Get to Europe for 32K Miles RT with FlyingBlue Promo Rewards!
FlyingBlue, 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 FlyingBlue Promo Rewards, and October’s offerings slash 25% or more off flights from the U.S. to Europe in economy.
You can fly from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to almost anywhere in Europe for roughly 32,000 miles round-trip – that’s what most airlines charge for a one-way ticket. Or if you want a bit of class for cheap, you could fly from Chicago in Premium Economy to Europe and back for under 63,000 miles round-trip.
A one-way ticket in economy from Chicago, Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD), and several other U.S. cities can be yours for 16,000 to 20,000 miles.
Want to splurge for business class? It could be worth a positioning flight to Canada. With this promo, you can fly business class from Edmonton (YEG), Montreal (YUL) or Calgary (YYC) Toronto (YYZ) or for under 40,000 miles each way.
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 Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. It’s a great way to use miles to get to Europe during the tail-end of shoulder season. Just be sure to book by Oct. 31, when these rates expire.
Here’s the beauty of this sale: It’s 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 in Paris and Amsterdam. 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 October to book flights at these rates, but you may want to act faster – award availability could dry up faster for some of these deals.
The one hitch with FlyingBlue 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.
FlyingBlue 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 FlyingBlue account, don’t worry. FlyingBlue 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 FlyingBlue.
If a trip to Europe is on your mind, don’t sleep on this promotion. While you’ve got until the end of October to book, the best of these deals may disappear fast.
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