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Bilt Rent Day X Air France Flying Blue (100% Transfer Bonus + Promo Rewards)
First, let’s not forget that today is the ONE DAY to transfer your Bilt Rewards points to Air France Flying Blue with a 100% bonus (1:2). You also then have all month to book the Air France promo awards outlined in the Bilt / Air France Rent Day post.
Booking that promo looks like this. After connecting your Bilt Rewards account to your Flying Blue account in your Bilt app, search as normal on Air France using miles.
Remember, to get a calendar view of pricing, search leaving the date blank altogether. This will being up the calendar view.
Then select a day with the promo pricing. In this case, EWR-CDG is 41,250 miles.
Now remember, your Bilt points transfer TODAY, May 1st, ONLY at the 100% transfer bonus rate. So you are effectively spending just 20,625 Bilt Rewards points.
You can also use the next transfer bonus (below) to supplement your Bilt points if you don’t have enough.
The Flying Blue May Promo Routes can be booked from May 1-May 31 for travel from May 1-October 31.
Economy to Europe
To/From Boston starting at 11,250 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Chicago starting at 12,750 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Washington-Dulles starting at 12,750 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Miami starting at 12,750 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Dallas starting at 15,000 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Houston starting at 15,000 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Atlanta starting at 15,750 Miles Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Austin starting at 18,375 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Los Angeles starting at 20,250 Flying Blue Miles one-way
Premium Economy to Europe
To/From Houston starting at 30,000 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Washington-Dulles starting at 22,500 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Newark starting at 22,500 Flying Blue Miles one-way
Business Class to Europe
To/From Newark to Paris starting at 41,250 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Houston starting at 48,750 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Washington-Dulles starting at 52,500 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Atlanta starting at 52,500 Flying Blue Miles one-way
To/From Dallas starting at 52,500 Flying Blue Miles one-way
Based on my initial searches, you’ll have to be quite flexible to get these.
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American Express Membership Rewards –> Air France Flying Blue 25% Transfer Bonus
Through May 22, 2023, you’ll get 1.25 Flying Blue miles for every 1 American Express Membership Rewards point you transfer.
Combine with the Bilt promo above if you have a Bilt account.
Air France Flying Blue awards are dynamic, so they are sometimes great and sometimes awful. Search leaving the date field blank to get a calendar view. Also part of Skyteam, so you can book awards on airlines like Delta and Korean Air as well.
Chase Ultimate Rewards –> Virgin Atlantic 30% Transfer Bonus
Get a 30% bonus on transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club through June 15, 2023.
As always, your best uses are to fly Delta One to Europe (excluding England) for 50,000 miles – IF you can find available award space and to book ANA First and Business class awards.
Business Class on ANA to Japan would be 35,000 – 37,000 Chase points while First Class would be 56,000 – 66,000 Chase points (depending on if you are on the West Coast (cheaper) or East Coast.
One more great use is domestically on Delta within the US or US-Mexico/Canada. Saved my butt on a last minute award from from Mexico City to JFK recently when I paid 15,000 Virgin points for a flight Delta wanted around 50,000 miles for. I still got my Medallion benefits (but no MQMs).
I do not recommend speculative transfers unless you often use Virgin and know what you are doing, even though the miles never expire.
As always you can find all up to date transfer bonuses at Your Best Credit Cards.
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