Here’s a great deal for my friends in Europe. KLM has some crazy good business class fares from Amsterdam to the Caribbean at the moment — they’re charging just 999EUR (~$1,335USD) roundtrip including all taxes and fees.
The fare sale is valid for bookings made by August 11, 2014, and for outbound travel through September 30, 2014. The rules seem to suggest that a seven night minimum stay is required, though in practice when pricing the fare it seems to only require a Saturday night minimum stay.
The 999EUR fare is valid from Amsterdam to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and St. Maarten.
Availability for the fare is excellent throughout the promotion dates, so finding availability shouldn’t be an issue.
As a reminder, KLM’s routes to Curacao and St. Maarten are generally operated by 747s, so should feature the new business class product. Meanwhile their flights to Aruba and Bonaire are operated by A330s, so would feature their old business class product. I’d definitely go out of my way to fly KLM’s new fully flat business class product, which is a big improvement over the old product.
Admittedly there’s a reason the fares are so cheap — no one wants to go to the Caribbean this time of year. But still, if it’s miles you’re after or if you’re wanting to experience KLM business class, this is an offer that’s tough to beat, in my opinion. Usually a $2,000 transatlantic business class fare would be considered great, and this is about a third cheaper than that.
I flew KLM business class from Amsterdam to Chicago a few weeks ago and really enjoyed my flight. The service and food were excellent, and there was something cool and quirky about the product. So I would fly KLM again in a heartbeat, given the chance.
On one hand I’m tempted to take advantage of this since I could credit the miles to Alaska Mileage Plan to help me requalify for MVP Gold 75K, but at the same time I’m not sure I really want to spend much time in the Caribbean in September.