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Citi ThankYou Rewards is offering a 30% bonus for transfers to Air France KLM Flying Blue through August 29. (HT: IadisGR8 even though it is far from great.)
- Is a transfer part of Chase, American Express, Citibank and Barclays so a great place to pool points for a single award.
- They offer much better award space on Air France to their own members than they do to partner frequent flyer programs.
- Their expire points after an account has lacked flight activity for 24 months (Those with Air France co-brand card access can extend their points by using it as well.)
- They add fuel surcharges to most but not all awards.
Example of How Good Air France Award Space Can Be Using Flying Blue Miles
Throughout the summer and again starting next May there’s exceptional availability for four or more passengers in business class flying Washington Dulles – Paris on Air France.
There’s an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 777 on this route. You’ll definitely prefer flying the 777 with direct aisle access lie flat seats versus angled seats on the larger aircraft.
Delta and other partners not have access to this space, here’s a search for 4 business class awards Washington Dulles – Paris and where there’s 75,000 SkyMiles space it’s Virgin Atlantic to Heathrow connecting on Air France to Paris.
Delta Award Search, Washington Dulles – Paris, Reveals Lack of Access to Air France Space
You’ll also find really good business class space this fall using Air France’s own miles to fly Miami – Paris as well. Houston space is also reasonably good. And a couple of weeks ago I wrote about great transatlantic availability out of New York.
Getting Air France KLM Flying Blue Miles
You need to be using Air France’s own miles for these awards. Fortunately Air France KLM Flying Blue miles are easy to come by since it’s a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. So points can be transferred from cards such as:
- Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card has an 80,000 point signup bonus after $5000 spend within 3 months. It earns 3 points per dollar on travel — that’s airlines, hotels, rental cars, tolls, even Uber — and 3 points per dollar on shipping and advertising on social media and search engines, so great for anyone who advertises on Facebook or Twitter, or who spends money advertising with Google.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. With a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95, I suggest that as the number on card to get started with in miles and points. The card earns two points on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.
- Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 spend on purchases with the card within your first 3 months of cardmembership. (Offer expired)
- Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is offering a 50,000 point signup bonus after $4000 in purchases on the card within your first 3 months of account opening. It has a $0 annual fee the first year, $95 thereafter. And it’s a stronger points-earning card than the $450 annual fee Citi Prestige Card since it doesn’t just earn triple points on air and hotel (Prestige) but on all travel (such as gas). (Offer expired)