Athens’ Acropolis and Paris’ Eiffel Tower: When To Buy Flying Blue Miles With up to a 100% Bonus (1.53¢ Each) Athens’ Acropolis and Paris’ Eiffel Tower: When To Buy Flying Blue Miles With up to a 100% Bonus (1.53¢ Each)

Athens’ Acropolis and Paris’ Eiffel Tower: When To Buy Flying Blue Miles With up to a 100% Bonus (1.53¢ Each)

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Flying Blue — the shared loyalty program of Air France and KLM — has launched a promotion for buying miles through December 21, 2023. During this time, members can purchase miles with up to a 100% bonus. If maximized, Flying Blue members can grab miles for as little as 1.53¢ per mile.

A Note on Buying Miles

Before we look into some of the possible value, it's important to first recognize that buying miles should typically be a last resort. Loyalty programs tend to sell miles at a price point far higher than the redeemable value they can deliver. When there isn't a bonus or discount, you're better off saving your money and building your balance using other (cheaper) methods.

However, there are a few unique scenarios when buying points and miles can make sense. If you're just on the cusp of having enough miles for a sweet redemption, buying the remaining miles can be quick and easy. Moreover, if you have your heart set on a fancy premium cabin, buying enough miles for an award redemption is likely cheaper than paying the cash rate — as long as there's award availability.

Lastly, if you're struggling to meet a minimum spending requirement, buying miles can be a nice way to reach the target by investing in future travel.

Key Terms for Buying Flying Blue Miles

Flying Blue 100% bonus promotion until December 21, 2023

  • The promotional 100% bonus offer is available for mileage purchases until 11:59 p.m. CET on December 21, 2023.
  • The minimum purchase amount is 2,000 miles.
  • Members must purchase at least 4,000 miles in one transaction to receive any bonus (50%).
  • Buy at least 24,000 Flying Blue miles to get the maximum 100% bonus.
  • Flying Blue elite members may receive a maximum of 300,000 bonus miles. Explorer (non-elite) members may receive up to 100,000 bonus miles.
  • Flying Blue elite members can purchase an unlimited amount of miles throughout the calendar year. Explorer members can purchase up to a maximum of 100,000 miles per calendar year.
  • Miles will be deposited within 72 hours of purchase.
  • You may withdraw your full mileage purchase (no partial withdrawals) for any reason within 14 days of purchase.
  • The full terms and conditions are available here.

Buy Flying Blue miles final cost

Flying Blue sells miles in units of 2,000 at the cost of $63.40 — up to 10,000 miles. After that, each block of 2,000 miles costs $61.00.

Members targeted for this offer will get bonus miles on top of this base rate, with the cost depending on how many miles you buy. Here's how the tiers break down:

  • 2,000 miles: No bonus (3.17¢ per mile)
  • 4,000–10,000 miles: 50% bonus (2.03¢ per mile)
  • 12,000–22,000 miles: 70% bonus (1.79¢ per mile)
  • 24,000–100,000 miles: 100% bonus (1.53¢ per mile)

The terms say miles will be deposited within 72 hours of purchase. However, data points from AwardWallet users show that mileage purchases are processed immediately.

Opportunities When You Buy Flying Blue Miles

There are some excellent Flying Blue sweet spots. In addition to utilizing some unique geographical interpretations to determine award rates, the program also offers monthly award discounts called Flying Blue Promo Rewards for spontaneous getaways.

Let's look at a few examples where buying Flying Blue miles can save you money compared to paying a cash rate.

Detroit — Marrakech in Air France economy

Screenshot showing Flying Blue award options from Detroit to Marrakech for 20,000 miles in economy.

  • Mileage rate: 20,000 miles + $89.90 one-way
  • Typical cash price: $647 one-way
  • Redemption rate: 2.8¢ per mile
  • Cost to purchase miles (at 1.53¢ per mile): $306 one-way or $612 round-trip

Los Angeles — Athens in Air France business class

Screenshot showing Flying Blue award options from Los Angeles to Athens

  • Mileage rate: 55,000 miles + $225 one-way
  • Typical cash price: $3,349 one-way
  • Redemption rate: 5.7¢ per mile
  • Cost to purchase miles (at 1.53¢ per mile): $841.50 one-way or $1,683 round-trip

New York — London in Virgin Atlantic business class

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class business class cabin
Credit: Virgin Atlantic
  • Mileage rate: 74,000 miles + $201.90 one-way
  • Typical cash price: $3,332 one-way
  • Redemption rate: 4.23¢ per mile
  • Cost to purchase miles (at 1.53¢ per mile): $1,132.20 one-way

