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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 January 1 and January 31, 2018, and for travel between March 1 and April 30, 2018. With these new Promo Awards (which are bookable starting Monday), the following two North American markets are available for 25% off:
- Edmonton to Europe in KLM business class
- Calgary to Europe in KLM business class
This isn’t an especially impressive list, as there are no economy Promo Awards, and the list is also limited to two business class markets, both of which are in Canada.
With these discounts you’ll be paying 46,875 miles one-way in business class (rather than 62,500 miles). Air France and KLM do impose some carrier imposed surcharges; a one-way business class ticket will come with about $250 in surcharges.
Availability is excellent over the promo dates in all of the eligible markets, and any space that’s presently available at the saver level should be available starting on Monday as a Promo Award, directly on the FlyingBlue website.
In terms of the planes operating the route:
- KLM flies 6x weekly to Calgary using a 787, featuring their new reverse herringbone business class
- KLM flies 3x weekly to Edmonton using an A330, featuring their old business class
So of these options I’d most definitely select the Calgary flight if possible.
With any of these awards, you can include connections to other points in Europe (including Israel) from Amsterdam at no additional cost, though you can’t include domestic segments on Delta to position within North America.
All saver level space on 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.
FlyingBlue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, meaning you can transfer points earned from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, etc.
Starting on Monday 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 is fairly limited, though it could be worth positioning to take advantage of these promos, and of course they’re also potentially worthwhile if you’re based in Calgary or Edmonton. Being able to fly KLM’s new 787 business class is an awesome opportunity as well.
Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the January list?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)