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Deal watch: 25,000 Amex points (50% off) NY/SF/DC/Boston – Europe roundtrip

by on Thu May 3, 2012 • No Comment

Here’s a great use for your Amex points…

Air France / KLM Flying Blue, which is an American Express Membership Rewards 1:1 mile transfer partner, has posted its latest quarterly ‘promo’ mile award destinations. You can save over 50% off the usual cost in miles for award flights to and from the destinations below from May through the end of June. You have to return by June 30, 2012.

‘Europe 1/2/3’ means just about anywhere in Europe, including places like Turkey, Greece and Eastern Europe.

There are some outstanding values like…

  • 50,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class from New York JFK to most anywhere in Europe Air Europa flies (Spain is their hub, and you need to fly on Air Europa flight). Note the chart says 29,000 miles but that is a misprint (we checked by trying a booking)
  • 25,000 miles roundtrip in Economy Class from New York JFK to most of Europe on Air Europa
  • 25,000 miles roundtrip in Economy from Dallas, Orlando, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco on Air France or KLM to most of Europe
  • 29,000 miles roundtrip (just 4,000 miles more) for Premium Economy to those destinations on Air France

Flying Blue promo awards

These promo awards have a catch — there are fuel surcharges. And they tend to run about $500 or so roundtrip in Economy, about $900 in Business class. So do the math on if it makes sense to use your miles.

We tend to value miles at about $0.02 each, so…

25,000 miles would be worth about $500 in cash value

If the ticket you want would cost you more than $1,000 in cash, then using the 25,000 miles plus the fuel surcharge of about $500 is a better deal. If it’s a less than $1,000 ticket, which is unlikely given fares this summer it’s not as good a deal. Premium economy fares are generally at least $1,500

For business class, it’s usually an easy decision, as those cost $2,500 or more in cash, so even 50,000 miles plus $900 in surcharges is a good deal.

The steps to take advantage of this are easy…

  1. Make sure you have enough Membership Rewards points (1 point = 1 Flying Blue mile)
  2. Set up an empty Flying Blue mileage account here
  3. Go to this page to see the promo mile offers and click the link to book
  4. Check for dates that have seats
  5. Once you’ve found some, transfer your points to Flying Blue, log back in, and book

You can learn more about American Express Membership Rewards point to airline mile transfer here. Thanks to View from the Wing for pointing out this quarter’s deal.


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