Air France FlyingBlue’s May 2017 Promo Awards

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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 good, just not as good.

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FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards, valid for bookings made between May 1 and May 31, 2017, and for travel between July 1 and August 31, 2017. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but this list is pretty short for North America, given that it’s for travel over peak summer dates. This time around there are three Promo Awards, all offering 25% off in business class:

  • Boston to Europe in Air France business class
  • Mexico City to Europe in Air France business class
  • New York to Paris Orly in Air France business class

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With these discounts you’ll be paying 46,875 miles one-way in business class, rather than the usual price of 62,500 miles.

On the plus side, some of the flights between Boston and Paris are operated by 777s that feature Air France’s great new business class. Just make sure you select a flight that has four seats per row in business class, because not all 777s feature the new product. Furthermore, the New York to Paris Orly flight seems to consistently have the new business class product, so this is a great way to get between New York and Paris (I just wish flights to CDG were also eligible, given the greater connection opportunities out of there).

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With any of these awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe (including Israel) from Paris 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 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 pretty good, and as of tomorrow you should see that all saver award space reflects that pricing.

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. Many of those may represent more interesting deals, especially given that the Chicago to Paris flight is operated by a plane with angled business class seats.

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 Business Preferred℠ Credit CardCiti Prestige® CardPremier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressAmex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express, etc.

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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. The list for May awards isn’t too exciting, especially if you’re someone who likes the economy awards, given what a good value they are when bookable as Promo Awards. Generally you’ll find the best Promo Awards during off-peak times, like in winter.

April Promo Awards are still bookable through today, though it just includes flights to/from Boston and Mexico City, which are also on May’s Promo Awards list. So nothing is actually going away, other than the travel dates over which you can book these tickets.

Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the May list?


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Comments

  1. Nice tip! What are some of the best ways/routes to use flying blue points? Got chase, citi, and Amex points to use…

  2. It seems they removed all the promo awards for the Middle East. Last year in June they had an amazing 50% off deal from Europe to Abu Dhabi (20.000 miles one-way) in their new World Business Class on the Boeing 787 which features the Reverse Herringbone seats. Would love to see that deal again!

  3. There is zero Promo availibilty for all of August on Orly-JFK. The offer is only good for JFK-Orly, yet it’s advertised as “Paris-Orly – New York JFK (and v.v.)”. How do they get away with this?

  4. @Bill

    Read carefully and check tomorrow – not bookable until May 1st so of course there is no promo availability today

  5. I’ve never booked a FlyingBlue award, I’m guessing you can’t tack on a positioning flight back through Paris? Not a huge expense as long as you stay on the continent but still

  6. Just to be clear – the flights here have to originate at ORY, correct (i.e., they can’t originate at JFK)?

  7. Doug, the flights can be JFK-ORY, or ORY-JFK.
    But although there’s good availability for JFK-ORY, there’s nothing at all for ORY-JFK so far.

    This is just a wrong /misleading promotion. They advertise a round-trip Promo price of 93,750, but that’s impossible to book because there’s no ORY-JFK seats.

  8. I’d also add that I’m seeing fuel surcharges in the neighborhood of $1,000/ticket for the ORY-JFK route. Hard pass.

  9. Hey Lucky I’m not sure if your photo is incorrect, but since 5/2/17 I have not seen any promos for Paris-Mexico. I know the amounts are limited, but did they really sell out the first day?

  10. AF just to me : “The web support confirmed the promo was not correctly set up for the leg Paris to New York. You can now find more dates available”. Sure enough, there’s now good availability from 9th onwards in Aug. Still no good for me, but nice that AF have come good on this.

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