Flying Blue’s New Rewards Map & Award Pricing

Flying Blue’s New Rewards Map & Award Pricing

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There are quite a few changes at Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty program, and they’re both good and bad news. For example, we’ve seen stopovers introduced on awards, though we’ve also seen further restrictions on first class awards. Here’s the latest program change, which is intended to make the program easier to understand.

Flying Blue introduces new rewards map page

The Flying Blue frequent flyer program has introduced a new dedicated rewards map page. As it’s described, this is intended to help members instantly discover where their mileage balance can take them.

Flying Blue rewards map feature

Members have a couple of options for using this tool:

  • They can enter the number of miles they have, and then see all the places they could go with those miles
  • They can enter their origin, destination, and class of service, and see what starting award pricing looks like in a particular market
Flying Blue rewards map feature
Flying Blue rewards map feature

On the surface this seems like a pretty cool new feature, which provides a good visualization of where your miles can take you. The catch is that this map only shows the lowest possible pricing, and Flying Blue has dynamic award pricing, meaning that award redemption rates may often be higher.

So this won’t actually show you what’s available on a particular day, but rather just the lowest cost you can expect to pay for a certain type of award.

Flying Blue adjusts some award pricing

While the way these changes are communicated is potentially a bit confusing, let me note upfront that award pricing isn’t actually changing right now. Flying Blue made some minor adjustments to award pricing earlier this year, and is essentially acknowledging that in conjunction with the new rewards map.

Since 2018, Flying Blue has had dynamic award pricing, meaning that the number of miles required for an award ticket varied based on a variety of factors.

Flying Blue claims that to help members benefit from the program, entry level mileage prices have been “adjusted to more accurately reflect the actual value of the ticket and to accommodate a more transparent setup.”

Here’s how Flying Blue explains why this change is being made:

Because of the need for a more transparent pricing setup for our members, we decided to restructure our entire entry (starting from) Miles pricing. With the previous entry pricing setup, there was no link between the Miles price and the actual value of the ticket. As a result, the value of Miles also differed heavily per itinerary. With our new entry Miles pricing the value of the ticket is better reflected in the Miles price, with a clear pricing range per geographical area and per cabin.

Flying Blue specifically mentions that we’re seeing more attractive entry level pricing for premium economy awards overall, and for business class on intra-Europe flights. Meanwhile business class on long haul flights is experiencing varying pricing changes (for example, Los Angeles is increasing in price, while Dubai is decreasing in price).

Flying Blue has essentially reintroduced the concept of an award chart that shows the minimum number of miles required (these prices are one-way).

Flying Blue award chart

But then there’s a supplementary award chart that shows that in many cases the lowest price between certain city pairs is above that minimum.

Flying Blue award chart

So while I theoretically appreciate the transparency of having an award chart, that’s of limited use when you have dynamic award pricing, plus varying pricing even within the same region.

Meanwhile Flying Blue has adjusted its award zones, which has involved some places being moved to different regions.

Flying Blue award travel zones
Flying Blue award travel zones

The pricing changes we saw earlier this year were fairly minor, and didn’t materially change the value of the program, in my opinion. Ultimately Flying Blue remains the most useful SkyTeam frequent flyer program, thanks to the access it gives you to transatlantic award seats.

Bottom line

Flying Blue has rolled out a new rewards map feature, whereby Flying Blue members can easily see the starting award prices for all kinds of awards. You can either search by city pair, or just enter how many miles you have, and see where they can take you.

At the same time, Flying Blue has also confirmed that it has adjusted some award pricing. These changes actually went live some time back, but the program is now acknowledging those changes.

What do you make of these Flying Blue changes?

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  1. Mh Diamond

    Nice to know that according to the Award Zones list, Australia and NZ don't even exist.

  2. glenn t Diamond

    I see that despite Australia and New Zealand being clearly in the FB AsiaPacific zone, neither are listed in the countries list.
    Also think it bizzare to see Greenland listed in North America! Denmark may take issue with that!

    1. AJ Member

      I had to read too far down the page to find this. Additionally, did anyone take notice of the number of miles required in the Asia-Pacific to Asia-Pacific zone on the award chart? Odd, no?

  3. Max Guest

    The person who made Morocco+Algeria 'Europe' has to go to jail.

  4. Kevin B Guest

    Flying blue has been pretty worthless to me. With the exception of the monthly promo awards, I have never seen a booking that wasn't outrageously expensive.

    1. Grant Guest

      I booked 4 people to Croatia and a return from Denmark for ~100k and $250 pp for next summer.

      I did the same several years ago from the west coast to Sardinia and a return from Venice for *5* people.

      FlyingBlue consistently has fair prices and amazing availability. Plus, you can take advantage of 25% bonus transfers from Amex and now CapOne.

      So, I'm not sure where you can do better than that for travel to Europe in J.

  5. Khatl Diamond

    As mentioned in other recent articles, I cannot find any awards below 70k biz one way from the US to/from Europe and looked at various routings from March-November next year. Yet I've an upcoming trip booked 10 months back from ATL to Warsaw that at 55k biz one way. Anyone been able to find any 55k availability?

    1. philco Guest

      I was looking in September/October for something east cost to Europe in September 2023 and I didn't see any 55k availability either. I could find 70k fairly consistently.

    2. Grant Guest

      I few months ago I noticed fares in J for ~55k between IAD/ORD and WAW/Krakow for summer 2023.

  6. Tom Guest

    Confusion all the way around. Fair enough. And time for an experiment. So I chose a random off-peak date to see what DFW-CDG in Economy costs. The "availability" mini-calendar said 70,000 miles one-way (not good!) but then when you actually click on it, the now "standard" lowest very off-peak price of only 20,000 miles one-way still shows up just as it has been showing up since roughly early September. The cash component seems as though...

    Confusion all the way around. Fair enough. And time for an experiment. So I chose a random off-peak date to see what DFW-CDG in Economy costs. The "availability" mini-calendar said 70,000 miles one-way (not good!) but then when you actually click on it, the now "standard" lowest very off-peak price of only 20,000 miles one-way still shows up just as it has been showing up since roughly early September. The cash component seems as though (if memory serves) it might have gone up $10 and is now $97 one-way. You can make of that what you will. For me, it means all is not lost. In Economy.

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glenn t Diamond

I see that despite Australia and New Zealand being clearly in the FB AsiaPacific zone, neither are listed in the countries list. Also think it bizzare to see Greenland listed in North America! Denmark may take issue with that!

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Tom Guest

Confusion all the way around. Fair enough. And time for an experiment. So I chose a random off-peak date to see what DFW-CDG in Economy costs. The "availability" mini-calendar said 70,000 miles one-way (not good!) but then when you actually click on it, the now "standard" lowest very off-peak price of only 20,000 miles one-way still shows up just as it has been showing up since roughly early September. The cash component seems as though (if memory serves) it might have gone up $10 and is now $97 one-way. You can make of that what you will. For me, it means all is not lost. In Economy.

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Grant Guest

I few months ago I noticed fares in J for ~55k between IAD/ORD and WAW/Krakow for summer 2023.

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