Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Return

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While we’re a long ways from a return to normal in the travel industry, it’s nice to see that at least one popular promotion is making a return, after being paused since March 2020.

What Are Flying Blue Promo Awards?

Historically one of the best uses of Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles is booking Promo Awards. Flying Blue publishes these monthly, 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 it being a new month, Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings made in March.

Now Live: August Flying Blue Promo Awards

Flying Blue has just published its August Promo Awards, valid for bookings between August 1 and August 29, 2020. Most of these Promo Awards have really long travel windows, and can be used for travel all the way through March 30, 2021 (historically they were only valid for travel over a two month window).

There are literally dozens of Promo Awards on the list, though a vast majority of them are for short haul travel. The only business class long haul award available this time around is for travel between Europe and St. Maarten.

All saver awards in eligible markets should be bookable at the Promo Award pricing. It’s also possible you’ll see even lower fares on connecting itineraries. For example, a Prague to Amsterdam to St. Maarten itinerary might cost less than an Amsterdam to St. Maarten itinerary.

There’s one important thing to be aware of with Promo Awards, at least historically — absolutely no changes or cancelations are allowed on these tickets, even with a fee. You’ll want to make sure you only book trips you’re sure you can take.

Earning Flying Blue Miles Is Easy

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

Transfer points to Flying Blue from:

On top of that, Flying Blue miles can be purchased directly from Air France-KLM. Through December 31, 2020, you can even buy them with a 100% bonus.

Bottom Line

I’m very happy to see Flying Blue bring back Promo Awards, after a four month hiatus. This list contains dozens of short haul awards. Even if this list might not be so valuable this time around, hopefully this will once again become a monthly promotion.

Are you excited to see the return of Promo Awards?

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Comments
  1. “With it being a new month, Flying Blue has just published their Promo Awards for bookings made in March.” This should be August, not March.

  2. Slightly off topic, but it seems that France has started COVID testing for passengers arriving at Paris airport from certain high risk countries.

    Can anybody who traveled recently confirm if this applies to passengers merely connecting through Paris without entering France?

    If it does apply, are passengers allowed to board the connecting flight pending test results?

    Air France is not giving a straight forward answer and there is very little information for transit passengers in official websites.

  3. The issue is that domestic french airfare tends to be so cheap anyways, I’m not sure any of these really make sense.

  4. The problem with their business class long distance promo rewards is, that it’s just 25% off their usually pretty high awards miles, and usually goes to places on this planet I never intended to travel to, and never will.

  5. @Ajay R-
    Agreee it’s ambiguous- the official NOTAM for this French decree states that all transfer passengers are exempt from the requirement to carry a negative COVID test, and do not need to take one on arrival, if transferring to an international destination outside of France. Passengers transferring to destinations within France are subject to the decree.

  6. For those in the comments curious: I just flew JFK – CDJ in J on AF 7 (on July 31) on UK passport. I was asked to fill in two forms in JFK before dropping my bags certifying I was free of COVID symptoms. (These forms were never collected by anyone). Business class service was similar to what’s usually on offer, and the JFK lounge was pretty packed. On the plane before landing I was asked to fill in a passenger locator form with my destination address and seat number (presumably for contact tracing if anyone on the plane tested positive), these were collected rather haphazardly by the flight crew. Immigration was a breeze (no forms, no questions), and there was a remote temperature check on going through customs. There was a COVID testing site just past customs with a very long line, but I was neither asked nor forced to submit a COVID test there. Happily got in an Uber and off I went.

  7. @ajay R

    No Covid test required on aug 3 flight from WAW to CDG.

    I did see signs for free tests and the testing station.

    Not sure what passport you have but on July 15 my daughter and I were not allowed to enter the country as we flew in directly from the US and we have US passports(so DON’T check luggage if you are doing the same or you can’t collect it. ) My wife was the only one allowed through (she carries an EU passport)

  8. @Nick, thanks! I have an Indian passport and flew BLR-CDG-LHR on 6-Aug-2020. I can confirm that there was no requirement for a Covid test for me.

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