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Deal Blitz: 25-50% off Air France/KLM Flying Blue Awards in June/July 2014

by jeffreyMarch 29, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.51.32 PMNote: These are bookable starting Tuesday April 1. Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s summer promo where Air France/KLM awards are between 25-50% off in June & July 2014:

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The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 25-50% for travel between June 1 – July 31.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica, we’ll be most interested in:

REGION—-
USA
CITY——————————–
Boston to Europe——————-
CABIN——-
Economy—–
1-way—–
18,750—–
Round-trip
37,500
USA Houston to Europe——————- Economy—– 18,750—– 37,500

 

All destinations below. Note: Everything is to/from Europe.

RegionEurope to/fromRound-tripDiscount
AfricaCotonou, Benin25,00050% off
CaribbeanHavana, Cuba45000,25% off
EuropeLondon, England15,00025% off
EuropeLeeds, England15,00025% off
EuropeBristol, England15,00025% off
EuropeAalborg, Denmark18,75025% off
EuropeZagreb, Croatia22,50025% off
EuropeAlesund, Norway18,75025% off
EuropeFrankfurt, Germany10,00050% off
EuropeStrasbourg, France10,00050% off
Middle EastMuscat, Oman30,00025% off
Middle EastBeirut, Lebanon20,00050% off
USABoston37,50025% off
USAHouston37,50025% off
Central AmericaParamaribo, Suriname37,50025% off

How to Get It

  1. Head to Flying Blue here to see full list of routes: Promo Awards
  2. Reference our How-to: Booking Air France/KLM flight post
  3. Book between April 1 – 30, 2014.
  4. Enjoy your savings!

Analysis

This is the second round of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue’s new program for promo awards. They used to publish lists every 2 months, the booking period started immediately and would be valid for appx 2 months. The new plan is that they are publishing new lists every month but the available dates will be 2 months out for a period of 2 months.  They promise “more availability” and a “greater choice of routes”–this list is looking pretty weak though. Typically, they would release ~40 cities with Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class seating options. The March 2014 round had appx 25 cities with only Economy seating options. This list for April 2014 has only 15 cities so far, mostly at the 25% off discount.

US to Europe awards are generally 50k in Economy, the best they’re offering this round is Economy for 25% off. The kicker, however, is that you’ll still be responsible for fuel surcharges.

The dates still haven’t loaded but here’s a sample fare from Houston-IAH to Amsterdam-AMS:

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So, in theory, if you could get this for 37,500 + $235 in taxes/fuel surcharge you’d get a return of (using the handy Weekend Blitz Award Calculator):

2.95 cents/miles = a pretty great return on FlyingBlue/AMEX points

2.95 cents/miles = a pretty great return on FlyingBlue/AMEX points

Don’t forget: 

  • Booking for this deal runs from April 1 to April 30, 2014.
  • “Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorized to book an award on the website).”
  • You’ll still get hit with fuel surcharges!
  • We’ve got a How-to Guide for booking flights with Flying Blue points.

BOTTOM LINE: FlyingBlue has revamped the program and, overall, we really like what we see. Being able to fly from the U.S. to Europe for 37,500 miles in the summer is a steal these days and yields 3+ cents/mile–availability is better than normal, too. Keep up the good work, FlyingBlue!

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