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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Advance notice of Air France KLM Flying Blue Special Edition Promo Rewards - fly Toronto to Europe for 22,000 miles in Economy, 64,000 for business class



At the start of every month we provide you with the details of Air France KLM's Flying Blue Promo Rewards. These are discounted award flight offers the program provides on a monthly basis. On occasion Flying Blue releases 'Special Edition' Promo Rewards and the latest version of these specials offers will be bookable as of 6pm ET tonight (give or take a little bit)  They are especially of interest to us Canadians this time round as Toronto is included and the deal to be had is great!

You will be able to book award tickets between Toronto and Europe for the following mileage amounts:
  • Economy - 11,000 miles one way (22,000 round trip)
  • Premium Economy - 25,000 miles one way (50,000 round trip)
  • Business - 32,000 miles one way (64,000 round trip)
These flights have to be booked between October 16 and October 20 for travel between November and March. Those redemption rates above are amazing! Only 64,000 miles round trip in business class! Yes, you'll have to pay about 400-500EUR in taxes and fees but it is business class worth much more than that. Most times with Promo Rewards you have to redeem in the high 70,000 to 90,000 mile range and with no Promo Rewards you are way above 100,000 miles for these same flights.

Now if you don't have enough Flying Blue miles (or none at all) there is currently a way to gets these flights for cheap. Chances are if you convert points from Marriott Bonvoy as we normally recommend, those points won't show up in your account by the 20th so it would be a waste. The way to get these points right now is to buy them. As we write this Flying Blue is running a promotion where you can buy Flying Blue miles with a 75% bonus as long as you buy 4,000 miles or more. When you buy miles they post almost immediately into your account so you could buy them today for use later tonight or by the 20th for this promotion. So is this a good value?


Let's take a look at what it would cost to buy miles for each of the above redemption options (we'll look at round trip values)

Economy Class
You need to buy at the 14,000 miles option that with the bonus will give you 24,500 miles
The cost for those miles would be 385EUR or about C$560. You would then have to pay taxes and fees on the award flight which more than likely would put you at over $800 or more. This isn't a great option seeing that you can buy round trip economy class tickets on Air France and KLM for $600-$700. Of course if there are specific dates you need to fly where economy class is expensive then it may make sense.

Premium Economy Class
You need to buy at the 30,000 miles option that with the bonus will give you 52,500 miles


The cost for those miles would be 825EUR or about C$1,200. You would then have to pay taxes and fees on the award flight which more than likely would put you at over $1,500 or more. This is a better option than economy class but still not great as many times you can get premium economy for well under $2,000

Business Class 
You need to buy at the 38,000 miles option that with the bonus will give you 66,500 miles

The cost for those miles would be 1,045EUR or about C$1,520. This is where the value is had with buying miles! Add in taxes and fees on the award ticket and you are looking at a total cost of about $2,100 to redeem for a business class flight with this promotion. We almost never see Air France KLM flights out of Toronto fall below $3,500 for business class so you can see this is a great option to get in on this deal!

Click here to take advantage of the Flying Blue Miles 75% bonus offer and to learn more or to book the Special Edition Promo Rewards click here!

And it's not just Toronto to look at! For those in the Vancouver area, Seattle is also on the list with Premium Economy for 25,000 miles one way and Business for 36,000 miles one way. 


We will follow up with another post when the Special Edition Promo Rewards go live with details on availability!



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