Yesterday FFB brought you the details of the new Air France KLM buy miles bonus for their Flying Blue program. Over on our Canadian site we delved deeper into this offer and realized we need to share it here as well. The reason why is that Air France KLM’s monthly Promo Rewards (their discounted award flight offer) is offering 50% off business class on KLM out of Edmonton to Europe. With 50% off you can fly from YEG to a lot of cities in Europe for 58,000 to 60,500 miles round trip plus taxes and fees. For a lot of you, you don’t have Flying Blue miles but could potentially transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Flying Blue but that transfer can take some time. So the other way to get the miles for these flights is by buying the miles. Buying miles is not normally a good deal unless there is a bonus attached and that is what started today. From now until January 14 you can earn up to a 75% bonus when you buy Flying Blue miles and the maximum you can buy is 75,000 miles in a purchase.
So how can you utilize this for some great savings? Let’s look at flying Business Class from Edmonton to Milan, Italy in March for two people. You need 58,000 miles per person or 116,000 for two. This means you don’t have to buy the full 75,000 miles. You can get away with buying 68,000 miles:
Total cost of the miles is 1870 EUR or about C$2737 / US$2080. If you are Canadian you’ll have to add GST/HST since the transaction is processed by Points.com (a Canadian company) for a grand total of C$2,873 to buy the miles.
And here is a redemption example of a flight for two people between YEG and MXP (via AMS):
As you see you have to pay EUR898.28 in taxes and fees. That amounts to about C$1314 / US$991. Add this to the cost of the miles and you are looking at C$4,187 / US$3071 all in for the two business class tickets. Now let’s look to see how much it would cost to buy these flights outright:
The cost at time of posting is C$7,961 / US$6038! That means the buy miles route would save you C$3,774.30 / US$2967 – that’s almost the cost of one of the round trip business class tickets. It’s pretty much a buy one get one free offer!
Up to 75% Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you buy 4,000 or more miles online. Buy Flying Blue Miles here. Until Jan 14, 20
Buy 4,000 -8,000 miles receive a 50% bonus
Buy 10,000 – 28,000 miles receive a 60% bonus
Buy 30,000 -75,000 miles receive a 75% bonus
Do you think you might take advantage of this great opportunity? Let us know in the comments below!