Spectacular KLM Business Class Fares From The US To Bangkok

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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.

Bottom line

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)

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  1. Lucky, on KLM topic – 25000 (out of 30k) employees signeda petition for reappointment of CEO. 1000 employees came over today to hand it over to AFKL supervisory board. Rare example in airline world today…

  2. @ Geoff. Only inbound however there are 2 airside hotels and many people would perhaps enjoy the stopover in Amsterdam

  3. “you can route through Detroit and even fly Delta’s A350 between Detroit and Amsterdam”

    Adding in an 8 hour layover in Detroit for the win!

  4. I just checked a few minutes ago, and the deal in J LAX/BKK was still available for dates in May. However when I went back in just now, the website tells me to “Change Your Search” “No Flights Available”

    I wonder if this is a “mistake fare”?


    Amex Platinum wasn’t able to pull up this trip so booked directly with KLM. also got 1.5% back from TCB

  6. Be sure to look at the problems they’re having with pollution and toxic smog

    Probably the reason for the cheap cfares

  7. @Edward. I am in BKK right now and the air pollution is not an issue here, not any more than in LA and nowhere near that of Chinese industrial centers. This is a great deal for biz – i paid more for MU via PVG in I/J and would much rather do Delta/KLM! Thanks, Lucky!

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