FlyingBlue Is Offering Their Biggest Ever Bonus On Purchased Miles

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There are some loyalty programs that are most known for the promotions they offer on purchased miles. Among those are Alaska Mileage Plan, American AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and United MileagePlus.

However, historically Air France & KLM’s FlyingBlue program isn’t known as a program that’s especially aggressive about selling miles, though at the moment they’re offering their biggest bonus on purchased miles yet. FlyingBlue is offering a 100% bonus when you purchase more than 4,000 award miles by September 25, 2017. Non-elite members can purchase up to 75,000 miles per year, while elite members can purchase up to 100,000 miles per year.

If you’re an elite member and max out this promotion you can purchase a total of 200,000 FlyingBlue miles at a cost of 2,750EUR (~$3,300), which is ~1.65 cents (USD) per mile. If you’re a non-elite member you can buy miles at the same rate, but just not as many.

FlyingBlue mileage purchases are processed by points.com, so won’t count as airfare for the purposes of credit card spend. If you buy miles you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited®Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressBarclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard®Citi® Double Cash Card, etc.

The terms of this promotion are as follows:

* During the promotional period each member can receive a maximum bonus of 100,000 Award Miles. Bonus Miles will be awarded on transactions made between 1 September and 25 September 2017, 23:59 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete. Award Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles. Elite members can buy an unlimited number of Award Miles.

Award Miles are sold to you by Points Inc. Award Miles will be deposited into your account within 72 hours of purchase. You have the right to withdraw your purchase within 14 days as provided in the Buy and Gift Award Miles Program Terms and Conditions. To exercise the withdrawal right or to obtain assistance with the Buy and Gift Award Miles Program, please contact the Customer Service Centre.

While FlyingBlue isn’t my favorite points currency (though redeeming for Promo Awards can be an excellent deal), there are certainly circumstances under which it could make sense to buy miles at this price. However, I’m not a buyer because FlyingBlue is transfer partners with all four major transferable points currencies — Amex Membership RewardsChase Ultimate RewardsCiti ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest — so there are plenty of popular cards that can earn you FlyingBlue miles, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardInk Business Preferred℠ Credit CardPremier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, etc.

Does anyone plan on buying FlyingBlue miles with a 100% bonus?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)

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Comments

  1. Ivory members can only buy 75k miles a year. So the max for them are 75+75=150k for €0.01375 ct per mile.

  2. I just bought 14.000 ( makes 28.000) to get to 62.500 that I needed so I could use them on the return Business class Amsterdam Paramaribo (Surinam) award ticket with the 50% award discount for September on top of that.

    So in this case buying just 32.000 miles for 880 euros gives you a return business class ticket Amsterdam to Paramaribo. (about a 10 hour flight)

  3. I bought 4000 ( to make 8000) to get to 10,000 so I could use them for a return Business Class from AMS to YVR in the future. I was unprepared for the promotion so I hadn’t saved some extra cash for this. I am going to purchase some more before the deadline 8000 (to make 16000). I am new to travel hacking and FF programs.

  4. I’m with you regarding how unattractive FlyingBlue points are. The fuel surcharges and taxes out of Paris on business award tickets are astronomical, the promo awards are rarely a good deal now (mostly 25% off on one or two routes to North America, and mostly Canadian cities if anything) and the hard product on some planes is lacking (I believe they still have not converted all their fleet to lie-flat, and don’t intend to). But for me it’s mostly about the surcharges. As you say, in case of an unexpected really good deal there’s always the possibility to transfer. So I’m passing

  5. FB is a big joke. Flying Broke. It’s another racket ala american style. No thanks. Say no to american-style hustling.

  6. I’d like to think that FB isn’t as bad as most folks think. Sure they have crappy surcharges on AF/KL but from what I can tell most Skyteam partners don’t pass them on. I’ve been eyeing a DL redemption with FB between the US and JNB on Delta’s nonstop flight. 40K + €60 T/F to me at least doesn’t seem like too bad of a deal considering the several thousand dollar pricetag DL sticks on this route.

    For me the value in FB is using it on anyone but AF/KL. Kinda like how no-one likes using BAEC for BA themselves or AA miles for AA 😉

  7. And as I live in France I’m earning AF miles on regular spend with the FB Silver Amex card.

    Although I’ll admit that’s because no-one has any good CC offers here lol.

    MR points are all transferable at a mere 5:4 ratio -_-

  8. I am a FB member for more than 20 years now. I am not flying Sky Team airlines because of the miles I can earn, but because they usually just have good connections (especially in Asia) and good prices – so the miles were and are “just on top”. Using them from time to time to buy award tickets.

    With view to the current “bonus purchase miles” – may-be I am wrong, but it seems that it does not make so much sense?? (exception: you buy missing miles for your award ticket).

    If I pay EUR 2750 for 200000 miles – and I just was checking award tickets to Asia and/or USA – and I need exactly 200000miles + around EUR 400,00 for BC tickets – but a regular paid ticket would cost between EUR 1.500 and 2.000…..where is the advantage??

    Even for promo award tickets (bought last year BC to China for 100000 miles – a really good deal) it would still cost EUR 1.375….+ around EUR 400,00 for taxes, etc.. If I pay regular price I can get BC to China quite easily at EUR 1.800.

    Am I wrong, or is there no sense to buy that miles to purchase an award ticket??

  9. As per AF site Elite members can now purchase an unlimited amount of miles, capped at 100,000 per transaction.

    “Ivory members can purchase a yearly maximum of 75,000 Award Miles.
    Elite members can buy an unlimited number of Award Miles”

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