(EXPIRED) Chase giving 25% bonus when transferring Ultimate Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

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Chase launched a new transfer bonus yesterday which is giving a 25% bonus when transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue.

Air France Flying Blue airplane

The Deal

  • Get a 25% bonus when transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue.

Key Terms

  • Expires November 30, 2023.

Quick Thoughts

This is a good, albeit fairly common, transfer bonus from Chase to Air France/KLM Flying Blue. It’ll be around through the end of November, so there’s no need to speculatively transfer points right now, especially considering we might see a similar transfer bonus next month from Amex, Citi or Capital One.

The latest batch of Flying Blue Promo Rewards have economy awards starting at 11,250 miles one way. This transfer bonus means you could get those for only 9,000 Ultimate Rewards points when transferred to Flying Blue plus taxes and fees.

I’d also found a bunch of business class awards at 42,375 miles one way, although it’s possible there are even cheaper options. With this 25% bonus you could transfer only 34,000 Ultimate Rewards points which is an excellent deal across the Atlantic.

Best uses & things to know: Air France Flying Blue

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


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