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The Flying Blue Promo Rewards for March 2019 are now live. This month, the awards are disappointing if you want to travel from (or visit) the U.S. since there are no participating destinations. However, there are several options in Canada and Mexico. This month’s awards are for travel between April 30, 2019, and June 29, 2019. Bookings must be completed by March 30, 2019.
Options For North America & Mexico
This is the first time in recent memory that there are no participating U.S. destinations. If you don't mind booking a positioning flight, options in Canada and Mexico include:
- Mexico City
This month, all travel is in business class, and the routes are discounted by 25%.
Other Global Destinations
It comes as no surprise that there are some excellent opportunities for travel from Europe to other worldwide destinations. The class of travel varies for each destination. The following cities all benefit from a 50% discount this month:
- Wuhan, China
- Curacao, The Netherlands
- Saint-Denis (Reunion), France
- Amman, Jordan
Within Europe, there are various options, with some routes discounted by up to 40%.
How To Work Out The Cost Of Your Award
Flying Blue has developed an award calculator to indicate how many miles your ticket will cost. The calculator gives the standard pricing for the award, and then you will need to discount the figure by the percentage offered in the Flying Blue Promo Reward. For instance, Paris to Toronto with Air France will typically set you back 60,000 miles one-way in business class. With a discount of 25%, you would need 45,000 miles to book the same ticket.
Following the changes made to Flying Blue Promo Rewards in June 2018, you cannot make connections and still benefit from the discount, and you cannot use two promo reward destinations and benefit from cumulative pricing. If you wanted to travel between two Promo Awards destinations, for instance, Chicago to Dubai, you would have to book two separate awards: One from Chicago to Europe and then another from Europe to Dubai.
Key Points To Remember
- Flights need to be booked by March 30, 2019
- Bookings only valid if made via KLM.com or AirFrance.com; phone bookings are not possible
- Tickets cannot be canceled, changed, or refunded
Flying Blue Transfer Partners
If you are short a few miles, Flying Blue has a well-developed partnership with all four major transferable point programs, and since December 2018 you can also transfer Capital One points to Flying Blue. We generally see points transfer to Air France instantly—with the exception of Marriott Bonvoy Rewards, which takes around three days on average. However, transfers from Chase, Amex, Citi and Capital One have been known to take up to 48 hours when you are making your first transfer to a newly created Flying Blue account.
Air France does allow you to hold an award for up to 72 hours, which should safely allow time for transfers from everyone but Marriott, but because the Promo Rewards bookings cannot be made by phone, the option to hold an award can't be used with the discount.
We are disappointed with Flying Blue this month. Not offering a single participating destination in the U.S. is a poor showing. That being said, the promotion is always worth checking out since there may be other routes that provide good value depending on your travel plans.
Source: Flying Blue Promo Rewards
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