Each month, Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France and KLM, announces Promo Rewards, offers of 25-50% off award flights. There are usually many deals, though only a handful of great ones. I don’t get too excited for 25% off.

50% off, though, feels worth writing about. And this month you can fly to Europe from Seattle or Vancouver (or vice versa) for half price.

Interestingly, though, my post was originally titled “Seattle or Vancouver to Europe in Business: from 29,750 miles each way” because that was what I was finding myself, searching routes to Paris.

But remember that Air France made Flying Blue a rather difficult to figure out program earlier this year, removing award charts and following Delta’s lead where “the price is the price and passenger transparency be damned.”

And so, mid-way through writing my post I noticed that Nick Reyes at Frequent Miler had found a flight for less than half of what I did.

Additionally, if you are EU based and want to go to Osaka, Japan, that is also 50% off in Business Class.

So the best advice I have is this: Take a look at the destinations offered and, if one appeals, do a calendar month search to see what comes up. Note that taxes and fees can average around $300 each way on the North America – Europe routes.

It’s too bad that the Citi ThankYou promo for 30% bonus miles ended Aug 29th, because this article could have been titled “Business Class to Europe for under 10,000 Points One Way” – which would have sounded even more insane.

Have you booked a Promo Reward? Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

New to all of this? My new “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available now.

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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 the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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