Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased miles, which could represent a good deal, especially with more international borders opening up.
Buy Flying Blue miles with 80% bonus
The Flying Blue program has just launched its latest bonus on purchased miles. Through Friday, July 9, 2021, you can receive up to an 80% bonus when you purchase miles:
- Buy 4,000-12,000 miles, get a 55% bonus
- Buy 14,000-22,000 miles, get a 65% bonus
- Buy 24,000-300,000 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 ordinarily purchase up to 100,000 miles per year, while elite members can purchase an unlimited number of miles, though are limited in terms of how many bonus miles they can get with a particular promotion. While the promotion is supposed to be limited to 100,000 Flying Blue miles for non-elite members, my non-elite account is able to purchase up to 300,000 miles pre-bonus, so I assume it’s the same for others.
If you’re a Flying Blue non-elite member, then you can max out this promotion by buying a total of 300,000 miles pre-bonus. With an 80% bonus you’d earn a total of 540,000 miles for 8,250EUR (~9,786USD), which is a cost of 1.81 cents (USD) per mile.
This is a fairly solid promotion from Flying Blue, though we do sometimes see bonuses of up to 100%, which would obviously be a better deal.
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 17 June and 9 July 2021, 2359 CEST, 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.
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
Air France-KLM Flying Blue has launched its latest promotion on purchased miles, giving members the opportunity to buy miles with up to an 80% bonus. This could represent an excellent deal with a specific use in mind, especially as France (and other countries) are increasingly opening to visitors.
Do you plan on purchasing Flying Blue miles with an 80% bonus?