Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dec 18 Update: Latest Flying Blue Promo Awards are out for 3 Canadian cities, 1,000 Free points with Air India, United Transcontinental Bonus

Third last day of updates for 2013!

News, Tips & Tricks

The latest set of Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo awards are out and this time there are three Canadian cities included instead of the two we saw earlier this month (which are still bookable until Dec 29) . The latest set of offers will be bookable as of December 30th and are good for award travel until the end of February, which is quite odd since the last set of awards had travel periods into March! The offers this time are for 50% off Business Class between Toronto or Montreal and Europe and 25% off economy class between Vancouver and Europe. All very good deals if you have the miles and want to travel to Europe in January or February. Don't have the miles? You could always consider transferring Starpoints earned via the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express to Flying Blue.

What are the promo awards? The promo awards are a discount of 25-50% off the regular Flying Blue mileage requirement for select AF KLM flights in select cabins.  Due to increases in the regular award mileage requirements earlier in the year the promo awards not as grand as they used to be but overall are they are still considered a great deal when compared to the regular mileage requirements or even to what mileage would be required in other programs for a similar ticket. Here is an example of this increased rate: previously you could get a round-trip Montreal-Europe Business Class promo award ticket for 50,000 miles but now it will cost you 62,500 miles. Overall this is still a great deal but of course not as great as it used to be. To take advantage of an award ticket deal you must book your promo award ticket between Dec 30 and Feb 26 for travel until Feb 28. More details can be found here.

SkyTeam has announced the date that Garuda Indonesia will join the alliance and that date is March 5, 2014. Source: SkyTeam

Want some free points? Air India is offering 1,000 of them for joining their Flying Returns program. Really should only be of use for those of you who plan on using the program otherwise you'll probably end up with 1,000 stranded points!. See the bonus offer section below for details.

Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More...Book between Dec 30 and Feb 26 for travel between Jan 1 and Feb 28, 14

Air India Flying Returns
- Air India Flying Returns 1,000 Bonus Points when you join the Air India Flying Returns program. More... Until ?

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. More... Jan 6 - Mar 31, 14

JetBlue TrueBlue (on only)
- Double TrueBlue Points on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico. More... Until Feb 28, 14

United MileagePlus
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles on all paid nonstop flights marketed and operated by United between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO). More... Jan 7 - Mar 31, 14

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles when booking the Double Miles for Early Birds rate for stays of 2 nights or more at participating World Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 14

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards (on only)
- Earn Double Status Credits when flying on all eligible Virgin Australia flights. More... Book by Dec 31 for travel between February 1 and June 20, 2014.

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