Low-cost awards to Europe: This month’s Flying Blue Promo Rewards
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information.
From paid ticket sales to redemption promotions, there are endless opportunities to book travel at a discount. However, few sales are as reliable as the Promo Rewards we see each month from Air France-KLM Flying Blue.
These deals regularly appear on the Flying Blue website and offer discounts on flights to and from select cities or region pairs. All discounts are only bookable through the end of the month, and there’s a set travel window.
This month, we’re seeing one-way economy flights from Boston, Washington and Miami to various European cities starting at just 11,250 miles. This is a fraction of what many competing programs charge for the same award tickets, and can be an excellent deal if you're looking for a spring trip to Europe.
Airlines: Air France and KLM.
Routes: Economy awards between Europe and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Miami International Airport (MIA).
Cost: Varies by airport. Economy awards start at 11,250 miles each way.
Dates: Travel from Jan. 1 through June 30. Must book by Jan. 31.
Promo Rewards between North America and Europe
The cheapest awards are from Boston to Europe, with 11,250 miles being the posted minimum one-way plus taxes and fees. We found these prices on many late-winter and spring dates to cities like Budapest, Hungary; Prague and Frankfurt.
We're also seeing fares to and from Miami to various cities starting at the stated minimum of 12,750 miles one-way.
Finally, there's plenty of availability from Washington to various European cities, also starting at the posted 12,750 miles.
While not explicitly Promo Rewards, we're also seeing reasonably priced business-class tickets from these cities to Europe. For example, you can book a flight from Washington to Dublin via Paris for 56,500 miles plus taxes in March. Not a groundbreaking deal, but worth considering if you're hunting for award space.
How to book
Book Promo Rewards tickets on the Air France or KLM website. Log in to your account and click the “Book with Miles” button on the home screen. Then, enter your desired itinerary and click the red search button.
Boston had fairly good availability in early March at the lowest Promo Reward price. You’ll oftentimes find that connecting flights charge fewer miles than nonstop flights.
If you plan to transfer points to book this award, find award space first and then transfer your points, as you never want to transfer points without concrete dates in mind.
Earning Flying Blue miles
You can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio from American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards. You can also transfer Marriott points at a 3:1 ratio, with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer.
Based on our tests, Amex, Bilt, Capital One, Chase and Citi transfers should post almost instantly. However, that wasn’t the case with our test transfer from Marriott, which took three days to arrive in our Flying Blue account. Because of this, credit card points are your best bet if you’re hoping to book right away.
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay taxes and fees on your award ticket.
Some of the best cards include The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Premier Card (3 points per dollar on air travel), the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel), the American Express Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel).
Additional reporting by Ehsan Haque, Kyle Olsen and Benji Stawski.