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Sweet Spot Sunday: Save points on flights to Europe by booking Flying Blue Promo Rewards

January 30 2022
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Air France-KLM Flying Blue is one of the most popular SkyTeam loyalty programs, in large part because it's partnered with nearly every major transferable points currency. In fact, you can transfer points from all of these transferable points programs to Flying Blue:

The program has some solid deals too — mostly on flights from the U.S. to Europe. In the past, we've covered booking flights to Europe for as few as 21,500 Flying Blue miles one-way, but there's a way to book these flights for even fewer points.

Enter Flying Blue Promo Rewards. These promo award tickets often bring SkyTeam award tickets from the U.S. to Europe down to well under 20,000 points one-way in economy. We've even seen business class tickets for under 40,000 points in years past.

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Let's take a closer look at Flying Blue Promo Rewards and how to book them.

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Why they're special

(Photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

Every month, Flying Blue releases a new set of Promo Rewards. All are to/from Europe, and all are operated by either Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines or a mixture of the two. You have one month to book these Promo Rewards before Flying Blue replaces the current list of destinations with a new set the following month.

Promo Rewards to the U.S. were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, but they made a return once the U.S. and most major European countries reopened their borders to tourists. For example, in Jan. 2022, we're seeing the following Promo Rewards routes:

  • Europe to/from Chicago-O'Hare (ORD): From 16,125 miles one-way in economy.
  • Europe to/from Houston (IAH): From 16,125 miles one-way in economy.
  • Europe to/from San Francisco (SFO): From 16,125 miles one-way in economy.
  • Europe to/from Salt Lake City (SLC): From 19,125 miles one-way in economy.

You can also find great intra-Europe Promo Rewards, which are useful if you're planning a multi-stop Europe trip. In Jan. 2022, some of the best intra-Europe deals include:

  • Amsterdam (AMS) to/from Barcelona (BCN): From 5,625 one-way in economy.
  • Amsterdam (AMS) to/from Geneva (GVA): From 4,500 one-way in economy.
  • Paris (CDG) to/from Frankfurt (FRA): From 4,500 miles one-way in economy.
  • Paris (CDG) to/from Prague (PRG): From 6,750 miles one-way in economy.

These are all solid deals and are similar to what we've seen in months past.

Promo Rewards can help you save points versus booking standard Flying Blue award tickets or booking with another program. Plus, you'll get an even better deal during months when Flying Blue offers premium economy and business class Promo Rewards.

You can view the current month's Promo Rewards lineup on Flying Blue's Promo Reward webpage.

Related: The ultimate guide to earning and redeeming with Air France/KLM Flying Blue

How to book this award

(Photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

Booking Promo Rewards is simple: You can book them like you would any other Flying Blue award ticket. As a reminder, you can search for Flying Blue awards on both the Air France and KLM websites, and Promo Rewards will appear in line with standard Flying Blue award tickets.

To start, head to the Air France or KLM website and sign in to your Flying Blue account. Then, click the "Book with Miles" button at the center of the screen and enter your desired itinerary. If you want to book a Promo Reward, make sure your route matches the current month's Promo Reward lineup.

(Screenshot from klm.us)

All available flights will appear at the center of the screen. Promo Rewards look like any other award ticket, but at a significantly lower price. The lowest-priced ticket is highlighted in green. In this example, I found a one-way economy award ticket from Chicago to Paris for 16,500 miles.

(Screenshot from klm.us)

Since U.S. Promo Rewards are usually open-ended to any European destination, you will find some destinations are priced higher or lower than others. For example, Chicago to Frankfurt is 17,500 miles one-way during this Promo Reward period.

(Screenshot from klm.us)

Related: The best ways to travel to Europe using points and miles

How to earn points for this award

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

You can transfer virtually all transferable points currencies to Flying Blue. If you want to pad your points balance for a future Promo Reward, consider opening a card that earns Capital One Rewards miles. The program overhauled its list of transfer partners last year, introducing new partners and bringing most to a 1:1 transfer ratio, including Flying Blue.

Here's a look at our favorite credit cards that earn Capital One miles. Each card has varying benefits and annual fees, so do your research to find which card is best for your wallet:

Related: Tips and tricks to get maximum value from your Capital One miles

Bottom line

Flying Blue Promo Rewards can get you a great deal on your next trip to or around Europe. With economy awards often starting at under 20,000 miles one-way, you can stretch your transferable points to take more trips to Europe or bring a friend or two along for the ride. Make sure to check Flying Blue's Promo Reward page every month to see the latest list of included cities.

Feature photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy.

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