Finnair Introduces “Business Light” Tickets

With this basic premium fare type, travelers can enjoy the comforts of business class for less.

A seat in Finnair’s Nordic Business Class. (Photo: Finnair)

Finland’s flag carrier has recently updated its booking options to allow more personalization for passengers no matter how short their journeys. Customers in both economy and business class can now choose between three new ticket types — Light, Classic, and Flex — for all short-haul flights and most intercontinental trips. Each variety has its own benefits and degree of flexibility for reservation changes, cancelations, and refunds.

The brand-new Business Light fare option allows flyers to travel light and affordably while enjoying business-class-level comfort. Business Light comes with all the inflight amenities expected in J-class, but excludes advanced seating arrangements, airport reservation changes, priority services, lounge access, onboard internet, and refunds. However, customers can always top up with additional fees to access these benefits outside of the payment for this ticket type.

The Classic ticket is the most popular among Finnair flyers. The fare includes one piece of check-in luggage, and passengers needing to change their reservation will only have to pay the fare difference between original and new tickets. However, Finnair does not offer booking refunds with the Classic ticket in case of a cancelation.

The Flex ticket is the most flexible out of the three. This option includes check-in baggage and advanced seat arrangements, and like the Classic ticket, guests only need to pay the possible fare difference between original and new tickets during booking exchanges. In the case of a cancelation, the Flex ticket is also fully refundable. However, airport priority services only apply to those who purchased their tickets before June 15, 2021.

Finnair is resuming intercontinental flights to nine Asian cities this month, namely Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, and Tokyo. The carrier also plans to return to Phuket and Krabi in the winter season. Short transit times and Helsinki’s advantageous position on the northern route means that taking Finnair can shave off two to four hours in the air on journeys between Europe and East Asia. However, not all of the new ticket options stated above are offered during these intercontinental trips.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Finnair will offer customers additional flexibility regarding reservation changes for all ticket options and classes purchased before August 31, 2021.

More information here.

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