The Best Ways to Redeem 60,000+ Air France KLM Flying Blue Miles


Air France KLM Flying Blue miles are one of the best points currencies for Canadians to accrue, since Air France and KLM have excellent coverage to cities across Canada and to destinations throughout Europe and beyond.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can redeem 60,000+ Flying Blue miles.

Key Things to Know About Air France KLM Flying Blue

Before delving into redemption opportunities, we’ll go over a few key aspects of the Air France KLM Flying Blue loyalty program, in case you aren’t familiar with it just yet.

Flying Blue is the most accessible SkyTeam loyalty program in Canada, and it’s one of the few SkyTeam loyalty programs that’s available to North Americans through credit cards and transferable points currencies.

In Canada, you can earn Flying Blue miles directly from the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard, and the program is also a transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards.

When used in tandem, you can fast-track your earning with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard, and then top up your account with transfers from American Express Membership Rewards as needed.

When it comes time to redeem, Air France KLM Flying Blue uses a form of dynamic pricing to govern awards.

For example, on one date, you may see a flight from Montreal to Paris for 20,000 miles, or you may see it for 65,000 miles or more on a different date.

In this article, we’ll only be focusing on the lowest price for awards, since it offers the best value in the program. It’s also worth noting that if you plan your trip in advance, or even at the last minute, there’s plenty of “Saver” level award availability, including multiple seats in different classes of service.

For Flying Blue redemptions, you’ll pay more in taxes, fees, and surcharges as you fly in higher classes of service. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay $100–350 (CAD) per person per direction, depending on the cabin into which you book. 

Aside from the pricing structure, some of the key features of the Flying Blue program to be aware of include lucrative monthly Promo Rewards, and free stopovers on award bookings.

You can redeem Flying Blue miles for flights with Air France, KLM, and SkyTeam airlines, as well as other non-affiliated partners.

With the above in mind, let’s dive into some of the best ways to redeem 60,000+ Flying Blue miles. If you’re looking to learn the ins and outs of the program, head over to our guide to Air France KLM Flying Blue.

1. KLM Business Class to Europe

One of the best ways to use Flying Blue miles is to book a flight from Canada to many popular destinations in Europe in KLM business class.

For example, a flight between Toronto and Amsterdam in KLM business class costs as few as 50,000 Flying Blue miles, plus $346 (CAD) in taxes and fees.

You could continue onward to a range of other destinations for the same amount of miles, and a similar amount of taxes and fees, including to destinations such as Dublin, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Istanbul, amongst others.

If you’re up for an arctic adventure, you could fly from Toronto to Rovaniemi, Finland via Amsterdam, again for just 50,000 Flying Blue miles, plus $356 (CAD).

Flying out of cities in Western Canada to which KLM also flies, such as Calgary, Edmonton, or Vancouver, also costs as few as 50,000 Flying Blue miles, which is an outstanding deal, especially considering the lack of other options for direct flights to Europe.

Fortunately, on most routes, you shouldn’t have a problem finding multiple award seats at the lowest price, especially from Edmonton and Calgary.

2. Air France Business Class to Europe

Another great use of Flying Blue miles is to book Air France business class.

In Canada, Air France offers direct flights between Paris and Quebec City (seasonal), Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. 

From Ottawa, you can fly to Budapest via Paris for 50,000 Flying Blue miles, plus $348 (CAD) in taxes and fees.

Or, you could continue onward all the way to Algiers, once again for 50,000 Flying Blue miles, plus $338 (CAD) in taxes and fees.

From Vancouver to Paris, a one-way flight in business class also prices out at 50,000 miles, plus $375 in taxes and fees.

Fortunately, Air France plans to operate its brand-new business class cabin on the Paris–Vancouver and Paris–Toronto routes as of Summer 2024, which comes complete with sliding doors for privacy and cutting-edge technology throughout the seat.

Air France plans to operate its flagship business class product on the Paris–Vancouver and Paris–Toronto routes

Air France also offers the same competitive pricing from many major US hubs.

