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wawanderer

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Member since 19 Jul 2017

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I am looking at a Finnair RTW fare in business class. I will fly a couple of legs with Finnair JFK-HEL and HEL-HKG has anyone flown these routes and how was the experience?

bob342

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My partner and I flew it 6 weeks ago. Certainly not worth paying top dollars for, but it was comfortable enough.


We flew in the A350 on the HKG-HEL link. The plane was really nice, incredibly open, the food was pretty decent. Not the best business class but certainly not the worst.

The trip to JFK was not an in A350, and really quite dated. Very noticeable after the A350. It was a lie flat bed for both trips.

The lounge at HKG is pretty average, there's no showers unless you're top tier with one world and can go into the premier lounge.

terryj

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Personally I find the Finnair RTW tickets unbeatable value, with tickets under $6000 as part of a recent sale. Sure, it's not the best but for the price they have lie flat seats, even in the A330; and it's possible to use Cathay Pacific and Qantas as part of the itinerary.

Even without oneWorld status, Finnair Business Class passengers can instead choose to use the Cathay Pacific or Qantas Business Class lounges rather than the Finnair nominated third party lounge, both of which have showers.

Dredgy

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Depends what you're looking for. If you want a super-luxurious experience, then it's not for you.

If you want an exceptional value ticket that earns you a good amount of Qantas points/status, and flies you around the world in decent comfort, then you can't go past them.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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Re the lounge: I assume you mean Helsinki, not Hong Kong? Hong Kong has both Qantas and many great Cathay Pacific lounges.


As for Helsinki, I've flown Finnair business without premier status and had access to showers in the lounge... could of had a Sauna but didn't have time.

Last editedby Chris Chamberlin at Jun 14, 2018, 09:39 AM.

Chris Chamberlin

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Hi wawanderer - I've reviewed the flight between Helsinki and Hong Kong, as well as Finnair's three lounges in Helsinki (Schengen is mainly for passengers travelling short-haul, such as Finland domestic or to places like Paris and Rome, whereas the non-Schengen lounge and the Premium Lounge are mostly for long-haul passengers such as flying to Hong Kong). You can find and read all our Finnair reviews here.

silentiger86

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Member since 23 Dec 2017

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I have flown AY RTW twice in April and May this year.


Thoughts:
- A350 J class is a great experience but lack of storage space compared with QF/CX
- A330 J class (likely for your JFK leg) is nice if you get the "throne seat"; plenty of space for your stuff
- Food on AY is great; Nordic cuisine which consists of a lot of salmon/rye bread etc
- Wifi is intermittently working
- AY crew generally pleasant but not overly friendly like on QF/CX
- As part of RTW, you can try out CX/QF J class for positioning flights
- HEL Premium Lounge (for high status flyers) is absolutely wonderful and the sauna is a unique experience!
- The lounge options in HKG is amazing; your J class tickets allow you into CX J lounge and if you have QF Platinum (or OW equivalent), you can access CX F lounge which are outstanding...I had a great time there!

Summary
- great planes and seats
- not the best on the market but very comfortable
- GOOD VALUE

I would give them a go!

Rav

Member since 18 Aug 2017

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I have flown AY RTW twice in April and May this year.

Thoughts:
- A350 J class is a great experience but lack of storage space compared with QF/CX
- A330 J class (likely for your JFK leg) is nice if you get the "throne seat"; plenty of space for your stuff
- Food on AY is great; Nordic cuisine which consists of a lot of salmon/rye bread etc
- Wifi is intermittently working
- AY crew generally pleasant but not overly friendly like on QF/CX
- As part of RTW, you can try out CX/QF J class for positioning flights
- HEL Premium Lounge (for high status flyers) is absolutely wonderful and the sauna is a unique experience!
- The lounge options in HKG is amazing; your J class tickets allow you into CX J lounge and if you have QF Platinum (or OW equivalent), you can access CX F lounge which are outstanding...I had a great time there!

Summary
- great planes and seats
- not the best on the market but very comfortable
- GOOD VALUE

I would give them a go!

Silentiger86, many thanks, I just read this out to my mother whom I am taking to a tour of the Baltic flying AY J class in Sept, this and Chris's reviews of the lounges have given her an added frizzon of excitement and anticipation.

silentiger86

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Member since 23 Dec 2017

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You will have the best time! Enjoy :)

wawanderer

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Member since 19 Jul 2017

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Thanks for the posts everyone ,will give them a go it seems such good value. I can get a RTW ticket for about three quarters of the Qantas Perth -Dallas J return fare and I still fly out with Qantas. Will let you know how I go.

wawanderer

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Member since 19 Jul 2017

Total posts 10

I have flown AY RTW twice in April and May this year.

Thoughts:
- A350 J class is a great experience but lack of storage space compared with QF/CX
- A330 J class (likely for your JFK leg) is nice if you get the "throne seat"; plenty of space for your stuff
- Food on AY is great; Nordic cuisine which consists of a lot of salmon/rye bread etc
- Wifi is intermittently working
- AY crew generally pleasant but not overly friendly like on QF/CX
- As part of RTW, you can try out CX/QF J class for positioning flights
- HEL Premium Lounge (for high status flyers) is absolutely wonderful and the sauna is a unique experience!
- The lounge options in HKG is amazing; your J class tickets allow you into CX J lounge and if you have QF Platinum (or OW equivalent), you can access CX F lounge which are outstanding...I had a great time there!

Summary
- great planes and seats
- not the best on the market but very comfortable
- GOOD VALUE

I would give them a go!

Silentiger86, many thanks, I just read this out to my mother whom I am taking to a tour of the Baltic flying AY J class in Sept, this and Chris's reviews of the lounges have given her an added frizzon of excitement and anticipation.

Thanks for the advice Silentiger 86 how do I ensure I get the "throne seat"?

silentiger86

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Member since 23 Dec 2017

Total posts 90

Get your agent to secure 2A/4A/6A as well as 8A/10A (if J class). Can also manage your booking on Finnair website if doing your own travel booking without agent. Usually available if tickets are booked early enough :)

wawanderer

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Member since 19 Jul 2017

Total posts 10

Get your agent to secure 2A/4A/6A as well as 8A/10A (if J class). Can also manage your booking on Finnair website if doing your own travel booking without agent. Usually available if tickets are booked early enough :)

wawanderer

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Member since 19 Jul 2017

Total posts 10

All booked, thanks for everyone's advice I can't believe the value, my ticket all in was just over $6k PER-SYD-DFW-LAG-HEL-LHR-HEL-HKG-PER

TanyaB61

Member since 21 Jun 2018

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I flew Finnair J last year - great value - June 2017 $5,400 - MEL-SIN Qantas a330 - SIN-HEL-LHR on new A350 - overland - MXP-HEL (average aircraft but great service) - a few hours to explore Helsinki then back for a shower and a snack before overnight HEL-SIN on a350 (return side trip to Bali in J with SIA), then was on Qantas a330 SIN-MEL but at airport early and flight delayed so got moved to Emirates a380. 55 year old woman travelling solo. Terrific experience and at that price I would repeat in a heartbeat.

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