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Booking KLM Economy Comfort Seats as a Delta Platinum Medallion

August 22, 2013

I went to South Africa for the first time back in January, and I loved the country so much that I decided spur-of-the-moment to book another quick trip there in a few weeks for a visit to Cape Town. Though last time I flew non-stop from JFK-Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town on South […]

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Air France La Premiere (First Class) Promo Awards Now Bookable for Non-Elites

June 5, 2013

A few months ago, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa, announced some major (negative) changes to award redemptions including higher award ticket redemption mileage requirements and some reduced surcharges on Economy and Premium Economy awards that will affect intercontinental award ticket starting in this month. One other aspect […]

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Targeted Amex 35% Transfer Bonus to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

May 1, 2013

Now through May 31, 2013, American Express is offering a targeted 35% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Air France/KLM’s loyalty program, Flying Blue. If you’re not yet a member of Flying Blue, you can join here. This offer is targeted and you might notice that when you log into Membership Rewards normally it […]

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Major Flying Blue Air France KLM Devaluation

April 29, 2013

Late last week, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa quietly rolled out some changes to award redemptions that will affect intercontinental award tickets including that starting in June 2013, it will be raising the number of miles for premium awards on Premium Economy, Business and First Class awards […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Flying Blue May-June 2013 Promo Awards Announced – Business Class From Chicago, Montreal and JFK to Europe for 50,000 Miles Roundtrip

April 11, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with new awards priced out through June 30, 2013. Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. Promo awards are 50% off normal award levels and run all year long, but the gateway cities generally change […]

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In-Flight WiFi Roundup – Which International Airlines Keep You Connected

March 27, 2013

While kicking back and catching up on trashy TV and Oscar-nominated movies during long-haul overseas flight is always enjoyable, sometimes jetsetters have work to do, and some airlines have it covered. A few weeks ago I discussed the in-flight WiFi options aboard the major US domestic carriers. Today it’s time to look overseas to which […]

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KLM Unveils New Business Class Lie Flat Seats

March 20, 2013

Overall I like KLM as an airline and have had some great experiences flying their World Business Class and Economy Comfort to and from Europe. However, one of the things that usually holds me back from booking award tickets on the airline – apart from the fact that finding saver level availability using Delta miles […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Buying Flying Blue Miles – Worth It?

February 28, 2013

Several readers have emailed me this week asking my opinion on the latest Buy Miles bonus offer from Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM), so I wanted to take a closer look. In short, the answer is no, but if you care to know why, or see how it may […]

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Good Delta & Swiss Fares: Istanbul from $529 and London To US Cities for Under $600

October 18, 2012

It looks like there’s a fun little mileage run possibility going on courtesy of Delta, KLM and Swiss to Istanbul this winter, as well as another Delta fare sale from London to certain US cities that just came up today. Noted on this Flyertalk thread, there are some low fares from Chicago to Istanbul for […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Through March 2013 Announced

October 16, 2012

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out, and this time, rather than just being valid for two months as usual, some of these specially priced awards are good through March 2013. As a little refresher: Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM. Promo awards […]

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Destination of the Week: Cape Town, South Africa

July 13, 2012

Though much of its history has been plagued by hardship and controversy, in the wake of its World Cup hosting success (and a star turn on The Bachelor), South Africa has quickly become one of the top jetsetting destinations in the world. That’s why for our Destination of the Week, we’d like to take you […]

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May/June Flying Blue Promo Award Routes Announced

May 2, 2012

Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every two months. That means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 miles in coach and 50,000 […]

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Update: Air France/KLM Business Class Awards Now Bookable With Delta

April 4, 2012

As I wrote about recently, for nearly the past month Delta was not able to book Air France and KLM business class awards. This created a variety of issues, including the inability for Delta to process business class upgrades even when they were available for those who paid more for upgrade eligible fares. However, it […]

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January/February Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards

January 25, 2012

My theme this week is maximizing award discounts and one of the best values for discounted transatlantic travel is the ever-changing Flying Blue Promo awards. Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every two months. […]

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Amazing Deal Alert- Super Cheap Skyteam Flights to Europe (As Low as $250 Total Roundtrip)

October 10, 2011

Airline booking engines are notoriously buggy and sometimes they err in the favor of consumers and mis-price flights. Over the years, I’ve hopped on many of these fares (like the $149 Stockholm/Copenhagen bonanza earlier this year) and I’ve never had an issue with Delta/Skyteam honoring them. Well, per this Flyertalk thread, KLM.com is currently pricing […]

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Help Me Plan My Long Weekend in Budapest

September 29, 2011

I’m off to Budapest tonight for the first time and in typical fashion, I don’t have my trip planned out. I’m staying until Monday evening, so I hope to take in all the city has to offer – hit up some baths, eat some good food and even try some Hungarian wines (which my former […]

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Flight Review: KLM International Business Class

September 10, 2011

For my summer trip to Spain and Mauritius, I used 120,000 Delta miles to fly business class on a mix of Air Europa, Air Mauritius and Air France. However, on my last day in Mauritius, I saw KLM open up a bunch of award space so I decided to route through Amsterdam instead, because it […]

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July/August Air France & KLM 50% Off Promo Awards

July 21, 2011

Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express, but I generally don’t recommend using them for awards. Their taxes and surcharges are usually very high so it usually makes sense to transfer to Delta instead (usually at a significant transfer bonus) to book the same Skyteam award. However, […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or […]

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Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards Announced and a Guide on How to Book Them

May 3, 2011

I find Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, and some other Skyteam carriers) to be generous with award availability. They even run “50% off” promo awards all year long, which means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 in coach and […]

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KLM 747 Economy Comfort Review

April 4, 2011

I’ve flown international First, Business and Economy many times in my life, but I’ve never done premium economy. I’ve been meaning to check it out, but I’ve never really been presented with the option to purchase it, since I usually fly on cheap international coach (mileage run) fares or redeem my miles for premium cabins. […]

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