Seoul: KLM, Air France & Korean Air Business Class Starting at €1,384 from Central Europe

Air France Business Class Airbus A350

The SkyTeam partners KLM & Air France have launched a good deal for flights to South Korea: Business class from Germany to Seoul and back starts at €1,384, with departures from other countries also being available for roughly €100 more. The option of flying as a code share onboard Korean Air is certainly particularly interesting. However, this only works on the inbound or outbound flight, but not in both directions.

The fare is available for travel until June 2022. Bookings departing by March 31, 2022, can be canceled free of charge at any time. Flights from April can only be rebooked without a rebooking fee (price difference applies) or canceled for a fee of €400.

Info

When booking through Air France and KLM, all tickets for trips up to March 2022 can be canceled free of charge. After that, changes can only be made without a rebooking fee, but the price difference applies. Alternatively, flights from April 2022 can only be reimbursed for a fee of €400. You can read the rules again here.

You can depart from the following airports:

Simply use the following form to book. All you have to do is select the departure airport on the left and then the desired travel dates on the right. Available dates can be found from the end of October 2021 until June 2022:

The aircraft on the long haul flight varies. The following are mainly used:

  • KLM: Boeing 777
  • Air France: Boeing 777 & Airbus A350
  • Korean Air: Boeing 777 & Airbus A380

What all airlines have in common is that the seats can be converted into a completely flat bed on long-haul flights. Other than that, there are some small differences:

Before Covid-19, Air France still had 4 different business class versions, but now, as the A380 & A340 have left the fleet, only 3 remain. The business class in the A380 was no longer up to today’s standards, unlike the business class that’s installed in the Boeing 787-Dreamliner and Airbus A350, which is modern and comfortable. This business class is now continuously being installed in other Air France planes as well.

Air France Business Class Airbus A350
© Air France

By now, modern seats have also become the norm at KLM. Its business class is definitely not a bad choice, also thanks to the good service. Like many other airlines, the Boeing 787 always has the newest business class seats installed.

KLM 777 Business Class
© KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

On cannot speak of a single Korean Air business class, as there are 4 versions. The newest version has mainly been installed in the Boeing 747-8 and the A330. There, you’ll fly in a modern and comfortable seat. The special part: Even though the seats are aligned in a 2-2-2 formation, everyone still has direct access to the aisle. The seats are not right next to each other, thus creating a corridor to the window seat – a great idea for wide planes like the Jumbo! In the A380’s upper deck, you’d fly in an older business class version, but Korean Air has a bar area where you can comfortably sit on the couch drinking a cocktail. The worst business class version is still being used on less prominent routes on some older Boeing 777 planes – with a row of three in the middle and angled seats.

Korean Air First Class Sleeper
Korean Air First Class © Korean Air
Korean Air Business Class Prestige Suite
© Korean Air

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, the flights can be booked up until November 1, 2021 for departures before June 30, 2022.

The minimum stay is one night from Saturday to Sunday, and according to the fare rules you can spend a maximum of 3 months at the destination.

You can find suitable dates quickly and easily with the help of Google Flights (instructions). You can then book the flights directly on KLM’s website.

Mileage

The long-haul tickets are issued in booking class O, while the short flights to Paris are issued in booking class J. To give you an example, flying from Budapest with Air France would roughly get you:

  • 14,194 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
  • 13,032 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 9,704 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 5,608 Award Miles + 102 XP on FlyingBlue
  • 4,800 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 3,242 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 3,116 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 3,116 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 2,712 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 2,712 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 2,324 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 2,324 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 2,324 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 2,324 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 2,324 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 2,094 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 2,014 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 1,936 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 1,936 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 1,936 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

If you wish to calculate the mileage for your specific route, feel free to use our mileage calculator below:

Information & Tips for Seoul

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and with 11.8 million inhabitants and a metropolitan region of around 25.6 million also the largest. The city is an important cultural and economic center in the Asian region.

Flights to Seoul

Flights to Korea are unfortunately not as cheap as to China or Southeast Asia, but there are – especially if you are flexible – some bargains that are definitely worth it.

For flights to Seoul, one should usually be prepared to pay between 400€ and 500€ for a good deal. Often there are also bargains in Business Class, especially from LOT.

You should avoid the school holidays, especially the summer holidays. During this period, airfares quickly rise to more than 700€ and partly reach heights of up to 1.000€ for a direct flight in economy. Good deals are not to be expected during this period.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to visit Seoul is from March to May or from September to November. Thanks to comparatively mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, these months are best suited for tourism.

Climate diagram for Seoul (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the Airport to the City Center

International long-haul flights usually arrive at Seoul-Incheon Airport. The express train to the city centre departs every 30 minutes and takes 40-45 minutes and costs approx. 6,50€. For a taxi you pay between 47€ and 70€.

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Cover Picture: © Air France

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