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On the first of every month, AirFrance/KLM releases its monthly Flying Blue Promo Rewards, which offer up to 50% off on award flights to certain destinations. This month’s Promo Rewards are valid for travel from Feb. 29, 2020, through Apr. 29, 2020. Flights must be booked by Jan. 30, 2020.
Discounts on short-haul flights range between 20%-40%, while long-haul awards are on sale for 25%-50% off. Although AirFrance/KLM adds taxes, fees and carrier surcharges to its award tickets, the opportunity to book an award at a discount is a great way to offset that cost and extend the life of your points.
Let’s take a look at some interesting redemptions that are currently on sale with AirFrance/KLM.
January 2020 Flying Blue Promo Rewards
50% off economy, premium economy and business: Europe to/from Quito, Ecuador
Looking for a warm getaway? Consider flying from across the Atlantic to Ecuador. These awards are 50% off in economy, premium economy and business class.
A scan of the calendar shows limited availability in economy in March or April. However, in premium economy and business class there are plenty of award seats available, albeit with more seats in premium economy than in business.
A round-trip award in premium economy costs 70,500 Flying Blue miles + ~$360 in taxes, while a business class award (below) is 79,000 miles + ~$530 in taxes. Since the difference between a business class and premium economy award is only 8,500 miles and ~$170 in taxes, you’d get much more bang for your buck flying in business class. In addition, since this is a 12-hour flight, spending a little more to be comfortable in business class might be worthwhile.
We found Skyscanner prices that same business class seat at $2,562, which results in a solid redemption value of 2.6 cents per mile.
25% off premium economy & business: Europe to/from Wuhan, China
If you’d rather head to Asia, award tickets between Europe and Wuhan, China, are 25% off in premium economy and business. Although business class award availability at the lowest saver level was virtually nonexistent, we found decent availability in premium economy.
A round-trip flight from Paris to Wuhan is 108,000 Flying Blue miles + ~$300 in taxes and fees.
We found Skyscanner pricing that same flight at $1,298, which results in a redemption value of 0.9 cents per mile. If you’re concerned with getting a maximum value out of your miles, this might not be the best redemption — but it will still get you to China.
25%-50% off economy, premium economy and business: Europe to/from North America
If the cold doesn’t deter you, a trip from North America to Europe (or vice versa) could be had at a solid discount. A round-trip ticket between Chicago or Minneapolis and Europe only costs 29,000 Flying Blue miles. Comparatively, American Airlines charges 60,000 miles round-trip (or 45,000 miles during off peak dates: Jan. 10-Mar. 14, Nov. 1-Dec. 14), which is more than double for the same route.
A scan of the calendar showed plenty of saver award availability between Houston or Minneapolis and European cities like Amsterdam or Paris. If you’re thinking of a winter getaway to Europe, this would be a good Promo Reward to consider.
Earning Flying Blue Miles
Given that AirFrance is a transfer partner of all five transferable point programs (AmEx Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards®, Marriott Bonvoy, Citi ThankYou, Capital One Venture), collecting Flying Blue points is fairly easy.
A few things to note:
Only the Citi Premier℠ Card, Citi Prestige® Card and American Express Chairman credit cards allow ThankYou points transfers to AirFrance.
Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3:1 ratio (3,000 Bonvoy points = 1,000 Flying Blue miles), and with every 60,000 points transferred you will earn a 5,000-mile bonus (60,000 Bonvoy points = 25,000 Flying Blue miles)
Capital One Venture points transfer at a 2:1.5 ratio (2,000 Capital One Venture points = 1,500 FlyingBlue miles), so unless there is a promo on transfers, this isn’t the most lucrative ratio.
The bottom line
As always, Flying Blue Promo Rewards provide an opportunity to take advantage of reduced award tickets during the promotional period. If you’re thinking of a vacation in March and April, take a look through these Promo Rewards in case your plans align with a city currently on sale. Even if you don’t have points in your Flying Blue account, AirFrance is a partner of all five transferable programs, so it is very easy to take advantage of the discounted awards.
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How to Maximize Your Rewards
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