Air France/KLM Flying Blue used to have a very restrictive expiration policy. You had to earn miles from a paid flight in order to extend the validity of your miles for another 24 months.
Since the program relaunched last month with a calculator based award chart they also appear to have changed their expiration policies for the better.
For example DDF user “ah” sent me this screenshot of her mileage expiration date being pushed forward 24 months after making a points transfer from AMEX to Flying Blue:
Flying Blue considers Israel to be part of Europe and they have brought back the ability to book promo awards to Israel, so you can fly from rotating cities to Israel for as little as 12.5K miles each way.
Sadly, Air France has removed their flexible award calendar so you need to search every individual day to find the lowest rates.
Currently you can fly from Washington DC to Tel Aviv for 13K miles each way, so you can transfer 10K Citi points for that one-way redemption or 20K points for a round-trip redemption. Fuel surcharges add about $240 round-trip. There are also promo awards currently to/from Houston or Montreal and Europe, Israel, or Russia.
You can even have a nice layover to enjoy vibrant Paris for the day (See quick Paris tips here):
Points transfers require that you have a Citi Premier, Prestige, or Chairman card.
For a limited time only, You can earn 50K points with the Citi Premier Card by spending $4K within 3 months:
The Citi Premier card’s $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. Plus you can earn 3 points per dollar on travel and gas and 2 points per dollar on dining and entertainment.
I wouldn’t transfer Citi points to Flying Blue speculatively, but it’s a great deal if you’re ready to redeem for an award which is available for your desired travel dates.