Economy to Europe for 32K Miles, Business for 80K RT with FlyingBlue!
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 August’s rendition slashes 25% or more off flights from the U.S. to Europe – in both economy and business class.
You can fly from Boston (BOS) or Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) to almost anywhere in Europe for just over 32,000 miles round-trip. Want to splurge for business class? You can get to Europe from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC) or Edmonton (YEG) from under 80,000 miles round-trip.
This isn’t the hottest deal we’ve seen through Promo Rewards, but it’s still worth considering if a trip to Europe is on your mind this fall.
These flights are now bookable, with even cheaper rates than even the discounts FlyingBlue is advertising if you fly to European cities beyond Amsterdam (AMS) or Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). And these low rates are eligible for travel from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. 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 Aug. 31, when these rates expire.
At roughly 32,000 miles for a round-trip flight, that’s less than what many airlines charge one-way to get to Europe in economy!
Take this round-trip fare from Boston (BOS) to Budapest (BUD), one of our favorite under-the-radar cities in Europe. You can get there for just 32,250 miles in economy, for instance.
That’s the beauty of this sale: It’s not just good for flying into major European cities. You can often save miles by flying into smaller European cities. 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 August 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, they could be worth paying 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.
These aren’t the best monthly FlyingBlue deals we’ve seen in recent months, but there are still some winners in this crop of deals.
FlyingBlue took a page out of Delta’s book last 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 the upsides is their Promo Rewards, a 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, American Express, Citi, Capital One and Marriott Rewards 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 August to book, the best of these deals may disappear fast.
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