Flying Blue (Air France, KLM, and Other Partners) - How successfull have you been in redemptions?
Aug 17, 10, 11:39 pm
I was just wondering how successful people have been in redeeming awards in FB. I don't remember specifically all the miles I have redeemed but I know in the 3 years I have been with FB I have redeemed approxmiatley 125,000 miles with flights in Y.
How many miles have you redeemed? In total or this year.
Only had one redemption in the last 12 months - 4pax from different points in Europe to DFW on Promo awards in J at 25000 each ^
Aug 18, 10, 5:24 pm
Absolutely no problem on short European hops, even on less then 24 hours notice (can't do that on M&M). Come to think of it, though, AF availability seemed pretty restricted, even a long way out. But KL always seems available.
Managed to nail a Promo Award to Vancouver last year (Business D class on KL), which was really good. I booked it as 2 one ways, outbound and inbound.
Aug 19, 10, 6:40 am
I did a search but I did not find the answer. Are we suppose to get miles when we use an award ticket.
I just used my second ever, and still no miles into my account. Which for me is usual--over 50% of the time I have to mail in the boarding passes to France.
Speaking of whcih I am waiting for 3 tripos to be credited. But it IS august in France. You suppose they are on holiday?
Aug 19, 10, 6:54 am
No, europa13, you don't get miles for award tickets. Getting miles for tickets paid by miles would be a bit strange, wouldn't it?
Aug 20, 10, 2:25 am
Intra-European flights have always been very easy to redeem, even on very short (ie one day before) notice, no complaints on that front...
Yes, intra-European awards seem fine, though I avoid those because they are poor value IMO, at least ex-UK.
I easily got AMS-AUA in biz for 2 on the dates we wanted. Iceland decided otherwise, so the miles are back in the account.
On the whole, I have found it next to impossible to get biz awards on the days I want UK-US, often weeks with no availability whatsoever and even then via FCO on the return. AMS-CPT is impossible. JNB-AMS is often only available with KQ, so no miniatures.
But Flying Dutchman had other parameters altogether with better availability all round. Ah, sweet memory.
Aug 20, 10, 3:38 pm
Booked 4 x J MAN-CDG-LAX return for next April as soon as the 10 month window opened
Very happy, and surprised to get exactly the dates I wanted, particularly for 4 tickets. 107,000 miles per ticket which is a lot but it works out at about $0.035/mile redemption value which seems ok
Intereseting that it was 50K miles outbound and initially there was no availability inbound. When I called FB they said there was inbound available at 57K miles - presumably some inventory just for PE?