(EXPIRED) 25% Transfer Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

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American Express Membership Rewards has added a 25% transfer bonus for Air France/KLM, becoming the third major issuer to add a 25% bonus to Flying Blue within the last month(see also: Chase, Citi).

Given AMEX’s point largesse over the last year or so, my assumption would be that there’s more people who have large MR balances than either Ultimate Rewards or Thank You Points, so this will undoubtedly appeal to them. Another nice thing about having all three issuers offering transfer bonuses at the same time is that, for those who may have smaller balances scattered across all three programs, it’s possible to add from multiple sources and get enough points for a useful award (check out Nick’s recent post about Flying Blue Sweet Spots and our current list of transfer bonuses)

The Deal

  • Get a 25% bonus when transferring American Express Membership Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue.

Terms and Conditions.

  • Expires 6/15/22.

Quick Thoughts

Flying Blue has several sweet spots that can make them very attractive, with the caveat that fuel surcharges, while not British Airways gigantic, can be significant. That said, I’ve found way more “saver” space on Flying Blue over the last few months than with SkyTeam partners Delta and Virgin Atlantic, and sometimes the best business class ticket is the one you can actually book.

As always, it’s best to have a use in mind before transferring points.

Best uses for Flying Blue Miles
  • Air France Flying Blue Promo Rewards.  Each month, Air France offers discounted award rates for a number of routes.  Sometimes we see economy flights from the US to Europe available for less than 11,000 miles one-way.
  • Fly to Israel for the same award price as to Europe.  For example, you may see business class flights from the U.S. to Tel Aviv for as low as 55,000 miles one-way.
  • Delta economy flights between the US and Hawaii for 17,500 miles one-way.  Air France also has great award prices for Delta first class to Hawaii, but Delta rarely releases first class award space on its Hawaii routes.
Things to know
  • Air France awards usually incur taxes and fees.
  • Award availability may be hard to find.  Acquire Flying Blue miles only if you know that the awards you want are available.
  • Flying Blue miles expire 2 years after they are earned. Keeping miles alive beyond two years is… weird:
    • As long as you don’t credit any flying activity to your account, you can renew your miles by acquiring more miles through non-flight activity. For example, transferring miles from a transferable points program will renew these miles.
    • If you earn miles by crediting flight activity to your account, then all of your miles become flight activity miles and can only be extended by taking an eligible flight (and crediting it to Flying Blue), or by being an elite member, or making a purchase with your Air France / KLM Flying Blue credit card.
    • For more details, see: Air France’s Flying Blue miles are easier to extend than I thought

Other Transfer Bonuses

Transfer FromTransfer Bonus DetailsEnd Date
ChaseChase Ultimate Rewards: 50% Transfer Bonus To Marriott2023/05/15
CitiCiti ThankYou: 20% Transfer Bonus To Avianca LifeMiles2023/03/31
Capital OneCapital One: 30% Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic2023/03/31
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