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American Express is currently offering a transfer bonus to FlyingBlue, which is the loyalty program of Air France and KLM. FlyingBlue recently changed their award program, on June 1st to be exact. What was once one of the best ways to search SkyTeam inventory has been removed: no more calendar view, only day by day. In addition to that, the entire program pivoted from having an award chart with attractive rates ( 62.5k for business one way between Europe and US) to one that has award rates which fluctuate day to day, and I’ve yet to quite understand how the revenue price:award rate ratio is setup. Nonetheless, there are still attractive Air France redemption, especially on partners like Delta: pictured below on their 767.
Amex to FlyingBlue 25% bonus
A peek at an example flight from LAX to LHR
While these flights used to be fixed at 62.5k they now fluctuate. That doesn’t mean you can’t lock down a competitive rate…I’m finding flights at 72k which with the transfer bonus you’d need to move 58k Amex points over to secure. A much better rate than the 70k Delta ( also an Amex transfer partner) would charge you for the same flight…
While this flight is on the A380 and doesn’t feature their best product, it’s still pricing competitively at 67,500 FlyingBlue, or 54k Amex
I haven’t flown on Air France’s business class, and despite tacking on taxes and fees, I’d like to check it out. This may provide a great opportunity to snag one and save miles at the same time.
Don’t forget, FlyingBlue is also a transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards, Citi, and SPG meaning if your Amex account is short, you could also transfer from those programs to hit the balance you need.
If you’re planning on utilizing this transfer bonus, make sure you do so by tomorrow when the offer ends.
One piece of advice when searching for flights. The hub to hub flights are pricing egregiously expensive. For instance, flights originating out of CDG to the USA regularly price at 312k a ticket. However, if you start your ticket elsewhere, like Rome, Athens, etc – you can knock that price down significantly, often under 100k and still fly the same long haul leg into the USA.