Now through June 15, 2022, you’ll now receive a 25% transfer bonus when you convert American Express Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue miles. American Express Membership Rewards points typically transfer to Flying Blue at a rate of 1 point to 1 mile. With the bonus, you’ll receive 1.25 miles per every 1 point transferred.

Let’s review how to transfer Membership Rewards points and some of the best ways to use Flying Blue miles.

Travel in Air France’s latest business class cabin by redeeming Flying Blue miles. (Image courtesy of Air France)

25% Bonus Miles When You Transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Flying Blue

You can now earn 25% bonus miles when you transfer Membership Rewards to your Flying Blue account. This Membership Rewards transfer bonus runs through June 15, 2022. Typically, you’d receive 1,000 Flying Blue miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points. However, during this limited-time promotion, you’ll receive a 25% bonus.

Get 25% Bonus Flying Blue Miles When You Transfer Amex Membership Rewards

Here’s what that 25% bonus looks like when you transfer Membership Rewards points:

  • 1,000 Membership Rewards Points = 1,250 Flying Blue Miles
  • 5,000 Membership Rewards Points = 6,250 Flying Blue Miles
  • 10,000 Membership Rewards Points = 12,500 Flying Blue Miles
  • 25,000 Membership Rewards Points = 31,250 Flying Blue Miles

How To Transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Your Flying Blue Account

Transferring your American Express Membership Rewards to an Amex partner is about as easy as it gets. The first step in transferring points to your Flying Blue account is to ensure you’ve linked your Flying Blue and Membership Rewards accounts. You can do this by logging in to your American Express account, selecting “Rewards”, and then navigating to American Express’ list of transfer partners.

Once you’ve arrived on this page, you will see both programs that are already connected to your account and all other eligible transfer partners. If you see Flying Blue listed under “Your Programs”, you can begin transferring points to your account. If you have not yet linked your accounts, click the Flying Blue logo to begin the short process. Once you’ve successfully linked your accounts, you can begin transferring Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue.

You can transfer as few as 1,000 Membership Rewards points or as many as 999,999 points.

Best Ways to Redeem Flying Blue Miles

Flying Blue is the official frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, Kenya Airways, Tarom, Air Calin, and Transavia. Not only can you use Flying Blue miles for travel on these airlines but Flying Blue miles can be used for travel on any airline that is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. This includes airlines like Delta, Aeromexico, China Airlines, and Korean Air Lines.

U.S. to Europe in Business Class from 55k Miles One-way

Flying Blue’s cheapest business class awards between the U.S. and Europe should price as low as 53,000 miles each way on many routes. However, we are finding most routes are pricing at a slightly more expensive 55k miles each way.

For example, you can fly from Chicago airport to Rome as few as 55,000 Flying Blue miles one-way in business class. During the transfer bonus, you only need to transfer 44k Membership Rewards points to book such an award!

Flying Blue from Chicago to Rome for 55k miles

However, due to Flying Blue’s dynamic award pricing, you often need to pay more miles to fly to Europe. Still, you can book this nonstop business class award from New York to Paris for 60k transferred Membership Rewards points:

Flying Blue to Paris for 75k miles

U.S. to Asia in Business Class from 85k Miles One-way

Flying Blue is also a great way to book cheap awards to Asia. For example, you can book business class awards to Seoul for as few as 85,000 miles each way:

Flying Blue Miles Price Estimator from Dallas to Seoul

Interestingly, some of the cheapest options fly through Europe — even when there are transpacific options available. For example, you can book this 85,000-mile award for just 68k transferred Membership Rewards points during the transfer bonus. Or book a quicker Delta business class award for 102,000 miles each way (82k transferred points):

U.S. to North Africa in Business Class from 53k Miles One-way

Per Flying Blue’s Miles Price Estimator, you can book award flights from New York JFK to Casablanca for as few as 53,000 Flying Blue miles each way. If you can find availability at that price, you’d need just 43k Membership Rewards points during this transfer bonus.

Flying Blue JFK-CMN award example

There are a number of other ways to use Flying Blue miles. Many of these redemptions are available through Flying Blue’s website. However, I recommend calling Flying Blue’s customer service line should you be interested in an itinerary that’s not appearing on the website. There are numerous bookings that can only be made over the phone.

use Flying Blue miles on Korean Air
Redeem Flying Blues miles to travel in Korean Air’s business class cabin. (Image courtesy of Korean Air Lines)

Flying Blue Transfer Bonus History

In the past, American Express has offered (at least) six transfer bonuses to Flying Blue:

  • 25% transfer bonus through 6/15/2018
  • 25% transfer bonus through 4/29/2019
  • 25% transfer bonus through 11/30/2019
  • 30% transfer bonus through 8/15/2021 — offered by Flying Blue directly
  • 25% transfer bonus through 9/30/2021
  • 25% transfer bonus through 11/30/2021

Through the middle of August 2021, Flying Blue directly offered a 30% transfer bonus when members transferred points from American Express to Flying Blue. So, the 25% transfer bonus currently being offered is a return to the “typical” transfer bonus that we see between Membership Rewards and Flying Blue.

Bottom Line

For some, international travel still isn’t back to normal. But, for those that are ready to travel, this transfer bonus is a great way to top off your Flying Blue account. You will now receive 25% bonus Flying Blue miles when you transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards. With this 25% bonus, you’ll be able to fly in business class between the U.S. and Europe or North Africa for as few as 44k Membership Rewards points.

Do you plan on transferring any Membership Rewards to your Flying Blue account?

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