New Flying Blue Promo Awards: Save 50% On Business Class To Europe

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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.

Flying Blue is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate RewardsCiti ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, meaning you can transfer points earned from a variety of cards:

Transfer points to Flying Blue from:

Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these great Promo Awards?

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  1. Thanks, Lucky! This represents an even better deal for those of us who, throwing caution to the wind, transferred gobs of MR points to FB with the recent 25% bonus!

  2. I redeemed 10,750 from DC to Turin (Economy) this week (those DC and Houston promo awards expired yesterday). It was made even sweeter because AMEX recently had a bonus on flying blue transfers, the way they have Jetblue 25% at the moment. So It cost me around 8,000 AMEX points -> 1:1 Flying Blue + AMEX transfer bonus and $78 in taxes to get to Turin. Considering the flight is selling for $&% in Economy, I think I did well.

  3. @Robert The thing is SPG is the only miles & more transfer partner–so it’s not as easy to accrue tons of lufthansa miles as it would be to do AF/KLM via chase or amex for example.

  4. @Chris KLM is supposed to have their new fully flat biz on all A330-200 by the end of October. So booking a flight further into November from YEG could be a worthwhile gamble.

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