Flying Blue discounted redemptions for March and April launched

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty scheme, has launched a new batch of discounted redemption routes.

Flying Blue

Frankly, this list is pretty poor if you are looking for business class seats but that will not come as a surprise if you follow these deals on a regular basis.

The Flying Blue promo awards website is here.  The new batch of deals must be booked by the end of January for travel in March or April.

Some of the interesting long-haul premium economy and business class deals include:

Europe to Panama City (premium economy) – 50% off at 60,000 miles return

Europe to Lima (premium economy) – 25% off at 105,000 miles return

Europe to Atlanta (premium economy) – 50% off at 50,000 miles return

Europe to Montreal (business) – 50% off at 62,500 miles return

Europe to Toronto (business) – 50% off at 62,500 miles return

Europe to Santo Domingo, Fort de France, Punta Cana (premium economy) – 25% off at 90,000 miles return

Europe to Ho Chi Minh (business) – 50% off at 100,000 miles return

Europe to Seoul (business) – 25% off at 150,000 miles return

Europe to Kuala Lumpur (premium economy) – 25% off at 80,000 miles return

Europe to Djibouti (business) – 50% off at 50,000 miles return

If you know your Avios reward chart by heart, you will have spotted that – even with a massive reduction – not all of these routes offer a great deal, certainly nowhere near 50% less than an Avios ticket. Such is the poor value that Flying Blue now represents.

However, on the upside, taxes are now capped on redemptions. Whilst I cannot access the detailed tax data, as I don’t have an active Flying Blue account, you should find that the numbers look better than the equivalent BA redemption.

When I say that a flight starts in ‘Europe’, it means that your connection to Paris or Amsterdam is included in the miles stated. However, it may make sense to buy a separate ticket for the connection as you would avoid having to pay long-haul Air Passenger Duty in the UK.

Remember that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner if you need to top-up your account.

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Comments

  1. Dave Stringer says:

    Any sign of an Avios.com promotion on the horizon?

  2. Good to see you promoting tax avoidance again

    • Eshaq Choudhury says:

      We have the highest airport taxes and APD in the world. BA charge some of the highest fuel surcharges even though fuel is at an all time low. Its about time these draconian taxes were abolished. Until then I will try to avoid it where I can. Nothing wrong with that. Scotland is hoping to get rid of APD. They probably would have if they got independence.

    • Nothing wrong with tax avoidance, only tax evasion!

      • A mantra people love to use for themselves, until it’s someone richer than them doing it – then they’re crooks that should be locked up!

  3. TigerTanaka says:

    Some quick examples here:

    LHR-ATL Premium Economy (out 3 Mar, return 10 Mar)
    BA: 75,000 avios & £433
    KLM: 50,000 flying blue miles & £420 (actually €537)

    AMS-ATL Premium Economy (out 3 Mar, return 10 Mar)
    BA: 84,000 avios & £333
    KLM: 50,000 flying blue miles & £273 (actually €349)

    LHR-YUL Business (out 4 Mar. return 10 Mar)
    BA 84,500 avios & £531
    KLM: 62,500 flying blue miles & £440 (actually €564)

    AMS-YUL Business (out 6 Mar. return 10 Mar)
    BA 98,000 avios & £406
    KLM: 62,500 flying blue miles & £335 (actually €429)

    I agree about the expensive redemptions (outside of promotions) on Flying Blue and their earnings on cheap segments can be terrible (eg 125 miles for a 2 hour AMS-ARN flight) but the awards availability is many, many times better than BA.

    Flying Blue is a different scheme to BAEC but it is an important FF programme for many people living in the regions who connect through AMS from their local airport as there is no flight to LHR. For this reason I think it should have a bit more focus on Head for Points. Also we should recognise that the benefits are different, especially for those who have a lot of short haul intra Europe flights who get lounge access after flying 30 segments in a year (compared to 50 on BA).