New Cities Where You Can Fly to Europe For Less Than 40,000 Miles in Business Class

Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program is interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons.

  1. They offer one-way awards
  2. They are an American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points, Capital One and a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.
  3. They have far more award space on their own flights than Delta has access to.
  4. They have most of their partners available for online booking

Unfortunately their call centers are frustrating, their website can be too (and has been known to show ‘phantom’ award availability, seats that look available but aren’t really here to book). And they add fuel surcharges onto award tickets.

One of the great values, historically, has been their ‘promo awards’ — a rotating set of cities for discounted travel. You can fly from any featured city through Paris (if Air France) or Amsterdam (if KLM) to anywhere in Europe for fewer miles.

The new promo awards list is out for August bookings and travel in October and November.

Here are routes between North America and Europe:

Destination Cabin One way Round trip Operated by
Boston Economy 17,250 34,500 Air France, KLM
Houston-George Bush Economy 21,750 43,500 Air France, KLM
Chicago-O Hare Business 43,500 87,000 Air France, KLM
Edmonton Business 45,750 91,500 KLM
Vancouver Business 44,625 89,250 Air France, KLM
Calgary Business 45,375 90,750 KLM

I like business class awards at a discount, it could make sense to connect up to Canada for it, especially if you’re in the Pacific Northwest and can easily hop up to Vancouver — though Chicago is going to be the best option for many. And of course there are awards between Europe and other cities and regions.

In the new Flying Blue program flights connecting beyond Paris into Europe are generally less expensive than just flying to Paris or Amsterdam so you’ll get business class deals for less than 40,000 miles each way. So the new cities to fly to Europe from for under 40,000 miles are Chicago, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary – just make Eastern Europe your destination, and Paris or Amsterdam your connecting city.

And bear in mind as I say that Air France KLM Flying Blue offers much better availability to its own members than to partners.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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