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As much as I may generally preach that ‘there’s no such thing as a bad redemption, what matters is what suits you’ – there are surely limits to that advice. More specifically, what do you do when you can find no good use for your Miles and they are about to expire?
At some point a couple of years ago I seem to have accumulated 12,600 KLM/Air France Flying Blue Miles. Flying Blue has a fairly harsh expiration policy, which means that unless you actually credit a flight to the programme at least once every 24 months, your Miles disappear. I therefore now have a few weeks to work out what to do with 12,600 Flying Blue Miles.
I confess that Flying Blue isn’t a programme I know a lot about, but from a quick glance, I can’t see any tempting flight offers that would suit any of my current travel plans. Topping up the account for a decent award flight is an option, as I’ve got plenty of Amex Membership Rewards Points, but I’d only consider that if it provided genuine value.
Inevitably, I started looking at the Flying Blue online shop – and the values (and most of the products) are hilariously bad.
The best options I’ve come up with so far are a bottle of (probably terrible) wine, or £20 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.
I’m leaning toward the M&S vouchers at the moment, which would effectively value my Miles at about 0.158 pence each. Bearing in mind that I normally look to get at least 1p each in value from my Points/Miles, that’s a write off of about 85% – surely there’s a better way!
So, kind readers, if you happen to know a way I could get more than 0.158p of ‘genuine’ value from my Flying Blue Miles, please let me know in the comments 🙂