KLM business class ‘Dream Deals’ sale
No sooner had I written an article about KLM’s new business class seats than a sale appeared. The prices are almost identical to the Air France prices unsurprisingly since they are part of the same company.
The main thing to be wary of is the variation of long-haul business class seats with the A330s still having very old-fashioned sloping seats. All that is about to change this year though. There will still be some variation across types but at least they will all have flat beds by autumn 2018.
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 and finally will be the A330 in a 2-2-2 configuration. Four A330-300s are currently being refurbished with the last one expected to be completed in July 2018. KLM’s eight A330-200s will follow. Their refits are expected to be completed in October 2018. As well as 206cm fully flat beds the new seats with have HD quality entertainment with an 18″ screen.
KLM are a member of Skyteam alliance so you can credit the miles to any Skyteam partner. You could consider Delta as that lets you redeem on Virgin Atlantic as well as Sky Team. With Air France-KLM’s purchase of a stake in Virgin Atlantic, you should soon be able to redeem and collect miles across all 3 companies but it isn’t available yet. There are a couple of partner airlines of interest too, Malaysia Airlines and Alaska (can redeem both on BA).
The best sales fares are:
- Delhi from £1123
- Mumbai from £1233
- Dubai from £1243
- Singapore from £1793
- Hong Kong from £1443
- Shanghai from £1643
- Beijing from £1883
- Tokyo from £2032
- St Martin £1527 (Caribbean)
- Curacao £1625 (Caribbean)
You can find the KLM Dream Deals sale page here.
Air France business class sale
Air France has some excellent value business class fares from the UK via Paris which can be booked until 15 January 12018.
So what can you expect from their business class? Business class London to Paris is very similar to BA seat wise. You can read my review here. I was impressed with the food and service although no champagne was served on morning flights which I thought was a little odd for a French airline.
For long-haul business class, you 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 now have the new seats and some of the A330s too. You can tell which seats it has by the configuration. The new seats have a 1-2-1 configuration. You can view the seat map as part of the booking process on the AF website.
The new seats are similar to the B787 seats that I reviewed here. They are the reverse herringbone style seats at nearly 2m long. Some reports suggest they are a bit narrow but I didn’t notice that on the B787. You can read my Air France B787 review here. You get all the usual business class amenities in long haul even on the older aircraft, noise cancelling headphones, power sockets, Clarins amenity kit, on-demand entertainment etc. You get an XXL feather down pillow and a soft duvet too. You can also order your meal in advance from Asian cuisine to fresh seafood with their “A la Carte” meals.
Overall if you are not bothered about Avios and can get a route with the new business class, Air France are well worth a try at some of these prices.
For crediting miles you could either credit to Flying Blue where you can redeem on any Sky Team partner or you could consider Delta that lets you redeem on Virgin as well as Sky Team. With Air France-KLM’s purchase of a stake in Virgin Atlantic, you should soon be able to redeem and collect miles across all 3 companies but it isn’t available yet. There are also a number of other partners of Air France where you can credit miles: a couple of oneworld partners in Malaysia Airlines and JAL plus Alaska Airlines (served Hawaii from the US and can use miles to redeem on BA) and Air Mauritius which could also be useful redemptions.
Here is a look inside the new B777 cabin:
The best sales fares are:
- Delhi from £1129
- Mumbai from £1239
- Dubai from £1249
- Singapore from £1799
- Hong Kong from £1449
- Shanghai from £1469
- Beijing from £1889
- Tokyo from £2039
You can find the Air France sale page here.
Asia Gardens Hotel & Spa offers
Asia Gardens Hotel & Spa is one of my favourite places for a quick sunshine relaxing break. You feel like you are in Asia even though it is only in Spain a few hours from the UK. It is situated in a microclimate which means the temperature in winter is still relatively warm and they are well equipped for cooler days. They have individual heaters above the loungers at one pool and the adults only pool has a heater that switches on automatically as you step out of the pool – clever! Two of their pools are heated to 30°c year round with one being adults only and the other suitable for all the family.
You can read my two reviews of the Asia Gardens here.
As it is low season they currently have some good offers if you fancy a visit.
January to March – 2 nights from €240 per room, per night in Double Deluxe room for 2 adults inc breakfast
Thai experience – 2 nights from €335 per room, per night in Double Deluxe room for 2 adults inc breakfast and one massage per person during the stay
Gourmet experience – 2 nights from €398 per room, per night in Double Deluxe room for 2 adults inc breakfast, Supreme experience for two at the Asian restaurant Koh Samui, along with local wines, Lunch for two a la carté at Palapa Mediterranean style restaurant. Gourmet tasting dinner for two at In Black restaurant, international cuisine.
You can find details of the offers on the Asia Gardens website here.