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Deal Blitz: 50% off Air France/KLM Flying Blue Awards in Sept/Oct

by jeffreyAugust 17, 2013

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s Fall promo where Air France/KLM awards are 50% off in September & October 2013:

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The Deal

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

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

REGION
USA
CITY
Chicago
CABIN
Economy
1-way
12,500
Round-trip
25,000
USA Dallas Economy 12,500 25,000
USA Dallas Business 31,250 62,500
USA Houston Economy 18,750 37,500
USA Washington DC Business 31,250 62,500

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

RegionEurope to/fromCabin1-wayRound-trip
AfricaAbidjanEconomy12,50025,000
AfricaAbidjanBusiness31,25062,500
AfricaBanguiEconomy12,50025,000
AfricaBanguiBusiness31,25062,500
AfricaCairoEconomy10,00020,000
AfricaCairoBusiness25,00050,000
AfricaKinshasaEconomy18,75037,500
AfricaKinshasaBusiness31,25062,500
AfricaLagosEconomy18,75037,500
AfricaLibrevilleEconomy18,75037,500
AfricaLibrevilleBusiness46,87593,750
AfricaNiameyEconomy12,50025,000
AfricaNiameyBusiness31,25062,500
AfricaNouakchottBusiness46,87593,750
AfricaYaoundéEconomy12,50025,000
AfricaYaoundéBusiness31,25062,500
AsiaBangkokEconomy30,00060,000
AsiaChengduEconomy20,00040,000
AsiaChengduBusiness50,000100,000
AsiaHangzhouEconomy20,00040,000
AsiaHangzhouBusiness50,000100,000
AsiaHo Chi MinhEconomy30,00060,000
AsiaHo Chi MinhBusiness75,000150,000
AsiaOsakaEconomy30,00060,000
AsiaSeoulEconomy30,00060,000
AsiaSeoulBusiness75,000150,000
AsiaXiamenEconomy20,00040,000
AsiaXiamenBusiness50,000100,000
CaribbeanAntananarivoEconomy22,50045,000
CaribbeanArubaEconomy18,75037,500
CaribbeanArubaBusiness31,25062,500
CaribbeanBonaireEconomy18,75037,500
CaribbeanBonaireBusiness31,25062,500
CaribbeanFort de FranceEconomy15,00030,000
CaribbeanFort de FrancePrem Econ45,00090,000
CaribbeanHavanaEconomy15,00030,000
CaribbeanHavanaPrem Econ45,00090,000
EuropeBirminghamBusiness22,50045,000
EuropeFrankfurtEconomy7,50015,000
EuropeGenevaEconomy5,00010,000
EuropeHamburgBusiness15,00030,000
EuropeViennaBusiness18,75037,500
EuropeZurichEconomy7,50015,000
EuropeParis-Orly - PauEconomy5,00010,000
EuropeLyon - ToulouseEconomy5,00010,000
EuropeStrasbourg - NiceEconomy5,00010,000
EuropeMarseille - NantesEconomy5,00010,000
Middle EastAmmanEconomy15,00030,000
Middle EastAmmanBusiness25,00050,000
Middle EastBahrainEconomy15,00030,000
Middle EastDjiboutiEconomy15,00030,000
Middle EastDjiboutiBusiness25,00050,000
Middle EastDubaiEconomy10,00020,000
Middle EastDubaiBusiness37,50075,000
Middle EastKuwaitEconomy15,00030,000
Middle EastRiyadhEconomy15,00030,000
Middle EastRiyadhBusiness25,00050,000
S. AmericaMontevideoEconomy20,00040,000
S. AmericaMontevideoBusiness50,000100,000
S. AmericaPanama CityEconomy22,50045,000
S. AmericaPanama CityEconomy15,00030,000
S. AmericaPanama CityPrem Econ30,00060,000
S. AmericaPanama CityBusiness37,50075,000
S. AmericaParamariboBusiness46,87593,750
S. AmericaSanta CruzEconomy20,00040,000
S. AmericaSanta CruzBusiness50,000100,000
USAChicagoEconomy12,50025,000
USADallasEconomy12,50025,000
USADallasBusiness31,25062,500
USAHoustonEconomy18,75037,500
USAWashington DCBusiness31,25062,500

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 Aug 27 – Oct 29.
  4. Enjoy your savings!

Analysis

US to Europe awards are generally 50k in Economy and 125k for Business, making the ones listed above 50% off. The kicker, however, is that you’ll still be responsible for fuel surcharges. This would be appx $277.77 for a roundtrip from Chicago-ORD to Paris-CDG. So total you’d be looking at 25k miles + $277.77 in surcharges/taxes:

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Example CHICAGO – PARIS award

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What the flight would cost in $

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Miles stretch analysis

A similar calculation on a business class (65k miles at promo rate) fare from IAD-CDG, taxes/fuel is appx $650:

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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: You can find some good value in your Flying Blue points during this promo (don’t forget you can transfer from AMEX–> Flying Blue), but hefty fuel surcharges might make some routes a deal breaker, especially for economy (only 2.3 cent/mile). Business class (6.9+ cents/mile) or intra-Europe awards are a better value at the promo rates.

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