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A few weeks ago Air France-KLM Flying Blue launched their latest promotion on purchased miles. This promotion is valid through April 10, 2019, meaning you have just one week left to take advantage of this promotion.
FlyingBlue is offering up to a 75% bonus when you purchase miles. This promotion is tiered, and you get a bigger bonus on purchased miles the more miles you buy, as follows:
- Buy 4,000+ miles, get a 40% bonus
- Buy 10,000+ miles, get a 50% bonus
- Buy 40,000+ miles, get a 75% bonus
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. You’d receive a total of 131,250 Flying Blue miles at a cost of 2,062.50EUR (~2,332USD), which is a cost of 1.78 cents (USD) per mile.
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 14 March and 10 April 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.
There are lots of great uses of Flying Blue miles, and I’ve found myself using them more and more lately (I actually have four upcoming trips booked with them), including:
- 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 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.
If you’ve been considering this promotion and haven’t yet taken advantage of it, you have a week remaining to do so.
Does anyone plan on buying Flying Blue miles with a 75% bonus?