Sarah Hostetler at TPG is reporting relatively open availability for economy class award tickets between the US and Europe for 30,000 miles round trip. While you’ll pay a bit in surcharges and economy class awards may not be the most exciting redemption, this can nonetheless be a very good deal for some, particularly for family travelers given the availability and discount for child tickets.
- Air France / KLM Flying Blue is currently offering economy class awards between the US and Europe from 15K miles each way (with about $200 in taxes and fees if you book round trip).
- Availability runs through the end of the schedule and varies by city pair. You’ll need to log in at airfrance.us to search dates and cities.
While many miles and points enthusiasts primarily collect rewards in order to use them for premium cabin space, there are many others who are more interested in getting to the destination for as few miles as possible.
If that’s your aim, this sale can be a great deal.
That’s because many east coast cities to Europe are ringing in as cheaply as 15,000 miles each way. Take for example this week in late June 2023 where four out of seven days have economy class itineraries for 15,000 miles per passenger.
Some cities will price differently and it seems that, generally speaking, the farther west in the US you are located, it will cost a bit more. For instance, those same late June dates had flights from Rome to Chicago ringing in at 17,500 miles one way in economy class.
Depending on the route, you’re looking at around $200 round trip in taxes and fees. That’s certainly not an example of low surcharges, but neither is it out of hand given the low mileage price. Here’s round trip from New York to Budapest during peak summer travel dates for 30K and about $200.
I mentioned that this availability may particularly appeal to family travelers. In part, that’s because of the availability of many seats. Many of these flights have 8 available seats (or maybe even more).
It is often difficult to find even 3 or 4 seats in business class, so those traveling with a larger group may be happy to see this availability.
Keep in mind that Flying Blue offers a 25% mileage discount for child tickets (age 2-11). Your kid(s) will still be on the hook for taxes and fees, but the total for 1 adult and 1 child comes out to just 52,500 miles on the flights above.
At an average price of 13,250 miles and $100 each way per passenger, it’s hard to argue with that redemption.
While this deal won’t appeal to those who prefer flying up front, there is certainly value to be had for those looking to stretch their miles as far as possible.