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This is exciting AF. The best feature of FlyingBlue is back

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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.”

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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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Air France Award Calendar

 
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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.

a screenshot of a calendar

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.

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courtesy of AirFrance.com

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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5 Comments

  • […] Air France Calendar Is Back!:  After FlyingBlue changed their award chart, many noticed that their award calendar was not available anymore.  This was a bummer because it was one of the best ways to check out SkyTeam award availability, even Delta availability from the US to Hawaii (hint:  Korean Air Sweet Spot). Now it’s back and time to rejoice! […]

  • Sho'nuff August 2, 2018

    This is how you can look for award space using KA miles for Delta, right? I’m trying to find anything from Hawaii and not seeing any availability. I used to find a good bit of space, I hope this hasn’t gone away…

    • Miles August 3, 2018

      Sho – yep…should show quite a bit of the SkyTeam avail

  • Nick Reyes July 27, 2018

    I see what you did there. 🙂

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