Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM, is now a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. This means you can accumulate points with your Chase Sapphire Preferred personal card or Ink Plus business card and transfer them to Flying Blue (among other airlines and hotels) to book award travel.
Points transfer at a 1-to-1 rate in multiples of 1,000 points. Like most partners, points transfer instantly, so you can look for award space before you move the points. (This is safer, as you can’t move points back.)
You can also earn additional Ultimate Rewards points with cards such as the Chase Freedom, but keep in mind that the Freedom card doesn’t allow transfers to external loyalty programs unless you also have a Sapphire Preferred. If you or your spouse has a Sapphire Preferred card, you can consolidate points before moving them out to an airline or hotel.
I’ve updated my Award Maximizer search tool so that you’ll be alerted to the Ultimate Rewards transfer option when there is a Flying Blue award available. In fact, Flying Blue joins Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program as one of the few programs to participate in all four major transfer schemes. You can move points in from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
That makes it even easier to accumulate points through different credit cards and travel habits while still earning enough for the larger, more expensive awards that tend to represent the best value. Flying Blue also has special promotional awards that it announces at the start of each month, so you can save up to 50% off the regular price to select destinations.
A current example is round-trip business class travel between Boston and Europe on Air France for just 93,750 points. But you must book by May 31 (at which time new promotions will be listed) and travel by August 31. After that, the price reverts to the usual 125,000 points.