For the last week, British Airways had been selling Club World tickets for £1007 for flights over Christmas. That sale ended last night.
If you missed out, don’t worry. Late in the day, KLM has launched its own £999 business class sale.
This sale runs until Monday 8th December so there is still time to get a bargain even though the BA deals have gone.
The £999 destinations are:
Rio de Janeiro
Tokyo – which was not in the BA sale
The travel dates are more restrictive than the BA sale:
Book by Monday 8th December
Travel out and back between 21st December and 3rd January
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 redemption sales (for example this one) which can be good value.
Whilst you are booking on the KLM site, 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, pictured above, is still rolling out. I ran a few more 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.
Full details can be found on the KLM website here. You must book from a UK departure point to see these prices.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (September 2023)
Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card. However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Flying Blue miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.