Flying Blue is a great loyalty program when it comes to redeeming your miles for certain travel services, as the program has quite a few partners, including many airlines and hotel brands. Here are some of the best 11 ways to spend Flying Blue miles.
1. Award flights
While many Americans who join international loyalty programs do so in order to transfer their miles to a more convenient loyalty program, wait just a second before you do so with Flying Blue. While the airline does have lots of partners that you can transfer those miles to, the airline also offers lots of great award flight deals of its own too.
This is especially true when it comes to the the Flying Blue Promo Awards, where you can get award flights for as much as 50 percent off the normal rate. Promo Award flights are bookable within three months of your travel date and you do still have to pay fees and surcharges on top of the award flight. Promo Awards are a great option to spend Flying Blue miles, but they have their limits, not only with the short window for booking but also with the routes they’re available for, as the routes change every month or so.
Additionally, the Round the World Award flights can be very tempting, as they allow you to plan an around-the-world itinerary with both Flying Blue and SkyTeam airlines, for a maximum of six stopovers and three in the same continent.
There is one particular sweet spot on the Flying Blue award chart that’s worth mentioning. The Flying Blue award chart does not list Israel as part of the Middle East like other airlines; instead, it considers Israel a European country when booking an award flight between the United States and Israel. This gets you to this Middle Eastern tourism destination for as little as 25,000 miles each way in economy class.
A similar phenomenon occurs when you try to book flights between the United States and Africa. The Flying Blue award chart interprets Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia as European countries, giving you award flights between the United States and any of these, again, for just 25,000 miles each way in economy class.
2. Award flights on partner airlines
As mentioned, Flying Blue has many partner airlines with which you can book award flights. These partner airlines include:
|Aeroflot||Aerolineas Argentinas||Aeromexico||Air Corsica||Air Europa||Air Mauritius|
|Alitalia||Bangkok Airways||Chalair Aviation||China Airlines||China Southern airlines||Czech Airlines|
|Copa Airlines||China Eastern||Delta Air Lines||Garuda Indonesia||Jet Airways||GOL|
|Japan Airlines||Korean Air||Malaysia Airlines||Middle East Airlines||TAAG||Saudi Arabian Airlines|
|Twin Jet||Ukraine International Airlines||WestJet||Xiamen Airlines||Vietnam Airlines||Wijet|
There are several routes offered by these partners that are a better value than others.
United States to Hawai’i
Hawai’i award flights are very hot right now. When you spend Flying Blue miles, you only have to use 17,500 miles each way to fly economy to Hawai’i, and you can do so when booking with a SkyTeam Alliance partner like Delta.
United States to Mexico
Similarly, you can redeem Flying Blue miles on SkyTeam Alliance partners to fly from the United States to Mexico. It’s approximately 25,000 miles round-trip, and you can fly with either Delta or Aeromexico.
Australia to the Pacific
If you’re fine with your flight originating in Australia or New Zealand, you can plan an exotic getaway to New Caledonia in the Pacific for 15,000 miles each way. Fly Aircalin to avoid paying more than $1,000 for a similar ticket.
3. Spend Flying Blue miles on hotel stays
Flying Blue has fewer hotel partners than it does airline partners, but there’s still a good variety.
|Le Club AccorHotels||Hilton Honors||Golden Tulip Hotels|
|YOTEL||Marriott Bonvoy||Best Western|
|Hyatt||My Boutique Hotel||Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts|
However, you must book your hotel stay via the Flying Blue hotel portal in order to spend Flying Blue miles for your hotel stay. You can search for hotels in certain destinations within the portal, and the cost will be displayed in miles per night.
4. Car Rentals
You can spend Flying Blue miles to book car rentals, with Avis, Hertz and Sixt. For the latter two, you can book using your miles directly with the rental service. With Avis, however, you have to make your rental via the Flying Blue travel store.
Flying Blue offers experiences in the Netherlands and France, bookable with miles. The Dutch experiences start at 5,600 miles and includes visits to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Artis-Amsterdam Zoo, sightseeing tours in Amsterdam, canal cruises and more. The French experiences start at 5,350 miles, and include river cruises, spa days, wine experiences, theatre and more.
Flying Blue, through a partnership with BiteBird, allows you to pay for WiFi using your miles. You can pay for WiFi at more than 125 global destinations, with new countries joining every month, no roaming fees and up to 10 devices per account.
7. Magazine subscriptions
Flying Blue magazine subscriptions are 50 percent off what you might pay in-store, and the subscriptions are available through the Flying Blue Store. There are no shipping fees, you can cancel at any time and each subscription comes with free digital copies.
8. Airport services
If you’re also a member of the My Paris Aéroport loyalty program, you can spend Flying Blue miles at partner shops and parking providers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports and then transfer those points over to miles with your Flying Blue account. You do have to transfer points in increments of 500.
9. Lounge access
Use miles to pay for access at Air France and KLM lounges. This option is not available to Explorer members. You must have a higher tier of Flying Blue membership in order to do so. Based on where you’re at, access costs somewhere between 3,500 and 6,500 Flying Blue miles. Do note that if you’re at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, you will not have this option at the La Première and Terminal 2G lounges unless you’re a Gold or Silver member.
10. Travel upgrades
In addition to booking award flights aboard KLM and Air France flights, you can also redeem Flying Blue miles to book seat upgrades with both carriers. For Air France upgrades, you do have to book them up to 48 hours prior to your departure. Miles can be used to reduce the flight cost total. When you book a KLM seat upgrade using miles, the cost varies by distance.
The Flying Blue Store is where you can go to redeem your miles for some of the travel items mentioned above, but it’s also a place where you can buy retail items with your miles. These really range from everything you might want — fashion items, home decor, games, books, music, electronics and more.
There are many different ways for you to spend Flying Blue miles. Award flights are a great choice not only with partner airlines, as is the case with some loyalty programs, but also with KLM and Air France themselves, thanks to those great Promo Awards and award chart sweet spots in Israel and Africa.