Update: Flying Blue has extended this promotion for the same cities listed below from 02/28/09 to 03/31/09!
Originally posted on 01/01/09:
Starwood AMEX Linky (Free for first year, Earn 10,000 Starpoints With First Purchase, and 30,000 more Starpoints with your first $15,000 in purchases) The US Mint should be able to help you there…
AMEX Gold Charge Card Linky (Free for first year, Earn 10,000 AMEX MR Bonus Points after you spend $500.) AMEX MR points transfer to Flying Blue miles at 1:1.
20,000 Starwood Starpoints transfer into 25,000 Flying Blue (Air France and KLM’s joint loyalty program) miles.
That is all you will need to have to get to Israel or any other “European” destination in January or February!
S.B.S. previously made an excellent 8 page PDF examining every way of getting to Israel via Starpoints.
In that article he pointed ways of getting to Israel for 40,000 Starpoints or less (Via transferring Starpoints to JAL, British Airways, LAN, or Flying Blue)
For January/February there is a promo award to/from many cities in North America and Europe Zones 1, 2, or 3.
The promo award cost between North America and “Europe” in flying blue miles is:
Coach: 12,500 miles one way, 25,000 miles round trip.
Business: 22,500 miles one-way, 45,000 miles round trip.
Tickets must be booked by 02/26/09, and all travel must be completed by 02/28/09.
Valid North American cities for origin or destination:
Houston (Coach promo award only)
This is how Flying Blue defines Europe:
Europe 1: Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland
Europe 2: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden
Europe 3: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Libya, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Western Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia
As Flying Blue considers Israel to be part of Europe (zone 3), it qualifies as a valid origin or destination.
The promo awards can only be flown with KLM via Amsterdam. that are not valid on Skyteam partners such as Continental or Delta (although nonstop travel to Israel on those carriers is allowed on the regular 40,000 Starpoints/50,000 Flying Blue miles award to Europe zone 3 in coach or 90,000 flying blue miles in business.)
Flying Blue Promo Award: January/February 2008
Unfortunately, you cannot search online for mileage availability on Flying Blue unless you have the required miles in your account.
A stopover in Amsterdam is allowed and will make finding mileage availability easier.
The best bet for checking availability will be by calling Flying Blue at 1-800-375-8723