When it comes to travel, there is only one thing that I love more than flying…and that’s applying a discount and flying for even less miles.
One of the best uses for Air France/KLM Flying Blue Miles is booking flights during their monthly Promo Awards. During these sales you will find, specific, award flights that have been discounted (between 20-50% off) for travel on Air France and KLM.
And with the start of a new month, Air France/KLM have just published their latest Promo Awards.
Direct Link: Flying Blue Promo Awards
Book Between: February 1 – February 31, 2020
Travel Between: April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020
- Air France Premium Economy class awards to/from Boston (50% Discount)
- Air France & KLM Economy class awards to/from Boston (50% Discount)
- Air France Premium Economy awards to/from Mexico City (50% Discount)
- KLM Business Class awards to/from Calgary (50% Discount)
- Air France & KLM Business Class awards to/from Toronto (50% Discount)
There are a few “challenges” you may want to consider before exploring these Flying Blue Promo Awards.
First, and per the terms and conditions, Promo awards cannot be changed, cancelled, or refunded.
Second…surcharges! Depending on the cities and flights, your surcharges will range ~$45 – $200 each way. The dollar amount is a bit higher than US carriers but in my experience, you’ll enjoy a slightly more refined experience so a few extra dollars may be worth it.
Third, Flying Blue has some unique nuances. For example, it’s possible you’ll see a cheaper rate for a connecting itinerary. For instance, a ticket from a North American gateway city to Prague (via Paris) is cheaper than a ticket just between the North American gateway city and Paris.
For example, let’s take a look at the Boston route. Per the chart above, it will cost you 11,500 miles (+taxes) to fly economy, one-way on Air France or KLM. If you fly on KLM, you’ll be going to Amsterdam. If you fly on Air France, you’ll be going to Paris. But let’s look at some rates for connecting to another European city.
Boston to Budapest (via Amsterdam on KLM or via Paris on Air France) = 10,750 miles. It’s possible to find shorter connection times but who wants a short connection when you can fly into Amsterdam (or Paris), explore the city for ~10 hours, and then continue on to your destination AND pay less??? #2-for1
How about Boston to the amazing city of Vienna?
Although, it takes a bit more research, I recommend completing a few city searches if you have some flexibility.
WHERE CAN I GET FLYING BLUE MILES?
Keep in mind that you can transfer points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue from Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou. With so many partners, it should be fairly quick and easy to accumulate a lot of Flying Blue points.
Demand for transatlantic flights during late winter (more or less) is, generally, slow. However, as you can imagine, demand begins to increase as we approach spring.
Unfortunately, I’m not too excited about this list. We’ve seen more destinations listed in the past (e.g. two months ago). However, if you’re looking to explore some great European cities without a ton of tourists, and are flexible with dates, this could present some great savings.
Overall, this is a mediocre list. Remember, this sale is not limited to the USA, it covers many routes throughout the world so it’s worth checking out the promotion page and selecting the other tabs.
Pro-Tip: If you would like to take advantage of the lower costs when connecting…Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, Krakow, Oslo, Stockholm, and Vienna are solid bets as final destinations.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these new Promo Awards?