Buy Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles With 100% Bonus

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Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased miles. Not only is it the best promotion we’ve ever seen from the program, but it’s valid all the way through the end of the year.

Buy Flying Blue miles with 100% bonus

The Flying Blue program has just launched its latest bonus on purchased miles, valid through December 31, 2020. With this, Flying Blue is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles, which is the best offer we’ve ever seen from the program.

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 100% bonus is the standard offer.

The 100% bonus is tiered, as follows:

  • Earn a 50% bonus when you buy at least 2,000 miles in one transaction
  • Earn a 75% bonus when you buy at least 12,000 miles in one transaction
  • Earn a 100% bonus when you buy at least 30,000 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. With a 100% bonus you’d earn a total of 150,000 miles for 2,062.50EUR (~2,420USD), which is a cost of 1.61 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.

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 75,000 Miles. Bonus Miles will be rewarded on transactions made between 27 July and 31 December 2020, 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.

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 their 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, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Marriott, so there are lots of ways to acquire their points.

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Comments
  1. Flyingblue is offering double miles and double XP for all flights taken rest of the year. This offers a great opportunity to accumulate XP which come in handy later on. If you live in Europe, you could earn enough XP to get Platinum status for life by spending about EUR 10K – 12K.

  2. If the USD gets stronger against the EUR, anytime between now and Dec 31st, then this can become a pretty good deal for those who pay in USD. Back in April, 1 EUR = $1.07 USD but nowadays 1 EUR is around $1.17 USD.

  3. @ Tony

    I’m currently Silver with KLM and unlikely to expand on that with normal travel this year. But you raise an interesting proposition which I had not considered. Any advice and tips as to how one would approach that Platinum target?

  4. Pretty unforgiving expiration policy on FB miles for U.S. based flyers. Tough to keep them from expiring so be careful with large mileage purchases.

  5. How long do the last, and what are the requirements to keep them active? I’d want to use for promo-awards to Europe eventually, but don’t want them to expire first.

    I guess there’s no rush to buy them since we have 4 months.

  6. They expire in 24 months. The only way to extend them is to credit a paid flight to FB or to earn miles on a FB credit card. Nothing else works, including buying more miles or transferring miles in.

  7. So basically an $89-(value of 5000 miles a year) fee to keep them forever. Not awful, but not great.

  8. I’m surprised and disappointed at the lackluster reference to relevant cards with no foreign transaction fees. The links are buried to eventually lead to your general “Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards” post. In there you list C1 Venture Rewards as the best such card for everyday spend. Why not just link directly to that card’s app here? Even better, it would be helpful to have a separate post *specifically* for the best cards with no FTFs for non-bonused spend (VS World MC also comes to mind). I’m puzzled at your approach here, the uncharitable explanation being you just really want to drive Chase and Citi referrals uber alles.

  9. @jackg — right, and a 5/24 slot. Also, Bank of America has its own 3/12 rule, which is pretty restrictive.

  10. @Tony
    as far as I know, according to FB rules, you only can achieve Platinum FOR LIFE if you stay Platinum for 10 years in a row!

    Martin

  11. Tempting, but I’m worried about how long it will be until I can fly to Europe and that’s the primary use I have for FB miles. Already missed my trip to Paris this past April (for which DL will not refund my miles!), so not inclined to throw any more miles at a trip overseas.

  12. @wpcoe ~ the FB site is infuriatingly difficult to use/navigate. Nothing is logical and at times it seems you are dealing with 2 sites! All I can suggest is that you set aside a lot of time to familiarise yourself with it. You can get 2 different results for the same search, depending on how you entered the program! grrrr……

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