:
- Heathrow to Helsinki
- Helsinki to Tallinn
- … and all the way back.
Lots of time to explore new countries and new cities. My sort of trip.
Let’s go to Tallinn!
Next: Off to Heathrow Airport
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