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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. The trouble is the offers change from month to month. While some months can have generous offers, other months can be quite slim. And we’ve got a slim month this time around.
For award flights booked in April, you can snag premium economy flights between Mexico City and Europe for just 21,250 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 Mexico City (MEX) and Rome (FCO) will price as low as 42,500 miles each way in premium economy:
Promo Rewards: Under the new Promo Rewards, premium class flights between Mexico City and Europe are 50% off for travel dates May 31 through July 30, 2019:
When you combine the low standard rates with these Promo Awards, you can get premium economy award flights between Mexico City and Rome that cost as little as 21,500 miles one-way:
Note that these discounted award rates aren’t available on all dates in the travel window. Also, taxes and fees on these awards aren’t cheap. Fees start at $208 one-way and increase from there.
Airline: Air France
Routes: Mexico City (MEX) to Europe (BUD/WAW/CPH/FCO/DUB/LHR and more)
Cost: 21,250+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $208 one-way in premium economy
Booking Dates: April 1-30, 2019
Travel Dates: May 31 to July 30, 2019
Booking Link: Flying Blue
Mexico City (MEX) to Budapest (BUD) for 21,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$208 one-way in premium economy:
Mexico City (MEX) to Warsaw (WAW) for 21,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$208 one-way in premium economy:
Mexico City (MEX) to Copenhagen (CPH) for 21,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$210 one-way in premium economy:
Mexico City (MEX) to Rome (FCO) for 21,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$211 one-way in premium economy:
Mexico City (MEX) to Dublin (DUB) for 25,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$211 one-way in premium economy:
Mexico City (MEX) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 21,250 Flying Blue Miles and US$215 one-way in premium economy:
How To Book
To book these awards, you’re going to need Flying Blue miles, as they aren’t bookable through partner programs like Delta SkyMiles. However, don’t worry if you don’t have any yet, as the currency is quite easy to earn. 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 Bonvoy 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. The program is also a new transfer partner of Capital One as of the fall, and miles will transfer at a 2:1.5 ratio. Our tests found that these transfers were processed immediately.
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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