Buy Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles With A Bonus

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Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program has just launched their latest bonus on purchased miles.

Buy Flying Blue Miles With 75% Bonus

The Flying Blue program has just launched their latest bonus on purchased miles, valid through November 7, 2019. You have to log into your Flying Blue account to see what you’re targeted for, as different accounts are often eligible for different bonus offers.

For example, my account is targeted for a bonus of up to 75%, though it’s possible that other accounts are targeted for either bigger or smaller bonuses. For my version of the offer you receive a 75% bonus as long as you purchase at least 4,000 points in one transaction.


Redeem Flying Blue miles for Air France’s 777 business class

Non-elite members can purchase up to 75,000 miles per year, while elite members can purchase an unlimited number of miles. However, elite members are still capped at earning up to 100,000 bonus miles during this promotion.

If you’re a Flying Blue non-elite member, then you can max out this promotion by buying a total of 75,000 miles pre-bonus. Based on my 75% bonus I could buy a total of 131,250 miles for 2,062.50EUR (~2,278USD), which is a cost of 1.73 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.

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 spend. Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach minimum spend, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Citi® Double Cash Card.

See this post for more on which credit cards are best for buying points.

The terms of this promotion are as follows:

During the promotional period, Elite members can receive a maximum bonus of 100,000 Miles, while Explorer members can receive a maximum bonus of 56,250 Miles. Bonus Miles will be rewarded on transactions made between 11 October and 7 November 2019, 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. Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of Miles, while Explorer members may only purchase or receive up to 75,000 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 75,000 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.

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, they make more 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

Other Ways To Earn Flying Blue Miles

Remember that Flying Blue is transfer partners with American Express, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Marriott, so there are lots of ways to acquire their points.

Transfer points to Flying Blue from:

What kind of a bonus on purchased Flying Blue miles was your account targeted for?

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Comments
  1. Actually I would consider this to be a good deal.
    For example a round trip LAX-CDG on AF in J will easily set you back for at least $ 3.000.
    You can score a one way ticket for around 53.000 miles so 106.000 round trip which will cost you $1.800 in this set up. That is without fee’s but still a good deal.

  2. Amex offer of 20,000 MR points if you spend over $1000 with AF/KLM. Would buying points from AF work on this?

  3. @BobTL – Where do you see LAX-CDG for 53k miles? I’ve never seen it lower than 62,500 and even that is super rare now. In addition, you’re looking at ~$600 in taxes and surcharges for a roundtrip. So not so great of a deal.

  4. Well, that was nice. Checked the website and the trip I was thinking of making was 53,000 one way. Bought some miles to bring my balance up to that and went to book it. It’s now 151,000! Thanks, KLM.

  5. @airfarer
    This may be an example of dynamic pricing. JAL throws up similar pricing with, for the route I was researching, variations from a low 40,000 miles to a whopping 191,000 for the occasional peak day! The most common amount was 55,500. Interestingly, a F ticket was often cheaper in miles than a Business one, subject to availability of course.
    In your case I would have checked the exact flight you wanted before jumping in and buying extra miles.

  6. Far more economical is buying down the number of miles needed for an award. My experience is that you can buy 25% of the miles for one euro-cent each. I just did it yesterday.

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