For example, you could fly from New York (JFK) to Berlin, which costs 50,000 Flying Blue miles, as well as between Newark and Vienna for 50,000 Flying Blue miles.

If you don’t find award availability at the lowest price from Canadian hubs on your date of travel, consider taking a quick positioning flight to the US, and then continue onward in comfort at a great price.

3. Economy Flights to Europe

Flying Blue offers some of the best prices for transatlantic economy flights, if you’d rather stretch your miles for more trips instead of stretching out your legs in business class.

From Canada, all destinations in Europe can be reached for as few as 20,000 Flying Blue miles.

For example, you could fly from Toronto to Geneva just 20,000 Flying Blue miles.

With Flying Blue, you can also book an open-jaw itinerary, and fly, say, into Geneva and out of Brussels for the same price. That way, you can move around Europe as you’d wish, and then fly back home for 20,000 miles.

Keep in mind that if you’re short by a few miles for a round-trip award or a one-way flight, you can always top-up with American Express Membership Rewards points, too.

One of the strongest features of the Flying Blue program is Promo Rewards.

Promo Rewards are a monthly rotation of city pairs that enjoy a discount on the amount of Flying Blue miles required for a redemption.

Generally speaking, the discount range is 25–50%, which applies to economy, premium economy, or business class awards, depending on what’s released each month.

For example, in April 2024, there are Promo Rewards available for flights between Europe and Montreal in business class. This means that you can book a flight in either direction for as few as 37,250 miles, which is a 25% discount.

Promo Rewards can offer excellent value for flights in premium economy and economy, too.

For example, in April 2024, Flying Blue is offering a 50% discount on premium economy flights between Quebec City and Europe with Air France. With the Promo Reward applied, the cost per flight drops down to just 17,500 miles per person.

As you can see, by taking advantage of Promo Rewards, you can stretch your miles even further than usual.

5. Book with Flying Blue’s Partner Airlines

While Air France KLM Flying Blue miles are best used for booking tickets on either Air France or KLM, they can also be used for booking tickets on partner airlines, including Delta Air Lines, China Airlines, ITA Airways, and more.

If you’re able to find award space, booking flights with Delta can prove to be a great use of Flying Blue miles, and you’ll also likely get better pricing than what’s available through Delta SkyMiles.

For example, you can fly in economy from Vancouver to Salt Lake City for 26,500 Delta SkyMiles, plus $64 (CAD) in taxes and fees.

Or, you could book the same flight for just 11,500 Flying Blue miles, plus $90 (CAD) in taxes and fees.

Another intriguing partner redemption available through Flying Blue is with China Airlines between the West Coast and Taipei.

If you’re up for a bit of a splurge, a one-way business class award ticket prices out at 83,500–95,000 Flying Blue miles, plus around $100 USD ($135 CAD) in taxes and fees, depending on your city pairs and dates.

While this is a bit over the threshold of 60,000 miles, you can always top up your account with Amex Membership Rewards points as needed. 

Get Inspired

The routes listed above are just a small sample size of popular and interesting redemption opportunities for Air France KLM Flying Blue miles.

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, or if you want to see how far your miles can take you, be sure to check out the Flying Blue Rewards Map.

The interactive map allows you to input your departing destination, the maximum amount of points you’d like to redeem, and your preferred class of service. The map then populates with all of the destinations that you’ll be able to fly to with your given parameters.

When it comes time to search for flights, use the price you see on the map as your target, since it represents the lowest amount you’ll pay for any given route.

Conclusion

Air France KLM Flying Blue offers members plenty of options to redeem miles at excellent prices. This includes flights in economy, premium economy, and business class, to destinations across Canada, Europe, and beyond.

By leveraging the miles earned on the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard, and topping up your account with American Express Membership Rewards points as needed, you’ll find yourself flying in style in no time.

Plus, by also stacking your Flying Blue miles with a Promo Reward, or by booking a free stopover of up to a year, you can stretch your miles even further.



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