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Flying Blue, the loyalty programme for KLM/Air France has a great offer with hotel booking site Pointshound at the moment which means you can pick up 3,000+ Flying Blue Miles for your first hotel booking through Pointshound.
This is a very generous bonus, because unlike with competitor site RocketMiles, Pointshound doesn’t inflate the prices (as much) and offers a much broader range of budget hotels. It’s therefore easy to find hotels in cheap destinations on the site for ~£20.00.
As you can see above, you can effectively buy 3,100 Miles for £19.00 and get a ‘free’ night at a budget hotel too! I was looking at hotels in Malta, but there are plenty of other destinations where you can find good value hotels.
Flying Blue Miles are (conservatively) worth at least 1p each, so even if you book a more expensive hotel, £30.00 worth of Miles is still a pretty chunky rebate!
What are Flying Blue Miles good for?
Of course, Miles are only worth something though if you actually have enough to use them. Fortunately, Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards Points, so if you have an Amex Gold or Platinum card you can top up very easily.
The best use of for Flying Blue Miles are the monthly ‘Promo Awards’, and as luck would have it the list for October was released today!
The Promo Awards are discounted award tickets that save you up to 50% on Award Miles. New offers are available on the first day of each month, and October’s list applies to flights between 1 November 2016 and 31 January 2017.
There are lots of discounted offers to choose from, with the pick of the crop probably being the 50% discounts between Europe and Abu Dhabi in Economy (now 10,000 Miles each way), between Europe and Dubai in Business Class (now just 25,000 each way), and between Europe and Doha or Bahrain for same prices in both classes.
50,000 Miles in Business Class between Europe and Tokyo as well as some cities in China is good too, as is 43,750 Miles each way in Business Class between Europe and Miami – basically, there’s lots to look at!