Buy Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles With 80% Bonus

Buy Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles With 80% Bonus

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Up to 80% bonus on purchased miles June 17, 2021 July 9, 2021
Up to 100% bonus on purchased miles May 17, 2021 May 30, 2021
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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.

Citi® Double Cash Card
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  • Earn 1% cash back when you make a purchase, earn 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase
  • $0
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
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  • Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
  • Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
  • Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
  • $0
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
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  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
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  • 2x points on purchases up to $50k then 1x
  • Access to Amex Offers
  • No annual fee

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

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

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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  • 2x Ultimate Rewards on Travel Globally
  • 2x Ultimate Rewards on Dining Globally
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $95
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
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  • 3x Ultimate Rewards on Travel
  • 3x Ultimate Rewards on Dining
  • $300 Travel Credit
  • $550
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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  • Earn 3x points on travel
  • Earn 3x points on shipping purchases
  • Cell Phone Protection
  • $95
American Express® Gold Card
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  • 4x points at restaurants
  • 4x points at U.S. supermarkets, on up to $25,000 in purchases annually
  • 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com
  • $250
The Platinum Card® from American Express
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  • Earn 5x points on flights purchased directly from airlines or through Amex Travel (up to $500k/year)
  • $200 Annual Uber Credit
  • Amex Centurion Lounge Access
  • $695
Citi Premier® Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 3x Points on Airfare
  • Earn 3x Points on Hotels
  • Earn 3x Points at Restaurants
  • $95
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 2x Venture miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn unlimited 2x Spark miles per dollar
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Primary Car Rental Coverage
  • $0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply. | See Rates & Fees
  • Earn 6x points at Marriott
  • Free Night Award Annually
  • 15 Elite Nights Towards Status Annually
  • $95

Bottom line

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?

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  1. Stephen Morrissey

    Not great, but not bad either. I would think about it.

  2. Airfarer

    I think these expire in two years. Given current conditions, I'll take a hard pass.

  3. Clem

    This is targeted, I only got an offer for a 45% bonus.

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Clem

This is targeted, I only got an offer for a 45% bonus.

Airfarer

I think these expire in two years. Given current conditions, I'll take a hard pass.

Stephen Morrissey

Not great, but not bad either. I would think about it.

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