December’s set of Flying Blue Promo Rewards went live a couple of days ago which are valid for travel in February and March. From select cities including New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago you can get 50% off economy and premium economy flights and 25-50% off business class flights to Europe.
- Save 50% on economy flights from the following cities to Europe:
- Washington D.C.
- Save 50% on premium economy flights from the following cities to Europe:
- Washington D.C.
- New York
- Save 25% on business class flights from the following cities to Europe:
- Save 50% on business class flights from the following cities to Europe:
- Book by December 30, 2019.
- Valid for travel January 31 to March 30, 2020
This is a good selection of cities and discounts this month with some pretty good availability on the routes I checked. As always, the downside with Promo Rewards is the associated surcharges that come with the award flights, although the mileage savings might make up for them. If you took advantage of the recent 25% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards, your savings would be even greater.
Here are some examples of the costs involved.
Availability seems to be the best when looking at economy awards. For example, here’s what it looks like from Boston to Lisbon in February.
Return legs didn’t always have great availability on some routes I checked, but Lisbon to Boston had plenty.
Taking advantage of Promo Rewards in both directions on this route would therefore cost a total of 21,500 miles + $234.89 taxes and fees.
The mileage and surcharge costs can differ slightly depending on which cities you’re flying between. A round trip from Washington D.C. to Brussels costs an additional 2,500 miles and $1.66, although some routes might be marginally lower.
Considering you can sometimes get round trip flights from the east coast to Europe for less than $200, be sure to check paid flights as that could prove to be far better value than booking economy awards.
If you’d like a little more comfort when flying across the Atlantic, there are Promo Rewards from Washington D.C., New York and Chicago in premium economy. Similar to economy, prices can differ depending on which flights you’re flying from and to, but New York to Copenhagen can be had for 42,500 miles + $369.67.
If you’d rather fly business class from the US, Chicago and Minneapolis are your available options. If you can position to Canada easily, Toronto and Calgary are also options for 25% off.
Paying 79,500 miles round trip isn’t a bad price for business class to Europe, although the $500+ in fees could be off-putting.
There’s one further option in business class which is 50% off from Edmonton. Not only are the fees on some routes slightly lower than $500, but redeeming fewer miles also makes it a better deal.
Flying to Madrid costs as low as 68,000 miles round trip, although other cities can require even fewer miles. For example, Rome is available from only 60,000 miles round trip, although availability isn’t great. Once again, taxes and fees come to ~$500.