One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. They publish these every few months, and offer 25-50% off award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day they would consistently be for 50% off, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the program somewhat since, and the discounts now vary.
However, there are still some great values to be had. FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between May 1 and May 31, and for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2014.
I’m always looking for the business class promo awards that are 50% off, and for the May 1 through May 31 booking window there are two such opportunities for travel to/from North America. This booking window is especially lucrative, since it’s for travel over peak summer dates.
The first is for travel between Europe and Washington Dulles in Air France or KLM business class, which costs just 31,250 FlyingBlue miles one-way:
Then the second is for travel between Europe and Dallas in KLM business class, which also costs just 31,250 FlyingBlue miles one-way:
While award availability to Dallas isn’t amazing, there’s tons of award availability to/from Washington Dulles. This is hardly surprising, given that Air France/KLM have three flights a day there — one to Paris on an A380, one to Paris on a 777, and one to Amsterdam on an A330. Looking at space in July, you’ll see there’s business class award availability almost every day:
The only catch with FlyingBlue awards is that they impose big fuel surcharges for travel on Air France/KLM, so in addition to the miles you’ll pay ~$400 per direction in taxes and fuel surcharges.
Still, 62,500 FlyingBlue miles plus $800 for a roundtrip business class ticket to/from Europe is pretty tough to beat, assuming you live in one of the cities offering Promo Awards.
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, and points generally transfer instantly.
Check out the full listing of Promo Awards which are bookable starting tomorrow, as there are lots available to other regions and in economy class as well.