As we saw with the Qatar Airways sale this week, the best long-haul business class deals tend to involve starting outside the UK. This is partly due to high UK Air Passenger Duty but mainly because the UK remains a strong market. Qatar Airways finds it harder to fill two planes a day from Oslo than six planes per day from London.
This is why KLM’s sale is worth a look – click here.
From the UK, they are offering, all via Amsterdam or with other partner airlines:
- Delhi from £1,122
- Mumbai from £1,232
- Dubai from £1,243
- Hong Kong from £1,442
- Saint Martin from £1,527
- Curacao from £1,625
- Shanghai from £1,643
- Singapore from £1,793
- Beijing from £1,883
- Osaka from £1,973
Other routes are also available as you can see here. Booking and travel dates are very vague unfortunately but it is worth playing around with the options. I am not fully up to speed on which aircraft have which seats at the moment so, again, you will need to do some digging.
KLM is a member of SkyTeam so you will be crediting your flights to KLM’s Flying Blue programme or another SkyTeam programme such as Delta SkyMiles.
I wrote this article showing the 18 UK airports from which you can fly on KLM to Amsterdam and then onwards.
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)
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 are:
- 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 two 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 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 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.