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Ends Tuesday: 25% Transfer Bonus from Chase to Air France/KLM

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Chase is offering a new way to get even more value out of your Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the *chase sapphire preferred* or your *chase sapphire reserve* by offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Air France/KLM Flying Blue … but not for much longer.

Flying Blue is a great mileage program for getting from the U.S. to Europe using fewer points … or booking Delta flights and saving SkyMiles in the process – and this transfer bonus makes it even better. But you haven't got much time to put it to use: This bonus ends Tuesday, April 30.

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Not sure where to start? Read our guide on Chase transfer partners and how to make it happen!

Using transfer partners like Air France/KLM is one of the best ways to use Chase points for even more value. And these transfer bonuses make it even better – think of it as a way to get some free airline miles.

We typically see Chase roll out a big transfer bonus to Air France/KLM once or twice a year, and now it's back. No matter how appealing this 25% bonus might be, it's rarely a good idea to transfer credit card points without a plan to use them. This is a one-way street: Once you send your credit card points to an airline account, you can't get them back.

Fortunately, there are some great ways to put this bonus to use…

Read more: All the Current Transfer Bonuses to Get More From Your Points & Miles


Best Ways to Use This Bonus

We'll never turn down some free Flying Blue miles.

This is the combined mileage program for Air France and KLM, and it's one of the best ways to book flights with SkyTeam airlines including Delta, Korean Air, and Air France or KLM, of course.

This is just the start – read our full guide on the best ways to use Flying Blue miles!


Fly Air France or KLM to Europe for Less

After slashing award rates late last year, you can regularly fly business class to Europe for as low as 50,000 miles each way – whether you want to get to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), or connect almost anywhere in Europe.

Factor in this transfer bonus, you’d need just 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points to make it happen. With low rates and fairly solid availability to actually book these flights with your miles, this is one of the best ways to book business class.

Just keep in mind that Flying Blue's dynamic award pricing means award rates can be all over the map, so you won't see these lowest rates every single day – especially in business class. But if you're flexible, you can find a deal like this. 

air france business msp cdg 

Again, finding flights at these low rates may require some flexibility, as you won't find them one very single date. Luckily, Air France and KLM allow you to easily scroll through up to a month's worth of flights to find the best deals.

Thrifty Tip: Leave your date(s) blank when searching for award tickets to pull up a monthly calendar – check out our full walkthrough on using Flying Blue miles!

Flying Blue typically tacks on about $200 for a one-way business class award to Europe – and about $380 or more for the way back. That's a small price to pay for $6,000-plus flights. And it’s a great ride across the Atlantic ocean whether you’re flying with Air France or KLM.

air france business class cabin 

Read our full Air France business class review!

You can also book economy awards to Europe using Air France and KLM miles – including one-way trips from most U.S. cities for 20,000 miles. But the cash surcharges Flying Blue passes on even on economy award tickets can make that less appealing: While it can easily be worth paying $200 or so for a one-way business class ticket to Europe, that's less competitive when it comes to economy class pricing.

But that doesn't mean booking economy is always a no-go with Flying Blue miles. We occasionally see even cheaper award rates thanks to Flying Blue Promo Rewards, the airline's monthly specials with lower prices, that can easily make economy a bargain: Just 15,000 miles each way, and sometimes less. 

Factor in this transfer bonus, and all you need is 12,000 Chase points to make a flight to Rome (FCO) a reality.

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Book Delta Flights for Less

If you fly Delta and have SkyMiles, you know just how frustrating it can be with constantly changing award rates. Flying Blue miles can be your solution.

Because they're close partners in the SkyTeam alliance, you can use Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles to book Delta flights – often for a fraction of what Delta itself is charging.

Here's just one example: For a trip down to Mexico City (MEX) this spring, Delta is charging 66,000 SkyMiles for roundtrip flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP).

msp to mexico city delta 

But using Flying Blue miles, you can book those exact same flights for just 30,000 miles total – less than half the cost! Factor in this 25% transfer bonus and you need just 24,000 Chase points to make it happen.

msp to mexico city via flyingblue 

Along with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, using Air France/KLM miles is one of the best workarounds to book Delta flights for less. And after Virgin raised many Delta award rates recently, Flying Blue might just be your best bet now, period.


Fly to Taipei in Business Class

One of the best ways to get to Taiwan – or connect elsewhere in Southeast Asia – is in China Airlines' spiffy business class seats. And using Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles is the best way to make it happen.

Whether you fly from San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), or all the way from New York City (JFK), you can get to Taipei (TPE) for just 89,500 Flying Blue miles, give or take a few thousand miles.

san francisco taipei 

Factor in this 25% transfer bonus, and you'll need to transfer just 72,000 Chase points or a tad more. Not bad for a 15-plus hour flight in seats like these, right?

China airlines business class seat
Photo courtesy of China Airlines


Bottom Line

Transfer bonuses like this one are great – it means you need fewer points to book your next getaway. And a 25% bonus when transferring Chase points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue is a great one.

Just be sure to use it by this Tuesday, April 30, when this promotion expires.


Lead photo courtesy of Chris Lundberg via Flickr

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3 Responses

  • Flying blue has still not honored the 25% bonus for points I transferred from chase back in November 2023.

  • I must not have been chosen for the bonus offer. I did not receive the message and I also called Chase and they said they do not have that promotion offered for my card. Oh well!

  • Do you have to use the points by April 30 or just transfer? I’m looking to go to Paris in April or May next year but aware availability isn’t live yet!

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