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Air France/KLM Flying Blue: Promo Rewards for May 2022

 

The Air France/KLM Flying Blue loyalty program is well-known for its monthly rotating series of Promo Rewards, which offer 25–50% discounts on short-haul and long-haul redemptions on Air France and KLM flights.

The program has just released its Promo Rewards for May 2022. Let’s take a look at what opportunities are on offer.

What Are Flying Blue Promo Rewards?

Promo Rewards are a major perk to being a member of Air France/KLM Flying Blue. Promo Rewards are released on a monthly basis and offer 25–50% off in select markets on Air France & KLM flights in various classes of service.

This month’s long-haul Promo Rewards include:

  • 25% discount on Air France & KLM economy class awards between Europe and Boston
  • 25% discount on Air France & KLM economy class awards between Europe and New York
  • 25% discount on Air France & KLM economy class awards between Europe and Dubai

This month, two of the long-haul destinations are in North America, making it potentially useful for Canadians (particularly in Central & Eastern Canada) to reach Europe this summer.

Promo Reward tickets are available for one-way and round-trip flights, allowing for flexibility in your travel plans. Promo Reward discounts are only applicable on the lowest standard award pricing when available, and not on dynamically priced flight segments. 

Keep in mind that Flying Blue Promo Rewards come with a booking deadline. You must book the May 2022 Promo Rewards during the month of May; however, the travel window extends all the way through October 31, 2022. This is a more favourable timeline compared to shorter booking windows on Promo Rewards in the past.

It’s important to note that Promo Reward tickets typically cannot be changed, cancelled, or refunded; however, under Air France/KLM’s flexible COVID-19 rebooking policy, Promo Reward tickets can be changed free of charge through June 30, 2022. 

Secret Promo Rewards in Business Class!

Over the past few months, I’ve sometimes observed that Air France/KLM Flying Blue would apply a Promo Rewards-like discount to select business class markets. even though there was no such offer explicitly published.

That appears to be what we’re seeing this month too, although the availability of these “secret” business class Promo Rewards appears to be more limited than previous months.

For example, you could book Paris–Dubai for 41,250 miles, a 25% discount from the usual rate of 55,000 miles.

However, I’m not seeing any secret business class discounted fares to New York or Boston this time around, unlike the past few months when these were available to Air France’s North American destinations.

The taxes and fees are a bit higher in business class, but the overall price point still offers great value compared to paid business class fares.

While previous “secret” Flying Blue Promo Rewards have lasted throughout the month, there’s no telling how long these deals will last, so I’d recommend snagging the surprise discounted rates as soon as you can if you’re interested. 

Air France A350 business class
Air France A350 business class

Even though the US East Coast routes don’t have secret business class Promo Rewards available this month, the Dubai route could still be useful for one very aspirational use case…

A Backdoor to Air France La Première?

Taking the Dubai example above one step further, there’s an intriguing way to fly Air France’s First Class product, La Première, through paid upgrades on award redemptions. It requires some stealthy work, but is worth the effort if you’re able to connect the dots.

You’ll need to find routes that have La Première. For example, the route from Paris to Dubai offers it, as shown in ExpertFlyer:

Once you have a reservation, you’d need to monitor the First Class cabin for availability. An easy way to do this would be to create alerts with ExpertFlyer.

Given that there are only four seats in the cabin, if they book up, you won’t be able to pay for an upgrade in the next step. 

At T-30 hours to departure, check-in opens for Air France flights when you log in to your booking on the Air France website. Here, you should be offered a cash fare to upgrade to La Première for around €1,000, or around $1,390 (CAD). 

So, if it works out, you’d be out 41,250 Flying Blue miles and around $1,770 (CAD) for six hours and 25 minutes of one of the world’s most exclusive First Class products. 

Keep an eye out for often-featured monthly Promo Rewards to Mexico City as well, which is another sweet spot for the La Première paid upgrade from business class.

Air France La Première

How to Earn Flying Blue Miles

You can earn Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles by booking flight tickets on Air France, KLM, and its SkyTeam partners.

Additionally, in Canada, you can transfer Amex MR points at a 1:0.75 ratio, which can be earned via the entire suite of American Express Membership Rewards credit cards. 

Credit Cards

If you have access to US credit cards, you can also transfer Amex US MR points, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One points to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio to pool your Canadian- and US-sourced Flying Blue miles in the same account. 

Lastly, when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to Flying Blue, you’ll get a bonus of 5,000 miles on top of the usual 3:1 ratio, for a total of 25,000 Flying Blue miles. 

Overall, Flying Blue is a program that is rapidly growing in prominence for Canadian points collectors, especially with their regular Promo Rewards and their propensity for the occasional secret discounted rate or two.

Previous Promotions

As you decide whether this promotion is a good opportunity for you to meet your travel goals, here’s a look back at Air France/KLM’s past promo rewards:

Month

Destinations

May 2022

  • 25% off Air France/KLM economy class between Europe and Boston/New York/Dubai

April 2022

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Boston/Houston

  • 25% off KLM economy class between Europe and Boston/Atlanta/San Francisco/Los Angeles

  • 25% off Air France premium economy class between Europe and Houston

March 2022

  • 25% off Air France/KLM economy class between Europe and Dubai/Panama City/Rio de Janeiro

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Fortaleza

  • 25% off KLM economy class between Europe and Bogota

February 2022

  • 25% off Air France/KLM economy class between Europe and Montreal/New York City

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Chicago/Denver/Miami

  • 25% off Air France premium economy class between Europe and Mexico City

January 2022

  • 25% off Air France/KLM economy class between Europe and Cancun/Houston/Montreal/Toronto

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Chicago

  • 25% off KLM economy class between Europe and Mexico City/Salt Lake City/San Francisco/Vancouver

December 2021

  • 25% off Air France/KLM economy class between Europe and Miami/Vancouver/Toronto

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Miami/Chicago

  • 25% off KLM economy class between Europe and Calgary/Edmonton

November 2021

  • 25% off KLM business class between Europe and Miami

  • 25% off Air France economy class between Europe and Miami/Chicago

  • 25% off KLM economy class between Europe and Montreal

Conclusion 

With rotating 25–50% discounts across its route network, Air France/KLM Flying Blue’s monthly Promo Rewards can be a great way to save miles if you’re planning a trip to, from, or through Europe.

If you’re looking for business class or even higher-end redemptions, you’ll certainly want to keep your eyes peeled for some attractive discounted premium fares as part of Promo Rewards, whether published or unpublished. 

And if you’re based in other Canadian cities served by Air France and KLM like Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, or Quebec City, then hopefully it won’t be long until we see some Promo Rewards to your home city in the coming months. 

 

 

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