Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased miles, which some might find to be worthwhile.
Buy Flying Blue miles with 80% bonus
The Flying Blue program has just launched its latest bonus on purchased miles. Through Sunday, April 11, 2021, you can receive up to an 80% bonus when you purchase miles:
- Buy 4,000-10,000 miles, get a 60% bonus
- Buy 12,000-28,000 miles, get a 70% bonus
- Buy 30,000-100,000 miles, get an 80% bonus
It’s possible that different accounts may be targeted for different bonuses, as you do have to log into your Flying Blue account to see what your offer is. However, it’s my understanding that the above is the standard offer.
Redeem Flying Blue miles for Air France’s 777 business class
Non-elite members can purchase up to 100,000 miles per year, while elite members can purchase an unlimited number of miles. However, elite members are still capped in terms of how many bonus miles they can earn.
If you’re a Flying Blue non-elite member, then you can max out this promotion by buying a total of 100,000 miles pre-bonus. With an 80% bonus you’d earn a total of 180,000 miles for 2,750EUR (~3,263USD), which is a cost of 1.81 cents (USD) per mile.
While that’s not a rate at which everyone should pick up Flying Blue miles, I’d say that’s a solid price. Note that in the past we’ve seen Flying Blue offer up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles, so if you’re looking for the absolute best price it could be worth waiting. However, there’s no guarantee when we’ll see an offer like that again.
The terms of this promotion are as follows:
*During the promotional period, Elite members can receive a maximum bonus of 240,000 Miles when buying Miles, while Explorer members can receive a maximum bonus of 80,000 Miles. Bonus Miles will be rewarded on transactions made between 22 March and 11 April 2021, 2359 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete.
Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles up to 100,000 Miles, and in units of 25,000 from 100,000 to 300,000 Miles. Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of Miles, while Explorer members may only purchase or receive up to 100,000 Miles in any calendar year, unless a promotion is active in which case it is possible to either purchase or receive Bonus Miles on top of the 100,000 Miles.
Miles are sold to you by Points Inc. Miles will be deposited into your account within 72 hours of purchase. You have the right to withdraw your purchase within 14 days as provided in the Buy and Gift Miles Program Terms and Conditions. To exercise the withdrawal right or to obtain assistance with the Buy and Gift Miles Program, please contact the Customer Service Centre.
What credit card should you buy miles with?
Flying Blue mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spending, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend.
Ordinarily I’d say that would be a card like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (review), though that’s not the case here, since those cards have foreign transaction fees.
See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.
Should you buy Flying Blue miles?
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.
In addition to the great value that can be had through Flying Blue Promo Awards, Flying Blue also has the advantage of having access to more award seats for travel on Air France and KLM metal.
In other words, Flying Blue makes more award seats available to members of its own program than to members of partner programs. So even when the program’s pricing isn’t the best, there are situations where it could make sense to book through Flying Blue.
Redeem miles for KLM’s 787 business class
Other ways to earn Flying Blue miles
Remember that Flying Blue is transfer partners with American Express, Brex, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Marriott, so there are lots of ways to acquire their points. Through April 16, 2021, Citi ThankYou is even offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to Air France-KLM.
Through April 11, 2021, Flying Blue is offering up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles. This could represent an excellent deal with a specific use in mind, but this isn’t a rate at which I’d speculatively pick up miles, especially since we’ve seen 100% bonuses in the past.
Do you plan on purchasing Flying Blue miles with an 80% bonus?