New Flying Blue Promo Awards For December 2018

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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 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.

Flying Blue is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, meaning you can transfer points earned from a variety of cards:

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Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these Promo Awards?

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Comments

  1. ^^ I definitely do not. I would’ve jumped on it the second it came if it did. I’m based in La and I would’ve taken it. This winter I took advantage of a promo award to Rome and I’ve had to take a repositioning flight to DC to be able to fly my IAD-CDG-FCO award. I also doubt they’ll ever have a promo award out of LAX since it’s too premium of a route

  2. Yeah I’ve been watching these for a while and never recall anything out of LA. I think Seattle or YVR is the best we’re going to get from the west coast.

  3. For SoCal folks, a positioning flight to MEX to jump on that deal might make sense. Plus, it’s one of the cheaper redemptions. And if you’re in SD, flights out of TIJ are usually incredibly inexpensive if you can pack fairly light and don’t mind Volaris.

  4. I see that MEX-AMS are operated with a 747 on most days. If I can get 1A or 4A (only window seats with direct aisle access) at this price, I’ll be a happy camper !

  5. Hmmm. I just looked at MEX-AMS in business class, and the “promo rewards” cost in miles is 45,375. That looks like about a 25% discount (off of 60,500), not a 50% discount. Am I reading something wrong?

  6. Oh, I should have noted that this was for KLM flights MEX-AMS in March 2019. Also, the fees and taxes were steep, at $280 or more each way.

  7. Umm AF don’t fly to YEG. You’ll be taking your chances with a KL A330-200. You’ll either be packed like a sardine in the new 2-2-2 WBC configuration or you could be unfortunate enough to get a recliner seat on one of the 2 aircraft that have yet to be updated. No doubt the 30k fare will be offered on the days when this is more likely to occur, I know how AFKL operate.

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