A Guide to Air France’s Frequent Flyer Program: Flying Blue

Flying Blue, Air France's frequent flyer program, offers members miles for flights on partner airlines and other services. Learn about benefits and levels.

Air France, along with KLM, Transavia, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, and TAROM, is part of the Flying Blue loyalty program[1][2]. Flying Blue is a joint loyalty program of the Air France-KLM group and is a member of the SkyTeam alliance[3][4].

The program allows members to earn miles during their trips with Air France, KLM, and their partner airlines or when purchasing services from non-airline partners such as hotel chains and car rental companies[2]. These miles can then be exchanged for plane tickets, in-flight services, or free services from other non-airline partners[2].

Earning Miles

Members can earn miles by flying with Air France, KLM, and other SkyTeam airlines[5]. The number of miles earned depends on the amount of money spent and the member’s Flying Blue level[5]. Miles can also be earned through car rentals, hotel bookings, and online boutiques[6].

Flying Blue partners with all major flexible point programs, making it easy to earn miles through various credit cards[7]. The Air France-KLM World Elite Mastercard, issued by Bank of America, is one such credit card that allows members to earn Flying Blue miles[8][7].

Membership Levels and Benefits

The Flying Blue program has four levels of membership, each with its unique benefits[2]. Members can level up by accumulating more XP (experience points) when booking and taking flights[9]. The different tiers of the Flying Blue program include:

  1. Silver: Benefits include earning 6 miles per euro spent, priority check-in, baggage drop-off, and boarding, free selection of standard seats, and 25% off on seat selection[10][9].
  2. Gold: In addition to Silver benefits, Gold members receive SkyTeam Elite Plus status, access to all SkyTeam lounges globally with one guest, and priority access to security and immigration[9].

As a Flying Blue member, customers can enjoy the benefits of Air France-KLM’s global network, which covers 312 destinations in 116 countries[11]. The program is known for providing a quick path to elite status and its presence across continents[12].

Redeeming Miles

Miles earned through the Flying Blue program can be redeemed for award flights with Air France, KLM, and other SkyTeam airlines[13]. Members can also use their miles to book any seat in Economy, Premium Economy, and Business on flights operated by Air France, subject to availability[14]. However, to book a seat in the elite La Premier first class on Air France, members need to first earn Platinum status with Flying Blue[12].

In conclusion, Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, offers members various ways to earn and redeem miles, along with a range of benefits depending on their membership level. The program’s partnership with major credit card programs and its extensive global network make it an attractive option for frequent travelers.

Citations:
[1] https://www.flyingblue.us
[2] https://www.airfranceklm.com/en/our-strengths/flying-blue
[3] https://wwws.airfrance.us/information/prepare/partenaires-air-france
[4] https://iran.airfrance.com/information/prepare/partenaires-air-france-picklist
[5] https://wwws.airfrance.us/information/flyingblue/comment-gagner-des-miles
[6] https://wwws.airfrance.fr/en/information/flyingblue/comment-gagner-des-miles
[7] https://upgradedpoints.com/travel/airlines/flying-blue-air-france-klm-loyalty-program/
[8] https://thepointsguy.com/guide/ultimate-guide-flying-blue/
[9] https://simpleflying.com/air-france-klm-flying-blue-tier-guide/
[10] https://wwws.airfrance.fr/en/information/flyingblue/avantages-flying-blue-silver
[11] https://www.skyteam.com/en/about/air-france
[12] https://simpleflying.com/air-france-klm-flying-blue-guide/
[13] https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/travel/a-points-collectors-guide-to-air-france-klm
[14] https://www.flyingblue.us/en/programme/more-info/tier-benefits

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