One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. They publish these every month, 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 July 1 and July 31, and for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2014. The previous Promo Awards were valid for travel through September 30, 2014, so there is some overlap since this list is simply an extension of that one.
For this Promo Award period, the following destinations in North America are available:
- Europe to Boston / Economy / Air France/ 25% off
- Europe to Houston /Economy / Air France/KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Dallas / Economy / KLM/ 50% off
- Europe to Mexico City / Economy /Air France/ 25% off
- Europe to Montreal /Business / KLM/ 50% off
If you’re looking to book an economy class award, it’s tough to beat just 12,500 FlyingBlue miles one-way for travel in economy to/from Houston or Dallas. Taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges are under $200 each way, which is significantly less than in the past, given that FlyingBlue decreased fuel surcharges on economy class award tickets last June.
The 50% off Promo Award to Montreal is also quite a good value, at just 62,500 FlyingBlue miles roundtrip in KLM World Business Class.
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 — 50% off
- Europe to Fort de France on Air France — 25% off
- Europe to Guangzhou on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Ho Chi Minh City on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Mumbai on Air France — 50% off
- Europe to Wuhan on Air France — 50% off
- Madrid to Badajoz on Air Europe — 25% 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 as of tomorrow, July 1, 2014.