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 from £1,430
- Bogota from £1,616
- Delhi from £1,947
- Dubai from £1,263
- Lima from £1,610
- Lagos from £1,856
- Mumbai from £2,236
- Nairobi from £1,511
- Rio de Janeiro from £1,605
- St Martin from £1,820
- Tel Aviv from £958
- Calgary from £2,087
- Toronto from £1,832
- New York from £1,762
- Vancouver from £2,220
- Las Vegas from £2,201
- Mexico City from £2,135
- San Francisco from £2,201
- Los Angeles from £2,206
- Chicago from £1,907
- Montreal from £1,825
- Washington DC from £1,924
Other destinations are also available, mostly in the US, including Seattle and Atlanta.
You need to book by 25th January and travel by 31st October 2023.
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 although this may change when Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam in a few weeks.
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – 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 on the KLM website here.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 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 four free 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 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for life.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.