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 January, I think it’s worth recapping the January Promo Awards, and also looking at the February Promo Awards, which were just released.
January Flying Blue Promo Awards: last chance
The January Promo Awards have been valid for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2019, and include several transatlantic routes in business class. The following routes have been on sale, so if you want to book them, today is the last day to do so:
- 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards between Chicago and Europe
- 25% off KLM business class awards between Calgary and Europe
- 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards between Toronto and Europe
February Flying Blue Promo Awards: live tomorrow
Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings between February 1 and February 28, 2019, and for travel between April 1 and May 31, 2019.
This upcoming list has some good options if you’re looking for transatlantic travel in economy or business class, as the following US & Canadian markets will be on sale (though based on the chart I think they’re confused about what’s in North America):
- 25% off Air France economy & business awards between Seattle and Europe
- 50% off Air France & KLM economy & business awards between Montreal and Europe
- 50% off Air France & KLM economy awards between Houston and Europe
- 25% off KLM business awards between Edmonton and Europe
- 25% off Air France & KLM economy 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 inventory as possible.
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Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these Promo Awards?