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CHICAGO FLIGHTS TO EUROPE FROM 11,250 MILES
Each month Flying Blue (Air France & KLM’s loyalty program) announces award flight promos.
These October promos must be booked by 10/31/23 and the deals are good on flights through 3/31/23.
The best deals are from ORD (Chicago, O’Hare) to various European cities.
You’ll find 1 way economy tickets as low as 11,250 miles each way.
But what they didn’t announce is that there are also outstanding deals in premium economy and business class too!
All of these are award flights from ORD (Chicago, O’Hare) to BCN (Barcelona):
So many March dates from 11,250 each way in ECONOMY (above)
Look at all these Premium Economy days in March at just 22,500 miles! That’s a steal! (above)
For business class, most of the 42,375 days are in February (above), but there are a couple in March
Flying Blue doesn’t list all of the European cities these deals are good for, so I would try any cities that may work for your travel and see what you can find.
HOUSTON & SAN FRANCISCO TO EUROPE FROM 15,000 MILES
The official announcement is for economy tickets from 15,000 to Europe from Houston & San Fran.
But with further investigation, I am finding Premium Economy (one way) tickets from 30K miles for San Francisco to Paris (CDG)…
Lots of March dates San Francisco to Paris (CDG) for 30K miles in Premium Economy (above)
Lots of March dates Houston (IAH) to Paris (CDG) for 30K miles in Premium Economy (above)
And Economy is a steal at 15K miles each way Houston (IAH) to Paris (CDG) in March (above)
YOU DON’T HAVE AIR FRANCE MILES? (YES, YOU PROBABLY DO)
Do you have Chase Ultimate Rewards® Points? American Express Membership Rewards® Points? Or Capital One Venture Rewards Miles?
They are all transfer partners with Flying Blue (Air France/KLM loyalty program).
HOW TO SEARCH & FIND AVAILABILITY ON AIR FRANCE/KLM
- Go to Flying Blue and create an account. Do this sooner than later so you can start practicing searching for flights. ***Make sure the name on your FlyingBlue account matches the one on your credit card EXACTLY. Don’t use a nickname, etc***
- Go to the Air France website and use your Flying Blue login.
- Click “Book with Miles” and perform search.
- Leave date BLANK when searching so you can see lowest price dates.
- Always run 1 way searches. There’s no benefit to roundtrip. One ways give you more flexibility.
WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE EARNING TRANSFERABLE POINTS/MILES
These Flying Blue promos are the exact example of why you should always be earning flexible/transferable miles. If you were to have a Delta card, that earns JUST Delta miles and you are at the mercy of whatever award options Delta has. Same for United. Etc.
BUT, the key is always to earn transferable points/miles so you can take advantage of great award flight deals.
These are 2 of my favorite cards for earning transferable points/miles:
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card – Excellent travel card with 75K miles sign up bonus after spending $4K in 3 months. Fantastic lounge access & $300 travel credit in Capital One’s travel portal. If you want to earn miles for International flights, this is my go to because of their extensive airline transfer partners.
Ink Business Cash® Credit Card – If you have a Chase card that allows you to transfer Chase points (like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card), then this card is an absolute must! With a limited time, best ever offer of 90K points sign up bonus after spending $6K in 3 months and $0 annual fee, I highly recommend this card.
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