Flying Blue Promo: Minneapolis or Chicago to Europe up to 50% Off!

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Flying Blue, the combined frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM, slashes award rates on a handful of routes at the start of each month. They’re called Flying Blue Promo Rewards. And December’s offerings are some of the best yet.

Through the end of December, you can book flights to Europe in economy from several U.S. cities including Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Boston (BOS), and Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD) for 50% off normal rates. Want to fly business class from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) or Chicago to almost anywhere in Europe? You can book those business class flights for 25% off – as low as 80,000 miles round-trip!

These discounted flights are on sale now through the end of December for travel from Feb. 1 through March 31, 2020. So you’ve got a few months to plan your impromptu European vacation, but you’ll want to book fast as the best deals disappear fast.

And there are some amazing deals here. Flying from Minneapolis all the way to Athens (ATH) in KLM business class for less than 80,000 miles is a steal – it’s less than  most airlines charge for a one-way business class flight.


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If economy is fine with you, there are plenty of deals to be had out of Chicago, Boston, or Washington, D.C.


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These flights are now bookable to Amsterdam (AMS) or Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and dozens of other cities throughout Europe – often for even cheaper rates. And these low rates are eligible for travel from Jan. 1 through Feb. 29, 2020. It’s a great way to use miles to get to Europe during the winter. Just be sure to book by Dec. 31, when these rates expire.

Check out the full list of available awards at Flying Blue’s website.


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The real beauty of these sales is that they’re not just good for flying into major European cities. You can get these rates by flying into other European cities beyond Air France and KLM’s respective hubs. And considering those are the spots that typically cost the most when paying cash, that’s what makes these Promo Rewards deals shine.

You’ve technically got until the end of December to book flights at these rates, but you may want to act faster – award availability could dry up faster for some of these deals.


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The one hitch with Flying Blue is that they pass on some sizable cash fees when flying in and out of Europe. Expect to pay $100 to $250 on a round-trip economy flight, depending on which European airport you’re using. For business class, it’s closer to $530 in cash fees for a round-trip booking.

And while those are certainly steep, and could make flying economy not worth the price. But it could be worth it to get to a smaller European city that isn’t getting some of the amazing flight deals we’ve seen to major hubs in Europe lately. That’s especially true for business class fares, which would typically cost $5,000 or more.

Thrifty Tip: Going for business class? Look for flights on KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which sports an excellent business class seat.


Our Analysis

Flying Blue took a page out of Delta’s book last year and implemented a variable award pricing system, where award rates for flights. That’s good news and bad news.

Among the upsides is their Promo Rewards, this monthly list of discounted travel opportunities between AMS or CDG and the rest of the world. But this promo takes it even further by expanding the discounts to cities throughout Europe.

If you don’t have the miles in your Flying Blue account, don’t worry. Flying Blue miles are among the easiest in the world to accumulate.

That’s because the frequent flyer program is transfer partners with every major points currency: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Capital One, and Marriott Bonvoy points can all transfer directly to Flying Blue.


Bottom Line

If a trip to Europe is on your mind, don’t sleep on this promotion. While you’ve got until the end of December to book, the best of these deals may disappear fast. Book soon to snag the best award availability!


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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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