March 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards

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This promotion has ended, however, you can check out the Current Flying Blue Promo Rewards page or see our guide on which points transfer to Flying Blue.

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.

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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:

  • Toronto
  • Montreal
  • Cancun
  • 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.

Our Take

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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Comments

  • I have many times found excellent value flying from the US to Europe via Canada. I guess the airlines need us USA types to fill seats that would otherwise go unused by Canadians. Thanks for the update.

  • Thank you for highlighting the transfer times… as I would be a newbie, if I finally pursued a Flying Blue Promo Award, and I also frequently do things at the last minute, so this warning… may… help me! 🙂

  • I love flying the BLUE ThankS!!!!!

  • Flying out of ORD, these awards never seem to work for me.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I took the time to look into it and read the details. It seems to be a really good offer.

  • A positioning flight to Toronto or Montreal would not be difficult to take advantage of one of these reward flights. It is definitely something I would do if I had the time.

  • Unfortunate there are no US options, but it’s a lovely time to visit Montreal!

  • I’m surprised to see Cancun on the list…

  • Up to 40% off is good if the locations work for you

  • Need to get back to EU this year

  • Not bad promo, though to use it I must to add another segment to my flight

  • Unfortunately they rarely if ever have LA-based awards, but thanks for posting.

  • Buenos Aires might be a good option for European readers…

  • Montreal is drive-able, and train-able for me, could present an opportunity for a cool combo trip.

  • I’m in Vermont, not too far from Montreal, and I’ve been wanting to visit Reunion. I might be able to make it work out.

    • Just keep in mind these Promo Rewards have to fly via Amsterdam or Paris, so the route from Montreal would stop in one of those places. A bit out of the way, but still an awesome stopover 🙂

  • Cancun looks pretty tempting – I could spend some time in Cancun and then fly to Paris with this promotion.
    Thanks for the post.

  • I really need to keep these in mind when I book Air France tickets. I don’t particularly like that you cannot make changes, etc. but I do see why they have that. Still if you know that you’re flying somewhere for sure and nothing will derail the trip or you can lose the miles, then it’s a wonderful option.

    With all the promos out there, I am SO happy that ya’ll keep on top of it! I would forget and pass them all up.

  • Please Flying Blue, add some US departures for us to use.

  • Might have to investigate something out of Toronto or Montreal…..quick positioning flight to get up there.

  • Thanks for the post! One of my friends in Toronto just booked a promo reward flight.

  • I wish this fit in with my travel plans, but I agree where is the US???

  • For travelling inside Europe I see some decent options.
    Moreover, June is usually a wonderful period for visiting Europe.

  • good to be reminded of them even though they are not in our market

  • Bummer, doesn’t quite work out for our travel plans this year.

  • Sweet deal with 50% discount on business flights between Europe and Curacao – wish the travel window was wider though.

  • Nice to see these awards. Unfortunely not US, but pleasent destinations such as Cancun and Curacao.

  • Pretty disappointing this time indeed! Last year I was able to book NYC-TLV for a handful of miles with thei promo since they include TLV in the Euro-zone.

  • Surprised no US destinations. I have never flown with them on award travel. Short hops in Europe. If close to Canada it could be worth the drive.

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