Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue programme has rolled out a new up to 50% discount promotion on buying miles, and this is the best promotion we have seen from the house of Flying Blue. Here are the details on how to buy Flying Blue Miles with a discount.
Get up to a 50% discount on buying Flying Blue Miles.
Through February 29, 2024, Air France – KLM’s combined loyalty programme, Flying Blue, has rolled out a new promotion on buying miles, which gets you up to a 50% discount on purchasing these miles. The discount is tiered and adds up to more discounts as you buy more miles. Here is the offer:
- On buying between 4,000 – 14,000 miles, get a 35% discount
- On buying between 16,000 – 38,000 miles, get a 40% discount
- On buying between 40,000 – 100,000 miles, get a 50% discount
During the promotional period, Elite members can buy a maximum of 300,000 Miles when buying Miles, while Explorer members can buy a maximum of 100,000 Miles. Discounts will be made on transactions made between February 6 and February 24, 2024, 2359 CET +1.
Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles up to 100,000 Miles and units of 25,000 from 100,000 to 300,000 Miles. Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of Miles. In contrast, Explorer members may only purchase or receive up to 100,000 Miles in any calendar year unless a promotion is active, in which case it is possible to either buy or receive Bonus Miles on top of the 100,000 Miles when a bonus promotion is ongoing. In this case, since it is a discount promotion, a bonus is not required to be granted.
At the top end of the promotion (in the 50% discount bracket), you can maximise the promotion by buying miles at the cost of 1.53 Cents (US)/ 1.42 Cents (Euro)/ INR 1.27 INR. That is the best price you’d get with this programme.
Which cards should you use to buy these miles?
Typically, these point purchases are processed through Points.com and not directly by the hotel or airline. However, you will almost always pay in USD/EUR/GBP, not INR. So, the best cards to earn a bonus are Citi Prestige, Axis Reserve or American Express Platinum Charge Card, as these cards offer an international spending bonus. Beyond these, look at any card that provides a reduced foreign exchange spend conversion or one where you want to meet minimum spend requirements.
Things to know
Flying Blue now offers dynamic award pricing. However, the benefit is that if you like KLM/Air France, you can access more seats for redemptions over partners. However, it also offers Flying Blue Promo awards, some of the best use of the miles. Recently, Etihad Airways flights got redeemable with Flying Blue Miles as well.
KLM/Air France took on a new set of routes from India after partner Jet Airways collapsed, so there are flights from Delhi/Mumbai/Bangalore and Amsterdam/Paris and onwards. A Business Class saver ticket one-way from India to the USA costs 95,000 miles. You can also use the miles to redeem on KLM/Air France, Skyteam partner airlines, and other associates such as Virgin Atlantic and Westjet.
Flying Blue is offering up to a 50% discount on purchased miles through February 29, 2024, which is the best deal you could avail yourself of on Flying Blue Miles. The miles can be used to book tickets on Air France, KLM, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and all SkyTeam Airlines across the globe.
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