At the moment KLM has some excellent business class fares for travel from the US to Asia via Europe.
The best deal is from Los Angeles to Bangkok, as you can fly via Amsterdam for just ~$2,126 roundtrip.
Similarly good fares are available out of Newark, and you can route through Detroit and even fly Delta’s A350 between Detroit and Amsterdam. That fare is ~$2,143.
You can find these fares on Google Flights or ITA Matrix, then book through an online travel agency like Priceline. There’s lots of availability in spring and fall, though limited availability in winter. Note that these fares have a seven day minimum stay requirement, and a 21 day advance purchase requirement.
Assuming you book this as a KLM marketed trip and are crediting to Delta SkyMiles, you’d earn 200% redeemable miles, 150% Medallion Qualifying Miles, and Medallion Qualifying Dollars for 40% of the distance flown.
The Los Angeles to Bangkok routing covers a distance of 22,600 flown miles, so you’d earn the following with Delta SkyMiles:
- 43,600 redeemable miles (not including any elite bonuses)
- 33,900 Medallion Qualifying Miles
- 9,040 Medallion Qualifying Dollars (!!!!)
Note that you can potentially save even more by booking through the Amex International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.
This program offers discounts on KLM business class tickets, so that fare could be even lower.
Note that there’s a $39 ticketing fee when booking through this program, though the savings should outweigh that. You can also earn 5x Membership Rewards for purchases with the personal card.
If you’re a SkyTeam flyer, these are excellent business class fares that will earn you a lot of miles (especially if you’re trying to earn Delta MQMs and MQDs). This also allows you to collect four of KLM’s cute little houses on one trip, which is fun. 😉
While KLM’s hard product on these 777s and 747s isn’t cutting edge, I do love KLM in general for their quirkiness, so would recommend them without hesitation.
If you’re interested in these fares I’d book ASAP, as I can’t imagine they’ll last long.
Anyone plan to take advantage of these great KLM fares?
(Tip of the hat to zambonisk)