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Do you live near Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, or Toronto? The new Flying Blue Promo Awards could be a good deal for you!
Even if you’ve never used Flying Blue miles before, you might already 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!
And when you use Flying Blue miles, you’ll often pay fewer miles or points than you would with airlines like United Airlines.
The deal is good for flights booked by July 31, 2016, for travel between September 1, 2016, and September 30, 2016, for US departures. And travel between October 1, 2016, and October 31, 2016, for departures from Canada.
I’ll show you how find these discounted tickets. And give you ideas about earning more Flying Blue miles, saving money on intra-European flights, and more!
What’s the Deal?
Link: Flying Blue Promo Awards
This month, you can save 25% on award flights from these North American cities:
- Atlanta (coach)
- Boston (coach)
- Calgary (Business Class)
- Chicago (Business Class)
- Houston (coach)
- Minneapolis (coach)
- Toronto (Business Class)
There’s no discount on the taxes and fees, which vary depending on the route. And you need to click through the Flying Blue Promo Awards site to get the deal.
Is This Deal Worth It?
Plus, the taxes and fees depend on your routing.
For example, you can fly round-trip from Boston to Paris for 37,500 Flying Blue miles round-trip and ~$227 in fees. Normally, Flying Blue charges 50,000 miles.
On United Airlines, the same ticket would cost 60,000 United Airlines miles and ~$97 in taxes and fees.
So you’ll pay an extra ~$130 in fees with the Flying Blue promo awards, which isn’t cheap. But you’ll save 22,500 miles, so this is still a good deal!
Just remember to always do the math to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Travel Beyond Europe!
Did you know your trip doesn’t have to end in Paris or Amsterdam (the hub destinations served by Air France and KLM)?
You can connect to other cities in Europe, near Asia, and the Middle East for the same number of miles. So you could fly to destinations like Tel Aviv, Moscow, or Morocco for the same discounted rate of 37,500 Flying Blue Miles!
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.
And it’s also worth doing 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! There have been some amazing deals to Europe lately. 😉
Need More Flying Blue Miles?
Link: Citi Prestige Card
Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Link: Chase Ink Plus
If you need more miles, you can transfer to Flying Blue from 4 flexible point programs!
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase recently added Flying Blue to the list of Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners. So you can now transfer Ultimate Rewards points earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.
AMEX Membership Rewards
And you’ll earn AMEX Membership Rewards points with cards like the AMEX Platinum, The Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, AMEX Premier Rewards Gold, AMEX EveryDay, or AMEX EveryDay Preferred.
Occasionally, 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 Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express cards 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 Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago to Europe and beyond on KLM and Air France at a 25% discount.
To get the discount, you must book through the Flying Blue Promo Awards site by July 31, 2016.
Discounted flights from the US are valid for travel from September 1, 2016, through September 31, 2016.
If you’re departing from Calgary or Toronto, the Flying Blue Promo Award flights are good for travel from October 1, 2016, to October 31, 2016,
This sale isn’t as good as previous sales, which have offered up to 50% off award tickets. And Flying Blue charges taxes and fees. But you’ll still save miles compared to booking with other airlines like United Airlines!
You can also travel on from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, and near Asia for the same number of miles with Flying Blue awards.
And because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest points to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio, it’s easy to get Flying Blue miles for your trip.