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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.
These “Promo Awards” can offer flyers up to 50% off award travel but, while some awards may be discounted by 50%, we’re more used to seeing discounts of between 20% and 25% on the awards most of us would like to book.
Well, we’re at the beginning of a new month so the April 2019 Flying Blue Promo awards have now been published and they cover travel between 1 June and 31 July 2019
Bookings must be made by 30 April 2019.
Flying Blue April 2019 Promo Awards
As usual I’m going to concentrate on the premium cabin long-haul deals but if you’re based in North America (or looking to use a promo award to get to North America) prepare yourself for disappointment.
April Africa Promo Award
There’s only one promo award available for travel to/from Africa this time around and it’s a Business Class award for travel to Lome – the capital of Togo.
As promo awards go they really don’t get much more niche than this so I can’t see this being a deal too many people will get excited about.
April Asia & Middle East Promo Awards
There are 5 premium cabin promo awards in this category with 4 being for travel to/from Asia and just 1 being for travel to/from the Middle East.
The best value here is undoubtably the roundtrip Business Class award for travel to/from Xiamen with the 90,000 miles required representing a 50% saving on the usual cost of an award.
135,000 miles for roundtrip Business Class travel to/from Taipei isn’t a bad deal either…but the added surcharges may make this less attractive that it initially looks.
April Caribbean & Indian Ocean Promo Awards
This month there are 4 premium cabin promo awards on offer to the Caribbean/Indian Ocean and they’re equally split between Business Class and Premium Economy awards.
The highlights here are the two Business Class awards to Martinique and Guadeloupe for 101,250 miles roundtrip…although it’s worth bearing in mind that June and July are in the middle of the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
April North America Promo Award
I warned you to prepare for disappointment if you were hoping for a good set of North America promo awards and this is why:
There’s only one award for this region this month and it’s not even a Business Class award….although 57,500 miles for roundtrip Premium Economy between Europe and Mexico City is still a pretty good deal.
April Central & South America Promo Awards
There are two promo awards in this section this month but I can’t recommend either as being a particularly good deal – over 140,000 miles for roundtrip Business Class to/from Bogota is a high price to pay when you factor in the surcharges which will be added and 99,000 miles for roundtrip Premium Economy to/from Panama City looks very poor value when you consider you can get to Mexico City for just 57,500 miles.
If you see something that interests you, I suggest booking sooner rather than later as I expect availability to dwindle quickly…especially on routes to the more popular destinations.
If you’re based in the US and you’re short of miles don’t forget that you can transfer points to Flying Blue from all three major credit card currencies.
There’s also a Flying Blue mileage sale running right now which is offering members a bonus of up to 75% so, if you’re short of miles to book one of these awards, that may be one way to make up the difference.