Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Award Booking Woes & Market Based Availability (And What I Ended Up Booking)

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The May & June promo awards (you can access my post about them here) became bookable yesterday and I had been eying a flight to Montreal in business class from number of destinations Europe.

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At the end, I ended up spending several hours with the Air France’s booking engine trying to get something booked and ticketed.

First, I thought that Air France-KLM must be using married segment availability for award searches. There were availability on BCN-CDG-YUL on business class. If you tried to come up with the business class availability on the same CDG-YUL Air France flight, it wasn’t there.

As a matter of fact, there were no award availability yesterday on any Air France direct flight between Paris and Montreal. There is plenty of availability today, however.

Air France MAD-CDG-YUL Available VS CDG-YUL No Availability

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You can see from the calendar above that there is availability on Madrid to Montreal via Paris on 10th of May.

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There is no availability on the direct Paris to Montreal flights.

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As a matter of fact, if you depart from Madrid both Air France flights have availability at the promo award level.

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But if you depart from Paris, there is no availability at all.

What Did I Book And How Much Did I Pay?

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Due to the “fuel surcharge” or “carrier imposed surcharges”, as Air France-KLM prefers to call them, the taxes and “fees” on these awards are not low. The total came to $377.90 and 25K miles. The mile part is a deal for now.

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If you click couple of times, you can get a breakdown of the taxes and “fees”. The “carrier imposed surcharge” is $310.99. The fee is more than 82% of the taxes and fees.

Conclusion

It is interesting that Air France-KLM controls the award inventory market to market. One would image that the CDG-YUL would have availability just by itself, if MAD-CDG-YUL is bookable.

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