Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For December (2013) To March (2014)

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for December 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013, period.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue has instituted blackout dates of December 18 to 23, 2013, and from January 2 to 6, 2014.

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Note that this is the second time that Air France-KLM has launched the Promo awards for FOUR month period and the display of these award types has changed as well. These promo awards need to be booked and ticketed by December 29, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

The travel date up to March 30, 2013, is exactly the same, as on the November promo awards. Seems that Flying Blue has just extended the ticketing deadline of most of these destinations. I believe that only the following are are truly new for this December promo awards list: Cancun , Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York, and Toronto.

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.

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Note that Europe should include all the following countries:

Europe 1
Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg

Europe 2
Austria, Balearic Islands ,Finland, Denmark, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain , Sweden

Europe 3 
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.

Conclusion

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.

Here are the terms and conditions of these promo awards:

  • Reservations must be made exclusively on www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com (except for bookings for children, infants and minors, who are not authorised to book an award on the website).
  • In the event that a technical problem occurs when reserving the promotional fare or if the reservation cannot be finalised, the Flying Blue member must log on to the site and repeat the procedure.
  • This award ticket may be used on connecting flights within Europe and on connecting flights from Europe to long-haul flights and vice-versa.
  • These promotional Promo Award@ may not be modified, cancelled or refunded.
  • Promo Award@ are available for one-way tickets and round trips.
  • Flex Award are not included in the Promo Award@ offer.

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