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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:

Dubai

Osaka

Kyoto

Tokyo

Mumbai

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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Comments

  1. 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.

      • 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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…

    http://www.flyingblue.com/news/1853/upgrade-to-the-privacy-and-comfort-of-la-premiere.html

  4. Mine tracked correctly.

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

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

  6. 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).”

    http://flight-report.com/en/report-7407.html

    Anyone got any reason to doubt that?

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