New Flying Blue promotion: Buy miles with an up to 100% bonus
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Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM, has launched another buy-miles promotion. Until Sept. 30, 2021, you can earn up to a generous 100% bonus when you buy miles.
Here’s the rundown of the promo:
- Buy 4,000-12,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
- Buy 14,000-28,000 miles, get a 70% bonus
- Buy 30,000-100,000 miles, get a 100% bonus
Normally, Flying Blue sells miles for 3.07 cents each at current exchange rates (2.75 Euro cents). To get the biggest bang for your buck, you can buy 100,000 miles. With the 100% bonus, it will cost you 2,750 Euros ($3,262 USD), or 1.63 cents per mile. TPG values Flying Blue miles at 1.2 cents each, so to get the most out of this bonus you’ll need a high-value redemption planned, either on Air France-KLM or on SkyTeam partners such as Delta.
Fortunately, there are cheaper and easier ways to earn Flying Blue miles.
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Should you consider buying Flying Blue miles?
Flying Blue sells its miles through Points.com, a points exchange and clearinghouse that allows members to move one kind of points and miles to another loyalty program, track balances and see certain promo offers. You can also redeem your points or miles through it for retail gift cards or for Paypal credits. It’s free to join, and its interface is easy to use.
Transferring points through Points.com makes sense when you need to prevent miles from expiring, or if you need miles to post in a very short amount of time and have no other option (such as transferring from a points program like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards).
Flying Blue also runs monthly Promo Reward sales which discount the price of economy, premium economy or business-class awards between specific cities and Europe by 25% or 50%. This can represent a good value, especially if the paid ticket price is high. But it doesn’t often make sense to buy miles to book these awards.
Smarter ways to earn Flying Blue miles
Most award travelers actually already have Flying Blue miles at their disposal because the program partners with all five major transferable points programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards: 1:1 ratio, instant transfer time
- Capital One miles: 2:1.5 ratio, instant transfer time
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: 1:1 ratio, instant transfer time
- Citi ThankYou Rewards: 1:1 ratio, instant transfer time
- Marriott Bonvoy: 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred, three-day transfer time
If you’re short Flying Blue miles, it’s a better idea to boost your account balance by moving miles from one of these programs, especially if there’s a transfer bonus as we’ve seen from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One and Citi ThankYou Rewards in the past.
Again, you’ll want to run the numbers before you make a transfer. For instance, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio. TPG values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2 cents apiece, so before you transfer you’ll want to be sure you’re getting close to that value from the award you want to book.
Bear in mind you might even get a better deal by booking your flights through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. With all the cheap airfare deals to Europe we’ve seen recently, you could end up spending fewer points by booking directly through the portal.
Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders get a value of 1.5 cents per point while Sapphire Preferred cardholders earn 1.25 when booking flights through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Sapphire Preferred cardholders also earn 5 points per dollar on travel booked through the Ultimate Rewards Travel portal.
Use the right credit card
If you choose to buy Flying Blue miles through this promotion, you’ll want to use a card that earns the most points and miles for everyday spending. Flying Blue miles purchases are processed by Points.com, so you won’t earn a bonus for a travel purchase with cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred. Instead, use a card such as the Chase Freedom Unlimited (1.5% cash back or 1.5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar), Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (2x miles on all purchases) or The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express (2x Amex Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 you spend per calendar year, then 1x).
Buying miles and points without a bonus is almost never a good idea. Even with a promotion like this, it’s important to do the math before jumping on the deal, because there are often better ways to save your hard-earned cash (and points).
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