Image shows award pricing JFK-LHR for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class booked with Flying Blue

Los Angeles — Tel Aviv in Air France business class

a passenger is served a meal in Air France business class
Credit: Air France
  • Mileage rate: 190,000 miles + $499.07 round-trip
  • Typical cash price: $4,846 round-trip
  • Redemption rate: 2.3¢ per mile
  • Cost to purchase miles (at 1.53¢ per mile): $1,453.50 each way or $2,907 roundtrip

LAX - TLV Roundtrip with Miles

Los Angeles — Paris in Air France ‘La Premiere' first class

a passenger in Air France La Premiere first class
Credit: Air France
  • Mileage rate: 137,000 miles + $201.90 one-way
  • Typical cash price: $10,550 one-way
  • Redemption rate: 7.55¢ per mile
  • Cost to purchase miles (at 1.53¢ per mile): $2,096 one-way

To be fair, this example is more of a proof of concept than a viable option. Since Air France's “La Premiere” is said to be one of the world's best first-class experiences, we felt it was worth mentioning anyway.

To buy more than 100,000 Flying Blue miles in a year, you have to have Flying Blue elite status. Likewise, to book Air France's chic first-class product with miles, you need to have at least Flying Blue Platinum status.

Flying Blue elites can receive up to 300,000 bonus miles through this promotion. That means you can end up with a total of 600,000 miles, which is more than enough to book La Premiere first-class awards. Even with the 100% bonus, you'll still be required to pay a hefty sum for the award. Regardless, you'd still save thousands of dollars compared to paying the astronomical cash rate for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

LAX - CDG in Air France La Premiere using miles

Notes on price comparisons

  1. We've based all of these examples on the minimum mileage required between these destinations. You can find this using the Flying Blue open date calculator.
  2. In some cases, we opted to compare one-way award prices to half the rate of a round-trip cash fare. This is because one-way cash fares are often much more expensive than round trips. Since we wanted to avoid using misleading cent-per-point values, the calculations are based on the more conservative price.
  3. Prices that are stated in euros have been converted to USD at the current time of the conversion level.

Buy Flying Blue Miles With the Right Card

Like many other loyalty programs, Flying Blue partners with to sell miles. As is a third party, the purchase won't code as ‘travel.' So instead of using one of the best cards for travel purchases, consider using:

Related: Which Credit Card Should You Use to Buy Points and Miles?

Other Ways to Earn Flying Blue Miles

Flying Blue is one of the few loyalty programs that partner with every major transferable currency. Consequently, Flying Blue miles are some of the easiest to accrue via credit card sign-up bonuses and spending in these programs:

Transfer Ratio
Average Time
Air France (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)
KLM (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)
KLM (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)
Arrival Plus cardholders
Air France (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)
Air France (Flying Blue)

Additionally, Flying Blue partners with Bank of America to offer a co-branded credit card. The Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® currently offers a respectable 50,000-mile sign-up bonus after you make $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening, as well as 1.5 miles per $1 spent on all other purchases.

While not a terrible offer, you may be better off sticking to cards that earn transferable bank currency. This would offer more flexible redemption options while also providing similar earning abilities.

Related: Do Air France/KLM Flying Blue Miles Expire?

Final Thoughts

Historically, the 100% bonus from Flying Blue is the best promotion the program has offered. But in June 2022, Flying Blue offered an excellent 120% bonus that dropped the price to just 1.39¢ per mile. Since then, Flying Blue has also increased the base mileage purchase rate. That means a 100% bonus isn't quite as good as it used to be.

Before buying miles, consider transferring points to Flying Blue first. Thankfully, Flying Blue miles are among the easiest to acquire without paying for them, thanks to abundant transfer partners. If you do want to buy Flying Blue miles to top off your balance right away, just keep in mind that this promotion will end on December 21, 2023, so make sure to have your flight plans figured out before then.

Are you buying Flying Blue miles for 1.53¢ each?

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  • Nice write-up on this. Seems like a decent deal for topping up.

  • Unfortunately, no good redemptions from EZE…

  • I was excited to see this because I had gotten a very sweet deal to get 100% when buying 2000 but if it’s just 50% I don’t think I will take advantage of it. I still have time to prolong my miles, so I will wait and see if they have a better bonus with a smaller amount. You’re right. AF you can get miles really easy so I wouldn’t buy miles unless there was a good promo.

