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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 just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between December 1 and December 31, 2016 (meaning they’ll be bookable starting tomorrow), and for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2016 (though exact dates vary):
FlyingBlue has just published their December list of Promo Awards. The past couple of Promo Awards offerings were especially good, while this one isn’t quite as good. This new list includes the following 25% off awards between North America and Europe:
- Mexico City to Europe in Air France economy class
- Toronto to Europe in Air France or KLM business class
- Vancouver to Europe in KLM business class
- Washington to Europe in Air France economy class
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
With any of these awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe (including Israel) from Paris and Amsterdam at no additional cost, 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 on these routes is excellent, and starting tomorrow you should see saver level award space priced at the above levels.
The route between Vancouver and Amsterdam has the potential to be a very good deal, though I’d do everything you can to avoid booking yourself on the A330, which features angled seats. It looks like KLM operates both a 777 and A330 on the route, so I’d choose dates carefully, if possible.
As always, there are plenty of routes outside of North America eligible for Promo Awards as well, so be sure to take a look at the whole list.
Depending on your travel plans these can represent excellent values.
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® Card, Ink Plus® Business Credit Card, Citi Prestige® Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, etc.
You can hold your award ticket prior to transferring points by calling the FlyingBlue call center.
Promo Awards are always worth checking out. Unfortunately December’s list isn’t quite as good as the October or November lists, but that’s hardly surprising given that March is a popular month for leisure travel. While 25% off isn’t a deal you absolutely have to jump on, if this coincides with your travel plans it’s absolutely worth considering.
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.
Also keep in mind that today is the last day to book the November Promo Awards, which are excellent as well, so be sure to check those out.
Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the December list?