How to book Flying Blue Promo Rewards

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Update: May 1, 2024

 

Hard to imagine that it was exactly a year ago in 2023 when I booked an epic European trip for the whole family. I booked all our tickets via Flying Blue, took advantage of the transfer bonus offers. All six of us flew business class from Los Angeles to Paris via Air France. We galivanted all over Europe (from Paris to Belgium to Amsterdam to London), and we flew back via Air France back to Los Angeles in coach.

$36,000 worth of flights for 6 of us

I was baffled. Never in my wildest dreams would I pay $36,000 for a trip to Paris. Even more shocking was the fact that we booked 6 business class tickets for all 6 of us to Paris! Insane!

Here’s the value for all our bookings:

Points needed 

  • 144,000 – 6 coach class tickets
  • 480,000 – 6 business class tickets
  • Total # of miles needed = 624,000

Actual # of points used

  • Took advantage of the 25% transfer bonus from Chase to Flying Blue
  • 116,000 + 384,000 = 500,000 points (this was due to the 25% bonus transfer offer)
  • # of points saved = 124,000

Total fees out of pocket

  • $1,252 – 6 business class tickets
  • $1,014 – 6 coach class tickets 

Value if paid in cash

  • $24,000 – six business class tickets Los Angeles to Paris (nonstop)
  • $12,077 – six economy class tickets Paris to Los Angeles (nonstop)

6 Business Class tickets to Paris for (nearly) FREE via Air France valued nearly $24,000 | 6 Business Class tickets to Paris for (nearly) FREE via Air France valued nearly $24,000 (daddytravelsnow.com)

Our family booked $36,000 flights to/from Paris using credit card points | Daddy Travels Miles & Points Our family booked $36,000 flights to/from Paris using credit card points with Flying Blue (daddytravelsnow.com)

This booking was made possible by using Flying Blue’s Promo Rewards.

Flying Blue’s Promo Rewards

Every month, I look forward to checking Flying Blue website for their Promo Rewards. Flying Blue has specials on flights to/from various global destinations.

Get up to 25% off and go further with your Miles! New Promo reward tickets are released on the first weekday of each month. You may spot your dream destination; where would you like to go?

How to book Flying Blue Promo Rewards

Here’s the latest promotion. Book in May and pick your travel date until October 31, 2024. This means that it’s not too late to take advantage of any last-minute bookings for the upcoming busy summer months.

  • Go to Flying Blue website
  • If you don’t have a FREE Flying Blue account yet, I suggest sign up
  • Once you’re signed in to your Flying Blue account, look for the button that show Discover Promo Rewards
  • You will see options for Short-haul and medium-haul flights – these are flights typically within Europe
  • Or, scroll down to Long Haul Flights

For me, since my home airport is Los Angeles, I always scroll down to this portion. According to Flying Blue:

Promo reward tickets to long-haul destinations are available for flights to/from Europe. Bookings are possible on flights operated by Air France and KLM. Connecting flights from the destination within Europe through either Paris or Amsterdam (outbound and/or return flights) are included in the Promo reward ticket.

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Austin
  • Cairo
  • Dammam/Dhahran
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • Riyadh
  • Quebec
  • Curacao
  • Fort de France
  • Beijing
  • Point a Pitre
  • Cancun
  • Mexico City

Remember, the destinations listed above are subject to change. These are monthly promotion offers from Flying Blue.

You simply click on the listed long haul destination. In my case, I chose Los Angeles. Flying economy to/from Europe could cost as low as 15,000 one way.

Flying Blue Long Haul to/from Los Angeles
  • Make sure to click BOOK WITH MILES – when searching for flight awards.
  • Enter your search parameters (one way/roundtrip, airport codes, cabin, dates)
  • Click on Search Flights
  • Your search results will give you a weeklong view
  • You have an option to choose different cabin types (Economy, Premium Economy, Business, La Premiere)
  • You could also sort by Lowest Price (in points of cash value)
  • Once you find the flights that work for you, proceed with the booking

I chose a random date in the month of September 2024 from Los Angeles to Paris (a month after the Paris Olympics), and found this flight on September 10, 2024 for 15,000 miles via Economy Promo fare + $85.90 in fees. If this is a flight for you, and you have Flying Blue miles sitting in your account, you just follow the prompts and book your flight award.

If you do not have your points yet in your Flying Blue account, this would be the time to do the transfer from your credit card account. Remember, only transfer when you are certain and/or are ready to move forward with the booking.

Keep an eye for Transfer Bonus Offers

Yes, last year, our booking became even sweeter when we took advantage of 30% Transfer Bonus offers from Chase.

Current Credit Card Points Transfer Bonus Offers (as of May 1, 2024) | Daddy Travels Miles & Points Current Credit Card Points Transfer Bonus Offers (daddytravelsnow.com)

Which credit cards earn points that work with Flying Blue/Air France/KLM

The good news, just about every major credit card company out there has a partnership with Flying Blue/Air France/KLM.

The following credit card programs are Flying Blue/KLM/Air France transfer partners.

American Express

These points with American Express Membership Rewards transfer at 1:1 ratio to Flying Blue. These are some of my favorite cards that earn Membership Rewards

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • American Express® Business Gold Card
  • The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express

Chase

Chase Ultimate Rewards also transfer to to Flying Blue at a ratio of 1:1. The following cards earn Ultimate Rewards:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Chase Freedom Flex℠
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited®
  • Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card
  • Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card

Something to keep in mind. You would need to have a card such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® ,or the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card in order to transfer to travel partners.

Citi

Citi ThankYou Points transfer also transfer to Flying Blue at a ratio of 1:1. The ones that are commonly known are:

  • Citi Premier® Card
  • Citi Double Cash® Card
  • Citi Rewards+® Card
  • Citi Custom Cash℠ Card
  • Citi Prestige® Card

Capital One

Capital One Rewards also transfer to Flying Blue at a ratio of 1:1. Here are the popular Capital One cards that earn Capital One Miles:

  • Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
  • Capital One Spark Miles for Business
  • Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Rewards points also transfer over to Flying Blue at a ratio of 3:1. You do get a 5,000 bonus when you transfer 60,000 points.

  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

BILT Rewards

When you ask the typical huge expense, the answer is pretty standard – rent and mortgage. This is where BILT comes in – you can earn points when you pay rent.

  • BILT Rewards

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