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KLM is back with another set of its “Dream Deals” for long-haul departures out of the UK and some of the sale fares are pretty fantastic considering where they’re originating – the UK is not known as a hub for great long-haul Business Class fares but some of the fares in this sale come close to the fares we see offered out of continental Europe and Scandinavia.
KLM Dream Deals – Headline Fare Rules
Here are the published terms and conditions:
- Book by 21 January 2018
- Travel throughout 2019
- Prices advertised are subject to change without notice before a booking is confirmed.
- Please check exact price and conditions applicable for your chosen dates and flights at time of booking.
- All prices are for return Business Class tickets, per passenger and include taxes and charges.
- Prices may change to less or more than the advertised fares at short notice as prices and availability are updated frequently.
- Seat availability may be very limited at the prices advertised for desired travel dates, travel periods can vary and blackout periods may apply.
- Credit card surcharge of 2% may apply up to a maximum of £20.
- Prices are based upon departures from London Heathrow via Amsterdam and may involve flights operated by airline partners in which case KLM products and services may not be available at the airport or on-board.
- Conditions of carriage and fare rules apply.
- Tickets may not be changeable or refundable after booking and additional charges may be payable.
- For non-flexible tickets booked, tickets are only valid for the dates shown, and first sector must be flown to avoid cancellation of all sectors booked.
KLM Business Class Dream Deals
All fares are for roundtrip travel and included taxes
Here are a few example fares:
- Abu Dhabi – From £1,150
- Bahrain – From £1,201
- Bangalore – From £1,449
- Bangkok – From £1,560
- Beijing – From £1,759
- Cape Town – from £1,999
- Delhi – From £1,189
- Dubai – From £1,249
- Johannesburg – From £1,719
- Kuwait – from £1,240
- Mumbai – From £1,299
- Muscat – From £1,400
- Nairobi – From £1,850
- Osaka – From £1,667
- Panama City – From £1,549
- Quito – From £1,868
- Seoul – From £1,329
- Shanghai – From £1,769
More Business Class deals are available via the KLM Dream Deals page.
There are two things worth remembering here:
- All these fares will require a connection in either Paris or Amsterdam
- British Airways is currently running a long-haul sale so you should compare KLM’s fares with the BA sale before you book (BA’s fares will be for non-stop travel) – view the BA sale via this link.
There are some excellent fares on offer here and with prices like £1,150 to Abu Dhabi, £1,249 to Dubai and £1201 to Bahrain they could be a nice way to get some winter sun in comfort.
A quick look at some of the deals and a lot of the fares appear to be available for months ahead….
…and they’re easy to price up:
Make sure you’re careful to check which aircraft are operating on which routes as not all flights will necessarily book on to KLM/Air France (like the route to Delhi above which included Jet Airways) and, even if the flights are on KLM/Air France, the Business Class cabins can vary quite significantly.
The Air France A380 Business Class seats are a throwback to the 1990’s while most of the Air France 777-300ER Business Class seats are excellent (for example).
I suggest that you take extra care make sure you check the seat maps of the aircraft in your proposed itinerary before you book.
Ideally you should be booking into Business Class cabins that have a 1-2-1 seating layout throughout…..like this:
And avoiding Business Class cabins that have six seats in a single row…like this:
The differences between the good cabins and the poor ones are stark and you’ll have a considerably better trip if you manage to stick to the more modern seats and cabin.