Dubai £999, Japan £999, Mumbai £999 – stunning Air France KLM business sale

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Well, this is potentially the best sale offer that I have ever run on Head for Points.  We had the British Airways £777 Club World tickets to Seoul, but was a one-off promotion to launch a new route, and for a limited period.  This is different.

For four days only – you need to book by August 18th – Air France / KLM is selling business class tickets from London and other regional airports to the following destinations for £999 return:






Air France new business class 3

£999 business class to Dubai is pretty impressive.  You can get this over October half-term – seats are available at the time of writing.  I am currently sitting on reward tickets with ‘taxes’ which come to 60% of the cost of buying these Air France KLM tickets outright ….

To Japan, though, £999 return in business class is crazy.  This is a l-o-n-g flight.  I remember paying £1700 for a BA Club World seat about nine years ago and thinking I had got a good deal.

Even if you don’t want to visit Japan, it would make sense to fly to Tokyo for £999 and pay for a connection onwards.  Remember that Japan Airlines is an Avios partner so you could redeem for a connection.

Tickets will also earn miles in the Flying Blue scheme.  This is not the most generous frequent flyer scheme out there, but it does have regular sales (for example this one) which can be good value.

You may end up flying either Air France or KLM depending on route and which flight you select.  The new Air France business class seat is still rolling out.  I ran a few pictures of it earlier in the year although there is no guarantee that you would get this on any particular flight.  You would need to be on a Boeing 777 to even have a chance of getting it.   If you fly on a KLM 747 then you should get the new flat seat – it may be more pot luck with a 777.

These discounted tickets must be booked by 18th August.  You can travel at any point to 31st March 2015.

Full details can be found on the KLM website (which will show you both Air France and KLM options when you try to book) here.

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  1. If you’re a family and thinking “what do I do with Skyteam points”, AeroMexico allow you to run a family account. Miles (or more accurately kms) can then be merged in blocks of 1,000. They also have a very generous top-up scheme – in terms of how many extra points you can buy.

    The scheme isn’t however that well documented so I don’t know what the exact ins and outs of redemptions are (although I hope to find out soon enough).

  2. The ability to fly from Humberside airport (my local airport) is a massive bonus. Shame I’ve no spare holidays left.

    Price for 2 adults and 1 child from Humberside to Tokyo business class was just over £3k

    Worth noting that other flights are discounted as well – Humberside to Amsterdam came in at £128 return including taxes – cheapest I’ve seen

  3. Cool, thanks for the tip, just booked ‘im, Just over 1000GBP with the fees and charges, Very good.

  4. andystock says:

    Great View as KLM New Business class beats club world.

  5. Just a quick thank you Rob(and Tony)-looking into possibilities for Tokyo.

  6. Rob, good spot, just checking if we did fly these airlines, what program could we transfer the miles into? I guess into le club accord, then to baec? Or Iberia plus? I noticed they are the same transfer these days 1:1. Just a thought……

  7. Phillip says:

    As much as I am not a fan of the airline, don’t discount crediting miles to Alitalia’s MilleMiglia, particularly with Etihad slowly taking it over and becoming a earning/redemption partner. Z Class on AF/KLM nets 150% miles and they allow you to pool miles for children between 2-13 years of age into your account. They too are an Amex partner and also partner with Qantas and Malaysia Airlines along with, of course, the rest of SkyTeam.

    • Although be aware that they do have a track record of closing the programme at fairly short notice then reopening again in a slightly different guise – a great way to get miles liabilities off their books, but would make me want to have a reasonably achievable short term redemption option in mind…

  8. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    What a shame I don’t have enough holiday left this year to take advantage (September/October a good time to visit Japan, Q1 less so). I priced up LHR-KIX at £996, even cheaper than their ‘from’ price.

    Great Avios availability to Japan though so not quite such a loss.

  9. The dates for GLA-NRT I am looking at in September are coming in at £880 return on the Netflights website. £980 direct on Best ever sale!! Also Scandinavia to CUR/BON/AUA is £870 biz return.

