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

by jeffreyMarch 17, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.51.32 PMDon’t miss out on Flying Blue’s summer promo where Air France/KLM awards are between 25-50% off in May & June 2014:

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The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 25-50% for travel between May 1 – June 30.

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

REGION—-
USA
CITY——————————–
Dallas to Europe——————-
CABIN——-
Economy—–
1-way—–
18,750—–
Round-trip
37,500
USA Miami to Europe——————- Economy—– 18,750—– 37,500
USA Washington, D.C. to Europe—— Economy—– 18,750—– 37,500

 

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

RegionEurope to/fromRound-tripDiscount
AfricaJohannesburg45,00025% off
AfricaLome25,00050% off
AsiaFukuoka40,00050% off
AsiaKuala Lumpur60,00050% off
AsiaSingapore60,00050% off
CaribbeanPointe à Pitre45,00025% off
CaribbeanSt. Maarten45,00025% off
EuropeMarrakech22,50025% off
EuropeHelsinki18,75025% off
EuropeBremen15,00025% off
EuropeTunis22,50025% off
EuropeTenerife Sur18,75025% off
EuropeBordeaux10,,00050% off
EuropeSt. Petersburg22,50025% off
EuropeMontpellier10,00050% off
EuropeTenerife Norte18,75025% off
EuropeRome18,75025% off
EuropeAmsterdam15,00025% off
EuropeHamburg15,00025% off
Middle EastDubai30,00050% off
Middle EastDoha30,00050% off
USAMiami37,50025% off
USADallas37,50025% off
USAWashington D.C.37,50025% 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 March 1 – 31, 2014.
  4. Enjoy your savings!

Analysis

This round of award is pretty weak, but it sounds like Air France/KLM FlyingBlue is changing up the program a bit. 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 “great choice of routes”–we’ll have to wait and see on this one.

Typically, they would release ~40 cities with Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class seating options. The March 2014 round offers appx 25 cities with only Economy seating options. About 1/3 of those choices offer a 50% off option with the remaining 16 cities at only a 25% 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. This comes out to appx $268 for a roundtrip from Washingtion-IAD to Paris-CDG. So, total, you’d be looking at 37.5k miles + $268.10 in surcharges/taxes:

Example Washing-IAD to Paris-CDG award

Example Washing-IAD to Paris-CDG award

What the flight would cost in $

What the flight would cost in $

Miles stretch analysis

Miles stretch analysis = pretty good value at 3+ cents/mile

I’m actually pretty surprised at how good the availability is on the routes:

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Don’t forget: 

  • “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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