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Through Nov. 31, 2019, Capital One miles will transfer to Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) with a 20% bonus. Instead of the normal 2:1.5 ratio, the ratio will be 2:1.8, so every 1,000 Capital One miles will convert to 900 Flying Blue miles.
The Flying Blue Promo awards for November have also just been announced and there are cheap flights to Europe starting at 14,500 Flying Blue miles one-way in economy (~16,112 Capital One miles with the transfer bonus). This is a separate promotion run by Flying Blue and you need to book by Nov. 30th 2019, for travel from Jan. 1st 2020-Feb. 29th 2020.
Cheap flights to Europe with Capital One transfer bonus
Capital One miles transfer instantly to Flying Blue, so you’ll be able to search for an award and easily transfer the miles to book it. Flying Blue no longer has an award chart, instead, there is a price estimator. Just enter your origin and destination and it will let you know the lowest price you can expect to pay.
This months Promo Reward discounts to/from Europe and North America include:
- Chicago in business class for 29,000 miles each way
- Houston in economy for 21,750 miles each way
- Houston in premium economy for 43,125 miles each way
- Mexico City in business class 48,750 miles each way
- Minneapolis in economy 14,500 miles each way
- Vancouver in premium economy for 28,750 miles each way
Right now you could book some routes for as little as 29,000 miles round-trip. I found one-way economy flights from Minneapolis to Amsterdam for only 14,500 Flying Blue miles (through Nov. 30). With this transfer bonus, you would only need to convert 16,112 Capital One miles to book the award.
Keep in mind that the taxes and fees on these flights can run a couple of hundred dollars, but the cash price of flights around the same dates was ~$750 round-trip (and not much cheaper for a one-way ticket). So using miles and paying the fees can still be a good deal.
If you can qualify for small-business credit cards, the current sign-up offer for the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business card is as big a bonus as you’ll find on any card. You can earn up to 200,000 bonus miles after meeting the card’s minimum spending requirements. If you’re in the market for a great personal credit card the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. You can read our guide on the best Capital One credit card’s here.
Also, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou or Marriott points to Flying Blue miles as well. All of those programs transfer at a 1:1 ratio to Flying Blue (except for Marriott).
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