The September 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out, good for travel from October 31 to December 30, and this time Minneapolis makes the list with economy class seats discounted by 50% and business class seats from Toronto discounted by 25%.
Of course, nobody knows exactly what that means since pricing is so variable, but thus far I’ve found economy class flights from under 11K one-way between Minneapolis and Europe. Business class flights from Toronto are also available for just under 40k one-way, but they come with some hefty fees. Read on for some examples.
- New Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out for September 2019. Book through September 29, 2019 for travel between October 31, 2019, and December 30, 2019.
- Direct link to this month’s promo rewards
- North American cities included:
- Minneapolis: 50% off economy class
- Toronto: 25% off business class
- Book from September 1-29, 2019 for travel from October 31, 2019 to December 30, 2019
As is usually the case, you’ll actually get a better deal if you connect beyond Flying Blue hubs in Paris and Amsterdam. As a baseline example, here is Minneapolis to Amsterdam in November.
14,500 miles + $84.05 isn’t terrible, but you can do better miles-wise by connecting on to different European cities. For example, Minneapolis to Prague can be had for 12,750 miles + $98.34 – fewer miles but higher taxes and fees.
Playing around with different European cities yielded some better deals. Flights into Lisbon carried the same taxes and fees as into Prague, but required even fewer miles.
The best deals I found though had you flying into Dublin or London. Those too had the same taxes and fees of $98.34, but only required 10,750 miles – a great deal, especially if you transferred points to Flying Blue during one of the recent transfer bonuses.
If you’d prefer flying in more comfort and can make your way easily enough to Toronto, business class awards are discounted by 25%. Using only 39,750 miles to fly from Toronto to Kiev is pretty good, but taxes and fees of more than $250 are not so good.
Business class flights to Europe are also discounted by 25% when flying from Mexico City, so that’s another option that might be of interest. The number of miles required appears to be the same as from Toronto, but the taxes and fees are even higher at almost $300. As an example, here’s availability in November for Mexico City to Budapest.
Remember that Air France / KLM Flying Blue is an Amex transfer partner, Capital One transfer partner, Chase transfer partner, Citi transfer partner, and a Marriott/SPG transfer partner — so it should be easy to put together the miles for an award if you are in the market.