Fly to Caribbean and Indian Ocean destinations for 25% less with Flying Blue August Promo Rewards

Aug 7, 2020

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Air France and KLM’s loyalty programme Flying Blue frequently launches Promo Rewards, which offer substantially discounted rewards.

In August, Promo Rewards have returned after a COVID-19 hiatus. Two major changes have been made. Firstly, you can amend your booking dates after booking (Promo Rewards used to be non-changeable). These rewards are still not refundable, however. Secondly, the booking period has been extended significantly. This month’s awards are bookable for travel from 1 August all the way until 31 March 2021.

These reduced tickets apply to return but also one-way travel, no matter the direction. That makes them extra valuable for one-way travel or complex itineraries. Let’s take a look at some of the best deals in August.

London to Caribbean destinations from 32,250 miles return in economy

Dutch Caribbean islands Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, as well as Guadeloupe and Martinique, are available for only 32,250 miles and £259 return in economy class. That is a good deal, but keep in mind that paid tickets can be relatively affordable to these islands, too. Make sure to compare prices.

The 1000 Steps Divespot in Bonaire. (Photo by Thomas Groß/EyeEm/Getty Images)
The 1000 Steps Divespot in Bonaire. (Photo by Thomas Groß/EyeEm/Getty Images)

During the pandemic, these islands have strict regulations for you to travel there. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao require a negative COVID-19 test and pre-registration with the authorities. Guadeloupe and Martinique also require a travel declaration. Inform yourself of up-to-date information before departure.

Additionally, each of the countries above are currently on the U.K.’s travel corridors list, with the exception of Martinique.

Flights to Curacao are carried out by KLM’s newest 787-10 Dreamliners. Aruba and Bonaire are served by older KLM A330 aircraft that have recently been refurbished with the newest economy product. If you fly to Guadeloupe or Martinique, you will find yourself in an Air France Boeing 777-300ER. These triple sevens have recently been refitted with brand new economy interiors.

London to Réunion from 104,000 miles return in premium economy

(Photo by Fabrice H/Getty Images)
(Photo by Fabrice H/Getty Images)

Flights to the Indian Ocean paradise of Réunion are available for 104,000 miles and £435 return in premium economy, making for a tempting deal. The long leg of these flights is operated by an Air France Boeing 777-300ER with comfortable premium economy seats. Entering Reúnion is possible after filling out an online travel declaration.

Reunion is currently on the U.K.’s travel corridor list.

Short on Flying Blue miles? If you purchase extra miles, you will get a 100% bonus through 31 December 2020. Or, you can top up your account by transferring from American Express U.K. Membership Rewards at a 1:1 rate. You can also convert Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 rate, plus get a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer.

Once again, these rewards are only bookable in August for travel between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021. Not all available reward seats are eligible for a Promo Rewards booking, so act sooner rather than later before they’re all taken. Also take note of the revised change policy, as these awards are changeable but not cancellable or refundable.

Featured image courtesy of Hilton Curacao.

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