DEAL: Fly Business Class Between North America & Europe For Under 40,000 Miles (+ taxes & fees)


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At the beginning of every month Flying Blue (the loyalty program for Air France/KLM) releases discounted mileage awards for Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class travel on Air France and KLM and the latest deals are now live.

The September 2019 Flying Blue Promo awards cover travel between 1 November and 31 December 2019 and while there’s a real dearth of premium cabin options this month (you won’t be globe-trotting at a discount with these promo awards), there are still a few very attractive deals for travel (in either direction) between North America and Europe.

Bookings must be made by 30 September 2019.

Flying Blue September 2019 Promo Awards

Note: Don’t forget that Promo Awards can originate in Europe or in any of the destinations mentioned.

Africa

There are no Flying Blue Promo Awards for travel to/from Africa this month.

Asia/Middle East

Asia and the Middle East may have 5 destinations offering Promo Awards this month but only one award is for Business Class travel….and that award isn’t likely to excite too many people.

45,000 miles (+ taxes and fees) for Business Class travel between Europe and China is a very good deal but I don’t expect it’s a destination that a lot of this blog’s readers will have on their ‘must visit’ list.

I guess you could try to use Wuhan as a stepping stone to somewhere else in China or Asia but, as a standalone destination, it doesn’t really get the heart racing.

There’s a Premium Economy promo award that’s also available for travel to Wuhan but at 36,000 miles for one-way travel, you’d have to be short of miles if you didn’t opt to pay 9,000 miles more and travel in considerably more comfort.

The remaining premium cabin Promo Award for this region is for Premium Economy travel to/from Dubai and it’s an award that costs 11,000 miles more (each way) than it did in the August promo Awards.

This probably has a lot to do with Dubai being a popular destination for Europeans looking to find some sun in the depths of winter and may still offer a reasonable deal for dates when cash fares are particularly high.

Caribbean/Indian Ocean

There are no premium cabin Flying Blue Promo Awards for travel to/from the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean this month.

Central/South America

There are no Flying Blue Promo Awards for travel to/from Central or South America this month.

North America

Finally, as usual, we come to the category most readers will be interested in and although the North America Promo Awards may not look all that impressive this month there are very good deals to be had.

The Premium Economy award to/from New York JFK may be useful for any readers based in NYC but the 45,000 miles Promo Award for travel to/from Toronto is probably the standout option this month.

Firstly, at the time of writing, availability for the Promo Award is not all that to find – here’s what November/December looks like for travel from Toronto to Paris:

Secondly, you can use Flying Blue’s strange costing methodology to fly to Europe for even fewer miles than is being advertised.

For example…

You can fly Business Class to Berlin…

…Rome…

…and even London…

…for just 39,750 miles (+ taxes & fees)…and you’ll find similar awards for a whole host of other European cities too.

All flights to cities outside of Paris and Amsterdam will require a change of aircraft in either Paris or Amsterdam and, if possible, the routing to choose is the one via Paris.

Air France offers its new Airbus A350 aircraft between Toronto and Paris and this aircraft offers a nice, new, all-aisle-access Business Class cabin (with the same seat as United Airlines uses in its Polaris Business Class cabin)…

…while KLM flies a considerably older 747 between Toronto and Amsterdam with a Business Class cabin in which the seats are new but the layout is certainly not.

The KLM cabin is fine, but the Air France product will be noticeably superior.

Bottom Line

Don’t forget that these awards are already live so if you see something that interests you, I suggest booking sooner rather than later.

While there isn’t much to excite travelers looking to head to Asia, Africa or the Caribbean it’s possible to get some very good deals for travel across the Atlantic in time for the holidays….just make sure you keep an eye on the taxes and fees you’re being asked to pay as they can quickly add up.

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