Fly to Europe for 29K Miles RT with March’s 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 March’s edition offers up to 50% off flights this spring from the U.S. to Europe when using miles – including some great deals to fly business class.
These discounted flights are one of the cheapest ways to get to Europe using miles. The biggest deal in the U.S. is out of Houston-Intercontinental (IAH), where award rates are cut in half – you can fly to Europe and back for only 29,000 miles. That’s less than most airlines charge one-way to get to Europe!
But the best deals are in Canada. If you fly out of Montreal (YUL), you can get to Europe and back for just 21,500 miles in economy or 53,000 miles in business class. At those prices, it could be worth booking a connecting flight to YUL to cash in on these rates. Scope out the full list of promotional rates to see what else is available.
You’ve technically got until the end of February to book flights at these rates, but you may want to act faster – award availability could dry up faster for some of these deals. Flights are available from April 1 until May 31.
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.
And the beauty of this sale is that it’s not just good for flying to Air France’s Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) hub or KLM’s headquarters in Amsterdam (AMS). You can connect onward throughout Europe – and sometimes pay even fewer miles by doing so, thanks to FlyingBlue’s unpredictable award prices. For example, check out flights from IAH to Milan (MXP).
These are some of the best monthly FlyingBlue deals we’ve seen in recent months, and it’s unlikely you’ll find a cheaper way to get to Europe using your miles. It’s a no-brainer if you’re based in one of the departure cities and looking to get to Europe. And it could easily be worth booking a positioning flight to book one of these award tickets.
FlyingBlue took a page out of Delta’s book earlier this year and implemented a variable award pricing system, where the price for a given flight in miles is constantly changing. And much like Delta SkyMiles, that comes with some serious tradeoffs.
Among them is their Promo Rewards, a monthly list of discounted travel opportunities between AMS or CDG and the rest of the world. But this latest 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, American Express, Citi, Capital One and Marriott Rewards points can all transfer directly to FlyingBlue.
If a trip to Europe is on your mind for this spring, don’t sleep on this promotion. While you’ve got until the end of February to book, the best of these deals may disappear fast.
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