Save Up To 50% With Flying Blue January 2017 Promo Awards

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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.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, Air France and KLM’s monthly Flying Blue promo for January 2017 can help you get off to a good start! In case you’re not familiar with them, the Flying Blue Promo Awards are discount mileage rates for flights on specific routes with Air France or KLM. Awards may be for up to 50% off, but 20% to 25% tends to be more common (and this month’s promotions fall into that pattern).

Overall, this promo is better than December’s, with far more options to/from North America. The real emphasis, though, is for travel between Europe and the Middle East.

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January 2017 Promo Awards

All of these sale fares need to be booked during the month of January 2017. Most of these fares require the travel to be completed between March 1, 2017, and either March 31, 2017, or April 30, 2017, but exact dates vary by location, so be sure to double-check.

North America

Compared to December’s promos, January offers quite a few more options to and from North America. Here are the options you’ll see there, divided by class. These are all for 25% off the normal mileage fares.

Economy (18,750 miles one way or 37,500 round trip):

  • Europe – Houston
  • Europe – JFK (New York)
  • Europe – Miami
  • Europe – San Francisco
  • Europe – Washington DC
  • Europe – Vancouver

Business Class (46,875 miles one way or 93,750 round trip):

  • Europe – Calgary
  • Europe – Chicago
  • Europe – Mexico
  • Europe – Vancouver

Europe

There are fifteen discounted fares within Europe in the January promotion, but nothing is particularly spectacular. All but one of these fares is for 20% off economy flights, bringing the total to 6,800 to 8,400 miles one way or 13,600 to 16,800 miles round trip.

The one exception is an intra-France flight between Paris-Orly and Montpellier, which, at 40% off, comes to 5,100 miles one way or 10,200 round trip.

Africa

There are only two options for Africa in this promotion, but they’re both 50% off in economy, making them a very mileage-friendly choice if traveling between Europe and the Republic of the Congo fits your plans.

The two options are Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, both for 18,750 miles one way or 37,500 round trip, for travel dates from March 1, 2017, through April 30, 2017.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean options this month are mostly for 50% off and include the following choices:

Economy (15,000 miles one way or 30,000 miles round trip):

  • Europe – Bengaluru
  • Europe – Mumbai

Premium Economy (30,000 miles one way or 60,000 miles round trip)

  • Europe – Bengaluru
  • Europe – Delhi
  • Europe – Mumbai

Business Class

  • Europe – Colombo (37,500 one way or 75,000 round trip)
  • Europe – Mumbai (25% off; 56,250 one way or 112,500 round trip)

Asia Pacific

There are 11 choices in January’s promotion, compared to just 5 in December’s offer. Among these, though, there are two real standouts: Europe – Chengdu and Europe – Hangzhou. Both are on KLM and offer a 50% discount, bringing the total to 20,000 miles one-way or 40,000 miles roundtrip.

Caribbean and Indian Ocean

January’s offerings are pretty standard for this promotion in this category, with six options to/from Europe for 25% off. These may be good choices if they fit your plans anyway but probably aren’t compelling enough to inspire new plans (unless you’re looking for an excuse!).

Middle East

This is where this particular Flying Blue promo shines. Up from just two in December, January’s promo offers a whopping 17 choices in the Middle East, nine of which are for 50% off. Here are your options, sorted by class (all to/from Europe):

Economy (10,000 one way or 20,000 round trip unless specified otherwise):

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Almaty
  • Amman (15,000 one way or 30,000 round trip)
  • Astana
  • Bahrain
  • Cairo (15,000 one way or 30,000 round trip)
  • Dammam
  • Dubai
  • Kuwait
  • Riyadh

Premium Economy (20,000 miles one way or 40,000 round trip):

  • Beirut
  • Cairo
  • Dubai
  • Riyadh
  • Tehran

Business Class (25,000 one way or 50,000 round trip unless specified otherwise):

  • Almaty
  • Amman
  • Astana
  • Doha (37,500 one way or 75,000 round trip)
  • Tehran

Flying Blue Miles Transfer Partners

If you are short a few miles, Flying Blue has a well-developed partnership with all four major transferable point programs. You can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Marriott Rewards.

Conclusion

The Flying Blue promo awards are one of our favorite promotions available. They update regularly, and while there isn't always a great value, like the AA Reduced Mileage Awards which change each month, they offer a nice way to get some additional value from your miles.

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Comments

  • I remember reading some articles about people transferring a bunch of miles to flying blue and then Air France basically freezing their accounts because they had not earned any miles by flying – just transferred it in from UR etc when they tried to book award tickets. Do they still do that?

  • Decent off peak availability. Better than December for sure.

  • Flying Blue has way to much rules.

  • Good article, I agree that the promo awards are very good, indeed in the past there were almost all offers at 50% discount, now it’s more common the 25% discount.

  • no first class unfortunately

  • There looks to be some fairly good deals there as far a points goes, but I guess it depends what flying blue are like in respect of taxes and charges.

  • FYI If you have to fly with baggage over the allotment for your flight/class it is not inexpensive but AF gives you a 20% discount on the baggage fee if you purchase online. You can also use miles for the fee.

  • I just love flying blue promos! One of the best ways to redeem points with them really! Just like IHG points breaks or similar!

  • The_Bouncer says:

    These promotions are nice, but I wish they were also available furyher in advance.

  • Yes, further in advance would be nicer.
    Also, it would be great if there was at least ONE destination available per continent each promo period.
    I live in Argentina (south America) and for the past two promos (at least) there was nothing available for this area.

  • I haven’t booked with Flying Blue yet but it’s good to see these promos.

  • AIR FRANCE IS NOT REAL GOOD ABOUT MILES THAT TRANSFER FROM AMEX. THEY SEEM TO BE SUSPICIOUS AND WANT TO CLOSE ACCOUNTS

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