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Finnair sells "ticket types" instead of booking classes. The various ticket types can overlap in booking class, but they differ in service level and fare terms.
The ticket types are not sold on destinations covered by joint ventures, ie Japan and NA.

Economy tickets:
Light: Z, O, Q, N, S, V, L
Basic: Z, O, Q, N, S, V, L
Value: Z, O, Q, N, S, V, L, K, M
Pro: Y, B, H

[P, T, R and W Economy class fares have been removed in April 2019 in preparation for the launch of Premium Economy in 2021.]
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/finn...-2021-a-2.html

Premium Economy (from 2021):
P, T, R, W


Business Saver: I (long-haul)
Business: J, C, D (and I for shorthaul in Europe)

Upgraded economy ticket: F (not First class, just business )
Economy award: X
Business award: U (replaces soon the F-code as upgraded economy - apparently due to OW F-tickets)

Light is a handbag-only fare, currently only offered in shorthaul operations (Europe and Middle East).
In addition to the above six fare families there is one additional ticket type called “Saver”, which contains restricted starting-from fares in the lowest booking classes in fares from Asia and North America.

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Old Mar 18, 15, 11:45 am
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Fare class tutorial

Why do the fare class codes need to be so cryptic?

I was killing time on my longhaul and tried to come up with a more easily understandable fare class codes. Here we go an example for AY:

J Jingle bells – I got a seat in minicabin with lots of op-up friends from BKK!
C Coffin class feels better with Champagne and Cake
D Dough. I paid too much for that stripped off service.
I I want to get that saver ticket!
Y Your overpriced Pro-fessional friend
B Bullsh** - what’s the point?
H Hilarious!!! Pay 600€ one-way and get a bus!
R Rich people’s company policy fare code
Z Zodiac syndrome, my upgrade did not clear!
O Oh my, aircraft switch and I lost my exit-row seat…
Q Questions –class ticket for bikey Aussies traveling econometric to Rovaniemi
N Nasty class. Your unofficial newspaper perk arrived, but they forgot the free drink
S Shorthaul sucker. To be avoided on long-haul.
V Vidudus class.
L Lame class. Therefore thou shall be thrilled of that free blueberry juice.
K Karjaluokka. ‘cause there is no translation to that feeling.
M Murphy class. Something will go wrong.
P P…stä. Another untranslatable experience. Only for native Finns.
T Terrible class. Everything else feels terrific after this.
E “Enhanced for Emeralds” class: you earn 0 on AY, but 100% with codeshare
A A bummer: 25% pts on AY, but 300% if codeshare
W Double-vidudus class, in order words, whY am I doing this again?
G Gee-class = “gee, at least I got a qualifying leg!”
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Old Mar 18, 15, 12:05 pm
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For curiosity:
-What is your favorite?
-Do you have your own fare class proposal?
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Old Mar 18, 15, 2:32 pm
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The serious answer for 1-alphabetical booking codes is probably hysterical raisins of the airline IT systems and IATA. This also applies to the 6-alphanumeric booking references and to fare basis, not to mention flight numbers and to our FT-beloved airport codes, airlines codes and cabin codes.

But who cares about booking codes now that we have ticket types! Ah, if only all OTAs showed the whole fare basis... so far I found only Kaleva/CWT and TravelLink.

So what's your interpretation of my personal favorite RVAFI2? :-)
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Old Mar 18, 15, 3:29 pm
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V Vidudus class.
Totally cracked up here ^
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Old Mar 19, 15, 10:27 am
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Actually I forgot F. You can book a codeshare F too.

F Fabulous for fanbois with FOC (see Glossary if you don't get it)
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F is upgrade bucket on AY, so it's F - Free lunch
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Old Mar 19, 15, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger View Post
F is upgrade bucket on AY, so it's F - Free lunch
Yeah man, that is AY F

And it goes with the melody of "it's a Free ride, when you've already paid" when applied to overbooked Y
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Actually I forgot F. You can book a codeshare F too.

F Fabulous for fanbois with FOC (see Glossary if you don't get it)
So true! I would list Y and everything below on the list as 'unknown'
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Isn't F used indistintically for J upgrades, J awards and Y awards?
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Econ award is X. Business award is U.
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So as you can all tell I am a newbie here. I have just been reading through various threads when I stumbled upon a real gem. The Q code class brought light to the gem of a thread again.

"Q Questions –class ticket for bikey Aussies traveling econometric to Rovaniemi"

I sure hope I can travel as a businessperson one day
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Old Sep 5, 15, 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted by FFlash View Post
Why do the fare class codes need to be so cryptic?

I was killing time on my longhaul and tried to come up with a more easily understandable fare class codes. Here we go an example for AY:

J Jingle bells – I got a seat in minicabin with lots of op-up friends from BKK!
C Coffin class feels better with Champagne and Cake
D Dough. I paid too much for that stripped off service.
I I want to get that saver ticket!
Y Your overpriced Pro-fessional friend
B Bullsh** - what’s the point?
H Hilarious!!! Pay 600€ one-way and get a bus!
R Rich people’s company policy fare code
Z Zodiac syndrome, my upgrade did not clear!
O Oh my, aircraft switch and I lost my exit-row seat…
Q Questions –class ticket for bikey Aussies traveling econometric to Rovaniemi
N Nasty class. Your unofficial soft perk newspaper did not arrive.
S Shorthaul sucker. To be avoided on long-haul.
V Vidudus class.
L Lame class. Therefore thou shall be thrilled of that free blueberry juice.
K Karjaluokka. ‘cause there is no translation to that feeling.
M Murphy class. Something will go wrong.
P P…stä. Another untranslatable experience. Only for native Finns.
T Terrible class. Everything else feels terrific after this.
E “Enhanced for Emeralds” class: you earn 0 on AY, but 100% with codeshare
A A bummer: 25% pts on AY, but 300% if codeshare
W Double-vidudus class, in order words, whY am I doing this again?
G Gee-class = “gee, at least I got a qualifying leg!”
All that info for class codes sounds quite silly and not been provided with the real information for people to understand what they all means. However if its just nothing more then a joke it is your stuff. But i would rather see the real information rather then making silly jokes about each of them codes. But hey it is your stuff not mine

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I'm going to hell for asking. Oh wait, I don't believe in it.
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Old Sep 6, 15, 4:41 am
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All that info for class codes sounds quite silly and not been provided with the real information for people to understand what they all means. However if its just nothing more then a joke it is your stuff. But i would rather see the real information rather then making silly jokes about each of them codes. But hey it is your stuff not mine
@citro

I have been reading your threads here, but so far I have been lazy to reply. Now that you are somehow part of the fare class tutorial, I want to clarify to you that the first post here is a sarcastic post. We Finns use sarcasm quite often in similar situations like I was when writing this in deep depression waiting for my plane. If you don't like the humor, just ignore it.

If you want a complete serious fare code tutorial, I don't know where to find it. If I did, I could have easily made a wiki tutorial on top of this thread.

Happy travels!

PS: to your original Question: "Karjaluokka" is Finnish and literally translates into "cattle class", i.e. economy class, aka coach/tourist/bulk/mass/sneeze/whatever-class
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you were tempted to play with the fire
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