New Flying Blue Promo Awards (Including For Travel On Kenya Airways)

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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 miles 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. Last month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards were among the best we’ve seen in a long time, as we saw quite a few transatlantic flights on sale in business class.

Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings through November 29, 2018, and for travel between December 31, 2018, and February 27, 2019.

If you’re looking for a discounted transatlantic economy award, this is a very good list:

  • 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards between Chicago and Europe
  • 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards between Houston and Europe
  • 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards between Washington Dulles and Europe
  • 25% off Air France economy awards between Boston and Europe
  • 50% off Air France economy awards between Seattle and Europe

For example, you could fly from Seattle to Paris for just 14,500 miles one-way:

Thanks to Flying Blue’s odd pricing, in some cases the flights can get even cheaper if you connect somewhere. For example, Seattle to Prague via Paris costs just 13,300 miles:

There’s an added bonus this time as well. Usually Promo Awards are only for travel on Air France and KLM metal, though Kenya Airways also uses Flying Blue as their frequent flyer program, and the New York route is on the list this time around. You can receive 25% off both economy and business class awards between New York and Nairobi, lowering the cost to 34,500 miles and 86,500 miles one-way, respectively.

Save when redeeming for Kenya Airways business class

Do note that surcharges are high on these redemptions, so you can expect to pay almost $400 each way for business class in addition to the usual miles:

Unfortunately this Promo Awards list isn’t as good as some past ones if you’re looking for premium cabin flights (with the exception of Kenya Airways’ New York to Nairobi flight), though there are some great opportunities for crossing the Atlantic on the cheap.

Flying Blue is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, 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 Promo Awards?

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  1. Just a FYI: KLM makes you weigh your carry on for international flights (at least from US). I did this exact promo this summer for ORD-AMS-BCN. They let you check-in online for the flight even though it is international but when I got to gate, they made me weigh my carry-on (they also make you weigh your bag if you check-in at the counter). My carry-on was over their 12 lbs limit (it was 16 lbs) so they would not let me board without checking it (which was free). I didn’t want to check it because I had expensive camera equipment in it and they refused to let me board. I threw the ticket away and booked with United on miles. I’ll never again fly KLM because of that policy so just FYI, if you book them, prepare to have a carry-on under 12 lbs (which is hard with rollabord) or check your bag. They are worse than Ryan Air with their carry-on baggage policy.

  2. @Michael

    So KLM is at fault even though you admit that you didn’t comply to rules which are well known at the time of the booking (and are similar to almost all legacy carriers flying on TATL routes)?

    They even offered to check in your bag for free, but hey – they are worse than Ryanair…

  3. @Michael
    I’m sorry, Michael, but that is such a BS comment.

    You really need to do some deep introspection and thinking about how you see the world, and your own personal roles/responsibilities.

    The mature, correct way to end your comment would have been: “It really sucked, but I learned a valuable lesson to be safe rather than sorry, and always check and follow policies!”

    From one Millennial to (I’m assuming) another: don’t make us look bad!

  4. @Michael

    You are not well informed. The carry on luggage for international flights is 12 KILO (not lbs) in Y and 18 kilo in J, which is really generous. See below:

    I agree with above comments. You are acting like a small child. The airline didn’t make a mistake nor informed you incorrectly, it was simply yourself who was not well-prepared.
    I wonder how much photo equipment you want to bring if it exceeds 12 kilo, then you also could have used your common sense that it might become a problem.

  5. @Lucky – I bought a J seat on the KQ flight CPT-NBO-JFK for 100K miles a few months ago (I guess fare has gone up since then). Does the promo fare work for connections like mine or only if you are taking only the NBO-JFK sector? Also, do you think they will reprice my already-ticketed award at the reduce mileage if I call? There is not currently any remaining inventory, so I wouldn’t want them to cancel and re-ticket it.

  6. @ Michael. Your fault and it’s 12kgs Kilos not lbs most airlines have gauges at the gate / check in and are within their rights to check You sound like a DYKWIA and more .. there is a reason excess weight / size isn’t allowed

  7. Quite interested in flying the NBO-JFK route but $800 in fees is ridiculous (the paid fare is $3500 without any discount).

  8. Very off-topic for this article but all this venom thrown at @Michael masks what is actually a serious point. A few years ago, I wrote in to Lucky and asked how he flies carry-on when many non-USA airlines have extremely low weight limits on carry-on bags (and some even have their weight limit apply to both carry-on and personal items collectively–I am talking 7, 8 or 10 kilos in some cases). Tiffany wrote back saying she checks in on-line (which hasn’t always worked for me) and avoids the counter if at all possible. My carry-ons have been weighed twice (in both cases when flying J–LH and CX) and I have been OK both times since I actually read and follow the rules. But, is it reasonably possible to follow the rules with a rolling bag on many of these airlines since most of your rolling bag will need to be filled with just air to fit within the weight limit? It is even more challenging when flying different airlines with different rules regarding size and weight limits for carry-ons and personal items on the same trip.

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