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Each month Flying Blue (the loyalty program of Air France and KLM) offers a number of promotional awards. The typical discount is around 25%, but they can be as deep as 50%. Most promotional award are for economy flights, but there are usually a few Flying Blue promo awards for business class as well.
Flying Blue assesses fuel surcharges on its own flights, so keep that in mind when determining if an award is a good deal. For round-trip flights between North America and Europe, expect to pay about $300 in surcharges (and even more in a premium cabin).
January’s Flying Blue promo awards
Here are the routes on sale between North America and Europe for January:
- Calgary to Europe – 25% off business on KLM
- Chicago to Europe – 25% off business on Air France
- Houston to Europe – 25% off economy on KLM
- Mexico City to Europe – 25% off business on Air France
- Miami to Europe – 25% off economy on Air France
- New York to Europe – 25% off economy on KLM
- San Francisco to Europe – 25% of economy on Air France
- Vancouver to Europe – 25% off business on Air France
- Vancouver to Europe – 25% of economy on Air France
- Washington D.C. to Europe – 25% of economy on Air France or KLM
There are also some deep discounts on routes from Europe to both the Middle East and India. You can find the full list of Flying Blue promo awards here. The January ones say “coming soon” and are bookable starting January 1 through January 31. Travel dates vary by route, but they are generally for March and April.
Remember that Flying Blue has a fairly broad definition of what constitutes Europe, and you can really leverage this in your favor. Flights to Israel, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia should all price out as “Europe” awards.
These awards are valid only for travel on either KLM or Air France metal for the routes specified. Partner segments are not included, which may lessen the value for a lot of people who would otherwise have to position to use them.
Flying Blue is a transfer partner of Citi, Chase, and Amex, so acquiring Flying Blue miles is fairly easy. Transfers to Flying Blue used to take a while, but most are now near instant. If you are still concerned about the transfer, you are supposedly able to hold an award ticket by calling Flying Blue. I would certainly do this anyway to secure a seat before moving points.
Are there any Flying Blue promo awards in the January list you might consider booking?
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