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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.”

That said, 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 deals, other months can be quite slim. And we’ve got a slim month this time around.

For award flights booked in June, you can snag business flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Europe from just 39,750 miles each way. Or, you can book economy flights between Atlanta (ATL) or Houston (IAH) and Europe from just 10,750 miles each way. There are other international routes available through the deal, but these are the only three departing from North America.

Let’s show you how this works.

Standard Rates: Under the new flexible mileage calculator, Flying Blue awards between Chicago (ORD) and Rome (FCO) will price as low as 53,000 miles each way in business:

Promo Rewards: Under the new Promo Rewards, business class flights between Chicago and Europe are 25% off and economy flights between Atlanta or Houston and Europe are 50% off. All of these are limited to travel dates from August 1 through September 30, 2019.

When you combine the low standard rates with these Promo Awards, you can get business class award flights between Chicago and Rome that cost as little as 39,750 miles plus taxes and fees 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 starting at $244 one-way in business class or just $99 one-way in economy — and they increase from there. Flying Blue Promo Rewards “cannot be modified, cancelled or refunded.” So, keep this in mind if you foresee having to make any changes.

Airline: Air France, KLM
Routes: Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD) and Houston (IAH) to Europe (AMS/BUD/CPH/DUB/FCO/FRA/LHR/MUC/TXL/VIE/WAW/ZRH and more)
Cost: 10.750+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $99 one-way in economy or 39,750+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $244 one-way in business class
Booking Dates: June 1-30, 2019
Travel Dates: July 31 to September 29, 2019
Booking Link: Flying Blue

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Budapest (BUD) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Copenhagen (CPH) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Dublin (DUB) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Rome (FCO) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Warsaw (WAW) for 39,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$244 one-way in business:

Atlanta (ATL) to Budapest (BUD) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Atlanta (ATL) to Copenhagen (CPH) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Atlanta (ATL) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) for 11,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Houston (IAH) to Copenhagen (CPH) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Houston (IAH) to Dublin (DUB) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Houston (IAH) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Houston (IAH) to Vienna (VIE) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

Houston (IAH) to Zurich (ZRH) for 10,750 Flying Blue Miles and US$99 one-way in economy:

How To Book

To book these awards, you’re going to need Flying Blue miles, as the discounts 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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