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For the month of September, Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) is offering a 100% bonus, when you buy a minimum of 4,000 points. The promotion will run until 11:59 pm on Monday, September 25th, 2017. The cost per point runs you about 1.65 cents per point, which is not a spectacular deal but much better than the regular rate
Is This a Good Deal? This 100% bonus promotion is definitely worthwhile if you need a few more Flying Blue points to top-off your account for an award stay, but I would not buy points speculatively. There are no tiers, so regardless of how many points you buy, your cost per mile should be the same. If you buy 75,000 miles, you’ll get 150,000 total, for 2062.50 EUR (~$2482.29 USD) – again, that’s about 1.65 cents / mile.
3 reasons to use Flying Blue miles
While you might not be as familiar with the Flying Blue program as some of the US-based programs, but there are some really good values there. Here are 3:
- Air France offers monthly promo awards where you can save 25-50% off of the published award cost, which means we’ve seen in the past flights as low as 12,500 miles to Europe
- Air France lets you fly (on Delta metal) from the US to Hawaii for only 15,000 miles one way, compared to 22,500 if you use Delta miles. (Korean awards are even cheaper – only 25,000 miles for a roundtrip from the US to Hawaii!)
- Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all 4 major transferrable currencies (SPG, Chase, Citi, Amex), so it’s easy to top off for an award
As always, you need to crunch the numbers to see if it make sense to purchase miles. I don’t recommend buying miles speculatively. There will be another promotion in the future.