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If you’re looking to travel in style to Europe this summer, you should check out the latest batch of Flying Blue Promo Awards!
With this month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards, you can save 25% to 50% off the regular number of points required for Premium Economy and Business Class award seats between Europe and certain North American cities.
This month, Atlanta, Edmonton, Miami, Minneapolis, and New York are included.
And if you don’t live in 1 of these cities, there are ways to get there cheaply. I’ll explain!
What’s the Deal?
With the newest Flying Blue Promo Awards, you’ll pay fewer miles between Europe and:
- Atlanta in Business Class – 25% off
- Edmonton in Business Class – 25% off
- Miami in Premium Economy Class – 25% off
- Minneapolis in Business Class – 50% off
- New York (JFK) in Premium Economy Class – 50% off
To get the discount, book tickets by April 30, 2015, for travel between June 1, 2015, and July 31, 2015 (except Atlanta, which is only valid for July 2015).
How Does It Work?
Link: Flying Blue Promo Awards
Flying Blue puts award tickets on certain routes on sale each month. This time, you can fly between:
- Atlanta or Edmonton and Europe 1-way in Business Class for 46,875 miles (normally 62,500 miles)
- Miami and Europe 1-way in Premium Economy Class for 37,500 miles (normally 50,000 miles)
- Minneapolis and Europe 1-way in Business Class for 31,250 miles (normally 62,500 miles)
- New York and Europe 1-way in Premium Economy Class for 25,000 miles (normally 50,000 miles)
Note: The taxes and fees, which vary depending on the route, are NOT discounted.
KLM and Air France fly non-stop to Amsterdam and Paris from the North America. You could head to France to watch the Tour de France in July!
And you can connect onwards to other destinations in Europe, plus certain cities in North Africa, the Middle East, and near Asia, for the same number of miles.
Note: Award tickets can be cancelled within 24 hours of purchase without penalty. But after that, NO changes, cancellations, or refunds are allowed.
And you can NOT add a stopover, because Promo Awards can ONLY be booked online.
Is It Worth It?
You can save a lot of miles with Flying Blue Promo Awards, and this month, only Premium Economy and Business Class award tickets are included (which isn’t always the case).
Do the math to see if this is a good deal for you. Depending on the destination, you might pay high taxes and fees.
Note: To get the discount, book through the Flying Blue Promo Awards website. If you log into your Flying Blue account through the regular website, you won’t see the sale.
Example: New York to Paris on Air France
You can fly in Premium Economy Class from New York to Paris on Air France for 25,000 miles and ~$143. There are seats available every day in June and July!
Returning from Paris, there are also award seats available every day, but the fees are higher (~$214).
So for a round-trip Premium Economy Class award ticket between New York and Paris, you’ll pay a total of 50,000 miles and ~$357 in taxes and fees. To compare, a paid ticket on the same route costs ~$2,470.
So even though an award ticket costs ~$357 in taxes and fees, you’ll still save a lot of money compared to a paid ticket. And sitting in Premium Economy Class makes an overnight flight to Europe much more comfortable!
Where Else Can You Go?
You can continue to other cities in Europe, Near Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for the same number of miles. You don’t have to end your trip in Amsterdam or Paris!
You could fly to Madrid or Barcelona, Spain, and head to Pamplona to see the traditional Running of the Bulls from July 6, 2015, to July 14, 2015.
I checked award seats to Barcelona, for example from Minneapolis. You’d pay 31,250 miles and ~$238 to get there in Business Class. And there are plenty of seats available.
Returning to the US, there are slightly fewer award seats available, and the taxes are a little higher (~$282).
What If Your City Isn’t Included?
If you’re not near Atlanta, Edmonton, Miami, Minneapolis, or New York, you could use points (such as British Airways Avios points) to get there.
British Airways Avios points are great for short-haul flights on American Airlines and US Airways, because it only costs 4,500 points 1-way for flights up to 649 miles, and 7,500 points for flights up to 1,149 miles. And they don’t add fuel surcharges.
It’s even cheaper for folks with the Southwest Companion Pass. That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
Note: Southwest does NOT fly to Canada, so folks looking to fly from Edmonton might be out of luck. Although you can use British Airways Avios points to fly there cheaply from Seattle.
If you can find a seat sale, you might consider a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to 1 of these cities, but do the math to see if it’s worth it.
How Do You Get Flying Blue Miles?
To book Flying Blue Promo Awards, use Flying Blue miles, NOT miles from other SkyTeam airlines (like Delta). But they’re easy to get if you have certain credit cards.
You could transfer Starwood points from the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.
This is a great deal if you’re booking a ticket for 25,000 miles. When you transfer 20,000 points, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus for a total of 25,000 Flying Blue miles.
Note: Starwood points can take up to 4 weeks to transfer, although in my experience it takes 2 to 12 days. So keep in mind your exact award ticket might disappear while waiting for the points to transfer!
If you have an American Express card that earns AMEX Membership Rewards points, you can transfer your points to Flying Blue miles at a 1:1 ratio.
|Personal Cards||Business Cards|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express||The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum||The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN|
|AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express|
|American Express® Gold Card|
|American Express® Green Card|
|Blue from American Express® Note: These are the ONLY AMEX cards that earn Membership Rewards points that can NOT be transferred to airline & hotel programs. But you can use these points on the Membership Rewards website for other redemptions. Includes personal AND small business versions of the card.|
You don’t get an extra 5,000 miles on the transfer like you would with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. However, there have been transfer bonus promotions in the past between AMEX Membership Rewards and Flying Blue.
You can get to Europe and beyond for 25% to 50% fewer miles with this month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards. This time, the departure cities on sale are Atlanta, Edmonton, Miami, Minneapolis, and New York.
Book your ticket by April 30, 2015, for travel between June 1, 2015, and July 31, 2015 (except Atlanta which is for July 2015 only).
To get the discount, book through the Flying Blue Promo Awards website. And remember, some destinations have expensive taxes and fees.
You can get Flying Blue miles by transferring Starwood Preferred Guest, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.
Are you planning a European vacation this summer?
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