American Airlines partner and oneworld member Finnair is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles, and buying miles also earns elite status miles. Through December 27 you can buy miles for an award ticket and become a mid-tier or top tier elite without flying.
And since Finnair elite status is oneworld status,
- Finnair Plus Gold is oneworld sapphire. That means lounge access when you fly American Airlines including Flagship lounge access even on domestic U.S. flights (something American reserves for their own Concierge Key members).
Especially relevant for Europeans Golds receive 4 one way upgrades on European flights.
- Finnair Plus Platinum is oneworld emerald. That means first class lounge access when traveling on oneworld airlines that offer the product, regardless of class of service flown, and when those lounges are open. You can access British Airways Galleries First, Cathay Pacific Wing and Pier first class lounges, Qantas first class lounges, etc.
Worth noting that Platinums receive 2 business class upgrades for long haul and 4 on European flights, and can nominate someone for Gold status (who will become a oneworld sapphire and get American Airlines Flagship lounge access).
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney
Here’s the offer.
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American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York JFK
If you buy 160,000 Finnair points you’ll end up with 320,000 points and 80,000 elite qualifying points which gets you Gold status and therefore oneworld Sapphire status.
If you buy 200,000 points (EUR2575) you’ll receive 400,000 points plus 100,000 elite qualifying points. You still need 50,000 more points for Platinum. But Finnair lets you convert their redeemable miles into elite qualifying points at 3:1 (for €10 online or €20 by phone). So convert 150,000 points and you wind up with a net of:
- 250,000 points
- 150,000 elite points and Platinum status
As for the value of the miles themselves Finnair Plus’ partner awards tend to be expensive, but redeeming for travel on Finnair itself is more reasonable – 80,000 miles each way for U.S. flights (plus fuel surcharges).
(HT: Frequent Flyer Bonuses)