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 May, I wanted to recap the May Promo Awards, for anyone who may still want to book, and share the new list for June, which was just released.
May Flying Blue Promo Awards: last chance
The May Promo Awards have been valid for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2019. We have two business class awards on this list, allowing you to score 25% off Air France business class tickets to & from Dallas and Toronto.
So if that interests you, today is the last day to book.
June Flying Blue Promo Awards: coming tomorrow
Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings between June 1 and June 30, 2019, and for travel between August 1 and September 30, 2019.
Much to my surprise this list is actually really good, among the best we’ve seen in quite a while. That’s surprising, given that we’re talking about summer travel, where they’re often quite restrictive.
There are six transatlantic routes available with the new Promo Awards, with two in economy and four in business class:
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards to & from Atlanta
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards to & from Houston
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to & from Chicago
- Score 25% off KLM business class awards to & from Edmonton
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to & from Montreal
- Score 25% off KLM business class awards to & from Calgary
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.
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Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these new Promo Awards?