There are actually two sets of deals currently available. One block of destinations must be booked by 29th December for travel by the end of March. The second group cannot be booked until December 30thand are only valid for travel up to 28th February.
Some of the interesting long-haul deals include:
Europe to Toronto (62,500 miles return, business)
Europe to Montreal (62,500 miles return, business)
Europe to Atlanta (93,750 miles return, business)
Europe to Santo Domingo (75,000 miles return, business)
Europe to Dubai (75,000 miles return, business)
Europe to Tokyo (100,000 miles return, business)
If you know your Avios reward chart by heart, you will have spotted that – even with a massive reduction – the Atlanta and Dubai routes are only just cheaper than a standard Avios redemption. 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 Avios redemption.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (April 2021)
Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card. However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Flying Blue miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.