Bits: Good KLM / Air France business sale from the UK, Iguazu flights, Cobalt launches loyalty scheme

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News in brief:

Air France and KLM launch strong Business Class sale from the UK

Air France (via Paris) and KLM (via Amsterdam) have jointly launched a good UK sale.  Deals are available across Economy, Premium Economy (Air France) and Business Class – I am just focusing on the latter here.

Details are here on the KLM site and here on the Air France site.  Both usually show the same options covering both airlines.

Here is the headline pricing, other destinations are available.  This is from London Heathrow, prices may vary from other regional airports.  With KLM active in most major UK airports, this is an especially good offer for those outside the M25.

  • Delhi £1239
  • Mumbai £1359
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1489
  • Seoul £1409
  • Chennai £1489
  • Osaka £1739
  • Quito £1800
  • Beijing £1619
  • Cape Town £1909
  • Johannesburg £1909
  • St Martin £1519
  • Panama City £1479
  • Abu Dhabi £1221
  • Dubai £1209
  • Amman £899

You need to book by 17th September.  Travel dates are not given, unfortunately.

Flights will credit to Flying Blue or any other SkyTeam loyalty programme.  Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner if you need to top up your account later.

You will also be able to credit Air France and KLM flights to Virgin Flying Club from early 2019.

Take a look here on the KLM site and here on the Air France site.

How to earn Flying Blue miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, 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 – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Club mile.

Air Europa to launch Iguazu service in 2019

Iguazu in Argentina has always attracted tourists looking for something off the beaten track, primarily due to the amazing Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world.

From June 2019, Air Europa will become the first European carrier to operate to the city.  It will fly Madrid – Iguazu – Montevideo – Madrid route once a week, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Whilst you may not have heard of Air Europa, which is based in Mallorca, it is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance which means this is a potential redemption option for Delta SkyMiles, KLM / Air France Flying Blue etc.

Cobalt Air Business Seat

Cobalt Air launches a loyalty scheme

Cobalt Air is the new Cyprus based airline which has emerged to fill the gap left by the bankruptcy of Cyprus Airways.

From the UK, it currently flies direct from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted to Larnaca and from Gatwick to Athens.  Looking at the Business Class seat above, it looks a major improvement on British Airways Club Europe.

(EDIT:  Stansted and Manchester are not available from late October, and are either going Summer-only or being cancelled.)

Cobalt has launched Elements, a paid-for loyalty programme.  Whilst you need to pay €150 to join, the benefits look good if you use the airline on a regular basis:

  • Use of business class check-in desks
  • Priority Boarding
  • Extra luggage allowance
  • Free flight changes (you just pay the fare difference)
  • Free seat allocation
  • 10% discount on fares
  • THREE upgrade vouchers – these can only be applied at check-in and are subject to availability, use of a voucher does not get you lounge access or Fast Track security

You can find out more about Cobalt Elements on this special website.  The main Cobalt Air site is here.

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  1. Does a first BAPP supplementary card trigger 5k bonus? Thanks

    • No, but there are occasional offers of 500 Avios for adding a supplementary.

      • I got 3k about two weeks ago, no offer received. They just hit my account as soon as I added the supp.

        • How long does a supp Amex take to be processed these days? Applied a few weeks ago and nothing yet…

        • Clive, my partners approval was instant and the card arrived about 3 or 4 days later as is typical for amex in normal times. Seems these are not quite normal times based on comments here but even so, I’d personally be on the phone with them if more than two weeks passed.

    • 3k, yes. Did it about a month ago.

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  3. Have a 400 Membership Rewards for 10 GBP spend at tesco (instore or online) on my Amex offers today

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