AMEX Membership Rewards is Offering a 25% Transfer Bonus to Air France/KLM Flying Blue, such that 1000 American Express Membership Rewards points will transfer to 1250 Flying Blue frequent flyer miles
Note that you must first link your AMEX Membership Rewards account with Flying Blue, before being able to transfer points. If on your AMEX Membership Rewards account, the offer is valid until 11:59pm MT April 29, 2019.
How Do I See This Transfer Bonus Offer?
Log into your AMEX Membership Rewards account and click on “Explore Rewards.”
Next, scroll down and click on “Transfer Points,” which is between the “Book Travel” and “Go Shopping” buttons.
If you don't see the 25% Flying Blue transfer bonus, click on “View All” to see all transfer options and scroll down to see it.
What are the Minimum and Maximum Transfer Amounts?
The minimum transfer amount is 1000 AMEX Membership Rewards points. There's no maximum transfer amount. Note that transfers once made are not refundable, so be sure to log into Flying Blue to check award space before making the transfer.
How Long Do AMEX Transfers to Flying Blue Take?
Typically the transfers are instantaneous, but it can take up to 48 hours.
Can I Redeem Miles for Air France First Class?
Unfortunately no, unless you're a top tier Air France Flying Blue elite frequent flyer with at least Silver status. Even then, be prepared to pay 200,000 miles or more one way.
How Miles is an Air France or KLM Business Class Award? What Are Taxes and Fees?
As an example, here's a 67,500 Air France Business Class award from Paris CDG to Los Angeles LAX for 67,500 Flying Blue miles + EUR 306. That's 54,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points, taking into account the 25% transfer bonus
Unfortunately KLM Business Class between AMS and LAX is virtually non-existent at the above award level; the non-stop tends to be ~190,000 Flying Blue miles. Here's Amsterdam AMX to New York JFK in KLM Business Class for 57,500 Flying Blue miles (46,000 AMEX points with the 25% transfer bonus) + EUR 237:
The KLM Business Class outbound, JFK to Amsterdam, is the same number of miles, with lower taxes and fees: 57,500 miles + EUR 189. This is KLM's new flat bed Business Class on the 747-400. KLM Business Class is especially good for tall flyers, since the bed length is 80 inches long, longer than the 76-78 or so inches for most other business class flat bed products.
It's also possible to redeem for Delta One flat bed Business Class JFK-AMS to avoid most taxes and fees: 61,000 Flying Blue miles (49,000 AMEX points) + EUR 9.
Keep in mind that this same flight with Delta miles would cost 105,000 SkyMiles + $6, so you'd save 56,000 AMEX points by transferring AMEX points to Flying Blue to book this Delta award flight.
Do you plan to take advantage of this AMEX 25% transfer bonus to Flying Blue?