  10. Manchester – Dubai over New Year is coming out at £975, so better than advertised. Unfortunately, neither AF or KLM have a day flight back from Dubai – so it’s a horrible red-eye leaving at 2am.

    • dannyrado says:

      Only reason I haven’t changed my Christmas plans.
      I wish more airlines would run a well timed return from the UAE.

  11. Lochlann says:

    Wow indeed – my £1k return (1a on klm flights) is also free changes before departure!

    • Don’t be fooled. A change usually involves a reprice and as this deal will be gone post the 18th your free change will come with a fat fee. Changes until the 18th will be ok.

      • Lochlann says:

        True – still lets me refine a bit by Monday though, and believe I can change the inbound without falling foul after that. (Matrix rules say this can be done for £200 fee, but my booking says no fee – hopefully not something I need to do)
        Trying to resist temptation to book another Japan trip already though… (Great spot by Tony)

  12. Great deals. Not very family friendly sadly….. long stop overs in Paris or Amsterdam. And 2 am flights home from Dubai….. sticking with BA direct using Avios and 241 comp vouchers this time.

    • Raffles – there is a way of using the accrued Air France / KLM on BA…. join Alaska Airlines FFP. AF and BA are both earn and spend partners! And you get a 25% bonus airmiles for flying Business!

      • That’s a good call. Alaska also offer some good sales for topping up miles and with the strong-ish pound at the moment, it might offer some potential. I believe CX is a particularly good choice for redemptions in the AS scheme – I’ve benefitted from this in the past.

        Also, just to reiterate what I posted above, Aeromexico let you transfer miles within a single family.

        • Alaska Airlines FFP is down for maintenance till the 18th. Silly question perhaps (I am quite new to the world of FFP’s) but can I book and then add my AA Number later or is this not possible – does it have to be provided at the time of booking?

          I also note the return seats (sub-£500) go into April which is welcome; a little too cold in March I have found.

        • Always possible to add it later, even at check-in

      • Good spot! Remember that BA European flights done with Alaska miles would incur full tax – not Reward Flight Saver – so you would want to accrue enough to do (say) a one-way in business class on BA to a long-haul destination. Should be possible though, you could top up your Alaska balance with some Starwood points from the Starwood Amex or some other hotel points (or credit some BA flights).

        • Phillip says:

          Are you sure you can definitely book non-US BA flights via Alaska? Their award chart is US-centric and only caters for flights to/from the UK. I don’t know about BA, but I know that for EK redemptions on Alaska you can only redeem for flights going in and out of the US. Not, say, LHR-DXB!

        • No, I am not certain to be honest. Having just taken another look, I have to agree that it doesn’t seem obvious that you can do BA European redemptions.

          I know about the Emirates restriction because I looked into this myself as an option.

    • Not everyone has a family; I’m sure families would appreciate singles/couples posting “not really singles/couples friendly” on family holiday deals 😉

      Unless you’re only taking one decent holiday then having a 241 doesn’t remove the point of these fares if they suit someone’s plans.

  13. Elie Cohen says:

    I was just planning to go to Japan in November!
    I want to make sure I get on the 777 with the new business class. Anyone knows if there is an updated list of upgraded planes available online?

  14. Benedict says:

    Air France are also offering upgrades to ‘La Premiere’ on J,C,D business class tickets. I guess these fare classes won’t be sold in this promotion but worth checking…

  15. Mine tracked correctly.

    • Sorry I booked via Expedia though… It was cheaper than book directly from Air France.

  16. Scratch that – I’m now seeing £842 on netflights.

  17. KLM seats to Tokyo have sold out on my preferred dates, so looking at Air France in Feb/March.

    Found this on roll out of the new seat:

    “You can find these seats on Air France flights AF008/009 today, and before the end of 2014 on routes from Paris CDG to Singapore (SIN) continuing to Jakarta (CGK), Tokyo-Haneda (HND), Houston (IAH), and Shanghai (PVG). In early 2015, the cabins will also be available on CDG to Dubai (DXB), Douala (DLA), and Sao Paulo (GRU).”

    Anyone got any reason to doubt that?

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