Air France / KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out for the month and after a long absence of deals to/from the United States, Chicago and Miami have both mad their way onto this month’s list, with discounted awards available for booking until November 30th and travel until April 30, 2022. Note that we aren’t yet seeing these discounts in search results, but we expect that we will see them any time now.
- Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out for November 2021 and include the following discounts on routes between Europe and the North America for booking until November 30, 2021 and travel from November 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022:
- Chicago: 25% off on economy class on Air France
- Miami: 25% off on economy class on Air France
- Miami: 25% off on business class on KLM
- Montreal: 25% off on economy class on KLM
- Direct link to the full list of November 2021 Flying Blue Promo Rewards
- Promo reward tickets must be booked via www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for minors travelling alone or when travelling with an infant under the age of 2, in these cases bookings must be made by calling customer service).
- Promo reward tickets can be changed free of charge until further notice in view of coronavirus situation. Promo reward tickets can’t be cancelled or refunded. For details, please contact customer service.
- Promo reward tickets are subject to the operating airline’s general conditions of carriage.
- Promo reward tickets are available for one-way and round-trip tickets paid with Miles (Promo reward tickets are not available for purchase with Miles & Cash).
- Promo reward tickets are subject to availability.
- Promo reward tickets for medium- and short-haul flights depart from or arrive in Paris or Amsterdam.
- Promo reward tickets for long haul-flights depart from or arrive in Europe, as defined by IATA as the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, West Russia.
- Due to COVID-19 we have an updated rebook policy for Promo rewards, which you can read here: https://www.flyingblue.com/en/news/rebook-policy
Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards has long been a monthly award sale on select routes. These temporary sales are available for booking this month only (form November 1 to 30, 2021) and in this case they can be booked for travel from today through April 30, 2022.
In my initial searches, I didn’t actually find discounted seats. I’m seeing economy class at about 22k miles out of both Miami and Chicago (and other cities) rather than the advertised discounted rates starting from 16,125 miles (Miami) or 16,500 miles (Chicago).
Because Air France KLM has variable pricing rather than award chart, I’m not sure whether I was unlucky or the system just hadn’t been updated yet or there are more routes discounted. It may be worth checking back.
The same absence of discounted awards existed in business class. At the moment, the best business class prices I’m seeing from Miami are 55K each way.
However, I see prices starting at the same 55K from other US cities on the same dates, so it doesn’t appear that the Miami route is discounted. That said, 55K certainly isn’t a bad deal for business class to/from Europe, particularly if you’re able to combine this with the 20% transfer bonus from Capital One to Flying Blue — it just isn’t showing the discount we would expect.
At the 55K pricing, with the Capital One transfer bonus, you’d need 45,900 Capital One Miles to transfer to Flying Blue for a business class ticket to/from Europe with Flying Blue (note that you must transfer a minimum of 1,000 miles but can then transfer in increments of 100 with Capital One). That’s not necessarily the best deal imaginable — Turkish is also a 1:1 transfer partner and 45K Turkish miles is good for business class to Europe on Star Alliance with no fuel surcharges on some airlines — but if you want to fly Air France or KLM it isn’t bad.
However, I do expect that the lack of discounted pricing is probably a glitch. I expect that we’ll see prices in the 40K range for business class whenever the system updates properly. It’s worth checking back if you’re interested.
Keep in mind that the Miami and Chicago economy class deals are on Air France whereas the Miami business class deal is only on KLM.
The good news here is that on all of the dates I checked, KLM is flying a 787 out of Miami to Amsterdam. Greg and I flew KLM’s 787 business class in September and it was great. Seats are reverse herrngbone but really well thought-out. I think these are my favorite reverse herringbone seats of any airline.
There is a charging outlet and try under the TV that is perfect for a phone and the way the top of the seat curves around, you feel a reasonable amount of privacy and comfort.
I do find it interesting that Flying Blue lists the countries included in the definition of “Europe” as including Israel since we had previously reported that Air France no longer considered Israel part of Europe. However, it seems that must have changed because I now see Tel Aviv flights pricing at 55K miles in business class both to Miami and New York.
While we aren’t yet seeing discounts, I expect we will. When we do, it is always worth hunting around with different European destination cities as we sometimes see a significant difference in pricing depending on the destination city in Europe.