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A couple of days ago we shared the latest batch of Flying Blue Promo Rewards. Based on the official page for those Promo Rewards, the deals from North America were all 25% off economy class award flights.
It turns out that’s not all and that the deals can get even better. There seem to be some secret Flying Blue Promo Rewards that give discounts of more than 25% on business class award flights to Europe.
- Book business class flights from select US cities to Europe from 39,750 Flying Blue miles.
- Book by February 28, 2022 for travel through July 31, 2022 (probably)
These discounted business class award flights seem to Promo Rewards rather than some other award sale because the discounted pricing only seems to be showing up for flights through the end of July 2022 which is in keeping with the dates for the latest round of economy class Promo Rewards.
It looks like business class tickets are being discounted by more than 25%. When searching for business class flights to Europe from August onwards, prices seem to be 55,000-62,500 miles each way. For many dates through July 31 though, you can book business class tickets from only 39,750 Flying Blue miles each way.
For example, if you’d like a Valentine’s Day getaway to Europe, there are tickets available at this price from Miami to Prague, but many other city pairings are available.
As you can see in the screenshot above, availability can be pretty good with several days that week being priced at 39,750 miles, with three seats being available in business class on that particular date.
Taxes and fees on that particular route come to $230.10 which isn’t cheap, but that’s still a decent overall price for business class – especially considering how easy it is to get Flying Blue miles. That’s because Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all the transferable currencies:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Citi ThankYou
- Capital One
- Marriott Bonvoy
If these truly are Promo Rewards, they should be bookable until February 28 for travel through July 31. However, because these are unpublished deals by Flying Blue, they could end up being pulled sooner than February 28 and/or could get booked by other travelers, so it might be better to make reservations sooner rather than later.
h/t Franz in Frequent Miler Insiders
They had this pricing all month last month too. It’s nothing new. Now that the world has published it though, I’m sure it’ll disappear soon.
anyone having trouble with the website? I put in my destination/dates and the circle spins forever. tried chrome, IE, Edge, and on 2 different computers and same thing–never can get any results, just a spinning circle as if its searchign for flights forever.
You should call them. I called and they said their website was having issues.
STEPHEN PEPPER, you save me money once again! You are the reason i read FM.
Wow, rebooked my flights for next week and saved 60k miles. Thanks!
Stephen is this only good on Air france or on other partners, as well?
Flying Blue sales are always only on Air France and KLM. I don’t remember them ever having a sale on partner awards (indeed it’s rare that any airlines offer a sale on partner awards — LifeMiles is a notable exception).
Not quite on topic here, but let’s say I have to close my Brex account by the end of this month. Where should I transfer my 100K points to, assuming there is no bonus from Brex this month and all are at the rate 1 to 1?
I live in California and I am interested only in business class travel – most likely USA to Europe in the next year or possibly two, depending on you know what.
I have about 75K miles in Flying blue and have the B of A credit card and
I have about 250K Avianca miles and
I have about 200K Singapore miles – likely expiring soon and so I doubt this is a good idea.
I don’t have any miles in the other transfer partners.
Incidentally I see no mention of Flying Blue in your Reasonable Redemption Values section.
We don’t have an RRV for Flying Blue because there is no objective way to calculate for airlines with highly variable pricing. For years, our airline miles RRV was based on the fact that most programs charged 25K for a round trip domestic economy class US award and so we used the average price of a US domestic economy cash ticket as the metric for determining the value of airline miles (understanding that most airline miles are redeemed for domestic economy flights). The RRVs were never meant to be “how much we think these miles are worth” since that is so variable based on your use and circumstances but rather a benchmark for where you would know “OK, this is a reasonable use of miles” or not. Anyway, I digress — you’re right, we don’t have a valuation for Flying Blue miles.
As to where to transfer them, if you have no plans to use them, I think I’d be more apt to cash them out for $1,000. You could make the argument for Flying Blue since having the credit card will keep them alive, but on the flip side assuming you don’t know how or when you’re going to use them as miles, you’re probably better off having them as cash.
Personally, I prefer having LifeMiles, but since you already have a healthy stack of those and they are otherwise easy to get, I just think I’d take the money and run.
I assume you have a reason to close your Brex account, but with no annual fee I wouldn’t recommend closing it unless it is necessary (and I assume it is).
Thanks for the reply, Nick. I didn’t realize that I could cash out these Brex points.
That’s an option. Yes, I do have to close the account. I wish they would offer a 25% bonus to hep me choose …
Avianca would be the one to give me the best value if I can use them as I do well with the Star Alliance, but I am a little nervous of them – the difficulty of dealing with them in my rusty Spanish and that I have to watch the dates as they can expire.
Flaying Blue I have never used yet so I don’t have a feel for how easy that are to work with. My French is worse than my Spanish too. 🙂
Oh, well, I have a few weeks.
By the way, on your best credit card offers page you do give a first year estimated value of $640 for the Flying Blue/KLM Mastercard which looks like you value these miles at about 1 cent each.
Thanks for all your ideas, I enjoy reading FM every day. Always something to learn.
If you do a search for this in their app, it has a Yellow banner on top of the flight that says “Promo Reward”