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Update: While this specific promotion has ended, you may still be able to Multiply Your Miles with Flying Blue. See the links below for the latest offer.
Flying Blue — the award program shared between Air France, KLM, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, Transavia, and TAROM — is offering members the ability to “multiply your miles.” This offer lets members multiply their recent earnings by up to 6X. In effect, this promotion lets you buy miles for as little as 1.58¢ each. However, the offer that I received has a limited applicability window and only two weeks in which to participate.
Flying Blue “Multiply You Miles” Promotion Details
I received an email from Flying Blue announcing the “Multiply Your Miles” offer, which you can see here.
The email states that I could multiply my recently-earned miles from last month, meaning February 2022. I have the option to multiply these recent earnings by 2X, 4X, or 6X. If I do this by March 31, 2022, you can get a bonus of 25% extra miles.
This is very similar to the recent Alaska Miles Boost Promotion, which ended March 13, 2022.
- Flying Blue buy/gift points terms apply.
- Your offer may vary. Access the Multiply Your Miles space within your Flying Blue account via this link.
- If I multiply by March 31, 2022, I'll receive a 25% bonus.
- Those with elite status: maximum of 75,000 bonus miles available when multiplying miles, with a limit of 300,000 multiplied miles per transaction and an annual limit of 999,999 multiplied miles.
- Those without elite status: maximum of 25,000 bonus miles for those without status, with a 100,000 miles limit annually on multiplied miles.
- Limits are not shared with buy/gift/transfer miles, so you can participate in both up to their respective limits.
- Miles are sold by points.com.
- Miles will be deposited within 72 hours.
- You have the right to cancel your purchase of miles within 14 days.
- Miles available for multiplying are only those within the previous calendar month.
Since you can only multiply your miles earned in the previous calendar month and the bonus ends March 31, 2022, that means your best bet for multiplying miles is if you had significant earnings in February 2022.
My Earnings in February 2022
I was actually surprised to see I could participate. My first thought was, “I didn't earn any Flying Blue miles in February 2022.”
It turns out that I did: the anniversary bonus from holding the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®. However, I closed that card when the annual fee rolled around and Bank of America didn't make any retention offer. Thus, I assumed I wouldn't receive the anniversary bonus (or it would be revoked). That's why I was surprised to see I had earning activity and even more surprised that I could multiply these miles.
So, what is the cost of multiplying your Flying Blue miles? There are options for multiplying 2X, 4X, or 6X. And remember that at least some members are targeted for a 25% bonus if you multiply by March 31, 2022.
For me, I can multiply my 5,000 miles from February 2022 as for the following prices:
- 2X: 180€ / $197.12 for 11,500 miles (1.71¢ per mile)
- 4X: 360€ / $394.24 for 24,000 miles (1.64¢ per mile)
- 6X: 540€ / $591.36 for 37,500 miles (1.58¢ per mile)
The best price is at 6X multiplying, where I can effectively buy Flying Blue miles for 1.58¢ each.
If you want to see if you're targeted for this promotion, you can go to this link or find the option for “Accelerate Miles” under the “Manage My Miles” section of your Flying Blue account.
Is This a Good Deal?
We don't recommend buying miles speculatively, so let's start with saying “it's a good deal only if you have a plan for using these miles”. Second, it's a good deal if you can buy miles cheaply and then redeem them at high values. You can find some good ideas in our list of Air France/KLM Flying Blue sweet spots.
However, we have to point out that this isn't that great of a deal. Why? The most recent offer to buy Flying Blue miles with a bonus had a price point of 1.56¢ per mile. That's better than the Flying Blue offer to multiply your miles with a 25% bonus.
If you're a little bit short on miles for an upcoming award redemption, this can be a good deal. Conversely, if you were considering buying a ticket with cash, this can be a good deal if you could spend less money buying the miles for an award than you would spend buying the ticket in cash.
Other Ways to Get Flying Blue Miles
If you're a little bit short on miles, you should also remember that Flying Blue has a ton of transfer partners:
- American Express Membership Rewards Points
- Bilt Rewards
- Brex Cash
- Capital One Miles
- Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
- Citi ThankYou Points
All of the above transfers are at 1:1 ratios and should process immediately. Additionally, you can take advantage of one more transfer option:
- Marriott Bonvoy Points — 3:1 transfer ratio plus a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Bonvoy points transferred (transfers typically take one to three days to process)
We've seen several airlines offering new and varied promotions so far in 2022, and the ability to multiply your Flying Blue miles with a bonus is just the latest of these.
On the surface, it looks very interesting. The concept seems compelling, but the actual math isn't that great. There are other ways to get Flying Blue miles, and many of those are cheaper. However, this promotion can make sense in certain situations. Make sure to do the math before you buy.
If you want to take advantage of this offer, the best pricing comes at multiplying by 6X before March 31, 2022, so you can get a 25% bonus. In this way, you would effectively buy Flying Blue miles at 1.58¢ each.
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