Air France Introduces New Award Pricing Effective June 1

Air France Introduces New Award Pricing Effective June 1

Air France Eliminates Award Charts, in order to preserve the program’s economic balance. Flying Blue matters to you because they’re a transfer partner of Chase, Citibank & American Express. Because Air France availability is much better using Flying Blue miles than with points from partners.

Mileage redemption would change June 1 but would not say what new prices would be. They’ve now laid out how earning changes. Sort of.

  1. They don’t promise that those will be what you’ll pay or that they won’t change, and without award charts it’s tough to know when they devalue – such as Delta frequently.
  2. Each route will have a base miles price which will vary ‘based on several factors’.
  3. Flying Blue is eliminating award charts, like Delta, at least for flights on their own carriers Air France, Hop,  KLM, Joon & Tansavia.
  4. They’ve announced ‘starting rates’ for award tickets

Minimum prices for awards aren’t changing substantially, some go up and some go down & sometimes coach gets cheaper, business more expensive, sometimes it’s the opposite.

Assuming saver award availability remains the same and minimum pricing corresponds with saver space this isn’t bad for now.

However hidden award charts & dynamic pricing will almost certainly mean higher prices going forward.

One way Los Angeles to Paris:

One way New York to Paris:

One way Los Angeles to Tel AvivTel Aviv has been considered a part of Europe, and therefore the same price as just flying to Paris. That’s clearly no longer true now that pricing is based on city pair.

Some connecting city pairs are more expensive, but LA Israel is cheaper than New York to Paris.

The Flying Dutchboy at Inside Flyer put together a chart of some of the new pricing:

 

 

 

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