3 Days Only: Flying Blue “Special Edition” Promo Awards

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Every month, the Air France-KLM Flying Blue program publishes Promo Awards, which offer discounts on select routes for a travel period of (typically) around two months.

These offers coincide with the calendar month, so a particular Promo Award will be published at the beginning of a month, and will be valid for bookings through the end of the month.

Well, for three days only, Flying Blue is offering a Promo Awards flash sale of sorts, which is in addition to the November Promo Awards list. This promotion is valid if you book November 14-16, 2018, and fly between January 1 and March 31, 2019.

This special promo includes an additional 20 destinations. For those flying to/from North America, these deals include the following:

  • 14,000 miles between New York and Europe in Air France/KLM economy
  • 15,000 miles between Vancouver and Europe in Air France/KLM economy
  • 17,500 miles between San Francisco and Europe in Air France/KLM economy
  • 35,000 miles between Mexico City and Europe in Air France/KLM premium economy
  • 35,000 miles between Toronto and Europe in Air France/KLM business class

What’s interesting here is that all of these are fixed prices between the North American gateways and any destination in Europe. This is interesting because this summer Flying Blue made major changes to their loyalty program, including introducing variable award pricing.

That means the cost of an award typically varies based on the destination you travel to within Europe. However, in this case the pricing is consistent regardless of which destination you travel to. So whether that’s good or bad news depends on what kind of a ticket you were looking at.

Flying Blue does impose surcharges on award tickets, though they’re quite mild compared to other airline programs. For example, you could fly one-way from Toronto to Amsterdam in business class for 35,000 miles plus $241 in taxes and fees.

A ticket from New York to Amsterdam in economy would cost 14,000 miles plus $66 in taxes and fees.

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:

Transfer points to Flying Blue from:

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of these limited time Promo Awards?

(Tip of the hat to InsideFlyer)

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Comments

  1. Ben does this mean Israel should be bookable for that amount, Israel is still considered part of Europe in their program correct?

  2. I’m unsure whether I’ll take advantage of it but it’s important to note Flying Blue promo awards cannot be changed/cancelled/refunded.

  3. @Jj, Israel is part of Europe according to Flying Blue (as well as Morocco and Tunisia)
    Below is what’s listed on the promo site:
    Promo reward tickets for long haul-flights depart from or arrive in Europe, as defined by IATA as the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, West Russia.

  4. the taxes are very high compared to other programs – on a return business class ticket it is around 500 usd which is about 25% of paid ticket…

  5. I’m seeing different North America options, to Europe from Washington/Houston/Chicago/Boston/Seattle, all in economy

  6. Some decent options in there – nothing fits for me at this point, but will be keeping an eye on future Flying Blue promos. Flying Blue is a good option for me as KLM are one of the few airlines that fly from my local regional airport.

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