October’s Flying Blue promo rewards: Deals on economy, premium economy and business flights

Oct 1, 2019

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue is back with its monthly promo rewards. The promo is live as of Oct. 1 on the Flying Blue website.

This month, we’re seeing a few deals departing North America in economy, premium economy and business. For instance, Boston (BOS) to Europe will only run you 34,500 miles round-trip in economy while Chicago (ORD) to Europe is 63,750 miles round-trip in premium economy. Each promotion offers 25% off the usual award rates.

The deal is available from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30, with travel dates from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. Flying Blue also offers monthly discounts on routes to other destinations in Asia, South America, Europe and more — you can see those deals here.

TPG values Flying Blue miles at 1.2 cents each, meaning you’re spending $414 worth of miles for a round-trip economy flight from Boston to Europe. Unfortunately, Flying Blue adds a fair amount of surcharges to its award flights, so you’ll want to check the cash prices before booking. We’ve seen many cheap economy deals to Europe recently, so you may be better off snagging one of those fares.

And the good news is that Flying Blue miles are some of the easiest to earn, as the program partners with all of the major transferable points currencies. You can transfer points 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards. You can also transfer Capital One miles to Flying Blue at a 2:1.5 ratio or transfer Marriott points at a 3:1 ratio plus a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer.

Note that Amex, Chase, Citi and Capital One all should process these transfers instantly based on our tests, so you won’t need to worry about the points not arriving right away. Our test transfer from Marriott, on the other hand, took three days to arrive in our Flying Blue account, so for the purposes of this promotion, I’d recommend sticking with one of the credit card programs.

Additional reporting by Carissa Rawson

Featured photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy

Editor’s Note: This is The Points Guy’s permanent page for Flying Blue promotions. It will be updated as new ones are released.

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TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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Intro APR on Purchases
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Regular APR
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Annual Fee
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Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
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