  • tassojunior says:

    your examples are Off Peak (although OP is a bargain and dates are generous)

  • I do need to further the expiration of my miles. This would be a sweet deal to do that.

  • Michael Karpiel says:

    Your math is incorrect.

    I picked the highest amount 100K points + 100K points bonus. Price = $3350USD

    $3350/200000 = 0.01675 so that is 1.675cents per mile NOT 1.53cents per mile.

    • JT Genter says:

      Interesting. Where are you seeing the $3,350 amount? In the screenshot in the post, we see the final price is $3,050 for 100k + 100k bonus.

  • Fenspinbi says:

    No, as this is really a last-resort for me. I have 9 cards that earn points which can be transferred to Flying Blue or earn points directly (the co-branded card), so the only reason to ever buy miles is if I’m a few points shy of an awesome redemption which is about to disappear,

  • I do have to extend the life of my miles. This wouldn’t be bad to take advantage of just to do that but I think I will wait and see if something better happens. I once was able to get 100% bonus on just 2000miles purchase. Probably waiting in vain but since I don’t have travel plans internationally for a while, I’ll wait.

  • I have bought miles to keep the amount I have continuing on. It seems to be the easiest way to keep them from expiring. I like simple. I don’t think I’ll go for this one. I will wait til closer to my exp. time.

  • I have already enough Flying Blue miles.
    But I must admit this promo is very good.

  • Do FB miles expire?

  • Again no reason to buy miles unless you just need to top up for an immediate use.

  • Only buy when its 100% bonus, anything less is not worth it!

  • Now we are talking a nice bonus, big three are you paying attention.

  • This opens up a whole heck of a lot of intriguing routes.

  • Has anyone seen Nov 2021 redemption promo from AF/KLM? Would love to start travelling as countries around the world slowly start opening their borders to tourists.

  • Ana Maria del Rosario Valencia says:

    Great note of AwardWallet, detailed and right-to-the-point.
    The news are useful, timely… and convenient!! Too bad the offer only lasts a few days.

  • It’s probably cheaper (and easier) to simply get the Air France KLM Mastercard, rather than buying miles. You’ll get a better return from the 5,000 mile anniversary bonus, and the mile-per-cost ratio may make sense for samna people.

  • Very good promo indeed.
    I have quite a large number of miles anyway.
    I hope that the next month promos redemption will include some interesting destinations!

  • It might not be a bad idea to plan for the summer 2022 transatlantic travel.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    very good. klm is an airline that I really like excellent service and several good partnerships for us to take advantage of. and the 100% bonus can be obtained with the purchase of just 30,000 points. very good.

  • Try not to buy points when possible.

  • Victoria Sol Davico says:

    Excellent news. This sounds like a great deal. It’s been difficult to travel nowadays with but I think I will strongly consider this opportunity. Looking forward to travelling soon! Thanks for the advice 🙂

  • This is a pretty sweet deal! Especially if you’re in the situation like me that I haven’t got on a plane for a while and my miles are expiring soon. In addition if you live in the Netherlands, Amex has the flying blue credit card they can give you flying blue miles.

  • Ana Maria del Rosario Valencia says:

    This is a great offer. Too bad we used most of our earned miles not so long ago… Still, it’s worth passing the word to our friends befor the offer expires! (it would have been better to keep the offering for at least six weeks).

  • Miguel Angel Baltanas says:

    This is, alas, THE best purchase offering from Fying Blue that I’ve ever seen! Thank your, Award Wallet, for posting it.

  • Not a bad offer.
    Personally I have already some number of Flying Blue miles, the people who need some miles to redeem some flights could take part in this promotion.
    The only thing that I hope is to see this offer some other time apart the more traditional 30-50% bonus offers.

  • Neelesh Thakkar says:

    This is a pretty good deal, definitely going to try and score on this, ~$4k for first class, cant beat that.

  • Nasir Mohammed says:

    Does AF have a COVID extension for miles expiration?

  • says:

    Excellent deal, it’s a good promotion. I need to fly from Montreal to Paris in october. Thanks

  • Jennifer says:

    This is certainly not an occurence that happens often. Still I dont really have travel plans at the moment so I will pass for now.

  • I got this when I needed to extend the life of my miles with them. I love this offer from AF! I was able to get the bonus from them and some bonus points through a shopping portal. It was great.

