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This month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards are out, and even after the disappointing devaluation last month there is still some great deals to be had. This month almost every award is discounted by 50%, and bookings must be made by July 31, 2018. Travel dates for most routes in this month’s promotion are between September 1 and October 31, 2018.
Options For North America
This month all awards to the US are in Economy, while the only Canadian route is in Premium Economy. All routes are discounted by 50%. The destinations to North America are as follows:
- Washington, Dulles International (IAD) from Paris and Amsterdam
- Houston, George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) from Paris and Amsterdam
- Montreal, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) from Paris
Other Global Destinations
When it comes to global destinations this month’s Promo Awards are very generous compared to previous months. There are multiple destinations in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean and Central & South America. This month all destinations are discounted by 50%, except for some in Europe which have a smaller discount.
How To Work Out The Cost Of Your Award
Flying Blue has developed an award calculator to indicate how many miles the award 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 award. For instance, Paris to Washington with Air France will normally set you back 27,500 miles one-way in Economy. With a promo award discount of 50%, you would need only 13,750 miles for a one-way promo award in Economy!
Following from the changes made to Flying Blue Promo Awards in June 2018, you now cannot make connections and still benefit from the award, and you cannot use two promo award destinations and benefit from cumulative pricing.
Key Points To Remember
- Flights need to be booked by July 31, 2018
- 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 Miles Transfer Partners
If you are short a few miles, Flying Blue has a well-developed partnership with all 4 major transferable point programs. You can transfer points to hit the required mileage. All the following programs transfer points at a ratio of 1:1:
Option 1: American Express Membership Rewards
You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards at a ratio of 1:1 and points typically transfer instantly. Transfer points earned from The Platinum Card® from American Express, your Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, or The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express.
Option 2: Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase Ultimate Rewards can be transferred to Flying Blue miles at a ratio of 1:1; transfers are typically completed instantly. Points earned from your Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card are easily transferred to Flying Blue.
Option 3: Citi ThankYou Points
Citi ThankYou points can also be transferred to Flying Blue at a ratio of 1:1 and conveniently, points transfer instantly. If you have earned points from your Citi Prestige® Card, or Citi® ThankYou® Premier Card, you can move them over to hit the needed mileage.
Option 4: Starwood Preferred Guest
The offer on Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is no longer available through this site. You can see a full list of available cards in our marketplace.
Flying Blue is also a transfer partner to SPG; Starpoints can be transferred including points earned from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Remember SPG has a built-in transfer bonus, which gives you a 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer 20,000 SPG points, giving you an effective transfer ratio of 1:1.25. Transfers to Flying Blue typically take 1-2 business days.
Historically the Flying Blue Promo Awards are hit and miss, but since the devaluation and the severe restrictions on the awards Flying Blue seems to have increased the number of routes available, and also is offering far more awards with a 50% discount. Even though the awards have lost some of their value unless you want to head directly to Paris or Amsterdam, if you do want to travel to the Flying Blue Hubs then there is a great value to be had.
Source: Flying Blue Promo Awards
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