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Flying Blue has launched a new mileage sale and although this may not appear to be the greatest of times in which to consider buying miles, there’s one reason why this sale may be worth a second look – this is the best deal I ever remember seeing on Flying Blue Miles. While most Flying Blue mileage sales offer a bonus of up to 75%, this sale sees the top bonus set at an impressive 100%.
it should be noted that Flying Blue miles can also be generated by transfers from all three big US credit card programs (Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, and Citi’s ThankYou program) but when you see the price you can buy miles at in this sale, a transfer may not appear too tempting.
- Sale runs through 23:59 CET+1 on 31 December 2020
- A maximum bonus of 100% is on offer
- Elite members can receive an unlimited number of miles
- Non-elites can receive a maximum bonus of 75,000 miles
Full terms and conditions have been reproduced at the end of this post and can also be found on the sale page.
- Buy 2,000 – 10,000 miles and get a 50% bonus
- Buy 12,000 – 20,000 miles and get a 75% bonus
- Buy 30,000+ miles and get a 100% bonus
Apart from the huge bonus that’s on offer, there are two great things about this sale. Firstly, you can buy miles at the same great cost/mile regardless of whether you’re buying 30,000 miles (the smallest amount that triggers the 100% bonus)…
…or 75,000 miles (the highest amount non-elites can buy):
Buying any number of miles between 30,000 and 75,000 will see a Flying Blue member paying 1.375 Euro Cents/mile or ~ 1.61 US cents/mile.
Is This A Good Deal?
As always, no one should be buying miles without a plan for how they’re going to be used in the near to medium term (that advice applies all the time and not just during a pandemic) but, if you can find awards that work for you, you’re unlikely to be able to buy Flying Blue miles any cheaper then this in the near future.
It’s also worth pointing out that quite a few people value some of the transferable currencies that can be converted to Flying Blue Miles (e.g. Amex Membership Rewards Points) at more than what Flying Blue Miles are being sold for in this sale so, if you’re one of those people and you were considering a points transfer to Flying Blue, it may be a good idea to think again.
Flying Blue employs dynamic award pricing (which can work in a traveler’s favor when cash prices are low but they’re looking to keep cash in their wallet) and loves to add surcharges to its awards that must be taken into account. Ordinarily, Flying Blue Promo awards offer the best opportunity to extract maximum value out of any Flying Blue miles purchased in a sale such as this one but, sadly, Promo Awards aren’t currently being offered.
Personally speaking, I think that 1.63 cents/mile represents a very good level at which to buy Flying Blue miles but with this sale running through to the end of the year, I’m in no hurry to pick any miles up right now – I prefer to wait and see what award offers Flying Blue chooses to publish and then buy miles if the promotions look good and the math makes sense.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking to travel now (or soon) and can see that awards are available to book for cabins and dates that suit you, do the math (don’t forget to include any surcharges) and, if the math works in your favor, buy as many miles as you need.
Flying Blue sells its miles through Points.com so there’s no scope to earn a travel/flight/airline bonus by using a credit card that offers bonus points for shopping in one of those categories. What this means is that this is a good opportunity to use a credit card on which you’re working towards a welcome bonus (like the great new 100,000 point offer on the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card) or a card that earns you points that you value highly (I would use my Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express which would earn me 2 Membership Rewards Points/dollar spent).
If you’re someone who prefers to earn cash back over miles and points, the Citi Double Cash credit card (2% cash back) is the card that offers the best value
Do your due diligence and you won’t go far wrong in this sale.
- Check that awards are actually available on the route you’d like to fly and on dates you can fly.
- Check how many miles you need
- Check what taxes and surcharges Flying Blue will impose on the award booking
- Work out the actual full cost of buying miles and booking the award.
Only if the deal still looks good after all of the above should you buy Flying Blue Miles in this sale…otherwise just move on.