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 first day of April, I wanted to take a look at the latest Promo Awards list, which was just released.
April Flying Blue Promo Awards: now live
Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings between April 1 and April 30, 2019, and for travel between June 1 and July 31, 2019. Unfortunately, this is a rather unexciting list, given that it’s now covering travel over peak summer dates.
The upcoming list has a single option for travel to North America, which is the worst list we’ve seen in a very long time. Specifically, you can score 25% off an Air France premium economy award between Europe and Mexico City.
I can’t remember seeing a list this bad in a long time. Maybe this is a good opportunity to take a look at Promo Awards in other regions, since these are global. There are a few business class deals available this time around:
- 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
50% off business class awards to Lome and Xiamen is potentially pretty awesome.
These Promo Awards are now bookable, and all saver level space should automatically show at this price when searching.
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.
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Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these Promo Awards?