Air France KLM is offering great award space between the U.S. and Europe for this coming summer. There are plenty of routes and dates where you can book business class awards for at least four passengers.
Often Air France and KLM awards can be booked using their own Flying Blue miles – easy to get, they’re a transfer partner of American Express, Chase, Citibank, and Capital One – however in this case most flights appear even to be bookable using Delta SkyMiles as well (Delta is an American Express transfer).
The best availability appears to be between Washington Dulles and Europe and also Austin and Europe, though those aren’t the only routes that are available.
Washington Dulles – Paris on Air France for four passengers in business class is wide open in July for outbounds, and both directions in August. You’ll want to check which flight you’re finding availability on, the Boeing 777 offers perhaps the best business class between the U.S. and Europe while the Airbus A380 offers one of the worst (angled seats).
Washington Dulles – Amsterdam on KLM for four passengers in business class is wide open in July for outbounds, and both directions in August.
Here’s a search for 4 business class awards, Dulles – Paris in August, on the Flying Blue website. You’ll see that between Air France and KLM flights there’s something open at the saver level every single day.
The new Austin – Amsterdam flight on KLM doesn’t operate daily, but most days that it’s running in July and August there are four business class award seats available.
There’s also occasional availability Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco – Paris for four. And wherever you want to go in Europe you can likely find onward connecting space beyond Paris or Amsterdam.
- Delta SkyMiles: generally charges 75,000 miles each way between the U.S. and Europe on partners though sometimes price is higher. Taxes run $5.60 for the outbound, a little over $50 roundtrip. However if you book one ways then the trip originating in Europe will incur fuel surcharges.
- Air France-KLM Flying Blue: varies prices by destination, roughly 53,000 – 68,000 miles each way plus taxes and fees a bit over $200 each way.
(HT: Thrifty Traveler)