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Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers new Promo Awards each month where you can book award flights for as little as half of the miles normally needed on some routes and in certain cabins. The list of awards you can book between now and April 30, 2015 for travel June 1 to July 31, 2015 is now up on the Flying Blue Promo Awards page, and there are a couple of decent values this time around.

Note that even though Air France is a Delta Air Lines partner, you can’t book these awards with Delta SkyMiles, nor can you use Flying Blue Promo Awards to book discounted awards on Delta flights.

Screen shot 2015-04-01 at 9.24.57 AMThe current list for award travel from North America between June 1-July 31, 2015 includes:

  • Atlanta to Europe on Air France: 25% off business class – 46,875 miles each way, 93,750 round-trip
  • Boston to Europe on Air France: 25% off economy – 18,750 miles each way, 37,500 round-trip
  • Edmonton to Europe on KLM: 25% off business class – 46,875 miles each way, 93,750 round-trip
  • Miami to Europe on Air France: 25% off premium economy – 37,500 miles each way, 75,000 round-trip
  • Minneapolis to Europe on Air France: 50% off business – 31,250 miles each way, 62,500 round-trip
  • New York JFK to Europe on Air France: 50% off premium economy – 25,000 miles each way, 50,000 round-trip
  • San Francisco to Europe on Air France: 25% off premium economy – 37,500 miles each way, 75,000 round-trip

While these aren’t the most exciting discounts we’ve ever seen, and the major one to note is Minneapolis at 50% off business class, they still present a few good options for flyers looking to use miles to get to Europe this summer.

Business class availability at the promo rate on the Minneapolis route actually looks pretty good.

Screen shot 2015-04-01 at 9.37.35 AMJust beware that taxes and fuel surcharges will be about $500 for a business class award.

Screen shot 2015-04-01 at 9.39.12 AMThose taxes and fees drop on premium economy (about $150-$200 each way) and economy (about $100 each way) awards. The New York JFK-Paris CDG route also has promo award availability in premium economy every day in June for now.

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Topping Up Your Flying Blue Account

If you want to take advantage of the new promo awards but you don’t have enough (or any) Flying Blue miles, there are a few ways you can quickly add more of them to your account.

Flying Blue is an instant 1:1 transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, the loyalty program of travel rewards cards like the Amex Everyday Preferred Card and the Platinum Card. The Platinum Card currently offers a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months (with an annual fee of $450), and the Everyday Preferred offers 15,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days (with an annual fee of $95).

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Don’t have enough Flying Blue miles to book an award? There are plenty of ways to top up your account.

Flying Blue is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, which offers a 5,000-mile bonus on transfers of 20,000 points (though note that SPG transfers can take a few days). The current sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is 25,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months and 25,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months, for the business version, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.

Additionally, Flying Blue recently became  a 1:1 transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards, which allows you to transfer points to airline partners if you have the Citi ThankYou Premier Card or Citi Prestige Card. The Citi ThankYou Premier comes with a sign-up bonus of up to 50,000 ThankYou points: 20,000 after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, and another 30,000 after you spend $3,000 in the first three months of the second year of cardmembership. The annual fee of $125 is waived for the first year.

Do you plan to book any of these Flying Blue Promo awards?

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While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
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