The Flying Blue Promo Awards and Miles and More Mileage Bargains are posted for April, 2016! Both of these programs offer discounts on Economy and Business Class fares of up to 50% the miles. Although the fees and surcharges tend to be a little bit higher than many airlines, at the discounted mileage, they can be bargains.
Flying Blue Promo Awards
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM. In what I had hoped was just an April Fools joke, there is only one single option out of North America this month. So far, nothing has been added to this lone option departing Montreal, Canada.
In the past, there have typically been several options with discounts of up to 50%. The Montreal route is only at a 25% discount in Business Class and will cost you 93,750 miles round trip + $550.49, for example, to get to Vienna, Austria.
- $2,678.80 – $550.49 = $2,128.31
- $2,128.31 / 93,750 = 2.3 cents per mile
This passes the 2 cents per mile/point test, but barely. The value you get out of this award will depend a lot upon your final destination. Personally, I would look into other options rather than booking this award.
Miles & More Mileage Bargains
After 180 options last month, including 93 in Business Class, there are ONLY 6 options available this month, and all of them are in Economy Class.
Miami to Vienna, for example, will cost you 30,000 miles + $608.49.
- $773.56 – $608.49 = $165.07
- $165.07 / 30,000 = .006 cents per mile
At just .006 cents per mile, this is a HORRIBLE deal! In general, the only way to get a great deal with the Mileage Bargains is to book Business Class at 55,000 miles, but that is not even an option this month. I would recommend looking into other options to get to Europe.
How To Earn Points and Miles
As mentioned in my previous post on Shared Airlines Transfer Partners Between Points Programs, both American Express Membership Rewards and Citibank ThankYou Points transfer to Flying Blue. You can also transfer Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints to Flying Blue as well.
There are only two options to earn miles with Lufthansa’s Miles and More unfortunately. You can either get a Barclaycard Miles and More MasterCard, or you can transfer Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. The Barclaycard Miles and More MasterCard signup bonus is currently 50,000 miles, so NOW is the time to get it. The annual fee is NOT waived the first year.
Both the Flying Blue Promo Awards and Lufthansa Miles and More Mileage Bargains are two programs to follow because they offer deep discounts, but also have great award availability. If you are trying to book a Business Class route for a family, you should definitely keep up to date on their promotions. Keep Flying Blue Promo Awards and Miles and More Mileage Bargains on your radar when booking your next trip!