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Flying Blue, the rewards program for Air France/KLM, has launched a mileage sale in which it’s offering a bonus of up to 75% to anyone buying miles through 10 April 2019. As with most mileage sales that we see this one is tiered so you get a higher bonus for buying more points.
Flying Blue Mileage Sale – Headline Terms & Conditions
- Elite members can receive a maximum bonus of 100,000 Miles, while Explorer members can receive a maximum bonus of 56,250 Miles.
- Bonus Miles will be rewarded on transactions made between 14 March and 10 April 2019, 2359 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete.
- Miles are sold in units of 2,000 Miles.
- Elite members may purchase an unlimited number of Miles, while Explorer members may only purchase or receive up to 75,000 Miles in any calendar year, unless a promotion is active in which case it is possible to either purchase or receive Bonus Miles on top of the 75,000 Miles.
- Miles are sold by Points Inc.
- You have the right to withdraw your purchase within 14 days as provided in the Buy and Gift Miles Program Terms and Conditions.
- To exercise the withdrawal right or to obtain assistance with the Buy and Gift Miles Program, please contact the Customer Service Centre.
The Mileage Sale
Here’s what the tiers look like:
- Buy 2,000 miles – get zero bonus
- Buy 4,000 – 8,000 miles – get a 40% bonus
- Buy 10,000 – 28,000 miles – get a 50% bonus
- Buy 30,000 or more – get a 75% bonus
Flying Blue sells miles in Euros but here’s how those tiers translate into actual costs in US cents:
- Buy 2,000 miles at 3.11 cents each
- Buy 4,000 – 8,000 miles at 2.21 cents each
- Buy 10,000 – 28,000 miles at 2.10 cents each
- Buy 30,000 or more at 1.78 cents each
The way Flying Blue arranges its tiers means that it doesn’t matter how many miles you buy within each tier as the cost per mile remains constant.
So, if you were to buy 30,000 Flying Blue Miles they would cost you €825 (~€933) and you would net 52,500 miles:
That works out to approximately 1.57 Euro cents or 1.78 US cents per mile.
If you were to buy the maximum amount a non-elite (like me) is allowed to buy (75,000 miles) it would set you back €2,062.50 (~$2,331) and you would net 131,250 miles.
This also works out to approximately 1.57 Euro cents or 1.78 US cents per mile.
Is It Worth Buying Flying Blue Miles In This Sale
While we have seen Flying Blue sales offer a bonus as high as 100% in the past that was quite some time ago and a 75% bonus seems to be as high as the program is willing to go right now.
Flying Blue offers variable price awards so the value you can extract out of a sale like this one will, unsurprisingly, very much depend on the cost of awards you can find.
If we take a look at the most recent Flying Blue Promo Awards (which are still running) the better deal on offer are as follows:
- Toronto – Europe – 90,000 miles for roundtrip Business Class
- Calgary – Europe – 90,750 miles for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Mexico City – 97,500 miles for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Curacao – 60,500 miles for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Dubai – 82,500 miles for roundtrip Business Class
If you were to buy points at 1.78 cents each in this sale this is how much those awards would cost:
- Toronto – Europe – $1,602 + taxes/surcharges for roundtrip Business Class
- Calgary – Europe – $1,615 + taxes/surcharges for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Mexico City – $1,736 + taxes/surcharges for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Curacao – $1,078 + taxes/surcharges for roundtrip Business Class
- Europe – Dubai – $1,469 + taxes/surcharges for roundtrip Business Class
Thos all look like fantastic deals but you have to be careful with the surcharges that Flying Blue loves to add to its awards….and these will vary from route to route.
If you can keep the surcharges as low as possible there is definitely merit to buying miles in this Flying Blue sale (the Business Class deal to/from Curacao looks amazing) but it’s very important to do your due diligence.
- Check that awards are actually available on a route you’d like to 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.