Yesterday I wrote that Citi ThankYou Points had added Air France Flying Blue as a 1:1 transfer partner.

That’s big news because there are some amazing high value uses for Flying Blue miles, and ThankYou Points are so easy to earn from the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card with its 50,000 point sign up bonus and 3x category bonus on travel and gas purchases.

When I was researching that post though, I couldn’t find Flying Blue’s complete award chart. All I could find was an award chart for awards originating in Europe:

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I took it upon myself to compile an award chart for awards departing the United States, which I believe to be the only Air France/KLM Flying Blue award chart online for awards departing the United States. I priced out awards from the continental United States to every region on the Flying Blue award chart.

  • What is the award chart?
  • Where is it cheaper than Delta’s award chart?

Here is the award chart in thousands of Flying Blue miles each way from the United States to the listed region, flying on Classic Awards. I didn’t include Premium Economy awards, which are bookable with Flying Blue miles, because the airlines on which you can book them collect fuel surcharges.

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The first thing to notice is that awards in economy are often very cheap, but awards in business class are often 2.5x the price, which makes them extremely expensive.

Here’s the same award chart with awards that are cheaper in miles than the same Delta award in red. (I compare Flying Blue to Delta since both are members of SkyTeam.)

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Some of the black numbers are the same price as Delta awards, and some are more expensive.

The near international awards in economy are downright cheap with Flying Blue miles.

  • 15,000 Flying Blue miles each way to Hawaii vs. 22,500 Delta miles
  • 15,000 Flying Blue miles each way to Central America/Caribbean vs. 17,500 Delta miles
  • 25,000 Flying Blue miles each way to Europe or Southern South America vs. 30,000 Delta miles

There’s nothing particularly sexy about flying economy, but paying 30,000 Flying Blue miles instead of $1,000 for a roundtrip to Hawaii–and then enjoying Hawaii–is an awesome deal!

What’s your favorite deal on the award chart?

How to Get ThankYou Points

The easiest way to earn a bundle of ThankYou Points is with the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which has a huge sign up bonus and big category bonuses.

My Review of the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening –  redeemable for $500 in gift cards, $625 for airfare, or other great rewards.
  • Earn 3X ThankYou Points on Travel including Gas,  2X ThankYou Points on Dining Out and Entertainment, and 1X ThankYou Points on Other Purchases
  • ThankYou® Points are worth 25% more when redeemed for travel through, as compared to gift cards
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited ThankYou Points
  • Annual Fee:  $95 (fee waived for the first 12 months)

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    • Thanks. Every time I selected a mainland to Hawaii route like ATL-HNL, the option to select First Class (business) went away. Did you do anything special to get that to show up?

  1. So do you have to fly Delta to get to Hawaii for 30k rt, or is there another partner that goes to Hawaii from the mainland? I usually have to connect in SLC and LAX when departing from DEN on Delta and would prefer a direct flight.

    • The only airline with a direct flight from DEN is United. The cheapest way to get to Hawaii on United is with Singapore miles (17.5k/30k each way in econ/first). Singapore miles are also a transfer partner of ThankYou Points.

      The only Flying Blue partner that flies between mainland and Hawaii is Delta.

      • Thanks for this great chart, Scott! Doing the entire FB chart worldwide would be an EXCELLENT reference post that should get you a lot of backlinks and traffic.

        It’s incorrect that DL is the only FB partner that flies 48 to HI. AS has a TON of routes to HI.

  2. What are the countries that fall under the regional designations? I can’t find that information anywhere.

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