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Deal Blitz: 50% off Air France/KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards in August/September 2014

by jeffreyJune 4, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.51.32 PMNote: These are bookable now.. Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s summer promo which allows you to book Air France/KLM awards for 25-50% less that normal in July & August 2014:

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The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 25-50% for travel between August 1 – September 30, 2014.

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

REGION—-
USA
CITY—————————-
Boston-BOS to Europe——–
CABIN——-
Economy—–
1-way—–
18,750—–
Round-trip
37,500
USA Houston-IAH to Europe——- Economy—– 12,500—– 25,000

 

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

RegionEurope to/fromAirportCabinRound-tripDiscount
AfricaCotonou, BeninCOOEconomy37,50025% off
AfricaKinshasa, CongoFIHEconomy25,00050% off
AfricaLome, TogoLFWEconomy37500,25% off
Asia-PacificBangkokBKKPrem Econ80,00050% off
Asia-PacificBeijing, ChinaPEKEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificChengdu, ChinaCTUEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificGuangzhou, ChinaCANEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificGuangzhou, ChinaCANBusiness100,00050% off
Asia-PacificKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaKULEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificMumbai, IndiaBOMBusiness75,00050% off
Asia-PacificXiamen, ChinaXMNEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificWuhan, ChinaWUHEconomy60,00025% off
Asia-PacificWuhan, ChinaWUHBusiness100,00050% off
CaribbeanFort de France, MartiniqueFDFBusiness112,50025% off
EuropeAberdeen, ScotlandABZEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeCologne, GermanyCGNEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeFrankfurt, GermanyFRAEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeGeneva, SwitzerlandGVAEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeHanover, GermanyHAJEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeMadrid <--> BadajozMADEconomy15,00025% off
EuropeMadrid <--> BadajozBJZBusiness45,00025% off
EuropeTrondheim, NorwayTRDEconomy18,75025% off
Middle EastAlmanty, KazakhstanALAEconomy30,00025% off
Middle EastAlmanty, KazakhstanALABusiness75,00025% off
Middle EastDjiboutiJIBEconomy30,00025% off
Middle EastDoha, QatarDOHEconomy30,00025% off
Middle EastDoha, QatarDOHBusiness75,00025% off
Middle EastMuscat, OmanMCTEconomy30,00025% off
Middle EastRiyadh, Saudi ArabiaRUHEconomy30,00025% off
South AmericaBrasilia, BrazilBSBEconomy40,00050% off
South AmericaBrasilia, BrazilBSBPrem Econ80,00050% off
South AmericaBrasilia, BrazilBSBBusiness100,00050% off
South AmericaCaracas, VenezuelaCCSEconomy35,00050% off
South AmericaCaracas, VenezuelaCCSPrem Econ70,00050% off
South AmericaCaracas, VenezuelaCCSBusiness87,50050% off
USABoston, MassachusettsBOSEconomy37,50025% off
USAHouston, TexasIAHEconomy25,00050% 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 June 1 – 30, 2014.
  4. Enjoy your savings!

Analysis

This is the now the 4th 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”–and this current list is looking pretty good and backs up this claim.

The first few rounds were pretty weak with only 15-25 cities and only economy award space available. The last list for the July/August period has probably been the best yet, with 50+ destinations and a lot of 50% off business class space, making it a very tough act to follow. This current round has about 35 destinations with about half priced at the 50% off rate.

Here’s an example flight from Houston-IAH to Athens-ATH in September:

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Outbound availability is great

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The return availability isn’t as good but still works

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Booking this 7-day visit to Athens in KLM/Air France economy class will only cost you 25,500 + $312 in taxes/fuel surcharge. This yields a return of (using the handy Weekend Blitz Award Calculator):

4.41 cents/mile = a GREAT return on FlyingBlue/AMEX points

2.22 cents/mile = an OK return on FlyingBlue/AMEX points

Don’t forget: 

  • Booking for this deal runs from June 1 to June 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: While this list isn’t as good as the last one that had tons of business class space, it certainly gets the job done by allowing you to fly from Houston to (just about) ANYWHERE in Europe for only 25,000 miles roundtrip + $200-$350 in taxes. This makes it a great deal in my book.

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