I wrote about this Flying Blue program last year, but enough races have changed that I thought it was due for another post.
Flying Blue Running
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM. Flying Blue Running is a special program to help runners pay for marathon packages with their miles. Along with the entry to the race, some of the races offer a VIP package that gives you snacks and a massage. The cost in points varies according to race and you will have to determine if it is a good value or not. If you have an abundance of Flying Blue points, this could be a good way to use them. These points can be transferred from Membership Rewards (American Express points). I transferred quite a few points last year with both 25% and 35% point transfer bonuses, so be on the lookout for the bonuses! Some people may find it a poor value for your Membership Reward points, but with the rising cost of marathons, you may find some of them to offer a fairly good value.
|Marathon||City||Miles Required||Regular Price||Date|
|Paris Half Marathon||Paris||15,000||$75||March 2, 2014|
|Schneider Electric Paris Marathon||Paris||30,000||$157||April 6, 2014|
|Milano Marathon||Milan||10,000||$100||April 6, 2014|
|Trail of Josas||Jouy-en-Josas, France||5,000||$55||April 6, 2014|
|Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon||Madrid||15,000||$95||April 27, 2014|
|Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Half Marathon||Madrid||5,000||$41||April 27, 2014|
|Paris Saint-Germain-en-Laye 20k Race||Paris||5,000||$N||May 18, 2014|
In addition to the race entry fee options, Flying Blue Running also offers marathon packages. These packages do not include registration, but they do include airfare and hotel registration. These also seem to provide some pretty decent value for the points.
- Vienna Marathon 2014 – April 13, 2014 – 111,000 Miles
- Prague Marathon 2014 – May 11, 2014 – 105,000 Miles
- Berlin Marathon 2014 – September 28, 2014 – 149,000 Miles
If you have some Air France/KLM miles or Membership Reward points that you would like to burn on races, this is a great way to use miles to pay for miles.
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