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Flying Blue is the loyalty program of Air France-KLM. It has long provided mileage redemptions far below what you can expect from Delta Air Lines (even on flights operated by the Atlanta-based carrier). Now it has moved to standardize the base price for transatlantic awards regardless of which city you depart from (this used to vary quite a bit with a range of 58,000 to 78,000 as the lowest costs).
Saver-level award tickets will be dropping across cabins. 71% of markets will see a decrease in the amount of miles needed for Business Class; Premium Economy will see a drop in 68% of markets; Economy Class awards will require less miles in 66% of markets. While FlyingBlue operates on a dynamic pricing model, if you can find seats at the lowest rates you’ll only pay:
- Business Class: 50,000 miles (one way)
- Premium Economy: 35,000 miles (one way)
- Economy: 20,000 miles (one way)
Flying Blue tends to open up more seats to its members and it does charge fuel surcharges and taxes. Most routes will cost around $200 each way. The good news is that these miles are easy to come by and can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou. I’m writing this article in-flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) on an award ticket that I booked by transferring Bilt Rewards points when the program was offering a transfer bonus several months ago on its Rent Day.
Anthony’s Take: This is great news and if you can find seats at these saver levels they are a real bargain. Air France-KLM is bucking the devaluation trend that just about every other loyalty program continues to chase. Kudos to Flying Blue.
(Image Credits: Air France-KLM.)
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