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 January 1 and January 31, 2015, and for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2015. Not surprisingly, this set of Promo Awards isn’t as impressive as the ones for travel in January/February, given that March/April is a busy spring travel period.
For this Promo Award period, there are only four North America destinations that are eligible for discounted awards, as follows:
- Europe to Atlanta / Premium Economy / Air France / 50% off
- Europe to Houston / Economy / Air France / 25% off
- Europe to Montreal / Business Class / Air France & KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Toronto / Business Class / Air France & KLM / 50% off
As a reminder, the above don’t become bookable until January 1, 2015. In the meantime you can still book the following discounted awards to North America for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2015 (which aren’t very exciting, admittedly):
- Europe to Chicago / Economy / KLM / 50% off
- Europe to New York / Premium Economy / Air France / 50% off
- Europe to Toronto / Premium Economy / Air France / 50% off
While I personally almost only redeem miles for international premium cabins, Promo Awards in economy can be an especially good deal, since the fuel surcharges are quite reasonable. Last June FlyingBlue decreased fuel surcharges on economy class award tickets, so that has become a much better value since. For transatlantic economy tickets, fuel surcharges are ~$100 each way.
Anyway, check out the full listing of Promo Awards, as there are great deals to be had in other regions as well. This is also a good reminder to book this month’s promo awards while you can, given how many great options there are.
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, and points generally transfer instantly.
While the Promo Awards aren’t valuable to everyone, if they coincide with travel you have planned, they’re a heck of a deal. Hopefully some of you can take advantage of them.
Do you plan on taking advantage of one of FlyingBlue’s Promo Awards?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)