Flying Blue buy miles promotion is back! Between 5 and 25 August 2022, you can purchase Flying Blue miles and earn up to 100% in bonus. Initially, the bonus promotion was until 18 August but it has been extended for another week.
Flying Blue Bonus On Purchased Miles:
The promotion is tiered meaning Flying Blue Elites can receive more bonuses than the base member and the more miles you purchase, the more bonus you will receive. Here is a standard bonus for a Flying Blue Explorer:
- Purchase 2,000 miles, there will be no bonus
- Purchase 4,000 to 12,000 miles and receive 50% bonus
- Purchase 14,000 to 28,000 miles and receive 70% bonus
- Purchase 30,000+ miles and receive 100% bonus
Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles up to 100,000 Miles, and in units of 25,000 from 100,000 to 300,000 Miles. Flying Blue Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of Miles, while Explorer members may only purchase or receive up to 100,000 Miles in any calendar year.
Redeeming Flying Blue Miles:
Unlike the Avianca Lifemiles bonus promotion which I posted two days ago, the Airfrance-KLM flying blue program does not have an award chart. Instead, it has dynamic award pricing in which the number of miles to redeem can vary based on different factors such as date and time of departure.
But the Flying Blue program has a lucrative and attractive miles redemption rate. Not to mention they consistently offer Flying Blue Promo Rewards too.
I have listed some examples on different routes of how many Flying Blue miles are needed to redeem Business Class:
A one-way business class from East Asia to Europe typically costs around 70,000 while it costs only 67,000 from the US to Europe (This could change based on dynamic pricing.)
I value Flying Blue miles at 3.05 cents per mile which isn’t a great value but with the bonus miles offer it goes as low as 1.525 cents per mile which is much better. With the bonus miles offer you can book the routes above as low as US$1,000 in business class one-way.
These routes typically cost over US$2,500 to US$3,300. So this is a definite saving for us.
Both KLM and Airfrance have great hard products on board. KLM will also retrofit the existing Business class seats on its 31 B777s to reverse herringbone seats with doors starting in 2023.
Air France-KLM Flying Blue Elites can purchase and receive up to 600,000 miles during this promotion. With one-way La Première costing 220,000 miles from the US to Europe, even if it is pricey, redeeming will cost much less than actually booking on a revenue rate that costs more than US$12,000.
Redeeming Flying Blue Awards On Partners:
You can also redeem Flying Blue miles on Skyteam Partners but I find the redemption rate really uneconomical.
For example, I frequently booked Bangkok to Jakarta route or Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur on a revenue ticket which costs around US$200 ~ US$400 in business class. But miles required to book the same route costs whooping 55,000 miles on business class. Even with the bonus miles offer, it is totally not worth it.
Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue is offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased miles. If you are a frequent flyer of Air France and KLM, this is a promotion not to miss as you can travel in the premium cabin at much cheaper rate.