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KLM and Air France appear to be offering more and more Business Class sales for travel originating in the UK (I’m starting to think this is a regular monthly occurrence) and some of the deals the airlines are offering right now are well worth checking out if you’re looking to fly to Asia, the Caribbean, South America or Africa.
As always with these fares, all the offers you’ll find will involve a connection in either Amsterdam or Paris but, considering how much cheaper these deals are than some of the non-stop fares I’m seeing to the same destinations, the stopover looks worthwhile.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- Prices start from the fare displayed.
- 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 via Amsterdam and may involve connecting flights.
- Flights may be 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.
Roundtrip Business Class From London Heathrow
Note: a number of the headline fares that you’ll see on the sale page are showing a higher price than what you’ll be quoted when you click through – if you see a destiation you’d like to go to but the headline fare seems high make sure you price it up before you dismiss it.
- Abu Dhabi – from £1,250
- Aruba – from £1,662
- Bangalore – from £1,599
- Bangkok – from £1,679
- Bogota – from £1,449
- Buenos Aires – from £1,849
- Delhi – from £1,349
- Dubai – from £1,350
- Fortaleza – from £1,699
- Havana – from £1,749
- Hong Kong – £1,779
- Johannesburg – from £1,450
- Manila – from £1,699
- Mumbai – from £1,492
- Muscat – from £1,599
- Nairobi – from £1,350
- Panama City – from £1,529
- Quito – from £1,749
- Seoul – from £1,529
- Saint Martin – from £1,549
- Seychelles – from £1,450
Further similar deals are available from most major UK airports.
£1,340 to Dubai and £1,250 to Abu Dhabi are two fares that will probably stick out for a lot of peopleand but the £1,450 roundtrip Buisness Class fare to the Seychelles looks like fantastic value as does £1,450 for roundtrip Business Class to Johannesburg and the £1,529 fare to Seoul (although we have seen the Seoul flights offered cheaper than this in the past)
These fares are available through to June 2020 so you’re not restricted to just a few months of availability for most of these fares (although one or two routes are seasonal).
Here’s what availability to Abu Dhabi looks like:
And here’s what availability on a seasonal destination like the Seychelles looks like:
Winter in the Seychelles sounds pretty good when a roundtrip Business Class fare starts at £1,450 🙂
Aircraft & Cabins
Make sure you’re careful to check which aircraft are operating on which routes as the Business Class cabins on offer can vary quite significantly.
If you happen to find a fare on an Air France A380 bear in mind that the Business Class seats are a throwback to the 1990s 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.
There are some very good deals on offer here considering the fares are for departures out of the UK. I’m not going to try to claim that the fares on offer are ‘the best we’ve ever seen’ (they’re not) but, if you’ve been thinking about booking a trip to one of the destinations on offer, these are still fares well worth considering.