While we’re a long ways from a return to normal in the travel industry, it’s nice to see that at least one popular promotion is making a return, after being paused since March 2020.
What Are Flying Blue Promo Awards?
Historically one of the best uses of Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles is booking Promo Awards. Flying Blue publishes these monthly, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.
In 2018 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. With it being a new month, Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings made in March.
Now Live: August Flying Blue Promo Awards
Flying Blue has just published its August Promo Awards, valid for bookings between August 1 and August 29, 2020. Most of these Promo Awards have really long travel windows, and can be used for travel all the way through March 30, 2021 (historically they were only valid for travel over a two month window).
There are literally dozens of Promo Awards on the list, though a vast majority of them are for short haul travel. The only business class long haul award available this time around is for travel between Europe and St. Maarten.
All saver awards in eligible markets should be bookable at the Promo Award pricing. It’s also possible you’ll see even lower fares on connecting itineraries. For example, a Prague to Amsterdam to St. Maarten itinerary might cost less than an Amsterdam to St. Maarten itinerary.
There’s one important thing to be aware of with Promo Awards, at least historically — absolutely no changes or cancelations are allowed on these tickets, even with a fee. You’ll want to make sure you only book trips you’re sure you can take.
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I’m very happy to see Flying Blue bring back Promo Awards, after a four month hiatus. This list contains dozens of short haul awards. Even if this list might not be so valuable this time around, hopefully this will once again become a monthly promotion.
Are you excited to see the return of Promo Awards?