Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for September and October 2013. The discount on promo awards changed from flat 50% to variable discount of 25% to 50%.
These September to October promo awards can be booked between August 27 and October 29 for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.
Thing to note is that you can book these also as one-way. These are not only for originating from Europe as all the destinations are valid for both directions. Flying Blue used to divide Europe to zones 1, 2 and 3, but seems to just use the designation EUROPE for all these from now on.
Note that Europe should include all the following countries:
Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg
Austria, Balearic Islands ,Finland, Denmark, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain , Sweden
Albania, Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Canary Islands, Croatia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Libya, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Romania, West Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine.
Flying Blue has changed the taxes and mainly fuel surcharges that its collect for award tickets making economy awards better deal than they used to be. The fuel surcharge that Air France-KLM now calls “carrier imposed international surcharge” is capped for premium economy, business, and first class flights as well.
The value proposition in these promo awards has changed quite a bit. Some of the business class ones that used to make sense at the old award levels combined with the 50% promo discount, don’t make too much sense at the new base and with only 25% discount.