Incredible SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Warsaw To China

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The past couple of years we’ve seen a massive increase in the number of discounted business class fares that airlines publish. It used to be that a $2,000 roundtrip transatlantic business class fare was exceptional, while nowadays it’s quite common. As a result, the standard of the deals that are worth sharing has changed.

While this won’t be for everyone, at the moment SkyTeam has some exceptionally good roundtrip business class fares from Europe to Asia, starting at ~$1,000 roundtrip. Specifically, these fares seem to be valid for travel from Warsaw, and the best fares seem to be to China.

InsideFlyer has a breakdown of some of the excellent fares we’re seeing out of Warsaw, as follows:

  • Chengdu from 785EUR
  • Xiamen from 848EUR
  • Fuzhou from 996EUR
  • Beijing from 1,295EUR
  • Guangzhou from 1,299EUR
  • Seoul from 1,300EUR
  • Shanghai from 1,309EUR
  • Hong Kong from 1,368EUR

The fares seem to be valid for travel through the end of the schedule, and there’s a Saturday night minimum stay required.

Longhaul travel seems to be available on Air France, KLM, Xiamen, and China Southern, though for many of these fares the ticket needs to be booked as a China Southern codeshare flight.

For example, there’s this roundtrip ticket from Warsaw to Chengdu on KLM the whole way, with the longhaul flights on their beautiful 787s featuring reverse herringbone seats:

Or there’s this Warsaw to Xiamen fare, with the outbound flight on Xiamen Air and the return flight on KLM:

Do keep in mind that if you’re crediting to Delta SkyMiles, you’ll earn miles based on the airline marketing your flight, and not the airline operating your flight.

Availability is wide open using these fares, and you can search on either Google Flights or ITA Matrix. Then when it’s time to book, you can typically get a slightly cheaper fare by booking through (though in some cases they use some shady travel agencies, so if you need to change your ticket this could be more complicated).

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the  Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.

Man, I’m tempted to position to Warsaw to take advantage of one of these fares, as I’d love to review KLM’s 787 business class.

Anyone considering taking advantage of one of these great fares?

(Tip of the hat to InsideFlyer)

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  1. When you find a flight code sharing with China southern, does it mean it is their metal and not AF, klm, etc?

  2. If you have a CZ flight you will not have so many miles on Flying Blue i mean
    Better to jump on the fare from BUD and have a AF/KL flight marketed

  3. Not sure how someone can advertise this as a great deal. Unless you are based in Poland it makes no sense to position to Warsaw. currently runs world business class deals where you can get the flight from amsterdam to many destinations including montreal for as low as 1422 EUR…

  4. Thanks! I’ve booked. London to Warsaw is easy enough, and £800 for business class to Xiamen and then returning from Chengdu is great!

  5. @Tobias:

    1) People live in Poland who read this blog. It’s also easy to position to Poland on LOT from just about anywhere.
    2) Asia is much further away from Europe than North America. WAW-AMS-CTU is 11,264 miles roundtrip before any class of service bonuses. The AMS-YUL deal you’re quoting, which is nearly twice as expensive as the one listed here, is 6,860 miles roundtrip.

  6. You could fly LO direct LAX to WAW or even better ORD-KRK (one of their quirkiest routes, once per week to Poland’s second biggest and most beautiful city – imagine a city about twice as nice as Vienna and you get a picture) and later continue from Warsaw.
    LOT have really upped their game recently.

  7. Looks like it’s also possible to book overnight connections in AMS; very easy for those of us in The Netherlands. Stopovers seem to push the price up, though.

  8. Sorry to have been misleading, made a mistake while writing. Wanted to say twice as nice as Prague or Budapest and on par with Vienna. Sorry!

  9. @Bill this also includes destinations like Hong Kong- purely an example that the fare wasn’t that special to make the extra effort of going to warsaw. fair enough if you are based in Poland it’s a good offer.

  10. LOT has been expanding their services considerably to East Asia in the last few years since sanctions by the European Union were lifted against the carrier. The cheap fares on SKYTEAM carriers are to attract some traffic that LOT has siphoned off as a result of offering non stop flights. LOT has good biz fares from many European cities with the stop in Warsaw. If you’re Star Alliance they’re probably worth looking at.

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