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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 May 1 and May 31, 2016 (so they’re valid as of Sunday), and for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2016.
This is obviously a peak summer travel period, and generally over those periods there aren’t as many good Promo Awards available. However, there’s one which looks especially good — you can book a business class award between Boston and Europe on Air France for 25% off. The normal one-way redemption cost is 62,500 miles, while through this promotion you’d pay just 46,875 miles one-way.
For that cost you can include flights which include connections to other points in Europe from Paris, though you can’t include domestic segments on Delta to position to Boston. There are also ~$200 in fuel surcharges each way.
Once this discounted award becomes bookable, any saver level space on Air France metal will reflect the discounted cost. The great news is that availability is excellent, with most dates having several award seats available.
There are generally two daily Air France flights between Boston and Paris. One of the daily frequencies is consistently operated by an A330, which features Air France’s old business class seat. Meanwhile the other daily frequency rotates between a 777-200 and 777-300. For what it’s worth, the 777-200 seems to have Air France’s new business class product, while the 777-300 operating this route doesn’t. If you can snag a seat in Air France’s new business class, which I recently reviewed between Paris and Toronto, I highly recommend it.
Be sure to check out the full listing of Promo Awards, as there are plenty of other eligible routes outside of North America.
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.
Promo Awards are always worth checking out, and in this case we’re seeing one good business class Promo Award between the US and Europe in the peak of summer, which is pretty good. Business class award availability between Boston and Paris is fantastic, so if you’re interested, be ready to book in a couple of days.
That being said, I wouldn’t go out of my way to take advantage of this one if you’re not based in Boston. By the time you factor in the fuel surcharges and positioning costs, the savings aren’t that huge.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)