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This month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards include discounted coach award flights to Europe from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York (JFK), San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
You’ll pay 37,500 Flying Blue miles plus taxes and fees for a coach award seat, which is less miles than you’d pay for similar flights on Delta or United Airlines.
Even if you have never flown on KLM or Air France, you might have points that transfer to the program. Because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, and Starwood points to Flying Blue, at a 1:1 ratio!
I’ll show you which dates you can travel with these discounted tickets. And share ideas about earning more Flying Blue miles, saving money on flights within Europe, and more!
Flying Blue Promo Awards November 2016
Link: Flying Blue Promo Awards
And starting tomorrow, November 1, 2016, you can save 25% on award flights from these US cities:
- New York (JFK)
- San Francisco
- Washington, DC
Unfortunately, this month doesn’t include any discounted Business Class flights departing from the US.
You can travel between January 1, 2017, and February 28, 2017, if you depart from Boston, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. There’s also a discount on Air France flights from New York (JFK) to Paris (ORY) for the same dates.
You can also travel between February 1, 2017 and February 28, 2017, if you depart from Detroit, New York (JFK), or Washington, DC.
There’s NO discount on the taxes and fees, which vary depending on the route. And you’ll need to click through the Flying Blue Promo Awards site to get the deal.
You’ll also have to book your flight on Air France or KLM to get the discount with Flying Blue miles. You can NOT fly on other SkyTeam Alliance airlines like Delta or Korean Air. And you must use Flying Blue miles to book your ticket!
To get this deal you’ll have to book your flight by November 30, 2016.
Should You Book With This Deal?
The Flying Blue Promo Awards for November 2016 can be a good deal for folks planning winter travel to Europe.
For example, I looked at flights departing in January 2017 from San Francisco to Paris. Depending on the airline you choose, you’ll pay:
- 37,500 Flying Blue miles and ~$106
- 60,000 United Airlines miles and ~$80
- 60,000 Delta miles and ~$86
I’d certainly pay slightly higher taxes and fees to save 22,500 miles! But keep in mind, the taxes and fees depend on your routing. So do the math to make sure you’re getting the best deal!
The valid travel dates for this deal include Valentine’s Day. So this could be a great time for folks looking to book a romantic getaway to Europe!
Discounted Award Tickets Within Europe
You can also save from 20% to 40% on certain intra-European flights with this month’s European Flying Blue Promo Awards. This could be useful for folks who want to stop in multiple European cities.
But, if you have British Airways Avios points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points (because you can transfer those to British Airways Avios points), you can book one-way award flights under 650 miles within Europe for just 4,500 British Airways Avios points.
Or do a quick search for cheap flights on Europe’s budget airlines, before booking an award flight within Europe.
What If Your City Isn’t Included?
If you don’t live in a sale city, you can use your miles to get there on these airlines:
Southwest – If you need more Southwest points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest. Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend can fly with you for (almost) free!
British Airways – If you’re a short flight away from these cities, you can save miles by using British Airways Avios points to book an award flight on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines for 7,500 British Airways Avios points.
Or look for a cheap paid flight!
Need More Flying Blue Miles?
Link: Citi Prestige Card
Link: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Link: Chase Ink Plus
If you need more miles, you can transfer to Flying Blue from all 4 flexible point programs!
Chase Ultimate Rewards
AMEX Membership Rewards
And you’ll earn AMEX Membership Rewards points with cards like The Platinum Card from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, AMEX Business Platinum, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, or AMEX EveryDay Preferred.
And sometimes there are transfer bonuses between American Express Membership Rewards and Flying Blue too!
Citi ThankYou Points
Citi ThankYou points also transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio. You can earn Citi ThankYou points with cards like:
Starwood Preferred Guest
You can also transfer points earned from the AMEX Starwood personal and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.
And if you transfer 20,000 Starwood 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 to Flying Blue. Although in my experience it’s taken from 2 to 12 days. So you plan on booking, your exact award ticket might disappear while waiting for the points to transfer!
With this month’s Flying Blue Promo Awards, you can fly from cities like Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco to Europe and beyond on KLM and Air France at a 25% discount.
You’ll pay 37,500 Flying Blue miles for a round-trip coach award flight when you book through the Flying Blue Promo Awards site by November 30, 2016.
Discounted flights are valid for travel from January 1, 2017, through February 28, 2017. And certain cities include travel from February 1, 2017, to February 28, 2017.
This sale isn’t as good as previous sales, which have offered up to 50% off award tickets and Business Class award flight sales. And Flying Blue charges taxes and fees. But you’ll still save miles compared to booking with other airlines!
And because Flying Blue is an airline partner of all 4 transferable points programs, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood points to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio. So it’s easy to get Flying Blue miles for your trip.