Flying Blue 50% Discount Awards

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Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, Air Europa, Aircalin, Kenya Airways and Tarom, runs frequent award redemption promotions. These flights can be extraordinary values, especially since Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards direct transfer partner. This means anyone with Amex points can take advantage since Amex to Flying Blue transfers are nearly instantaneous.

Another advantage of Flying Blue rewards is that they allow one-way awards, so you can mix and match easily.

However, not all of these redemptions are good deals. Flying Blue has pretty high taxes and fees, which can effectively erase the value of coach awards. For example, I chose Paris to JFK Feb 3-7 and there were 25,000 mile options, but the taxes came to $411. To purchase a coach fare, I found a $531 fare on US Airways, so spending 25,000 miles to save $120 is a horrible deal- especially since you don’t earn miles on award tickets.

However, the business class awards can be great, point-saving values. Check it out for yourself- 50,000 points and a couple hundred bucks for business class internationally is a pretty good deal, no matter how you slice it. These awards price out on the Flying Blue award calendar, so play around to see if any work for your travels.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • $550 annual fee.
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