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At the beginning of June, 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. In November, you can end up with economy class round-trip flights to Europe for just 22,000 miles. 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 Seattle (SEA) and Amsterdam (AMS) will price as low as 22,000 miles each way:
Under the new Promo Rewards, economy award flights between Seattle and Europe are 50% off for travel dates December 31, 2018 to February 27, 2019:
Plus, there’s a handful of other routes discounted by 25%:
- New York Kennedy (JFK) to Nairobi (NBO): 25% off economy and business awards
- Boston (BOS) to Europe: 25% off economy awards
- Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to Europe: 25% off economy awards
- Houston (IAH) to Europe: 25% off economy awards
- Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Europe: 25% off economy awards
When you combine the low standard rates with these Promo Awards, you can get award flights between Seattle and Amsterdam that cost as little as 11,000 miles one-way (or 22,000 miles round-trip) from December 31, 2018 to February 27, 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 selected airports and Europe are included. And, it turns out there are many routes starting at just 10,800 miles one-way or 21,600 miles round-trip.
Unfortunately, these discounted award rates aren’t available on all dates in the window. Also, taxes and fees on these awards start at $216 round-trip and sharply increase from there. Unless you have Flying Blue miles burning a hole in your account, make sure to check cash prices for these routes to ensure you’re getting a good deal on your miles — as we’ve seen some solid flight deals to Europe recently.
Airline: Air France, KLM
Routes: Seattle, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Houston or Washington-Dulles to Europe
Cost: 21,600+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $216 round-trip
Dates: December 31, 2018 – February 27, 2019
Booking Link: Flying Blue
Seattle to Berlin Tegel (TXL) for 21,600 Flying Blue Miles and US$300:
Seattle to Munich (MUC) for 21,600 Flying Blue Miles and US$309:
Seattle to London Heathrow (LHR) for 21,600 Flying Blue Miles and US$353:
Seattle to Dublin (DUB) for 22,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$242:
Boston to Dublin for 32,200 Flying Blue Miles and US$242:
Chicago-O’Hare to Budapest (BUD) for 32,200 Flying Blue Miles and US$238:
Houston to Dublin for 32,200 Flying Blue Miles and US$216:
Washington-Dulles to Budapest for 32,200 Flying Blue Miles and US$238:
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 ration plus a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred. 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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