Flying Blue Promo: Transatlantic Flights From 12,500 Miles

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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.

Flying Blue Special Edition Promo Rewards

Lately Flying Blue has occasionally been offering “Special Edition Promo Rewards,” which are different. 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 has just published some new deals, valid for bookings through May 24, 2019, and for travel between September 1 and December 12, 2019.

With this you can fly:

  • Air France or KLM economy between Chicago and Europe for 12,500 miles one-way
  • Air France or KLM economy between Washington and Europe for 12,500 miles one-way

While I usually focus on business class award sales, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to cross the Atlantic at a reasonable cost, especially when you consider how good availability is. You can search space directly on the Flying Blue website, and dates with availability will show in red with “Promo Reward” written next to it.

While there are some carrier imposed surcharges, they’re fairly mild — a one-way ticket from the US to Europe will cost you under $85 including all taxes and fees, in most cases.

While not to & from the US, one other noteworthy sale is that you can fly one-way business class between Panama City and Europe on Air France or KLM for just 40,000 miles. Given the extended period over which you can travel, that’s something that might interest some of you.

Totally unrelated, but am I the only aviation geek who gets sad every time I see that both Air France and KLM refer to the 787-9 as the 787-900? C’mon!

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 View from the Wing)

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  1. Still waiting for you to get to the KLM reviews in the trip report you started in early April, so no idea whether or not I’m interested in any of this. 😉

  2. I’ve been trying to find this but I can’t find it only. AF KLM site is vague about this. What is the change fee for award ticket on AF KLM? Let say I get these and then I need to change the date of the trip, is it $50 to change the itinerary or per segment? Also is there additional points/miles needed like “fare difference”?

  3. @Sung, Flying Blue promo rewards are not refundable/changeable. Once you redeem them that’s it. That’s the tradeoff from getting a great deal… so if you book them, make sure you are available to fly on that date.
    In the small wording down below the promo website:
    “Promo reward tickets cannot be modified, cancelled or refunded.”

  4. You can often find r/t flights from Europe to the East Coast (like the current offer to Washington) for less than 500 bucks in economy, potentially making this redemption worth less than 2 cents a point. I wouldn’t do it.

  5. Once you add the taxes fees surcharges to both segments (80 one way and 150 the other) and the value of miles (Chase reserve at 1.5c so potentially $375) a round trip is a less lot attractive that blogs make it sound. Especially compared to low cash prices that earn miles in fall and early winters where flights are very very cheap. Do your math homework people!

  6. @Denis Thanks! Would you know if its just $45 EUR or will there be some kind of extra miles/points for “fare difference”? Also, is it for the trip/itinerary or the fee is for each segment?

  7. @Sung: I booked an odd open-jaw on AF last month for August travel. It was 4 passengers to Europe; 3 returning. Therefore, it was booked as two one-ways itineraries. The cost in points was good; 57.5 pp in business each way.

    This month I changed the destinations and moved the trip up to July. I had to pay the €45 fee per person, each way,

    The cost in points for my new dates/destinations was the same. I will assume that if they were higher I would have had to come up with (cough, transfer, cough) more points.

    This aside, these promos seem like great deals if you can endure the occasional TATL economy flight. To those who are counting beans saying that it may not be the best use of chase points when you can outright purchase a flight ‘to Europe’ for ~$500, let’s see you book that flight to Nantes, Figari or Dubrovnik for that price. These offers can be an absolute steal.

  8. Prices raised to 21,500. Was it Europe time zone when the sale stopped? Wish you posted that part.

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