Last Chance: Transfer Amex Points To Air France KLM Flying Blue With 25% Bonus

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Since mid-March, the US American Express Membership Rewards program has been offering a 25% bonus when you convert points into Air France KLM Flying Blue miles. This promotion expires tomorrow, Monday April 29, 2019, so if you’ve been considering this promotion you’ll want to take advantage of it ASAP.

Points ordinarily convert at a 1:1 ratio, though during this promotion you can convert 1,000 Amex points into 1,250 FlyingBlue miles.

There’s no limit to how often you can take advantage of this promotion, and the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning that you can earn the bonus on multiple transactions.

I love that Amex Membership Rewards offers transfer bonuses with some frequency, including to Air France, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. However, it has been quite a while since we’ve seen a Flying Blue transfer bonus. The last such bonus was last spring, and was also for 25%.

There are so many great cards that accrue Membership Rewards points, and when you consider that some cards earn up to 2x points per dollar spent, you’re looking at quite a good return when you stack with a transfer bonus.

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Should you transfer Amex points to Flying Blue?

Flying Blue nowadays has dynamic award pricing and roughly distance based award pricing. While I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, it is one that I get quite a bit of use out of.

Go figure over the past few months I’ve transferred hundreds of thousands of Amex points to Flying Blue without a transfer bonus. Flying Blue Promo Awards can be a great value, though there are lots of great uses beyond that.

One of the advantages of Flying Blue is that they make more Air France and KLM award seats available to members of their own program than to members of partner programs. So even when their pricing isn’t the best, there are situations where it could make sense to book through them.

Redeem miles for KLM’s 787 business class

Over the past several months I’ve transferred hundreds of thousands of points to Flying Blue without a transfer bonus. To give a sense of some of the tickets I’ve booked:

  • I redeemed 52,000 Flying Blue miles for a one-way Air France business class ticket from Miami to Paris (plus carrier imposed surcharges)
  • I redeemed 72,000 Flying Blue miles for a one-way Air Europa business class ticket from London to Madrid to Miami (without carrier imposed surcharges)
  • I redeemed 85,000 Flying Blue miles for a one-way Air France business class ticket from Miami to Paris to Male (plus carrier imposed surcharges)
  • I redeemed 97,500 Flying Blue miles for a one-way Air France and Middle East Airlines business class ticket from Detroit to Paris to Beirut (plus carrier imposed surcharges)

Redeem miles for Air France’s 777 business class

Bottom line

We typically see a transfer bonus from Amex to Flying Blue once per year, so it’s nice to see this return for 2019.

I’m always conflicted when it comes to transferring points during transfer bonuses. On one hand, a lot of the value from transferrable points comes from the flexibility you have of being able to transfer them to any program once you actually have a specific redemption in mind. That’s the best way to protect yourself from devaluations.

At the same time, in the case of Flying Blue I also find myself consistently making bookings through them, and I’d much rather do so with a 25% bonus than not.

So while I usually don’t recommend speculatively transferring points, I’m tempted to do so in this situation, since I feel like I’ll find myself redeeming those miles over the coming months. I guess I need to make up my mind, since I only have one day remaining to do so.

Do you plan on transferring Amex points to Flying Blue with a 25% bonus?

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  1. God damnit. I just transferred a week ago for a big booking. I’m assuming they won’t retroactively give any bonuses?

  2. When I look for results PPT-NYC on flexible date search, it regularly returns “lowest from” options in the 100,000+ range. But when I click a date, I find as low as 32,500. Is this correct? Don’t want to transfer miles and find out the higher price was more correct.

  3. Why is this only for US accounts? Other countries don’t get this bonus? I’ve never seen it reported for the UK etc.

  4. Lucky with the 25% bonus available I’ll probably do at least 200K, for 250k points to use for the next 12-24 months. I know I’ll be using them, so why not take advantage of the bonus. I did the same with the BA bonus, and have definitely found a use for those points.

    BTW heads up, you repeated the “Go figure” comment twice above.

  5. Barely a mention of Flying Blue’s surcharges/fees on awards.

    Isn’t it over $1,000 in fees for a business-class redemption?

  6. Jo, If you wait for an AMEX offer to Virgin Atlantic, you can book ANA through Virgin, as I’ve done ( thanks, Lucky)

  7. Question: can my wife xfer her AMEX points into my KLM account and the bonus credited to my account?

  8. @Romano, you can only transfer your wife’s Amex points to your KLM account if you are an authorized user on your wife’s Amex account.

  9. @James W – Not in my experience. Transferred ~50,000 MR points last time there was a bonus & spent them on a business class KLM flight from NYC – London via Amsterdam. Believe I paid ~$280 in fees and got a ride on KLM’s fantastic new 787 J product.

  10. Be warned. I transferred 254,000 points to Flying Blue to use this, and they’ve locked my account and refuse to use these miles, stating fraud. AMEX/AIRFRANCE USER BEWARE.

  11. I’ve always regretted not transferring over more MR points over during the Air France promotions.

  12. I think it is irresponsible to suggest this without warning people that the only way to keep AF miles from expiring is by actually FLYING- they are the only airline I know that doesn’t have an easier way to keep miles alive. Yes – you can fly a partner and assign your miles there but it is a major pain. That policy, along with the higher redemptions and the fact that they stopped allowing FC award bookings for anyone but Elites made us switch years ago. We used to fly AF all the time. Oh yeah. And connections at PDG. If we are actually flying to Paris I will consider transferring. But I would never hoard miles in an AF account.

  13. It is known that Flyingblue does not like those who only use it as a wallet to score award flights, never crediting flights to them. God forbid transferring MR as a first time user and redeeming them instantly (high chances of going to FB jail).

    Scored LAX-BRU flights/train for only 60k in a few weeks on the 773, $220 taxes.

  14. Just transferred MR points yesterday and booked business class round trip from Boston to Paris for 80k MR points in July. I think its pretty good deal. Its $4600 ticket for 80k MR points and $500 booking fees.

  15. Transferred miles from the SPG AmEx and it said that I got 1 mile for every three points. WHAT? Is this offer only good for a “regular” AmEx card, not a branded one?

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