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 August coming to a close, this post is a reminder to get those August Promo Awards booked, and also a heads up that the September Promo Awards city pairs have now been published.
Last Chance: August Flying Blue Promo Awards
This is your last chance to book the August Promo Awards, as these are only valid through tomorrow, August 31, 2019. They’re valid for travel between October 1 and November 30, 2019.
This is an excellent list, with the following markets available between the US and North America:
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM economy class awards to & from Boston
- 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 Vancouver
- Score 25% off KLM business class awards to Calgary
Coming Soon: September Flying Blue Promo Awards
Flying Blue has just revealed their September Promo Awards, valid for bookings between September 1 and September 30, 2019. They’re valid for travel between November 1 and December 31, 2019.
With this new list, the following markets will be available between Europe and North America:
- Score 25% off KLM economy class awards to & from Minneapolis
- Score 25% off Air France premium economy class awards to & from New York JFK
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to & from Mexico City
- Score 25% off Air France & KLM business class awards to & from Toronto
These Promo Awards will be live as of September 1, 2019, so any saver level award space that you see now should be bookable on the Flying Blue website in a couple of days at the lower price.
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?
(Tip of the hat to @willemvanbork)