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Biz class to Europe for 46,875 miles via Air France, but how is the award space?

by on Fri June 2, 2017 • 1 Comment
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FlyingBlue is the Air France/KLM frequent flyer program. One of its strong suits is promo awards for selected destinations that offer up to a 50% discount every month. While 50% off between Europe and North America is likely the thing of the past, FlyingBlue has consistently offered 20-25% off, which can be a pretty good deal, too.

Check the FlyingBlue website for new offers on the 1st day of every month.

Right now, you can save 25% on flights between Boston and Chicago to Europe in Business Class and New York (JFK) to Paris (ORY) in Economy. Book between June 1 and June 30, 2017 for travel between August 1 and August 31, 2017 (September 1 and September 17 for JFK flights).

One thing that FlyingBlue doesn’t have going for it is its disorganized Call Center. Still, if you have to transfer miles from another program you might have to make that call because there is a chance of “phantom availability” (when the flight might appear to be available on the Flying Blue website, but it’s not). So it’s safer to make sure you can actually book the flight before transferring your points.

The one way award prices are as follows (double it for roundtrip):

  • Boston to Europe and v.v. – 46,875 miles in Business Class
  • Chicago to Europe and v.v. – 46,875 miles in Business Class
  • New York to Paris and v.v. – 18,750 miles in Economy

Flying Blue adds fuel surcharges, but they aren’t as bad as British Airways. A Boston or Chicago to Paris roundtrip flight will cost you 93,750 miles and around $550 in taxes and fees. Availability is a mixed bag, however.

We’ve found that award space from Boston to Paris in Business Class is excellent for 2 people. You get reduced awards even for July, which is probably a spillover for the May promo that also included

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The award space from Paris to Boston is equally good so far. The roundtrip flight will cost you 187,500 miles and about $1,105 for 2 people.

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Flights from Chicago are another story. There is no reduced award space for now, even for one passenger in either direction.

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If you don’t mind using Boston as your international hub, you can fly anywhere in Europe this summer. You can even fly to Tel Aviv for the same 93,750 miles per roundtrip because to FlyingBlue, Israel is in the Europe award region. This is an incredible bargain even taking into account the fuel surcharge, and the award space for 2 appears to be decent.

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Based in New York? You’re out of luck, even if you don’t mind flying Economy. There is no availability between New York and Paris in either direction, even for one person. They might still load some award space in the coming days and weeks, so you might want to check the FlyingBlue page in case that happens. If not, Boston is just an hour and 7,500 Avios away.

You can transfer points to Flying Blue from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou and Starwood Preferred Guest. Transfers from all programs with the exception of SPG tend to be instant or near instant (SPG transfers can take from 1 to 5 days).

 

 

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