Live: Amazing Flying Blue “Special Edition” Promo Awards

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Every month Air France-KLM Flying Blue publishes Promo Awards, offering discounted redemptions in select markets. These are typically released at the beginning of each month, and I write about them when they go live.

A few days ago I wrote about how they’d release a special version of this promotion shortly, and it’s now live. But you’ll want to hurry, because the booking window is pretty short.

Flying Blue Special Edition Promo Rewards

Every few months Flying Blue seems to offer “Special Edition Promo Rewards,” which are different than their standard Promo Rewards. They’re valid for different city pairs, they have a very limited booking window (just a few days), and they have a bigger window during which you can travel.

Flying Blue’s latest Special Edition Promo Rewards are valid for bookings between October 16 and 20, 2019, and for travel between November 2019 and March 2020. That means that the list is now live, and you have a roughly five month window over which you can travel.

The eligible North American routes include the following:

  • Economy between New York and Europe for 11,000 miles one-way
  • Economy between Toronto and Europe for 11,000 miles one-way
  • Economy between Los Angeles and Europe for 14,000 miles one-way
  • Premium economy between Toronto and Europe for 25,000 miles one-way
  • Premium economy between Los Angeles and Europe for 28,000 miles one-way
  • Premium economy between Seattle and Europe for 29,000 miles one-way
  • Premium economy between Mexico City and Europe for 29,000 miles one-way
  • Business between Toronto and Europe for 32,000 miles one-way
  • Business between Seattle and Europe for 36,000 miles one-way
  • Business class between Mexico City and Europe for 36,000 miles one-way

There are some really exceptional deals here, and all of the “saver” space should now be showing at the promo rates. If an itinerary is eligible, you should then see “Promo Reward” written next to the flights in red.

While Flying Blue has some carrier imposed surcharges, they’re fairly mild — a one-way ticket from the US to Europe will generally cost you under $100, and a business class ticket typically costs a bit over $200.

11,000 miles for a one-way transatlantic economy award, or 32,000 miles for a one-way transatlantic business award, is a pretty great value.

I’m tempted to book the Toronto to Paris Promo Reward, especially since the route will soon be operated by Air France’s new A350, and I’m keen to try that business class.

Air France’s new A350 business class

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:

Anyone plan to take advantage of these Flying Blue Special Edition Promo Rewards?

(Tip of the hat to @FlyingDutchBlog)

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Comments
  1. @William

    Unless this is different from the monthly promo it is round trip, to and from.
    I guess the word between+one-way in the same sentence make it not clear enough. Remember many of these bloggers are not journalist where clear and concise is the key. At least they are not trying to mislead you like timeshare sales pitch.

    Another warning while @Lucky did mention tax. It is just one way from USA, it cost a bit more from EU. Round trip tax in coach goes around $250 and in business around $600. Factor that in with cash prices these days it might not be a deal at all for some destinations.
    Also note this is technically originating CDG but so far have worked to many EU destinations.

  2. For the purposes of these promos, how exactly do they define “Europe”?

    For example, the list of upcoming promos includes:

    “Business between Toronto and Europe for 32,000 miles one-way”

    Does that mean, between Toronto and Paris only, or let’s say I wanted to continue on to someplace else in Europe where AF/KLM goes…say, Warsaw or Lisbon or ??? Can I book that on a single “promo reward” booking for 32,000 miles?

  3. @Donny
    Flying Blue has, just as Any airline paid tickets, dynamic prices for their reward tickets.
    So YYZ-CDG might have a higher redemption rate than YYZ-CDG-XXX.
    So yes for 32.000 miles you will be flying from YYZ to Europe, depending on the final destination in Europe.

  4. @Lew
    No, it must be FlyingBlue miles.

    @Donny
    Like I said, this is technically originating CDG but so far have worked to many EU destinations. So by the terms it is CDG-YYZ-CDG only. In reality YYZ-WAW-YYZ via CDG might work and LIS might not, depending on which destination. In short, try different city pairs.

  5. I cant book originating NYC to Paris or Amsterdam.

    Are these fares for originating in europe only? Or am i kissing some trick for originating from New York?

  6. @Charlie, I also notice that many of these promos exclude IAD. Why is that? Is IAD such a lucrative market for the transatlantic flights that we don’t get much love from various airlines?

  7. @Matt
    I think the reason is that most of Air France’s IAD to CDG traffic must originate here in Washington. Air France’s partner, Delta, has almost no feeder flights into IAD from other US cities. Both daily IAD-CDG flights seem to be full, so there’s no benefit to offering a promo.

  8. YYZ to CDG/AMS = 32,000 miles in J for the date I want to go.
    To come back?
    299,000 miles.
    Hard pass.

  9. Snagged 2 seats in business from SEA-CDG-IST and back (flights between SEA-CDG are in AF new business cabin). Seattle to Istanbul in J, not too bad for 36K URs each way. Now, just need to avoid the region’s politics while I’m there…

  10. @Donny
    It seems they have their usual very broad definition of Europe that includes Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia, as well as Israel and the Canary Islands.

    I checked out a test booking to Marrakech and it worked.

    One downside, under the flying blue rules, there are no stopovers allowed. If you schedule a stopover, it’s two award bookings.

  11. Picked up CDG-NBO in Business for 72,000 points + $484 and a round trip Delta Suites for 148,000 to get to CDG. I’m down to my last 109 SkyPesos and still have plenty of ThankYou points and didn’t have to touch my Membership Rewards. i’m following your advice Lucky and going on safari.

  12. Only issue I have is that KL no longer flies from SEA, leaving is with DL’s old cabin on their A330-300.

  13. Booked for 2! Screaming deal. Seemed to have decent availability between Seattle and Lisbon for the same amount of miles, mid March.

  14. Booked a return in business AMS-NBO for 72.000 miles, super deal on the new 787-10 both ways.
    Then a one way AMS-YYZ business 32.000 miles a 787-9
    and lastly a one way JFK-AMS economy 11.000 miles and a 787-9 , free eco comfort being platinum .
    Finally some good use of some miles! Happy

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