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In 2018, Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue mileage program ditched standard region-based award charts for a new flexible mileage calculator based on the origin and destination airports. And the only way of describing the resulting program is “illogical.”
However, there are some gems in the rough. And, when you combine some cheap mileage options with Flying Blue’s monthly Promo Rewards, you can end up with some really cheap award tickets. For award flights booked in February, you can snag economy flights to Europe for just 10,750 miles each way. Let’s dig into how this works and how you can book it.
Standard Rates: Under the new flexible mileage calculator, Flying Blue awards between Houston (IAH) and Rome (FCO) will price as low as 21,500 miles each way in economy:
Promo Rewards: Under the new Promo Rewards, economy flights between Houston and Europe are 50% off and business/economy award flights between Seattle and Europe are 25% off for travel dates Mar. 31 through May 30, 2019:
When you combine the low standard rates with these Promo Awards, you can get award flights between Houston and Rome that cost as little as 10,750 miles one-way (or 21,500 miles round-trip) from Mar. 31 to May 30, 2019.
It’s not just these city pairs that are available with this promotion. As with past Flying Blue Promo Rewards, all flights between the month’s selected airport(s) and Europe are included. And, it turns out there are many routes starting at just 10,750 miles one-way or 21,500 miles round-trip in economy.
While business class awards between Seattle and Europe are supposed to be 25% off, these discounts aren’t showing up in searches at this time. And for economy awards, these discounted award rates aren’t available on all dates in the window. Also, taxes and fees on these awards aren’t cheap. Round-trip awards start at $223 and increase from there. Make sure to check cash prices to ensure you’re getting a good use of your miles.
Airline: Air France, KLM
Routes: Houston or Seattle to Europe
Cost: 21,500+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $223 round-trip in economy
Booking Dates: Feb. 1-27, 2019
Travel Dates: Mar. 31 to May. 30, 2019
Booking Link: Flying Blue
Houston (IAH) to Dublin (DUB) for 21,500 Flying Blue Miles and US$223 round-trip in economy:
Houston (IAH) to Copenhagen (CPH) for 21,500 Flying Blue Miles and US$233 round-trip in economy:
Houston (IAH) to Rome (FCO) for 21,500 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 round-trip in economy:
Houston (IAH) to Vienna (VIE) for 21,500 Flying Blue Miles and US$250 round-trip in economy:
Houston (IAH) to Zurich (ZRH) for 21,500 Flying Blue Miles and US$259 round-trip in economy:
Seattle (SEA) to Berlin (TXL) for 32,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$302 round-trip in economy:
Seattle (SEA) to Munich (MUC) for 32,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$312 round-trip in economy:
Seattle (SEA) to Dublin (DUB) for 33,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$246 round-trip in economy:
How To Book
To book these awards, you’re going to need Flying Blue miles, but don’t worry if you don’t have any yet. The program is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, and all three transfers should process instantaneously.
You can also transfer Marriott Rewards points at a 3:1 ratio plus a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred — meaning you’ll get 25,000 miles for transferring 60,000 points. Marriott to Flying Blue transfers took around three days when we tested it. Once you have the miles in your Flying Blue account, you can book awards through Flying Blue‘s online award search tool.
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