[Ends Tomorrow!] Get a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points to FlyingBlue
[Update] This Amex Flying Blue transfer bonus ends tomorrow, Friday, June 15, 2018.
FlyingBlue is running a promo for transfers from American Express, giving you a 25% bonus on the Membership Rewards points you transfer to your Air France/KLM account.
If you’ve got American Express Membership Rewards points and have been eyeing an award flight on Air France, KLM or any SkyTeam partner, this is a great chance to book your flight for fewer points. FlyingBlue changed up its award system June 1, but there are still some good deals to be had.
FlyingBlue is the joint rewards program of AirFrance and KLM. It’s one of 16 airline transfer partners of American Express Membership Rewards, a list that also includes Delta and many more.
Airlines occasionally run these promos on transfers with bank rewards points like American Express, Chase, and CitiBank. This transfer bonus is a pretty good one, as you’ll get a 25 percent bonus on whatever you send to FlyingBlue.
You have to transfer in increments of 1,000 points. There’s no minimum of miles required to get the bonus, nor is there a cap. Further, transfers from American Express to your Flying Blue account are instant.
Here’s a quick chart of how that bonus works out.
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It’s worth noting that the award prices on FlyingBlue have recently changed, with mixed results. As of June 1, FlyingBlue retooled its award pricing. In short, FlyingBlue awards look more like Delta, with a highly variable system that fluctuates much like cash fares do.
Rather than a stable award chart, FlyingBlue now has a calculator to crunch the numbers on how many miles you need for a given route. You can check that out here.
That change comes with some higher base prices for award fares from the West Coast to Europe, while flights from the East Coast could actually get slightly cheaper. But there are still deals to be had, especially with these transfer bonuses.
Head to Hawaii?
This bonus reduces the number of points you’ll need across the board on all SkyTeam carriers. Whether you’re flying Delta to Europe or AirFrance across the world, there are some serious savings to be had. But two award flight redemptions come to mind as a great way to capitalize on this bonus.
The first is on Delta flights from the 48 continental states to Hawaii. Delta itself charges at least 45,000 SkyMiles in economy for these flights. However, FlyingBlue starts out at 35,000 round trip for the same flights. And with this current bonus, you only need to transfer 28,000 Membership Rewards to book it. That’s one of the best deals you’ll find for a round-trip flight to Hawaii with miles.
The trick here is that these low-level awards are difficult to come by. Read our guide to finding award availability for some pointers.
Thrifty Tip: Start by scouring Delta.com for award flights to Hawaii. If you find flights at 45,000 SkyMiles round trip, you should be able to book those through FlyingBlue for just 35,000 miles.
How About Europe?
Another sweet spot here is for business class fares between the U.S. and Europe. You can find flights for just 57,500 FlyingBlue miles for a one-way ticket from the East Coast.
With this 25% bonus, that’s just 46,000 Membership Rewards points. 46,000 points for a business class seat across the Atlantic is an incredible deal. You’d have to transfer 70,000 Membership Rewards points to Delta to book this exact same flight.
Earning American Express Membership Rewards Points
American Express has a handful of credit cards to earn Membership Rewards points. We love the American Express Platinum card. It has a 60,000 point welcome bonus and an unbeatable suite of perks for the frequent traveler, including lounge access. It also comes with $400 in annual credits for airfare and Uber and free Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. The 5X points you get on airfare purchases is unrivaled in the world of miles and points, justifying the card’s $550 annual fee. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
There’s also the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, which currently has a 25,000-point welcome bonus. And the American Express Everyday Credit Card is one of our top 6 credit cards with no annual fee. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Keep in mind that because this transfer bonus is ending, you don’t have time to earn a bunch of Membership Rewards points for the purposes of utilizing this promotion.
Transfer bonuses like these come around fairly often, with varying value. But this 25% bonus on transfers from your American Express Membership Rewards account to FlyingBlue is worth a second look.
Photo credit to KLM
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