New Cities Where You Can Fly to Europe From 30,500 Miles – Or Less – 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 December bookings and travel in February and March.

Here are routes between North America and Europe:

I like business class awards at a discount, it could make sense to connect up to Chicago, Minneapolis, or Toronto especially if you’re in the Northeast or Upper Midwest. And of course there are awards between Europe and other cities and regions.

In the new Flying Blue program flights connecting beyond Paris or Amsterdam into Europe are generally less expensive than just flying to Paris or Amsterdam so you’ll get business class deals for less than published prices here, too.

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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Comments

  1. I would avoid booking through Air France if possible. The entire site is filled with phantom award availability and the phone agents weren’t helpful—I just lots thousands of points by transferring to Air France (to book SVO-LAX) and then discovering that none of the flights that were listed were real. I tried 5 times (on 5 different days that were showing availability on their site), but each time I selected the flight and put in the passenger info, I got an error message right before the final confirmatory page and that selected flight then disappeared from the calendar. Ended up wasting points to book another flight that was much more expensive bc that’s all that was actually available. If you’re going to use Air France, I’d recommend you call them and have them find the flight and put it on hold (for up to 3 days) before you transfer points and book it.

  2. No changes at all or refunds so don’t book unless certain on the date or you don’t mind losing the points.

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