Rewards Canada has received the exclusive scoop that Air France KLM Flying Blue‘s Promo Rewards will feature Canadian cities in December! It has been well over half a year since we last saw discounted reward options from Canada and next month marks their return. And, they return with what we have all been waiting for. Up to 50% off business class rewards! A perfect gift from AF KLM for the holiday season!
50% off Montreal to Europe
We see the best offer possible return for departures from Montreal! We haven’t seen 50% off business class since 2019 but now it is back! The 50% off will be valid on both Air France and KLM flights to Europe.
Business Class on Air France will start at only 35,000 miles one way and KLM will be 27,500 miles one way. Round trip will be exactly double at 70,000 miles and 55,000 miles respectively. The mileage amounts will vary depending on which destinations you choose in Europe but a good proportion of them should be available at these rates. We’ll follow up with a post early in December with examples!
25% off Toronto to Europe
Toronto gets a business class deal providing 25% off the standard Flying Blue mileage requirements for flights on KLM!
These KLM business class rewards will start at 41,250 miles one way. While it doesn’t match the Montreal offer it is still a really good deal for those who may not want to re-position to YUL!
Booking and travel dates:
What I also like about the offer is the actual travel window is big! You can travel on these offers anytime between December 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023.
Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards
Even though Air France KLM have launched their own credit card in Canada now, it is so new that if anyone was just starting out with it you most likely will not have enough miles from your spending to book these flights. That means if you don’t have enough Flying Blue miles or any at all, your best option is to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue Miles. The transfers are typically near-instant but American Express does state they can take up to 3 days.
Membership Rewards points transfer at a 1 to 0.75 ratio to Flying Blue. Which means you’ll need to transfer as little as 36,700 points for a one way KLM business class flight out of Montreal (you only need 36,667 but transfers are in 100 point increments) or 73,400 round trip. For the Air France flights it will be 46,700 points one way or 93,400 round trip.
Even with the 1 to 0.75 ratio these represent great redemption options for your Membership Rewards points. This especially true for the American Express Cobalt Card if you earned most or all of your points at the 5x level. That round trip business class flight on KLM for 73,400 points represents only $14,680 in 5x points spending. You won’t find that with any other card.
For comparison Amex’s own Fixed Points for Travel requires 140,000 points for round trip Europe business class flights (and that only covers $2,500 in base fare) and with Aeroplan you’d be looking at ~140,000 Aeroplan points (140,000 Membership Rewards points) so you can see how this makes for a great conversion from Membership Rewards.
Buy Flying Blue Miles
The other option if you don’t have enough miles or don’t have an American Express card is to actually buy Flying Blue Miles. At the regular price it doesn’t really make sense to buy the entire amount of miles for a reward but if you only require a couple thousand miles it can make sense to do so.
Hopefully we may see a Flying Blue buy miles bonus in the coming weeks. Lately their buy miles bonuses have offered bonuses of 100% or even 120%, either of which makes it worthwhile to buy them to top off your account or to even the full amount of miles for one of the 50% off rewards!
Not enough miles for Business Class?
Remember Economy Class flights to Europe on Air France KLM start at only 15,000 miles out of Canada so if you don’t have enough miles for business class check out their economy options.
Wrapping it up
Air France KLM Flying Blue’s Promo Rewards will mark their return in Canada this December. They will feature 25% off business class flights out of Toronto and 50% off business class flights out of Montreal. It is that 50% off business class that I know so many of our readers have been waiting for! Now mark your calendars to get ready to book them starting next Thursday December 1st! And if you really wanted to gamble, you could choose to convert your Membership Rewards points now so that they are in your account ready for that day. I don’t recommend it just in case there isn’t availability at the lowest mileage levels for when you can travel but I’ll leave that decision up to you.