Amazing Availability: 12,500 Miles To Europe & Beyond One-Way In Economy With Flying Blue Promo Awards


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A few weeks we shared the new Air France promo awards were released, and there is still what I would call amazing availability for the heavily discounted award ticket to Europe and beyond. For those who don’t know, Air France releases promo awards which are heavily discounted, up to 50%, awards between destinations. The most current promo awards provide 50% off economy and surprisingly, there is still good availability.

The latest promotional offer only requires 12,500 Air France miles plus taxes for a one-way flight from Chicago, Washington DC, or Houston during peak fall season, but you don’t have to stop there. In fact, I’ve priced out awards where you can go all the way to Casablanca, Istanbul, Moscow, Athens, or Tel Aviv for the same price. That is a good deal! You can connect all the way through to other destinations that are far beyond Western Europe.

Air France Europe Routes

Availability For 50% Off Promo Awards

Chicago To Amsterdam and Beyond

You can get an Economy one-way award from Chicago to Amsterdam and beyond for only 12,500 miles plus $90.03 in taxes and fees. This is not a bad price to hop over to Europe in Economy Class. There is pretty good availability too.

Fall 2014 Air France Promo Awards Chicago

Houston To Paris and Beyond

You can get an Economy one-way award from Houston to Paris and beyond for only 12,500 miles plus $90.03 in taxes and fees. There is AMAZING availability on this route. What? That’s like the entire month showing low level heavily discounted by 50% Economy awards to Europe. Crazy good availability.

Fall 2014 Air France Promo Awards Houston

Washington DC To Paris and Beyond

You can get an Economy one-way award from Washington DC to Paris and beyond for only 12,500 miles plus $90.03 in taxes and fees. I flew this route on Air France’s A380 in Business Class and it was a really nice flight in Business Class, but I paid a premium in cash instead of only 12,500 miles. Again, really, really good availability on this route.

Fall 2014 Air France Promo Awards Washington

Promo Awards Offer Details

The Flying Blue (Air France / KLM / Air Europa) loyalty program offers heavily discounted Flying Blue awards called Promo Awards for certain routes throughout the year.

The current discounted promo awards from North America must be booked between August 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 for travel between October 1, 2014 and November 30, 2014.

The discounts include:

  • 50% off premium economy to Europe from Cancun
  • 50% off economy to Europe from Chicago, Houston and Washington DC

Air France Promo Awards From North America Fall 2014

Terms And Conditions

  • Reservations must be made exclusively on airfrance or klm (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorised to book an award on the website).
  • In the event that a technical problem occurs when reserving the promotional fare or if the reservation cannot be finalised, the Flying Blue member must log on to the site and repeat the procedure.
  • This award ticket may be used on connecting flights within Europe and on connecting flights from Europe to long-haul flights and vice-versa.
  • These promotional Promo Award@ may not be modified, cancelled or refunded.
  • Promo Award@ are available for one-way tickets and round trips.
  • Flex Award are not included in the Promo Award@ offer.

How To Get And Transfer Points To Flying Blue Account

Starwood Starpoints transfer to Flying Blue (Air France) at a 1:1 ratio. But if you transfer only 20,000 points, you’ll get a 25% bonus for a total of 25,000 Flying Blue miles.

Starwood-Bonus-Transfer-to-Flying-Blue 2

Both the personal and business Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express allow you to transfer points over to a Flying Blue Air France account.

Here is a detailed list of SPG transfer partners and how to Transfer SPG miles into airlines for redemption options.

Alternatively, Air France Flying Blue miles can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards.

These points can be redeemed for a number of items from gift cards to products to travel experiences. Here is a detailed walkthrough of how to transfer American Express points into loyalty programs.

Bottom Line

There is exceptional fall availability between Houston, Chicago and Washington DC and Europe, not only for the 50% off the normal mileage redemption with Air France or KLM, but because of the distance you can travel for only 12,500 miles.

Are seeing any other ways to maximize this promotional offer?

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The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way. Feel free to reach me at theweeklyflyer@gmail.com

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