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.
In November, the Promo Awards offered discounts in economy in several transatlantic markets, as well as for Kenya Airways’ flight between New York and Nairobi (Kenya Airways also uses Flying Blue as their frequent flyer program).
Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings through December 31, 2018, and for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2019.
This upcoming list is a good one if you’re looking to travel transatlantic in business class, as the following five markets are on sale:
- 50% off KLM business class awards between Mexico City and Europe
- 50% off Air France business class awards between Edmonton and Europe
- 25% off Air France business class awards between Seattle and Europe
- 25% off Air France business class between Montreal and Europe
- 25% off Air France business class awards between Vancouver and Europe
These Promo Awards are only bookable as of tomorrow, so if you search now you’ll see the regular prices. However, any tickets bookable at the saver price in the above markets should become bookable at the discounted prices tomorrow.
It’s also possible you’ll see even cheaper rates for connecting itineraries. For example, often a ticket from a North American gateway to Paris to Prague is cheaper than a ticket just between the gateway and Paris.
So if any of the above Promo Awards sound good to you I’d start looking at availability today, and be ready to book tomorrow, so you can have access to as much availability as possible.
This is an excellent Promo Awards list for anyone looking to fly transatlantic business class.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these Promo Awards?