The Air France-KLM Flying Blue program has just launched their latest bonus on purchased miles, valid through August 11, 2019. This is a mystery bonus, so different accounts will be targeted for different offers — you’ll want to log into your Flying Blue account to see what you’re targeted for.
For example, my account is targeted for a bonus of up to 50%, though I imagine other accounts are targeted for bigger bonuses. For my version of the offer you a get a 50% bonus as long as you purchase at least 4,000 miles 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 50% bonus I could buy a total of 112,500 miles for 2,062.50EUR (~2,313USD), which is a cost of 2.06 cents (USD) per mile.
That’s definitely on the steep side and not a price at which I’d buy Flying Blue miles, but if you’re targeted for a bigger bonus then it could very much be worthwhile
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:
Bonus Miles will be rewarded on transactions made between 15 July and 11 August 2019, 23:59 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete.
During the promotional period, Elite members can receive a maximum bonus of 100,000 Miles. Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of base Miles annually, 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 receive bonus Miles on top of the 75,000 Miles. Miles are sold in units of 2,000 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.
There are lots of great uses of Flying Blue miles, and I’ve found myself using them more and more lately. In particular, Flying Blue has better availability for travel on Air France and KLM, so can be useful for transatlantic travel.
Redeem Flying Blue miles for KLM’s A330 business class
There are definitely circumstances under which it could make sense to buy Flying Blue miles, though also 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.
Furthermore, through July 20, 2019, Citi ThankYou is offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Air France-KLM.
What kind of a bonus on purchased Flying Blue miles was your account targeted for?