Two most important pieces of information you should be up to date in the miles/points world:
This means that a one-way award is 31,250 miles and $250-$400 in taxes.
This is actually not too bad especially for the west coast flights. If only YVR-AMS was on a flat bed… anyways I digress. The list of destinations with varying booking and flying dates are as follows:
- Chicago KLM
- Houston Air France
- Toronto KLM
- Vancouver KLM
31,250 miles each way.
- Boston Air France
- Cancun Air France
- Detroit Air France
- Montreal Air France
- New York JFK Air France/KLM
- Washington DC Air France/KLM
46,875 miles each way.
Link to other cities and economy/premium economy discounted cities is here.
A 25% discount is not that great in my opinion as that means you pay more than 90,000 miles round trip. In that case, you might as well book with Aeroplan.
The other good thing is that many of these awards are now available for 5 months from November 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014, which is longer than previous daes. Blackout dates are from December 18-23, 2013 and from January 2-6, 2014. Note that these are not refundable or cancellable which is the biggest turn off for me. But certainly in some instances they’ll be of great value, and award space is generally not bad on some routes.
Flying Blue points transfer from AMEX MR USA and Starwood.
Ben says Aeroplan isn’t showing any first class space.
My opinion? No. Aeroplan’s search interface has long since only shown three first class results when searching online, so if you search routes where United has overlapping First Class Space, that’ll block out the Lufthansa results. I’m believe that agents are using the same (basic) interface to start with, so they get the same results as we do.
If you do need to find this space, ask the agent to direct sell. Let me know if you do find something where there are no first class results yet nothing shows up.
Note that with Aeroplan fuel sucharges are imposed on Lufthansa which can be in the hundreds of dollars.
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