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Flying Blue–the loyalty program of Air France/KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways, and TAROM Romanian–has released its newest Promo Awards that let you fly from select American cities to anywhere in Europe or to Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, or Algeria for 25% off standard economy and Business Class award prices. Economy is 18,750 miles each way ( + minor fuel surcharges) as opposed to the standard 25,000 miles, and 46,875 miles each way in Business Class ( + more expensive fuel surcharges) as opposed to the standard 62,500 miles. 

The marketing on FlyingBlue’s website says you can get up to 50% off, but we haven’t actually seen 50% off Promo awards to the US for a while now. 25% off is more common to see.


Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner of ThankYou Points, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards and Starpoints.

These Flying Blue Promo Awards must be booked by May 31, 2017 for travel in July or August, 2017. The precise travel dates for the promotional price depend on the city the award flies to/from.

Note that Flying Blue has promo award prices to other countries outside the US as well if you’re trying to put together an extended trip or around the world itinerary.

  • What cities are these Promo Awards good for? What if you don’t live in one?
  • How do these awards compare to awards with lower fuel surcharges?
  • How do you book a Promo Award?
  • How can you eliminate the out-of-pocket cost of the award?

Flying Blue Promo Awards Explained

Miles Price

Every month, Flying Blue releases a new list of Promo Awards, which allow travel from from places around the globe to anywhere in Europe for 25% or 50% off the normal miles price. Flying Blue’s definition of Europe includes Israel and Morocco.

The current list of Promo Awards bewteen “Europe” and North America is available for booking through May 31, 2017 for flights from July 1 to August 31, 2017.

Two North American cities are on the list this time. 

  • Flights in July and August from/to Boston in Air France Business Class are 25% off — 46,875 miles each way
  • Flights in August from/to New York (JFK) in Air France Business Class are 25%off — 46,875 miles each way

The Promo Award prices are only good flying to or from the cities specifically listed here. If you don’t live in one of the cities listed but want to take advantage of Flying Blue Promo awards and live pretty close to one, you could use British Airways Avios for a short economy flight on American Airlines to get there.

How do these awards compare to awards with no fuel surcharges?

None of the legacy carriers’ collect fuel surcharges on their awards, but you have to pay more in mileage. Between the United States in Europe (one way), it costs:

  • 57.5k United miles to fly United Business Class and 70k United miles to fly a Star Alliance partner
  • 57.5k American Airlines miles in Business Class on any oneworld carrier
  • Delta doesn’t publish an award chart online, but from what I can see for travel in July/August it costs 70k Delta miles in Delta One/85,000 Delta miles to fly a partner between New York and Paris for example

Out-of-Pocket Cash

Promo awards have the same out-of-pocket taxes and fuel surcharges as normal Flying Blue awards. The taxes are the same as you would pay on any award ticket. The fuel surcharges are listed on this table (click to enlarge):


From the US to Europe, the fuel surcharge each way is 50 euros in economy, 110 euros in Premium Economy, and 180 euros in Business or First.

At current exchange rates, that works out to:

  • a modest $108+ taxes out of pocket on roundtrip awards to Europe in economy
  • an annoying $238 + taxes out of pocket on roundtrip awards to Europe in Premium Economy
  • a more painful $393 + taxes out of pocket on roundtrip Business Class awards to Europe.


Promo Awards are valid for one ways or roundtrips.

To book a Flying Blue Promo Award, sign in to your Flying Blue account and select to use miles. Everything on the search form is pretty intuitive; just make sure you don’t check “Flights allowing changes only” because Promo Awards don’t allow changes.

Also, check the box that says “You are looking for a flight around these dates” if you want to see an award calendar for five weeks instead of just a particular day.

In your search results, the discounted Promo Award prices are already coded into the price displayed on the calendars, which will display the one way price.


Here is a one way Business Class search for two travelers from Boston to Paris. Award space is available at the Promo Award price (days that have a green banner reading Lowest fare) x days in July for 46,875 miles + $219.82 per person.

These Promo Awards must start in the city the discount is listed for, but they can go anywhere in Europe. The one condition for the New York promo award is that you either fly into or connect at ORY airport in Paris, not CDG.

Oddly Flying Blue classifies Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and the Canary Islands as part of Europe, so Promo Awards can even fly to Tel Aviv or North Africa at Promo Award prices. Here is the award space from Boston to Tel Aviv for two travelers in May.

I priced out a roundtrip from Boston to Paris in Business Class to see the total price.

It costs 93,750 Flying Blue miles and $521.98 ($393 of which is fuel surcharges– the other $129 is unavoidable taxes).

Getting the Miles

Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner of ThankYou Points, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, and Starpoints. And as usual, increments of 20k Starpoints transfer to 25k Flying Blue miles.

One of the easiest ways to get a ton of points transferrable to Flying Blue is via the Chase Ink Business Preferred card. You’ll earn 85,000 Ultimate Rewards after meeting the minimum spending requirement of $5,000 in three months. Read our review of the Ink Business Preferred here.


The drawback for the Promo Awards is the out-of-pocket cash needed to book them. You can eliminate the out-of-pocket cash needed by paying for the Promo Award with Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, which earns $560 in free travel credits after spending $3,000 in three months. Another good option to cover out-of-pocket costs on Flying Blue awards is to charge them on a premium card you get travel credits for, like the Citi Prestige or the Chase Sapphire Reserve®.

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Bottom Line

Book by May 31 and fly in July or August, and you can enjoy 25% off Business Class awards between American cities and Europe, Israel, or North Africa.

Flying Blue miles are easy to come by as you can transfer them from any of the big transferable point currencies– Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, Ultimate Rewards, or SPG Points.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!

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