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Using miles for a “free” ticket is already a cunning deal, especially when you can secure business class for peanuts. Taking 25-50% off the miles you actually need to get the job done in the first place? That’s worth popping some champagne on the ground before you even jet off! Air France + KLM’s “Flying Blue” frequent flyer program continue to offer one of the best values in travel, and you can even create their useful miles instantly using quite a few different types of credit card points, yep, even if you’ve never flown…

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Show Me The Great DEALS For My Miles!

Each month, on the first of the month, ok, they actually show them the day before, you can check out the next few months “Promo Awards”. Promo Awards are a discount on the number of miles needed for certain routes in certain cabins, all around the world on both KLM and Air France. You can find tickets from US to Europe and vice versa, Europe to Asia, Africa, Middle East and beyond. All the deals can be found HERE on this easy to navigate page. As a note, all deals work in both directions…

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How About Some Good Value Examples?

Glad you asked. You can get a 25% discount on business class between the North America and Europe, in either direction to cities like Vancouver, Montreal or Calgary, at just 46,875 miles each way with many US cities on sale in economy at just 37,500 round trip, half that one way. Business class between Europe and Cuba or the Dominican Republic in either direction is just 70,000 round trip, or 35,000 one way! Going East, you’ll find 25-50% discounts on economy and business class throughout China and Japan starting in Asia or Europe.

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What If I Have No Air France + KLM “Flying Blue” Miles?

No miles, no problem… if you have credit card points. You can instantly transfer your American Express, Chase or Citi points to the Flying Blue program, allowing you to lock in these excellent values without ever flying or earning miles with the airlines previously. To start off the whole exciting process, you’ll need to create a FREE frequent flyer account with Air France, HERE.

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Ok, How Do I Book This…?

To book, you can click directly from the promo awards page. You’ll first need to login to your frequent flyer account and select the cabin you’re going for, the cities you want and the dates you want. You’ll be presented with a calendar month of availability, reflecting which dates have seats at the “promo” price, where the miles needed are discounted. You’re all set…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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