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One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 20-50% 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 promotion somewhat since then, and the discounts now vary.
However, there are still some great deals to be had. FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between March 1 and March 31, 2016, and for travel between May 1 and June 30, 2016.
This Promo Award period has fewer North American cities than usual, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, since we’re starting to get into the summer travel season with this May through June booking window. FlyingBlue is offering 25% off business class awards to the following North American cities:
- Europe to Edmonton / Business Class / KLM / 25% off
- Europe to Mexico City / Business Class / Air France / 25% off
This brings the one-way business class cost for awards between Edmonton/Mexico City and Europe to 46,875 miles. Availability for the two cities in business class is quite good as well. For example, here’s availability between Mexico City and Paris in May and June:
While Air France has carrier imposed surcharges on award tickets, they’re not nearly as bad as those charged by British Airways. For example, a one-way business class award ticket from Mexico City to Paris will cost you ~$250, including taxes and fees.
While Promo Awards to North America are fairly weak this period, there are some great offers to other regions. Not surprisingly, there are several good Promo Awards for travel to the Middle East:
Because who doesn’t love Abu Dhabi in summer? 😉
Other “off season” regions offer good opportunities as well.
For context, here are some of the Promo Awards we’ve seen since last year:
- January/February 2015 Promo Awards
- February/March 2015 Promo Awards
- March/April 2015 Promo Awards
- April/May 2015 Promo Awards
- May/June 2015 Promo Awards
- June/July 2015 Promo Awards
- July/August 2015 Promo Awards
- November/December 2015 Promo Awards
- January/February 2016 Promo Awards
- February/March 2016 Promo Awards
- March/April 2016 Promo Awards
- April/May 2016 Promo Awards
Be sure to check out the full listing of Promo Awards, as there are plenty of Promo Awards available.
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou, meaning you can transfer points earned from cards like the Citi Prestige® Card, Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, etc.
While the Promo Awards aren’t valuable to everyone, if they coincide with travel you have planned, they’re a good deal. Hopefully some of you can take advantage of them, whether it’s one of the two North American destinations, or for travel to another region.
Do you plan on taking advantage of one of FlyingBlue’s Promo Awards?