New Flying Blue Promo Awards For May 2019

Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Awards
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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 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 today being the last day of April, I wanted to recap the April Promo Awards, for anyone who may still want to book, and share the new list for May, which was just released.

April Flying Blue Promo Awards: last chance

The April Promo Awards have been valid for travel between June 1 and July 31, 2019. Unfortunately it has been quite a disappointing list, as there is just a single option for North America.

You can score 25% off an Air France premium economy award between Europe and Mexico City.

So if that interests you, today is the last day to book.

For April there are potentially some other interesting markets, though including:

  • 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to Bogota
  • 25% off Air France business class awards to Fort De France
  • 25% off Air France business class awards to Pointe A Pitre
  • 50% off Air France business class awards to Lome
  • 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to Taipei
  • 50% off KLM business class awards to Xiamen

May Flying Blue Promo Awards: coming tomorrow

Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings between May 1 and May 31, 2019, and for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2019.

This list isn’t terribly exciting, though it’s certainly better than the list we saw for April, so that’s good at least.

There are two transatlantic business class routes available with the new Promo Awards:

  • Score 25% off Air France business class awards to & from Dallas
  • Score 25% off Air France business class awards to & from Toronto

These Promo Awards aren’t yet bookable, as they only launch tomorrow. However, you can expect that any saver level award availability showing today will be bookable at the new Promo Awards rates tomorrow (assuming it doesn’t get snatched up before then).

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.

Just to give an example of current pricing, you can fly from Dallas to Paris for 56,000 Flying Blue miles…

Meanwhile if you add on a flight to Prague, that price drops to 53,000 Flying Blue miles.

Earning Flying Blue miles is easy

Flying Blue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital OneChase 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 new Promo Awards?

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  1. What happened to the KLM reviews? They were part of a trip report you started ages ago but you just seem to have given up half-way through, instead writing really sad lists of things which are not absolutely terrible on the legacy US3.

    KLM has been on my long-haul no-fly list for a while, so I’m intrigued to know what you thought – and whether I ought to give them a 2nd chance with the new hard product.

  2. @ David

    The quality of the worst J seat on KLM was risible – and since you’re always at the mercy of equipment swaps, I am loathe to travel on an airline where I might end up in an angled seat for a long-haul overnight flight.

    Where that is irrelevant KLM is not verboten – in fact, because of the routes I travel it’s my go-to airline for intra-Europe flights. Much as I hate Schipol (after all these years, I was there last week and, er, got lost…).

  3. @ majik

    And hence me now being interested in them again!

    KLM’s soft product has always seemed to me to be solid (in a good way), while their hard product has always lagged – the latest design is no different. But they may still be a useful alternative for me sometimes.

    I’m just waiting for Lucky’s reviews to find out!

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