BUSINESS CLASS London to Bangkok £975!

Garuda Business Class

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There are some phenomenal Business Class fares available at the moment from London to Bangkok – starting at just £975 return.

The very cheapest fares I saw were with Bahrain-based Gulf Air in May (example below is 10th-17th May 2018):

Longer stopovers were available for £50-100 more. Momondo seemed to be finding the lowest prices, but it’s always worth checking others like SkyScanner and Kayak too. Availability seemed patchy for the dates I was looking at, but I didn’t get chance to investigate further.

Gulf Air operates a (fairly) decent looking 2-2-2 lie-flat Business Class product. Until the end of April 2018, you can credit the flights at 100% of flown distance to American AAdvantage. After then, I think Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is probably the best option.

If you’re looking for something a bit more 5*, the superb Garuda Business Class fares between London and Bangkok are also still available, from £1033 return:

Available dates should be between: 11th April – 12th July;  16th August – 8th December; 25th December – 31st December 2018.

Again, Momondo seemed to find the lowest fare, but do check other comparison sites too.

Garuda is a Skytrax 5 * airline and I’ve only ever heard good things over the last few years – there’s a great review of Business Class here and you can read more on the Garuda website here.

As regards where to credit the flights, Garuda is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and has other partners too, so you’ve got lots of choice.

I would personally go for ANA Mileage Club I think, though KLM / Air France Flying Blue or Etihad Guest might be more popular choices. All three of them offer 125% of flown Miles, so you’d be looking at earning something like 21,000 Miles.

Garuda has been known to offer extremely generous Miles redemption promotions in the past, so you may even wish to consider crediting to GarudaMiles.

Bottom line

Business Class deals from the UK seem to be a lot cheaper so far this year than we’ve seen in the past. When you can fly to Asia for under £1,000 from London Heathrow on good airlines, it’s hard to see the point of spending time and money repositioning to Dublin/Prague/Scandinavia, like we often suggested in the past.


  1. Sylwek says

    You can save some money on the rather excessive passenger tax duty by arriving in the UK within 24 hrs of departure

      • James says

        Now that would be very useful to know. And whether you can do so as a British citizen & resident.

        • Sylwek says

          It does not matter what is you country of citizenship.
          You can claim APD from the airline you are traveling with departing from the UK.
          Keep the boarding pass for your incoming flight, of course.
          Once you arrive at your final destination submit both boarding passes to the airline you travelled out of the UK and be patient. But it does work.

          • Joe Deeney says

            Hi Sylwek,

            Interesting stuff! – I’ve always thought this might be possible but haven’t looked into it closely. I’d love to do a post on the process (and find out how to do it for myself regardless!). Would you mind if I sent you a quick email to discuss it further?

  2. Richard says

    Thanks Joe for another great post. I was interested in your suggestion that ANA Mileage Club might be a good place to credit Garuda flights, and wondered if you could expand on your reasoning?

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