  • Maybe they should launch another 100% bonus promotion when the situation finally stabilizes for real.

  • Big fan of flying blue miles but I wish they would do a chase transfer bonus!

  • Fenspinbi says:

    Great bonus opportunity, but as I’ve no plans to travel internationally until (most) borders open back up consistently, leaving this one on the shelf. I’d love to do a Flying Blue redemption in the future, but will just transfer points from Chase/Amex.

  • arshi007 says:

    This is definitely a very attractive deal, especially if FlyingBlue starts to bring back their “monthly promo awards”. Having said that, given the ease of transfer partners to FB, it may still not be very compelling to buy these miles if you already have a stack of TY/UR/MR points to use.

  • Looks like a sweet deal if u wanna fly across the pond in the front of the plane! That ATL-CDG deal at 53K miles – even with the $236 surcharge – is not too shabby…..worth a look if you’re planning a Europe trip soon.

  • If they offered more N. American destinations in their periodic discounts, this bonus would be worth a second look for me personally.

  • Seems like a pretty good promotion. Do you this offer is better than what you can currently get with aeroplan? Also, how valuable will these points be given travel restrictions?

  • Miguel Angel Baltanas says:

    Super, super reminder!! I received an e-mail from KLM but didn’t really pay attention to the treat. Will buy the extra
    miles I need to fly from Paris to Buenos Aires this September. Thanks lot.

  • I have bought AF miles when they gave a 100% bonus for even 2000mi. Mainly to extend the life of my miles but I felt it was a good buy at the time. I think it’ll be a good base to add from my credit cards. I like that AF can be easily gotten from credit card partners. Plus, they have options that are great to use miles on. I love that they often have discounted mileage tickets.

  • Alejandro Caracoche says:

    I have never buy miles in any company, but I will consider that in my nex trip. The offer looks like atractive.

  • pretty good deal if you could actually travel anywhere right now

  • super feliz y contenta!

  • It’s a helpful adventure consider to buy miles for a future trip. The pandemic atmosphere needs fresh air, planning a future vacation.

  • Whilst this is a good promotion unfortunately I’ve never been able to find any redemptions that work for me. The tax and charges seem to make them poor value.

  • I wish they would have a transfer bonus from chase. That would be very helpful!

  • Great tip to make sure you buy miles from them with a card that will maximize regular category spend but has no foreign transaction fees. I’d be so upset if I used my Freedom unlimited or Blue for Business and was charged fees.

  • So tempting but I’m not sure it’s something I can commit to until Europe opens up. This is a really solid promo.

  • A good bonus to build up a points balance. I hesitate to build up a big balance with an upcoming purchase due to the risk of devaluations.

  • Are your comparisons including taxes and fees? On both the cash price and miles prices? I am unable to look up the miles price atm as I don’t currently have any miles.

  • Seems like 100% bonus is becoming the norm now, might have to up that to get my attention going forward.

  • never find any sweet spot in SkyTeam.

  • I feel as if I’ve haven’t seen a promotion with such universal enthusiasm in the comments for some time. I’ve been patiently waiting for Covid to produce such offers.

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Excellent deal! Even better if the miles are purchased with the World Elite Mastercard.

  • Wow this is a very good promotion.
    I’m going to buy some this time.

  • If you need the points, sure it’s a good deal but I think cheaper to transfer Chase UR points

  • Thanks, great post!. Is there any benefit if I buy the miles with an American Express Card?

  • This is a really attractive offer. Flying Blue also restarted their promo awards so if you can combine this deal with a promo award that works for you, that would an excellent proposition, well assuming that you can ACTUALLY travel in this COVID-19 world.

  • Wow, a 14 day withdrawal period. That is terrific in case you cannot pull the trigger quickly enough on an award deal you have your eyes on but has now disappeared. Thank you!

  • This is SO tempting!!! I actually have plans for AF miles so I think I will be taking advantage of this promo. Now MR needs to have a bonus miles promo and it’ll be perfect! lol!

  • anyone think there will be no end in sight? now 100% bonus, next month 120%?

    • Actually, I don’t think there will be a lot more big promos going on bc as the vaccine rolls out (we’re getting our 2nd doses this week as are a lot of people we know) and the pharmacies will have them soon, then it is going to be wide open running I do believe. Even though people are supposed to still wear masks, I’m sure many won’t and the virus will rage on in many places, but those who have been vaccinated will be allowed to roam so the motivation to get it will increase and travel will according increase, promos will slow down.