Air France (via Paris) and KLM (via Amsterdam) have jointly launched a good UK sale. Deals are available in all classes but I am just focusing on Business Class here.
Details are here on the KLM site. You can book both airlines here since they operate as one for marketing purposes.
Below is the headline pricing. Other destinations are also available. This is from London Heathrow via Paris or Amsterdam, prices may vary from other regional airports.
What is good about this sale, of course, is that KLM operates from most regional airports in the UK. Air France also has decent regional coverage, albeit not as good as KLM. This is an especially good offer for those outside the M25.
- Accra £1,540
- Bali £2,303
- Bangkok £1,836
- Buenos Aires £1,981
- Cairo £1,096
- Cancun £1,838
- Cayenne £1,409
- Curacao £1,820
- Dubai £1,396
- Fort de France £1,400
- Lima £1,763
- Muscat £1,898
- Reunion £2,014
- Rio de Janeiro £1,439
- Saint Martin £1,660
- Sao Paulo £1,342
- Seoul £1,576
- Seychelles £1,995
- Singapore £2,006
- Tel Aviv £1,119
- Tokyo £2,102
- Toronto £1,792
- Zanzibar £1,804
You need to book by 24th January. Travel dates are not given, unfortunately.
The covid policy is decent. You can change your date and/or destination up to the day of departure, although any fare difference is due. For flights up to 30th June, you can also cancel for a voucher.
Flights will credit to Flying Blue or any other SkyTeam loyalty programme or, of course Virgin Flying Club. You can see how many Virgin Flying Club tier points you will earn in this article.
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. This assumes you are paying in Sterling, as Amex has a 3% FX fee for non-£ payments. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
Take a look here on the KLM site.
PS. If you are targetting Thailand, look at KLM / Air France flights out of Stockholm which can be under £800 return in Business Class due to a fare war which has broken in the region. Here is an example I priced yesterday (click to enlarge):
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Flying Blue miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- 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 free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points (SPECIAL OFFER) converts into 60,000 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.