Fly to Europe for 13,000 points when you stack Flying Blue Promo Rewards with transfer bonuses
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But 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 a discount on flights to and from select city 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 economy flights from the U.S. to Europe for as little as 16,125 Flying Blue miles, which can be easily transferred from various transferable points programs.
Better yet, you can stack this with 25% transfer bonuses from Citi ThankYou and Chase Ultimate Rewards to Flying Blue, which brings the cost down to just 13,000 points plus taxes and fees.
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Airlines: Air France and KLM.
Routes: Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to and from Europe.
Cost: Economy flights start at 16,125 Flying Blue miles one-way; 13,000 Citi ThankYou points (transferred by May 20) or Chase Ultimate Rewards (transferred by May 15) points.
Dates: Travel between May 1 and Oct. 31.
Pay the taxes and fees with: 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), Citi Premier® Card (3 points per dollar on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel).
Promo Rewards between North America and Europe
This month, you’ll find discounted economy award tickets from two of America’s largest cities — New York City and Chicago — to many cities in Europe for just 16,125 miles each way. While the economy cabin may be uninspiring to some, this can be a great deal given that economy award space is limited this summer on many airlines, and airfare is higher than in years past.
TPG values Flying Blue miles at 1.2 cents each, meaning you can spend under $400 worth of Flying Blue miles for a round-trip economy flight to Europe, which is a solid deal. The one major downside is that Flying Blue tickets have moderate taxes and fees, so you should compare the total award cost to the cost of a cash ticket before booking. Also, the program prices award tickets dynamically, so you may need to be flexible with your travel dates to find the lowest rates.
These Promo Rewards tickets must be booked by May 31, but are valid for travel through at least Oct. 31. Although Promo Rewards normally “cannot be modified, canceled or refunded,” free changes are allowed for all reward flights through June 30.
Again, you can bring the cost of these tickets down to just 13,000 Citi ThankYou points or Chase Ultimate Rewards when you take advantage of a 25% transfer bonus being offered by both programs. The Citi transfer bonus ends May 20 and the Chase transfer bonus ends May 15. 13,000 Citi or Chase points equal 16,250 Flying Blue miles during these transfer bonuses.
How to book
Book Promo Rewards tickets on the Air France or KLM website. Just 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 as you usually would.
If you plan to transfer points to book this award, find award space first and then transfer your points.
Earning Flying Blue miles
You can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards. You can also transfer Marriott points at a 3:1 ratio, plus a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer.
Based on our tests, Amex, Capital One, Chase and Citi transfers should post instantly. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with our test transfer from Marriott, though, which took three days to arrive in our Flying Blue account. In other words, 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), Citi Premier Card (3 points per dollar on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel), American Express Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel).
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