KLM/Air France sale from £869
KLM are celebrating their 100th anniversary and have a sale on to celebrate. Air France are part of the same company now so also have a sale on with similar prices. Both airlines have come a long way in recent years and with the imminent merger with Virgin Atlantic, it may be worth a look. Once the merger is complete this will give a great range of redemption and earning offers from Virgin, Delta and Virgin Connect (Flybe) plus Skyteam.
You fly from the UK with plenty of regional connections available which is one of the useful things about travelling on Aor France/KLM if you live outside London. You then would route via either Amsterdam or Paris.
So what are KLM and Air France like?
KLM may not be your first thought in terms of an airline to fly business class on but they are steadily improving their onboard product and you should soon be able to use KLM miles on Virgin Atlantic too. The main thing to be wary of is the variation of long-haul business class seats, but at least they all have flatbeds now.
The best offering is currently the B787 with the reverse herringbone seats. Next, are the B747s that have been fitted with the new seats which do have some single window seats. Finally, there is the A330 in a 2-2-2 configuration. The A330s have a 206cm fully flat beds and an HD quality entertainment with an 18″ screen.
For Air France long-haul business class need to be a bit wary. Air France’s old seats are angled lie flat with 2-2-2 or 2-3-2 configuration (B777). Most of their B777s and A330s now have the new seats. They do also have B787s that all have the new seats. You can tell which seats an aircraft has by the configuration. The new seats have a 1-2-1 configuration. Air France have also just taken delivery of their first A350. You can view the seat map as part of the booking process on the Air France website.
- Beirut £869
- Bogota £1,429
- Dubai £1,259
- Hanoi £1,599
- Ho Chi Minh £1,519
- Rio de Janeiro £,1769
- San Jose £1,799
- Sao Paolo £1,829
- Seoul £1,540
- Seychelles £1,929
- Saint Martin £ 2,099
- Taipei £1,599
Malaysia Airlines up to 30% off business class
Book: Now until 14 Oct 2019
Travel: Now until 31 Aug 2020
Malaysia Airlines have been struggling for a while and have gone from permeant very cheap sales to permanent not very cheap sales! However, they are part of oneworld and therefore you earn tier points and Avios like on BA. They have a good business class product out of Heathrow with a dedicated lounge, A350 aircraft and modern seats. If you are not in a hurry to book, I would wait as I have seen prices cheaper than this before. The prices are fairly average from the UK at best.
You could, of course, buy business class and bid to upgrade to Business Suites which is basically First class.
Here is how to do that:
If you are eligible you will receive an offer email, just click on the link provided. If you have not received an offer email, you may check your eligibility by entering:
- Airline Booking Reference and
- Last Name/Surname in the Check Your Eligibility box.
- You then chose your offer price from a preset range and enter your credit card details to enable payment upon successful upgrade. No charges will be applied unless the upgrade offer is successful.
- You will be notified by Malaysia Airlines whether your upgrade offer is accepted 48 hours before your flight departure.
- You will be provided with a new ticket and your offer price will be charged to your credit card.
All-inclusive business class return fares from London start from:
- Manila £2,429
- Bali £2,599
- Kuala Lumpur £2,729
- Kota Kinabalu £2,829
- Melbourne £3,699
- Auckland £3,799
You can find the Malaysia Airlines UK offers page here.