160 Tier Points Down, 160 To Go…
- How much for 160 Tier Points?
- 3 am. Digbeth Coach Station. We know the drill by now…
- Cathay Pacific Lounge (Business Class), London Heathrow
- Finnair AY1332 London Heathrow to Helsinki Airport (Business Class)
- This is new: Leaving Helsinki Airport
- Crowne Plaza Helsinki
- Exploring Suomenlinna
- Back to Helsinki Airport
- Finnair Non-Schengen Lounge
- Finnair AY1337 Helskini to London Heathrow (Business Class)
- What a Heathrow Omnishambles
- 160 Tier Points Down, 160 To Go
Tier points or mileage runs are always what you make of them – whilst some just focus on the flying part and maximising every single point, I prefer to use the time to try and do other things – as well as bump up my frequent flyer tier points.
And for this pleasure, I got 160 Tier Points and around 4000 Avios. That is better than a kick in the teeth, to put it mildly.
It’s also a lot more than the tier points I earned on a transatlantic trip (110 tier points), which is par for the course. Remember, the airlines want you to spend and spend in the premium classes to get your points, rather than in the cheap seats.
Let us head onto some one-line closures and the wrap-up.
National Express – Rather pleasant for once. Removing the Oxford stop makes life a lot nicer on a long-distance service.
Heathrow Outbound – Seemingly organised for once.
Heathrow Inbound – Seemingly unorganised.
The Cathay Pacific Louge – Still my London lounge home. Not just for the food, but the views and the peace it has.
Helsinki Airport – I’ve used it only to transfer in the past and found it to be a good experience. I can now add its arrivals and departures experience to be well organised and easy to navigate.
The Finnair Business Class Lounge – A much better experience compared to the previous times I’ve been through the Helsinki hub.
Finnair A350 Outbound – The Cirrus seat is still a winner, with good comfort and onboard service to match.
Finnair A330 Inbound – These poor A330s need to be upgraded – fast. The Thomson Vantage seats just won’t cut it much longer.
The Crowne Plaza Helsinki – For a Crowne Plaza, Impressive, to put it mildely. It certainly knocks the socks off a few UK ones I’ve used.
Round 2: INCOMING.
However, I’m sure you noticed in the title of this trip report segment that I’m not done with Finnair. Not by an l-o-n-g shot. We’re back in seat 1A again (well at the time this is written, I’ve done the trip).
Join me in Doing it for the Tier Points – More Widebody fun with Finnair, starting very soon.
You might get a week off in the meantime whilst I put the final parts together and sort the images 😉
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