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25% Transfer Bonus: Citi ThankYou to Air France Flying Blue

The Flying Blue award structure is wacky ever since they removed award charts. In some cases you can score transatlantic flights in the 50k point range, though, so with this bonus you could be off to Europe in the pointy end of he plane for under 40,000 Amex points.

The transfer bonus will run until July 20th.

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That’s pretty sweet. Flying Blue also has Promo Rewards, with up to 50% off regular prices that you can stack with this, of one of the routes works for you.

Should you transfer “just in case”?  In my opinion, only if you use Flying Blue a lot and know you’ll use the points. I never advise to speculatively transfer just because of a bonus as you sacrifice future flexibility for it.

For example, yesterday I was looking at a flight to the Maldives that was pricing out at 113,000 Flying Blue points. Today, it’s over 450,000 points (same flights).

But other times, you can find transatlantic flights in Business for under 60,000 Flying Blue miles.  Keep in mind that flights that *connect* in Paris are almost always cheaper than flights that end in Paris (from the US). I know – more flight time is cheaper?? I have no idea either but that’s how it is…

It’s especially good timing if the recent announcement about Citi removing virtually all card benefits has you reconsidering your card portfolio….

Also, keep in mind that the Your Best Credit Cards newsletter I send out roughly bi-weekly includes ALL current transfer bonus opportunities, so if you don’t read this blog religiously you should definitely subscribe to that newsletter.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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