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Book a good KLM Business Class flight sale deal from the UK

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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.

KLM business class sale

Fares start from £1,266.  The sale page very helpfully allows you to sort the fares by UK departure airport, which gives a great overview of all the destinations available.

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:

Middle East:

  • Abu Dhabi – £1,266
  • Dubai – £1,356
  • Kuwait – £1,517

Asia:

  • 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:

KLM business class deals to Abu Dhabi

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.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (September 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 cardsThese are:

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.

Comments (140)

  • rob says:

    OT

    Travelling to Beijing next Monday. Any thoughts on whether there should be cause for concern now travelling to the region? Could tourist traffic to the country ber halted or would that be an extremity?

    Thanks

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      I have just contacted my insurance company as I am due to travel in February and I am waiting for them to get back to me. Make sure your policy covers Coronavirus and see what they say.

    • Young L says:

      I am going this weekend. Due to Chinese New Year, Beijing would be half empty, so less concern. Wear a mask if you can find one.

  • Scott says:

    Two tickets for sale – cash or equivalent in extra raffle tickets is fine – reply with email if keen?

  • Jay H says:

    OT: Are there any good business class deals for the Maldives that come up around October/November time to book for next year (12 months ahead)

  • Tom says:

    OT: Does Virgin Atlantic have anything similar to a BA household account? My partner has 30,000 points which isn’t enough for the flights we are looking at but i have plenty (i am silver if that makes a difference). Thanks in advance!

    • Lumma says:

      I believe if you call up to book you can pool two peoples points together for a booking but you can’t do it online

  • Lumma says:

    OT – Discount code for Kapten – KAPMONDAY. Free ride up to £10 today only. Could be useful for the party tonight 🙂

    • memesweeper says:

      given it’s ride sharing, I wonder if anyone will get a HfPer in their car?

  • The Original Nick says:

    OT, Amex Offers. Spend £300 or more and get 3000 Avios on my BA Amex.

  • Simon says:

    O/T
    Looking for a hotel for a long weekend in Barcelona (March). It works out easiest for me to fund it with IHG points and liked the look of the new Kimpton. Given that the cash prices are so low using 50k points per nights doesn’t seem especially sensible, but that non-withstanding does anyone have any experience of IHG status in a Kimpton. Am I likely to get anything for being a Plat? I am guessing that I’ll lose all status benefits if I book through Amex travel? Thanks

    S

  • nick says:

    Have also just been hit with a Cash Advance fee on my Virgin Premium Card – for topping up Revolut..

    (I have 2 more pending top-ups, which no doubt will also attract the cash advance fee)

    1) Will Virgin budge and refund those fees? (I have done about 60 of these exact same top-ups in the last year(

    2) Or Do I need to go to Revolut? And say, I was charged a top-up by my credit card. Would they help in this instance?

    • Grant says:

      2) because Revolut specifically say your top-up won’t be treated as a cash advance. See the discussion on page 1 of the comments under the Curve article.

      • nick says:

        Can’t imagine Revolut are gonna be happy paying out £120 just for me, in hard cash! x potentially hundreds of others

        • Grant says:

          But that’s exactly what they should be doing, as a minimum, to put it right.

    • AlexT says:

      I would not contact Virgin on this, as it isn’t their decision to change the merchant code. It is pure Revolut.

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