We’re thrilled to announce that AwardFares now supports the Flying Blue program! This exciting integration means that our users can now effortlessly track and redeem their Flying Blue miles for flights with Air France, KLM, and a host of other partner airlines. With its incredible Promo Rewards at crazy rates, multiple transfer partners, and the future incorporation of more airlines and routes (e.g., SAS), Flying Blue stands as one of the best programs to look into during 2024.

We are firmly closing up 2023, now supporting a total of 8 programs and dozens of new features to make award search smooth and easy. Thanks for joining us!

What’s New?

Flying Blue is the official frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM, two of Europe’s leading airlines. Several other carriers, such as Transavia and TAROM also embrace it.

Renowned for its flexibility and generous rewards, Flying Blue allows members to earn miles through flights, hotel stays, car rentals, and everyday purchases with various partners. The program was recently restructured into tiers Explorer, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – each offering escalating privileges and perks, such as priority boarding, lounge access, and extra baggage allowance, enhancing the travel experience for frequent flyers.

However, since it has been the program of multiple airlines, the entry point for booking award flights is confusing: there are multiple portals to source the data from, Air Franc and KLM, plus a standalone landing page that hosts the program details and profile. This makes it confusing to find award flights and use your points.

Our latest update lets you search awards quickly, see prices across multiple dates, and then redirect you to the corresponding portal to make booking a breeze. Here’s what the process looks like.

Redeem on Air France or KLM

When Flying Blue is selected, AwardFares will display all seats available, prices, and availability in all cabin types, including Economy, Premium Economy, Business, and First Class (domestic and international).

Add Air France or KLM on the Airline filter to display flights operated only by these airlines:

Paris or Amsterdam to New York Flying Blue Award Flights.

Redeem on SkyTeam Airlines

In addition to searching on AF and KL, AwardFares will show availability across all SkyTeam and other SkyMiles partner airlines. For example, it’s easy to search on airlines such as GOL, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, etc.

Search for Flying Blue availability on GOL and Aeroméxico using AwardFares.

Flying Blue Promo Rewards

The Flying Blue Promo Rewards is a unique feature of the Flying Blue program, offering members the opportunity to redeem their accumulated miles for flights at significantly reduced rates. Flying Blue releases a new set of Promo Rewards each month, typically including a curated selection of destinations where members can enjoy discounts ranging from 20% to 50% off the usual miles required for award tickets.

These promotions include destinations across the globe, both short-haul and long-haul flights, and also in different travel classes, including Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class. The specific destinations and discounts vary each month, and members get notified via email with the latest selection.

These tickets are generally non-refundable and non-changeable, but they’re a great way to maximize the value of your Flying Blue miles.

Flying Blue Promo Rewards.

The great news is that AwardFares supports these Promo rewards natively. This means that, unlike other programs, you’ll see the discounted rates (with the promotion already applied) directly in the search results. It’s the easiest way to search for Flying Blue Promo Rewards!.

Every month, once you get the email announcement (or you check Flying Blue’s website), you can see which destinations are part of the promo and simply search for availability using AwardFares.

For example, here are flights from several cities in Europe to Boston, which is 15k points (one-way) with a 25% discount as part of the December 2023 Promo Rewards.

Flying Blue Promo Rewards in AwardFares: Europe to Boston.

How To Find Cheap Flying Blue Awards

1. Go to AwardFares

Creating an account is optional, but it’s also free, and it gives you access to more features. Make sure to sign up for one here.

2. Select Flying Blue under Frequent Flyer Program

Tap on the Loyalty Program field and select AF/KLM Flying Blue as your loyalty program.

Select Flying Blue in AwardFares.

3. Add a Route

Use the Origin and Destination fields to add one (or more) airports to search for flights between those locations. AwardFares will search for award flights with any number of stops. In addition, you can use the Stops filter to search for non-stop flights only.

In the example below, we search for flights between Amsterdam and Paris to New York.

SkyMiles awards from New York to Paris using AwardFares.

4. Choose or explore dates

If you have a particular date in mind, add it by tapping on the Calendar field.

How to find cheaps Delta SkyMiles award flight using AwardFares.

If you don’t have a set date, you can take advantage of AwardFare’s Timeline View to explore seat availability across different days. The Timeline View displays how many seats are available for each day of the week/month. The bars are color-coded, so it’s easy to distinguish between cabin classes (Economy, Business, First). You can also trigger new searches by tapping the refresh icon underneath each day.

How to find cheaps award flight using AwardFares.

In addition, you can tap anywhere on the flight to display more details in an expanded view, such as aircraft type, and even get the current seat maps to see which seats are free versus occupied!

5. Sort by Price

Whether you are exploring dates using the Timeline View or have selected a specific day, AwardFares will show you the available seats (with real-time data) within seconds in the result list below.

You can tap on the different header columns to sort the results by price. Use the Eco, Prem, Biz, and First class tags to find cheap awards across multiple dates, itineraries, and airlines.

Find cheap Delta SkyMiles award flight with AwardFares.

6. Book on Air France Website

One of the slightly confusing parts of Flying Blue as a loyalty program is that they have multiple portals, both through Air France and KLM’s website.

Once you have identified the flight(s) you want, tap on the Book button, and AwardFares will redirect you to Air France website, setting your query directly, so you don’t have to redo the search. Simply login and complete the booking1.

Go to Air France's website to book Flying Blue award flights.

  • (1) Remember that AwardFares will never ask for the login credentials of any of your frequent flyer programs to work.

A Few Considerations

Taxes and Fees

When you tap on a flight, the detailed view will show you more details about it, including availability, taxes, and fees required to book the award. Note that the currency will be shown in Euros (€).

Mixed Cabins

While AwardFares displays mixed-cabin award availability, in the current integration with Flying Blue through the Air France portal, it’s not possible to source this data before the booking process. Hence, you won’t see this information about mixed cabins directly in AwardFares’ search results. As a reminder, the results will show this note in the expanded view:

Flights booked with KLM/Air France Flying Blue might contain mixed segments.

Multiple Booking Portals

AwardFares primarily shows awards available through the Air France portal, which, in our experience, yields more accurate and complete results than KLM’s site. However, in a few cases and for very specific partner airlines, the KLM portal displays flights not found through AF’s site. This might be due to cooperation agreements between the airlines and other implementation details.

More Improvements

Sort alerts

It’s now possible to sort alerts, which can be useful when trying to find a specific one.

Sort alerts in AwardFares.

Stopovers with Self-transfers

Airport changes and self-transfers are now clearly shown in the stops info. E.g., in this case one of the trips arrives in EWR and continues from JFK, AwardFares now shows EWR-JFK instead of JFK.

Stopovers with airport change in AwardFares.

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