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6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to justify the extra expenditure of a business class flight, which can often amount to several thousand £s, then you are in luck as right now as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is having a sale on its KLM World Business Class flights, with prices starting from as little £1,249 return and many further afield destinations with prices from less than £1,700. With KLM World Business Class, passengers are assured the ultimate in comfort with a privacy canopy, a 170-175 degrees reclinable seat (complete with massage unit) that is 190cm long, and a personal entertainment system to ensure you arrive at your destination as relaxed as possible. London Heathrow to Dubai from £1,249 return Where else in the world can you be enjoying the beach one minute and be skiing the next?  Despite its desert location, Dubai truly has it all, including some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, and – for now at least – the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. (If you have a head for heights, make sure you visit the obervation deck on the 124th floor which is a little over halfway up.) Dubai London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi from £1,299 return CNN named Abu Dhabi as one of its top 10 destinations in the world to visit in 2015. The city is striving to become the cultural capital of the Middle East, with plans for the Zayed National Museum and the first Louvre Museum outside of Paris in the pipeline for next year, plus the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in 2017. In the meantime, there’s plenty to take in, from traditional Bedouin themed evenings to Ferrari World on Yas Island. Abu Dhabi London Heathrow to Acrra from £1,399 return For an utterly unique experience, take a look at Accra, the Ghanian capital. Although still developing, the city is very stable and the nation offers a great deal to the slightly more adventurous traveller. Browse Makola Market, the city’s main market and shopping district, or take in a football match at the Ohene Djan Stadium to get a feel for how the locals live. Accra London Heathrow to Bangkok from £1,690 return The vibrant Thai capital of Bangkok is full of character and an exotic and exciting destination to visit at any time of year. If you like your shopping and markets, head for Siam Square/Sukhumvit area. Alternatively, look to the Riverside area where you’ll find many of the city’s top hotels and cultural attractions. Bangkok London Heathrow to Shanghai from £1,690 return Voted one of the Best Places to Go in 2015 by Frommer’s, as well as one of 52 Places to Go in 2015 by the New York Times, Shanghai is getting a lot of attention at the moment. And with good reason too – the city offers so much to the visitor, from the historic Bund to the new Disneyland park and a lot more inbetween. Shanghai London Heathrow to Hong Kong from £1,690 return Last but by no means least, Hong Kong has long been a favourite destination in Asia. Worth visiting for its cultural fusion alone, this territory offers one of the world’s most stunning cityscapes. Here you can take in the view from Victoria Peak, visit temples, peruse street markets, and much, much more. Hong Kong If you like the look of any of these destinations (or wish to explore the site for other possibilities), please note that the sales period for these KLM World Business Class flights runs from 24/03/15 until 30/03/15. Travel dates vary and prices are correct as of 24/03/15, and inclusive of tax from London Heathrow. Images: Shutterstock Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by KLM.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. It’s not a world I’m all that familiar with, but are people that price conscious when it comes to business travel? I always had the impression the shackles were off a bit when the company was picking up the tab? Has that changed (or was it ever really the case) since the recession?

  2. Firstly, I think you’ll find that in the prolonged economic climate we’ve been experiencing, businesses are much more cost conscious about sending their staff business class, and secondly, business class isn’t just for situations where the company picks up the tab. It’s frequently used by individuals travelling for leisure purposes. Depending on the route, of course, there’s commonly quite a mix of both business and leisure travellers in business class.

    If you take the Dubai example, it’s not uncommon for flights from Heathrow to Dubai return to be around £2,500 per person… sometimes as much as £4,000. If you’re travelling as a couple and can be spending £2.5k for the two of you, rather than £8k, then that’s a hell of a saving, I’m sure you’ll agree.

    At the other end of the spectrum, an economy return ticket to Dubai is typically a few hundred pounds minimum. For those who are looking to push the boat out and make a special occasion of their trip, but would usually baulk at the usual business class rates, a sale like this just makes that upgrade a little more tempting for them.

  3. Those are some pretty great deals compared to the typical numbers you just provided. Especially for business class, those are some great deals. The picture of Hong Kong is absolutely gorgeous, I’d love to visit there sometime!

  4. Make most of the journey by combining the perks of luxury travel when you fly business class to some of the top destinations across the globe

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