Business Class to Europe under 47K w/ Flying Blue Promo Awards

Flying Blue is out with their promo awards for travel through August 31st, and while the offers are not as strong as they once were, they still offer a solid value on many routes. At just 46,875 miles for Boston to Europe in business class, promo awards remain very competitive if you live near or can position to Boston, New York, or perhaps Mexico or the Caribbean. (Update: Mexico has been removed from the promo awards list)

The Deal

  • Flying Blue Promo Awards offer 25% off on select routes between now and August 31st, 2017
  • See the Flying Blue Promo Awards page for a full list of routes

Key Details

  • Promo awards may not be modified, cancelled, or refunded

Availability and Routes

While the number of routes from North America are quite limited, the value of these awards (and their availability) is quite strong.  Here are the routes on sale from North America:

Flying Blue Promo Awards May 2017 North America

Note that Mexico was on the list, but has been removed.

At 46,875 miles one-way, these awards are priced better than most for business class to Europe — however, Flying Blue does add fuel surcharges of around $220 one-way. Accumulating the miles for these tickets is quite easy — Flying Blue is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi Thank You Points.

Availability looks great between Boston and Paris:

Flying Blue Promo Award Boston to Paris

But you certainly don’t have to stop there. You could connect to any Air France destination in Europe. One of the nice things about Flying Blue is that they have a pretty broad definition of “Europe”, including Israel within that broad definition. While availability from Boston to Tel Aviv is much more limited, there are some dates available — and 46,875 miles and $250 is a very good deal for business class to Israel. Here is the same time period as above:

Flying Blue Promo Awards May 2017 Boston to Tel Aviv

The downside to all of the awards above is that the business class flights I’ve seen out of Boston are on the A330 — meaning an angled seat. I believe you can get a 777 with flat-bed seats on the New York-Paris Orly route, where availability isn’t quite as good as Boston, but not bad:

Flying Blue Promo Awards May 2017 New York to Paris

Finally, if you’re looking to add a few hops to your European trip, there are a number of economy class routes on sale for 6800 miles within Europe.  Each of these prices are valid between anywhere in “Europe” (remember this includes places like Tel Aviv) and Nuremberg, Hanover, Southampton, Manchester, Zurich, Billund, Warsaw, and Montpellier. With some creativity, you could put together a great trip on a limited miles budget. Of course, economy class tickets within Europe can often be pretty cheap – be sure to shop around before booking an award ticket.


Final Thoughts

Be aware that Flying Blue has been known to shut down accounts / cancel awards for people who create a brand new account and immediately transfer in miles to book an award. I’ve also read about shut downs for running too many searches. I created a dummy account that I use to search for availability. I then created a real Flying Blue account long before I planned to book any awards and credited a flight to it before redeeming. Those steps probably aren’t all necessary — but at the very least, I would suggest creating a Flying Blue account sooner rather than later so your account isn’t brand new if you ever decide to book an award with them.

Promo award are also available both from and to a number of other destinations, with may routes between Europe and the Caribbean available in both economy and premium economy class if you’re looking to save some miles and can position for those flights. See the Flying Blue Promo awards page for more information.

H/T: View from the Wing

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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  1. Many routes including from Boston don’t allow you to travel until July 1, so you might want to note that and not just say “now until August 31”. You sadly got my hopes up for a last minute deal on a trip to Spain in two weeks where I’m currently stuck in economy

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