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Flying Blue discounted redemptions for November and December launched

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

(If you got in on the recent amazing £999 business class deal on Air France / KLM to Japan, these are the sort of deals where you should be looking to redeem the Flying Blue miles you will earn.)

Flying Blue

Frankly, this list is pretty poor if you are looking for business class seats.

The Flying Blue promo awards website is here.

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

Madrid to Santa Cruz on Air Europa – 50% off at 100,000 miles return

Europe to Panama City – 50% off at 75,000 miles return

Europe to Beijing – 25% off at 150,000 miles return

Europe to Chengdu – 50% off at 100,000 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.

Outside business class, there are a couple of deals to the USA which may be worth a look if you are planning a Christmas shopping trip.  New York in economy is reduced by 25% to 37,500 miles whilst Washington DC is reduced by 50% to 50,000 miles in Air France Premium Economy.

You need to book by 30th September for flights in November or December.

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.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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 cards earn Membership Rewards points:

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.

Comments (2)

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  • tony says:

    KLM charge EUR550 in taxes LHR-CTU and back, vs BA’s £583, but BA only price Chengdu at 100k avios anyway.

    KLM does offer good value redemptions on DL, especially one way from the US. EUR17 in taxes for JFK-LHR in business class.

  • SS says:

    Transferred miles from Amex to Flying Blue for last month’s promo which was good value (I think anyway!).

    12,500 miles + $120 in taxes one-way economy in November, from Washington to Paris to London. Arrive in the morning in Paris for meetings in the day. Connect in the evening to London.

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