KLM is running a new business class sale for departures from the UK.
It is especially good for readers outside of London since these sale prices are valid for departures from 16 UK airports, via Amsterdam or (on Air France) via Paris.
You won’t earn Avios or tier points on these flights, as KLM and Air France are part of the SkyTeam alliance. However, you WILL earn Virgin Atlantic miles and tier points as long as the airlines are integrated into Virgin Flying Club by the time you fly. This is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks.
These are return prices from Heathrow although you can also fly from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, London City, Newcastle and Norwich. You can book these sale deals on the KLM site here – the site shows both Air France and KLM pricing if both airlines serve the same city.
Here is a sample of fares from Heathrow – there are many others:
- Abu Dhabi – £1,266
- Dubai – £1,356
- Kuwait – £1,517
- Bangalore – £1,646
- Mumbai – £1,657
- Tokyo – £1,896
- Xiamen – £1,596
- Seoul – £1,537
- Chengdu – £1,586
- Beijing – £1,586
South and Central America:
- Bogota – £1,426
- Havana – £1,726
- Quito – £1,387
- Fortaleza – £1,535
The fares seem widely available. For example, if you look at Abu Dhabi it shows £1,200-ish fares available most of the time (although not on every day in every month) – click to enlarge:
We have never reviewed the KLM business class product, although I did get a tour of a KLM Boeing 787 when I went behind the scenes at Schiphol in 2018. This has an attractive 1-2-1 seat layout. The Boeing 777 and A330 fleet are still 2-2-2 I think.
I reviewed the impressive Air France Boeing 777-300ER business class product recently – see here. Some Air France aircraft still have sloping seats in Business Class, including their A380 fleet, so research the aircraft type you are getting.
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.
You can get more information, and book, here.
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 – 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.