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50% Off Air France KLM Business Class Awards From Chicago, Dallas, Montreal, DC: Flying Blue Promo Awards Announced July 1 – August 31, 2014

by on April 30, 2014 · 18 comments

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Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two months as it used to do), and the list of awards you can book between May 1 – May 31 for travel July 1 – August 31 is now up.

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 9.19.39 AMAfter a couple of months of pretty unexciting awards with just 25-50% off economy awards from most cities, it looks like business class promo awards of up to 50% off are back for summer! That makes sense since summer can be a slow time for business travel and there are some great discount fares as well as last-minute award space, but it’s nice to see Flying Blue offering some tempting business class promo awards again.

Even with the recent Flying Blue award chart devaluation, you can still snag awards for up to 50% fewer miles than SkyTeam partner Delta would charge you for the same awards, so it’s a significant discount and unlike Delta awards (for now) you can book Flying Blue awards one way, giving you extra flexibility. Also note that you’ll be paying about $235 in fuel surcharges each way on business class awards, so budget that in.

  • Chicago on KLM: 50% off business class – 31,250 miles each way, 62,500 miles roundtrip
  • Dallas on KLM: 50% off business class – 31,250 miles each way, 62,500 miles roundtrip
  • Minneapolis on Air France: 25% off premium economy – 42,187 miles each way, 84,375 roundtrip
  • Montreal on KLM: 25% off business class – 46,875 miles each way, 93,750 roundtrip
  • Toronto on Air France: 25% off business class – 46,875 miles each way, 93,750 roundtrip
  • Washington DC on Air France: 50% off business class – 31,250 miles each way, 62,500 miles roundtrip

I can’t show you award availability just yet since these awards don’t go live until tomorrow, but there generally tends to be a good amount of these discount awards available. At least, at first. I would get your summer plans in order today or tomorrow and book as soon as you can since the business class awards tend to be popular and disappear fast.

And for you #AVGeeks (aviation geeks) out there, KLM operates an MD11 on the Montreal-Amsterdam route, which is one of the last, if not the last of these aircraft it still has in service, and it won’t be around much longer, so this could be a fun little trip for bragging rights.

Maximizing These Awards

One of the things that makes Flying Blue and these awards in particular quite interesting is that “Europe” includes a lot of countries we don’t traditionally think of as part of the Continent. Here’s how Flying Blue classifies Europe:

Europe 1
Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Europe 2
Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain inc. Balearic Islands, Sweden

Europe 3
Albania, Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Western Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine.

So you can get to many of the “traditional” places like Paris and Amsterdam, but also much farther afield including Israel, Turkey, the Baltic and parts of North Africa including Morocco, meaning there are plenty of ways to maximize these awards and get to tons of other destinations within Europe all on the same discounted award.

Then within Europe, the following cities are offering discounted awards, so if you already have your big transatlantic ticket squared away but are looking for ways to get around the continent once you’re there, these could be good to keep in mind. Here are the cities:

Dusseldorf on Air France
Edinburgh on KLM
Kiev on Air France
Valencia on Air Europa
Oslo on KLM
Stockholm on KLM
Vienna on KLM
Zurich on Air France
Bordeaux-Marseilles and Bordeaux-Orly on Air France

Stocking up on Flying Blue Miles

Also keep in mind that Flying Blue is also an instant 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so if you have a card like the Premier Rewards Gold or Platinum, this promo could be a good value for using those Amex points especially if they run another 35% transfer bonus like they ran last May.

You could also transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points to Flying Blue, and get a 5,000-mile bonus on transfers of 20,000 miles. The current sign-up bonus on both the personal and business Starwood Preferred Guest cards from Amex are 25,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 6 months.

Do you plan to book any of these awards? Let us know what you manage to snag in the comments below!

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  • jmw2323

    I only see 25% off from ORD

  • Alex

    Wait, so this can be done with Delta Skypesos as well? Meaning, if I have 31,250 pesos I can fly from AMS to ORD one way on KLM?

  • thepointsguy

    Nope- only flying blue

  • lulu

    I cannot find 50% off from ORD…..

  • Alex

    Ok but I can transfer delta points to AMEX, then transfer AMEX points to Flying Blue points. It’s all 1:1 ratio and give or take $60 for both transactions.

  • thepointsguy

    No- you can only transfer Amex to delta.. Not the other way around

  • iahphx

    I don’t think there will be a mad rush to claim these awards because, from a purely practical standpoint, how many Americans have enough Flying Blue miles to claim them? You’d have to be an extremely active participant in manufactured spending, putting your points on an AMEX Membership Rewards card. I’ve got a bunch of MR points sitting around thanks to a very generous sign-up bonus last year, but that’s enough for all of one roundtrip ticket. There aren’t that many of us who like to travel alone. :)

  • 3milio

    I just took a IAH-CDG eco award flight at 50% off for a total of 12,500 MR points. not bad, if you ask me…

  • stephen

    iahphx I must be the exception to this because I am disappointed to learn of a bug on the flying blue / air france website that is not working as of midnight tonight. i hope that it’ll be resolved tomorrow but if anyone has any thoughts in the meantime on how my parents can get from (ideally) tampa>genoa RT business class for 2 people with 185K MR points and $1k, let me know. I’m open to routing them nyc/dc/dallas>milan/genoa or other not-too-inconvenient routes from 7/24-7/30 give or take a day on each end, and this promo would’ve allowed this route (and then some) if the Flying Blue website reflected this promotion based on EST time. i’ll check again tomorrow.

  • PeterH

    Fantastic deal for me and my family! Was able to book 5 1-way tickets from Rome to Washington DC on a Monday in August. $368 cash and 31,250 miles for the tickets in Business Class on Air France! At 2 cents per mile, works out to $993 per ticket, great value!!!

  • PeterH

    And I was lucky enough to transfer a bunch of miles from my amex account to Flying Blue last year to get the 35% extra credit, so really knocks my cost down to $831 per ticket!

  • DFW

    Talk about deceptive business practices. Logged on last night and this morning to check DFW-Europe availability and now they took Dallas off their website for promo awards. Can anyone else access this? Or is it just gone?

  • DFW

    50% off from Chicago is gone apparently, only 25%. Either there are some massive website glitches, or Flying Blue just completely changed the ball game within the last few hours.

  • jmw2323

    gone, or never there in the first place?

  • DFW

    It was there last night and early this morning. Everything changed around 11AM CST. They advertised one thing and switched it up late morning.

  • jmw2323

    my original post is from 24+ hours ago. Only saw 25%

  • DFW

    I could’ve sworn I saw 50% ORD late last night (12AM after) and this morning along with DFW.

  • jmw2323

    I did see DFW last night. Well if I can actually pull this off, will just leave from IAD

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