Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program has just launched its latest mileage purchase promotion which may prove worthwhile for some.
Buy Flying Blue miles with an 80% bonus
The Flying Blue program has just launched its latest Miles Purchased Bonus. Until Sunday, April 11, 2021, you will receive a bonus of up to 80% when you buy miles:
- Buy 4,000-10,000 miles and get a 60% bonus
- Buy 12,000 to 28,000 miles and receive a 70% bonus
- Buy 30,000-100,000 miles and get an 80% bonus
It is possible that different accounts will be selected for different bonuses as you will need to log into your Flying Blue account to see what your offer is. However, as far as I understand, this is the standard offer.
Redeem Flying Blue miles for Air France Business Class 777
Non-elite members can earn up to 100,000 miles per year, while elite members can earn an unlimited number of miles. However, Elite members are still limited to the number of bonus miles they can earn.
If you are a non-Elite Flying Blue member, you can maximize this promotion by purchasing a total of 100,000 miles upfront bonus. With an 80% bonus, you would earn a total of 180,000 miles for 2,750 EUR (~ 3,263 USD), which is the cost of 1.81 cents (USD) per mile.
While that’s not a rate everyone should be earning Flying Blue miles at, I’d say it’s a solid price. Note that in the past, Flying Blue has offered up to 100% bonus on miles purchased. So if you are looking for the absolute best price it may be worth waiting for. However, there is no guarantee if we see such an offer again.
The terms of this promotion are as follows:
* During the promotional period, Elite members can receive a maximum bonus of 240,000 miles when purchasing miles, while Explorer members can receive a maximum bonus of 80,000 miles. Bonus miles will be awarded for transactions between March 22nd and April 11th, 2021, 2359 CET +1, and will be credited to the recipient’s account when the transaction is complete.
Miles are sold in units of 2,000 miles up to 100,000 miles and in units of 25,000 from 100,000 to 300,000 miles. Elite members can earn an unlimited number of miles, while Explorer members can only earn or receive up to 100,000 miles in a calendar year unless a promotion is active. In this case it is possible to buy or receive miles in addition to the 100,000 bonus miles.
Miles are sold to you by Points Inc. Miles will be deposited into your account within 72 hours of purchase. You have the right to withdraw your purchase within 14 days in accordance with the Buy and Gift Miles program terms and conditions. To exercise the right of withdrawal or to receive assistance with the purchase and gift miles program, please contact the customer service center.
Which credit card should you use to buy miles?
Flying Blue Miles purchases are processed by points.com, which means that they are not considered a flight purchase for credit card issuance purposes. So I would recommend using a card that you try to meet the minimum spend or otherwise a credit card that will maximize your return on daily expenses.
Usually I would say this was a card like that Chase Freedom Unlimited® (Review) or Citi® Double Cash Card (Review), although this is not the case here as there are foreign transaction fees for these cards.
In this post, you will learn more about which credit cards are best for purchasing points.
Should you buy Flying Blue miles?
Flying Blue offers dynamic award pricing and roughly distance-based award pricing these days. While I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, it’s one that I use quite a bit.
In addition to the great value that the Flying Blue Promo Awards can offer, Flying Blue also has the benefit of getting you more award seats for traveling with Air France and KLM Metal.
In other words, Flying Blue makes more award seats available to members of its own program than members of affiliate programs. Even if the program’s rates are not the best, there are times when it can make sense to book through Flying Blue.
Redeem miles for KLM’s 787 Business Class
Other ways to earn Flying Blue miles
Remember that Flying Blue is a transfer partner of American Express, Brex, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Marriott. So there are many ways to collect your points. Until April 16, 2021, Citi ThankYou is even offering a 25% bonus when you transfer points to Air France-KLM.
Flying Blue is offering a bonus of up to 80% on miles purchased until April 11, 2021. This could make an excellent deal for a specific use, but this is not a rate I would speculatively earn miles at, especially since we’ve seen 100% bonuses in the past.
Are you planning to buy Flying Blue miles with an 80% bonus?