In the meantime, KLM and Air France have launched some ‘not bad’ business class deals departing from the UK. Given that KLM has a huge network of UK regional departures to Amsterdam, these will be convenient deals for anyone outside London.
Headline prices include:
- Quito £1,796
- Dubai £1,329
- Amman £959
- Beirut £939
- Cape Town £2,264
- Beijing £1,929
- Bangkok £1,649
- Havana £1,848
- Kigali £1,572
- Mauritius £1,610
- Panama City £1,545
…. amongst others. You need to book by 14th March.
Here is my review of Air France business class on a Boeing 777-300ER, but beware that only half of Air France’s long haul aircraft have fully flat business class seats.
At the moment you need to credit Air France / KLM flights to Flying Blue or another SkyTeam frequent flyer programme, but it is possible you will be able to credit them to Virgin Flying Club by the time you fly.
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.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (January 2021)
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.