One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. They publish these every month, and offer 25-50% off award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day they would consistently be for 50% off and would have a good number of options in business class, though unfortunately they’ve devalued the program somewhat since, and the discounts now vary.
However, there are still some great values to be had. FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards. These are valid for bookings made between August 1 and August 31, and for travel between October 1 and November 30, 2014. The previous Promo Awards were valid for travel through October 31, 2014, so there is some overlap since this list is simply an extension of that one.
For this Promo Award period, the following destinations in North America are available (none in business class, unfortunately):
- Europe to Cancun / Premium Economy / Air France/ 50% off
- Europe to Chicago /Economy / KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Houston / Economy / Air France & KLM / 50% off
- Europe to Washington Dulles / Economy /Air France & KLM/ 50% off
If you’re looking to book an economy class award, it’s tough to beat just 12,500 FlyingBlue miles one-way for travel in economy to/from Chicago, Houston or Washington.
Taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges are under $200 each way, which is significantly less than in the past, given that FlyingBlue decreased fuel surcharges on economy class award tickets last June. That was one of the positive aspects of their award chart changes.
Check out the full listing of Promo Awards, all of which are bookable immediately. There’s a lack of business class award options even outside of North America, which I guess isn’t surprising since October and November are pretty big months for business travel.
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Membership Rewards, and points generally transfer instantly.
I won’t be going out of my way to redeem points for Air France/KLM economy, but if you’re looking for the cheapest possible option for travel to Europe, this is tough to beat, especially given how good availability is.