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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 February 1 and February 28, 2018, and for travel between April 1 and May 31, 2018 (though dates vary, as I’ll outline below). With these new Promo Awards, the following North American markets are available for 25% off:
- Houston to Europe in Air France or KLM economy class (through May 31)
- Minneapolis to Europe in KLM economy class (through May 31)
- Seattle to Europe in Air France economy class (through May 31)
- Edmonton to Europe in KLM business class (through April 30)
- Toronto to Europe in KLM business class (through May 31)
It’s nice to see the mix of both economy and business class Promo Awards, since both can represent a great deal for different reasons.
With these discounts you’ll be paying just 18,750 miles one-way in economy class (rather than 25,000 miles), and you’ll be paying just 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, while a one-way economy ticket will come with less than $100 in surcharges.
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 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.
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 Reserve® Card, 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.
Promo Awards are always worth checking out. The list for February is quite good, as you have a mix of both economy and business class awards on sale. While I’d of course prefer to redeem for business class, the economy list is pretty good as well, and can be useful if you’re looking to get across the Atlantic as inexpensively as possible.
Is anyone considering one of the Promo Awards on the February list?