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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 May, you should be able to snag business flights between Dallas or Toronto to Europe from just 39,750 miles each way. There are other international routes available through the deal, but these are the only two departing from North America.
However, Flying Blue is currently only discounting awards between Dallas/Toronto and Paris — not all of Europe. Until Flying Blue fixes this, the best rate that we’ve found that you can book is for 42,000 miles each way. Let’s show you how this works.
Standard Rates: Under the new flexible mileage calculator, Flying Blue awards between Dallas (DFW) and Paris (CDG) will price as low as 56,000 miles each way in business:
Promo Rewards: Under the new Promo Rewards, business class flights between Dallas/Toronto and Europe are 25% off for travel dates July 1 through August 31, 2019:
When you combine the low standard rates with these Promo Awards, you can get business class award flights between Dallas and Paris that cost as little as 42,000 miles plus taxes and fees one-way.
Once the Flying Blue Promo Rewards issues are corrected, here are some of the other options you might be interested in:
|North America||Europe||Standard Price||25% Discount|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Budapest (BUD)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Copenhagen (CPH)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Warsaw (WAW)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||London (LHR)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Dublin (DUB)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Rome (FCO)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Munich (MUC)||53,000||39,750|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Berlin (TXL)||53,000||39,750|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||Budapest (BUD)||53,000||39,750|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||Copenhagen (CPH)||53,000||39,750|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||Warsaw (WAW)||53,000||39,750|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||London (LHR)||53,000||39,750|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||Dublin (DUB)||53,000||39,750|
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 $230 one-way and increasing from there. Note that Flying Blue has added a concerning condition to Promo Rewards “Promo reward tickets cannot be modified, cancelled or refunded,” keep this in mind if you foresee having to make any changes.
Airline: Air France
Routes: Dallas (DFW) and Toronto (YYZ) to Paris (CDG) — and eventually Europe (BUD/WAW/CPH/FCO/DUB/LHR/PRG and more)
Cost: 42,000+ miles plus taxes/fees starting at $230 one-way in business
Booking Dates: May 1-31, 2019
Travel Dates: July 1 to August 31, 2019
Booking Link: Flying Blue
Dallas (DFW) to Paris (CDG) for 42,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$230 one-way in business during July:
Dallas (DFW) to Paris (CDG) for 42,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$230 one-way in business during August:
Toronto (YYZ) to Paris (CDG) for 45,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$241 one-way in business during July:
Toronto (YYZ) to Paris (CDG) for 45,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$241 one-way in business in August:
Dallas (DFW) to Paris (CDG) for 84,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$571 round-trip in business during August:
Toronto (YYZ) to Paris (CDG) for 90,000 Flying Blue Miles and US$543 round-trip in business during August:
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.
With additional reporting by Brendan Dorsey.
Featured image by FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images
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