One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 25-50% 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 program somewhat since then, 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 November 1 and November 30, 2014, and for travel between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2015. January and February are usually pretty quiet months for transatlantic travel, so the promo awards are substantially better than usual this time around.
For this Promo Award period, the following destinations in North America are available for discounted travel between January 1 and February 28, 2015:
- Europe to Chicago / Business / KLM / 50% off
- Europe to New York / Economy / Air France & KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Washington / Economy / KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Houston / Economy / Air France & KLM / 50% off
- Madrid to Miami / Economy & Business / Air Europa / 50% off
- Europe to Montreal / Business Class / KLM / 25% off
- Europe to Toronto / Business / Air France & KLM / 25% off
- Europe to Los Angeles / Economy / Air France / 25% off
- Europe to Tahiti / Economy / Air France / 25% off
As you can see, KLM awards between Amsterdam and Chicago are 50% off, making them 31,250 miles one way. Availability is actually quite good, so this is a fantastic use of FlyingBlue miles.
FlyingBlue does impose fuel surcharges for travel on KLM, so a roundtrip award would cost you 62,500 miles plus ~$550 in taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges. That’s incredibly reasonable compared to the fuel surcharges on British Airways, Lufthansa, etc., which are almost twice as much.
Promo Awards in economy can be an especially good deal, since the fuel surcharges aren’t nearly as high. Last June FlyingBlue decreased fuel surcharges on economy class award tickets, so that has become a much better value since.
For example, with this promotion they’re offering 50% off economy awards from Europe to New York, Washington, and Houston. This means you can fly between those cities and Europe for just 12,500 miles plus ~$125 each way. That’s an amazing value.
Award availability out of New York is excellent as well, with Promo Awards available a vast majority of dates.
A roundtrip award between New York and Europe will cost you 25,000 miles plus ~$250 in taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.
Check out the full listing of Promo Awards, as there are great deals to be had in other regions as well.
The January and February Promo Awards are bookable as of today, so be sure to book while availability is as good as it is!
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, and points generally transfer instantly.
This is one of the better Promo Award listings I’ve seen in a while. We’re seeing a legitimately good 50% off award option with good availability and a fully flat business class product, as well as 50% off awards for economy travel in some major markets with fantastic availability. While I generally try to redeem my miles for premium cabins, it’s tough to argue with the cost of 12,500 miles one way for a transatlantic award ticket.
Do you plan on taking advantage of one of FlyingBlue’s Promo Awards?