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Air France launches a good Abu Dhabi business class flight deal from Dublin

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Whilst I’m not sure why Abu Dhabi is the focus of this deal, Air France is offering some aggressive deals out of Dublin to the Emirate.

How aggressive? £1,100 return, if you stay five nights:

Dates appear to be November to Summer 2024, although the Grand Prix period is excluded.

The only catch is that this is a Business Light fare which comes with no airport lounge access and no free seat selection until check-in. You do get fast track benefits though.

Air France business class

For sadists, there are also routes which go via Amsterdam AND Paris (Dublin – Amsterdam – Paris – Abu Dhabi!). This might be useful if you’re looking to maximise Virgin Atlantic tier points.

In fact, to be honest, the whole fare is best suited for someone looking to earn or retain Virgin Flying Club elite status. This article explains how many Virgin Atlantic tier points you earn from Air France. It looks like you’d get 280 points return on this itinerary.

For anyone else, flying UK – Dublin – Paris – Abu Dhabi may be a bit excessive even if the fare is £1,100 return plus the cost of the UK connection.

You can play around with dates on the Air France website here.

Comments (48)

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  • Dev says:

    Are you able to negate the lack of lounge access on these Light fares by having access via status?

  • His Holyness says:

    Seems they realised this. There are no longer any restrictions on the airports in the text:

    • Only one £150 statement credit per qualifying UK Card when you spend £1,000 or more cumulatively at
    • Offer only valid on flights departing from a UK airport.
    • Spend must be billed to your Card account by 2/10/23 to be eligible for this Offer. If KLM does not charge your Card during this period, you may not be eligible for this Offer.
    • Offer only applies to spend made in GBP on the Card to which the Offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet.
    • Offer only available to the first 15,000 Cardmembers who save the Offer to their Card.
    • Book and pay by 2/10/23.
    • Offer only available for the targeted recipient of this Offer.
    • Offer only valid online at
    • Telephone and mail transactions are excluded.
    • Offer only valid on flights in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class cabin. This product information refers to KLM flights only. Flights may be operated by airline partners in which case KLM products and services may not be available at the airport or on-board.
    • Offer excludes Cargo and Freight transport, and Gift Card purchases.

  • stevenhp1987 says:

    Where in the T&c does it limit it to those 5 Airports?

    I don’t see anything like that. It just says it has to originate from the UK.

    They fly from Southampton…

  • Uk_Ship says:

    HSBC Expat are changing the lounge partner from lounge key to Priority Pass from 1 October- is this going to be a HSBC wide change?

  • Chris says:

    For the KLM £150 cashback, will this work if you add on a lounge as an extra option? For example, return economy flight from UK costs £950 then £50 add on for lounge on same booking to total £1000. Is this eligible?

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