Up To 50% Off Air France Business Class Awards This Fall

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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 are now pretty consistently for 25% off. That’s still very good, just not as good.

FlyingBlue-Promo-Awards

FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between August 1 and August 31, 2016, and for travel between November 1 and November 30, 2016.

FlyingBlue has eight Promo Awards between North America and Europe during this period, which is even more than the seven they offered last month. These include the following 25% off awards:

  • Montreal to Europe in KLM economy or business class for 25% off
  • Edmonton to Europe in KLM business class for 25% off
  • San Francisco to Europe in Air France economy for 25% off
  • Boston to Europe in Air France economy for 25% off
  • Houston to Europe in Air France economy for 25% off
  • Houston to Europe in KLM economy for 25% off
  • Detroit to Europe in Air France economy for 25% off

With these discounts you’ll be paying:

  • 18,750 miles one-way in economy class, rather than the usual price of 25,000 miles
  • 46,875 miles one-way in business class, rather than the usual price of 62,500 miles

The best deal, however is Vancouver to Europe in Air France business class for 50% off. That means you’ll be paying just 31,250 miles one-way, or 62,500 miles for the round trip!

With any of these awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe from Paris and Amsterdam, though you can’t include domestic segments on Delta or Alaska to position within North America.

All saver level space on Air France and KLM in the above markets is eligible for the discounted costs, and these awards are bookable directly on the FlyingBlue website. Availability is excellent, as is usually the case with Promo Awards.

Here’s what business class availability looks like between Vancouver and Paris for a 50% off business class award, for example:

FlyingBlue-Award

As you can see, that would cost 31,250 FlyingBlue miles one-way. There would also be some mild fuel surcharges, so it’ll cost you ~212EUR one-way.

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The Vancouver to Paris flight is operated by a 777-200, and seems to alternate between the new and old configuration depending on the day of the week. So ideally you’ll want to book a flight operated with Air France’s new reverse herringbone seats. When looking at the seatmap, these would be business class cabins with four seats per row, rather than seven seats per row.

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Since there’s no first class on these planes, you can also pay to access Air France’s first class lounge on such an itinerary, which I consider to be the world’s best first class ground experience.

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As always, there are plenty of routes outside of North America as well. There are some particularly good deals to/from the Caribbean this time, with 25% off business class awards between Europe and:

  • Curacao
  • St Maarten
  • Cayenne
  • Havana
  • Santo Domingo
  • Punta Cana
  • Pointe à Pitre

Depending on your travel plans these can be very good values, particularly for Europeans looking for some November sunshine.

Economy awards can also represent a very good deal, given that fuel surcharges on these awards are very limited.

Air-France-Economy

For example, a one-way award from Boston to Paris in Air France economy will cost you 18,750 miles plus $78.82 in taxes and carrier imposed surcharges.

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As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, meaning you can transfer points earned from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardInk Plus® Business Credit CardCiti Prestige® CardCiti ThankYou® Premier CardPremier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressAmex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, etc.

You can hold your award ticket prior to transferring points by calling the FlyingBlue call center.

Bottom line

Promo Awards are always worth checking out, and in this case we’re seeing even more awards out of North America than usual. Availability is good in both economy and business class, so if you’re looking for a good value transatlantic redemption, I’d consider one of these awards.

Is anyone intrigued by one of the Promo Awards on the August list?


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Comments

  1. @ lucky
    After reading about 1st class ground from air France we picked AF for our vacation flight not Alitalia, using Amex points on Delta Bos stopping Cdg to Vce (Venice) picking the AF longest layover possible 9am ariving to 8:45pm for a great experience at the airport with 6 hours to see a bit of Paris unfortunately that can’t happen AF ground service rep told me you can’t leave the lounge to go into the city then back, must get bags check them @ airport go through security as someone flying Paris/Venice. I hope people do more research than I did I thought the wonderful ground, spa lovely meal freshen up at the lounge hours in Paris then back to airport with a AF handler helping us cut through the gate with my bags on the next flight waiting for us.

    Lastly your blog has helped us so much over the last couple years, Bos/Mad RT business class family of 5 @ 340k miles that I got from credit card bonuses and some normal spend, Amex Plat-BA and a couple chase cards, the miller family thanks you.

  2. JakeTheSnake,
    You can practically do that. Assume you fly AF First class (or Business class and pay for First class service), upon the time that they pick you up from BOS flight arriving into CDG, you can tell them you wanted to go into Paris, they will escort you out (not going into First class lounge), they will call a limo to drive you to RER station, or you could take taxi/Uber into Paris, when you come back to CDG, you can go through the first class departure experience like a person leaving from Paris… I did it before.

  3. @concorde02
    Thanks for your note-

    Yes that sounds great but our/her concern is ariving at 9am (Cdg) feeling like 3am (east coast) to us after hours on a flight we will feel like zombies, showering @ the lounge freshing up is key before spending any time in Paris (wife’s concern) I would simply put a cap on then go straight Paris but happy wife makes happy life… I’ll call to confirm my options hopefully we can leave bags alone, get fresh @ regular lounge then come back going through 1st class security then to the amazing lounge for a meal and drinks before our flight to VCE Venice

  4. @ JakeTheSnake — You likely won’t be able to leave your luggage unattended in the airport lounge, though could pay to store it at the Left Luggage desk. Similarly, you won’t be able to go the first class lounge and then leave the airport, though you could use the arrivals lounge after immigration.

  5. @Concorde02 & @Tiffany

    We changed our flight with a shorter layover in Paris, AF Bos to Cdg 9am Cdg to Vce 3:40pm with 6 hours to enjoy premier service I think is plenty, cost us $660 US dollars with today’s exchange rate, dealing with Delta/AF to tweek our flights was a cupcake (very understanding) waving heavy charges with no fuss.

    We are very happy with our decision to stay @ CDG being pampered we do not want to rush our 1st trip to Paris on a afternoon layover.

    Thank you ONAT for giving us tips on better travel, just a couple years ago we thought Jet blue Bos to Fll was awesome (screens on a plane) and Hyatt Pier 66 was sexy… With your site we are having trips of a life time (yearly) Thanks!

  6. These are still deals, the best way to fly AF or Klm would be using Korean miles( transfer form chase) or Alitalia miles( transfer from amex). Round trip from United States to Europe 80k points round trip, I personally think Alitalia is better because to change date is free.
    Or the best way to fly round is using Alaska miles lax- Cdg- dxb in business 75k, then dxb hkg lax on cathay. (70k) first class total round the word trip is only 145k Alaska

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