GOOD DEAL: KLM “Dream Deals” Business Class Fare Sale Is Now On (UK)


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KLM has announced another round of its “Dream Deals” for departures from the UK and there are a few Business Class  deals that look very interesting.

KLM Business Class Dream Deals

All fares are for roundtrip travel and included taxes

Here are a few example fares:

  • Abu Dhabi – From £1,221
  • Bahrain – From £1,280
  • Bangalore – From £1,509
  • Bangkok – From £1,560
  • Beijing – From £1,619
  • Chennai – From £1,490
  • Delhi – From £1,240
  • Dubai – From £1,210
  • Johannesburg – From £1,947
  • Mumbai – From £1,359
  • Muscat – From £1,331
  • Nairobi – From £1,899
  • Osaka – From £1,740
  • Panama City – From £1,479
  • Quito – From £1,800
  • Saint Martin – From £1,519
  • San Jose – From £1,409
  • Seoul – From £1,409
  • Shanghai – From £1,629

Further Business Class deals are available via the KLM Dream Deals page.

Here are the published terms and conditions:

  • 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, as indicated above, 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 to/ 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.

Thoughts

There are two things worth remembering here:

  1. All these fares will require a connection in either Paris or Amsterdam
  2. 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 the £1,409 fare to Seoul has me sorely tempted.

I’ve had 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:

It’s a little disappointing that flights to the US are excluded from this sale but when you can book the Caribbean from £1,409, the Middle East from £1,210 and Asia from £1,240 it’s hard to complain.

Make sure you’re careful to check which aircraft are operating on which routes as 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).

The best suggestion I have is that you make sure you check the seat maps of the aircraft before you book. Ideally you should be looking to book into Business Class cabins that have a 1-2-1 seating layout across the cabin…..like this:

Air France 777-300ER Business Class seat map

Or this:

KLM 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class seat map

And avoiding Business Class cabins that have bore seats in a single row…like this:

Air France Airbus A380 Business Class seat map

or 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.

You can find all the KLM Business Class Dream Deals via this link