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FlyingBlue, the Air France/KLM frequent flyer program, has published new promo awards for May.
FlyingBlue offers discounted awards every month for flying later in the year, so you can save 20% to 50% on certain deals, although it’s been feeling more like 20% to 25% lately than 50%.
You can check for new offers on the 1st day of every month.
Right now, you can save 25% on Boston to Europe and New York to Paris flights in business class on Air France. You must book between May 1 and May 31, 2017, and travel between July 1 and August 31, 2017.
Remember, though, that the Flying Blue website can give you so called “phantom availability,” when it looks like the flight is available on the site, but, in reality, it isn’t. These glitches don’t happen all the time, but If you are considering transferring points from another program, it’s better to make sure your award ticket is available, even if it takes contacting the highly dysfunctional Flying Blue Call Center. Luckily, Flying Blue allows you to hold your award ticket.
A Boston to Paris roundtrip flight will cost you 93,750 Miles and around $550 in taxes and fees, and the availability for 2 people is pretty good for the whole promotional period from July 1 to August 31. For two passengers, this trip will cost 187,500 miles and about $1,105.
A roundtrip flight between Boston and Amsterdam via Paris costs the same 93,750 Miles for one traveler. The new Air France Business Class on the 777 has aisle access from every seat. July availability is gone, but there are still plenty of seats in August.
You can go to many European cities via Paris. You can even go to Israel for the same 93,750 miles per roundtrip, because Flying Blue considers Israel a part of Europe. This is an amazing bargain, and while award availability isn’t overwhelming, you can still snag a ticket if you hurry up.
The same deal works for New York to Paris flights, and although there is no availability for July, it looks pretty good for the whole month of August.
Unfortunately, promo awards from Paris to New York appear to be non-existent, so you’ll have to find another way to fly back if New York is your final destination. You could fly for the regular 62,500-mile award, or fly to Boston and make your way back to New York on American Airlines using Avios (7,500 miles).
You will always pay fuel surcharges on Air France, but they are moderate compared to what other European airlines charge. Be prepared to pay $500+ for taxes and fuel surcharges for a roundtrip flight. Below is the total summary of miles and cash outlay for 2 passengers.
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