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