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Historically one of the best uses of Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles is booking their Promo Awards. Flying Blue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.
In June some major changes were made to the Air France-KLM Flying Blue program. It became a revenue based frequent flyer program, meaning that you’re awarded miles based on how much your ticket costs, rather than based on the distance you fly.
Furthermore, Flying Blue introduced variable award pricing. Previously Flying Blue redemption rates were zone based, while now the pricing works differently. In other words, a New York to Paris redemption now costs a different number of points than a New York to Paris to Frankfurt redemption, even though they previously priced the same.
However, Flying Blue continues to offer Promo Awards, they just work a bit differently. Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings through August 30, 2018, for travel between September 30 and November 29, 2018. This time around there are some really great options:
- 50% off KLM business class to/from Edmonton
- 50% off Air France economy to/from New York JFK (only via Paris Orly)
- 25% off Air France economy to/from Boston
- 25% off Air France or KLM business class to/from Vancouver
- 25% off Air France or KLM economy to/from Vancouver
- 25% off KLM business class to/from Calgary
Redemption rates vary due to Flying Blue’s new dynamic pricing, but the savings here are potentially huge.
Nowadays seeing 50% discounts on business class awards is extremely rare, so the Edmonton to Amsterdam discount is especially noteworthy. With that you can fly one-way business class to Europe for just 30,250 Flying Blue miles, which is a great deal. There are some taxes and carrier imposed surcharges, which total about $250 one-way.
Availability is also excellent throughout the promotion period.
The economy redemptions potentially represent an excellent deal as well, like redeeming 11,000 miles for Air France one-way economy between New York JFK and Paris Orly.
If you’re connecting beyond Paris or Amsterdam, you can expect the pricing to vary with these Promo Awards. As I mentioned, Flying Blue now has variable pricing, and sometimes the pricing isn’t that logical. So while I doubt you’ll find flights with connections that are much cheaper, the cost could vary significantly based on where you’re connecting to.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these great Promo Awards?