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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 earlier than usual. Usually they only publish them a day before they become available, while in this case they’re publishing them almost a week before they become available. These are valid for bookings made between January 1 and January 31, 2016, and for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2016 (though exact dates vary):
FlyingBlue’s new January list of Promo awards includes the following 25% off awards between North America and Europe, many of which come with date restrictions within that period:
- Calgary to Europe in KLM business class
- Mexico City to Europe in Air France business class
- Chicago to Europe in Air France business class (April 1-30 only)
- Houston to Europe in KLM economy (March 1-31 only)
- Miami to Europe in Air France economy (March 1-31 only)
- New York JFK to Europe in KLM economy (March 1-31 only)
- San Francisco to Europe in Air France economy (March 1-31 only)
- Washington DC to Europe in Air France or KLM economy (March 1-31 only)
- Vancouver to Europe in Air France business class (March 1-31 only)
- Vancouver to Europe in Air France economy class (April 1-30 only)
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.
As you can see, there are four Promo Awards for business class tickets, which I typically think represent the best deal.
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 Enhanced 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. The list for January looks pretty good, so if you’re considering taking advantage of it, I’d start planning. Also keep in mind that the December Promo Awards list is still bookable for another few days, so this is your last chance to take advantage of that.
Availability is generally good in both economy and business class on Promo Award routes (which is why they’re available for Promo Awards to begin with) so if you live in one of the eligible markets, I’d seriously consider taking advantage of this promotion.
Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the January list?