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Plan for the worst. Hope for the best.
Air France/KLM’s loyalty program, FlyingBlue, went through a change in June that disabled the best feature of their program. No, not their fixed priced award chart, but rather their award calendar. Regardless of whether you utilized their program through redemption, FlyingBlue’s award calendar was one of the best ways to search SkyTeam award availability. Prior to the program change that functionality dropped, and in all honesty, I thought it would be gone forever. But, as OMAAT noted, the calendar is back. HIGH FIVE. It’s not everyday that loyalty programs actually surprise you with dose of good news, but this is great for everyone.
If you’re unfamiliar with the function…this is how you access it:
On the home page of Air France you’ll see the option of using miles. Log in. Then click on “multi-destination.”
It’ll take you to a page with more search options. One of which is the calendar – just check the box that you’re looking for a flight “around these dates.”
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You’ll then see a month long view of award space.
Prior to the program change in June, 62.5k was the saver award price on Biz between the US and Europe. While 67.5 is more expensive, I’ve seen rates in the 50s, and availability could be much, much worse. Remember, Citi is offering a 30% transfer bonus to FlyingBlue which means just 52k Thank You points locks one of these bad boys down. Very solid.
If you want to fly the best biz cabin on Air France, look for those that are configured in a 1-2-1 fashion. You’ll end up with something similar to this:
Those are found on the 77W, 787-9, 772s with plans to continue retrofitting their A330s.
Don’t forget that you can access FlyingBlue with Chase, Amex, Citi, and SPG. This makes is a very attractive partner.
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