One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. They publish these every couple of 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 June 1 and June 31, and for travel between September 1 and September 30, 2014.
I’m always looking for the business class promo awards that are 50% off, and for the June 1 through June 30 booking window there are no such opportunities for travel to/from North America. The only Promo Awards available to North America are for travel in economy class to Boston (25% off) and Houston (50% off).
If you’re looking to book an economy class award, though, it’s tough to beat just 12,500 FlyingBlue miles for travel in economy to/from Houston. There are ~$176 in taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges. This is significantly less than in the past, given that FlyingBlue decreased fuel surcharges on economy class award tickets last June.
Interestingly the last set of Promo Awards was for travel over peak summer dates (July 1 through August 31), and they even had business class Promo Awards available to North America on that list.
There are some other destinations that have promo awards available in business class, including:
- Europe to Almaty on KLM — 25% off
- Europe to Brasilia on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Caracas on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Dubai on Air France/KLM — 25% off
- Europe to Fort de France on Air France — 25% off
- Europe to Guangzhou on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Mumbai on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Wuhan on Air France — 50% off
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, and points generally transfer instantly.
Check out the full listing of Promo Awards, all of which are bookable immediately.