Air France-KLM Publishes FlyingBlue Promo Awards For January 2018

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One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards.

FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal.

Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently be for 50% off and would have a good number of options in business class, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts are now pretty consistently for 25% off. That’s still good, just not as good.

FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards, valid for bookings made between January 1 and January 31, 2018, and for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2018. With these new Promo Awards (which are bookable starting Monday), the following two North American markets are available for 25% off:

  • Edmonton to Europe in KLM business class
  • Calgary to Europe in KLM business class

This isn’t an especially impressive list, as there are no economy Promo Awards, and the list is also limited to two business class markets, both of which are in Canada.

With these discounts you’ll be paying 46,875 miles one-way in business class (rather than 62,500 miles). Air France and KLM do impose some carrier imposed surcharges; a one-way business class ticket will come with about $250 in surcharges.

Availability is excellent over the promo dates in all of the eligible markets, and any space that’s presently available at the saver level should be available starting on Monday as a Promo Award, directly on the FlyingBlue website.

In terms of the planes operating the route:

  • KLM flies 6x weekly to Calgary using a 787, featuring their new reverse herringbone business class
  • KLM flies 3x weekly to Edmonton using an A330, featuring their old business class

So of these options I’d most definitely select the Calgary flight if possible.

With any of these awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe (including Israel) from Amsterdam at no additional cost, though you can’t include domestic segments on Delta to position within North America.

All saver level space on KLM in the above markets is eligible for the discounted costs, and these awards are bookable directly on the FlyingBlue website. As always, there are plenty of routes outside of North America eligible for Promo Awards as well, so be sure to take a look at the whole list.

FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate RewardsCiti ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, meaning you can transfer points earned from a variety of cards:

Transfer points to FlyingBlue from:

Starting on Monday you can hold your award ticket prior to transferring points by calling the FlyingBlue call center.

Bottom line

Promo Awards are always worth checking out. The list for January is fairly limited, though it could be worth positioning to take advantage of these promos, and of course they’re also potentially worthwhile if you’re based in Calgary or Edmonton. Being able to fly KLM’s new 787 business class is an awesome opportunity as well.

Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the January list?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

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  1. Why should U.S. passengers even bother with this program? Does Air France/KLM really think this is something that builds goodwill? I guess it’s just a tool to fill empty seats in those low participation routes. The U.S. passenger must not be a big customer for them?

  2. Why do you often promote the flying blue awards, but not the Lufthansa Miles and More bargains which have an even better value.

    E.g.: A roundtrip from Europe to the US only costs 55.000 miles ( + ~500€ surcharges). Even with the high surcharges it’s still one of the best deals out there.

  3. @Robert, relatively little opportunity to earn miles and more miles, going the wrong direction for most of the readers of the blog, and egregious surcharges makes their bargain both not as good a bargain and, relatively speaking, more out of reach.

  4. @Farnorthtrader, you can also start in the USA, though in very limited airports (still, could be useful for some). Agreed with the rest of your points though.

  5. Robert,

    Miles and More had the advantage of being distance rather than revenue based. Occasionally you could do a lot of miles with relatively little money. LH recently recognized this and cut their already fairly pointless program even more. It´s going to be revenue based in a couple of days. So, it´s totally pointless to collect MM for redemption of flights to Europe as far as I can think. Even the LH “mileage bargains” are pointless imo due to hilarious surcharges of 1,000 EUR and more.

    You could get a pretty ok value out of M+M if you collected and redeemed on domestic UA here and there, though. At least you could get ahead of MileagePlus if you flew a lot of low cost fares. But as mentioned, that´s all gone…


    how about you do some roundup on MM? Even if it´s just documenting it´s staggering pointlessness.

  6. Lucky, I believe Hilton Honors points can be transferred to Flying Blue as well (10:1 ratio). Not at all “solid value”, but still.

  7. Just to clarify that the list is much larger ex-Europe. There are Promo Awards to several destinations on all continents served by AF/KL, in Business and Economy. And equally they do offer a (small) list of Promo Awards ex Asia, Africa etc.

    In common is that they have to be booked in January and travel has to take place in March – which I find the most relevant restriction. Even for private trips most people have some timing constraints.

  8. I almost choked at someone thinking that spending 55,000 miles with Lufthansa and still having to pay $600 for round-trip USA to Europe was a good deal .
    I took that same trip through Frankfurt on United and only paid $250 for three people.

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