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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.
FlyingBlue just published their latest Promo Awards, valid for bookings made between August 1 and August 31, 2017, and for travel between October 1 and November 30, 2017. Oddly this time around the chart seems to be completely wrong in terms of eligible city pairs, and even airlines. Based on my searches, the following routes are offering 25% off (even though this is different than what the FlyingBlue website suggests):
- New York to Europe in Air France economy class via Paris Orly
- Vancouver to Europe in Air France economy class
- Vancouver to Europe in Air France business class
- Calgary to Europe in KLM business class
- Edmonton to Europe in KLM business class
With these discounts you’ll be paying 18,750 miles one-way in economy class (rather than 25,000 miles), and 46,875 miles one-way in business class (rather than 62,500 mils).
Being able to redeem just 18,750 FlyingBlue miles for economy from Vancouver to Paris is an excellent deal. The New York flight will be useful to many as well, though unfortunately it’s only valid for Air France’s New York to Paris Orly flight, which isn’t ideal if you’re making a connection, given that most of Air France’s flights operate out of Charles de Gaulle. However, fuel surcharges in economy are mild, so this could still represent a solid deal for travel between the US and Europe.
If you’re looking at business class, award availability in business class is excellent on all the eligible routes. For example, here’s business class availability from Vancouver to Paris:
And here’s business class availability from Calgary to Amsterdam:
Personally I’m most excited about the Vancouver to Paris route, as it’s operated by an Air France 777 featuring their reverse herringbone business class seats. That’s a good deal for a great product.
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 and KLM in the above markets is eligible for the discounted costs, and these awards are bookable directly on the FlyingBlue website.
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.
As a reminder, FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, meaning you can transfer points earned from multiple cards:
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 August awards isn’t too exciting. However, at least there are a couple of options in both economy and business class, which gives travelers some flexibility. The other great thing about Promo Awards is that they can be used for travel anywhere within Europe, which includes Israel, by their definition.
Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the August list?