Air France – KLM Flying Blue has an overly complicated mileage expiration policy because Flying Blue has different expiration policies for miles earned from flying and miles earned from other means.
Mile Earned from Flying
Flying Blue miles earned from flying expire 24 months from the last time you flew on Air France, KLM, SkyTeam airline, or another partner and credited the flight to Flying Blue.
These miles also won’t expire if you hold a Flying Blue credit card or if you are a Flying Blue elite member.
However, miles earned from other sources won’t extend the life of your miles earned from flying.
For example, if you transferred Marriott Bonvoy points to Flying Blue, that would not extend the miles earned from flying. (But it would extend the life of the miles from other sources.)
But if you flew a Delta Air Lines flight, and credited it to Flying Blue, it would reset the expiration date of the miles, because Delta is a SkyTeam airline.
|China Airlines||China Eastern|
|Garuda Indonesia||Kenya Airways|
|Middle East Airlines||Saudia|
Miles Earned from Other Sources
Flying Blue miles earned from other sources such as hotel, car rental, shopping, or transferring miles will expire 24 months from the last time you earned at least one point.
You can reset the expiration date by:
- Flying on Air France, KLM, or a partner airline.
- Spending on a Flying Blue credit card.
- Transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, or Marriott Bonvoy.
- Staying in a hotel.
- Renting a car.
- Giving your opinion.
- Shopping at participating stores.
Comparison of Mileage Expiration Policies
Below are the mileage expiration policies of the major airline points program so you can see how Flying Blue stacks up to the competition.
|AeroMexico||24 months after inactivity|
|Air Canada (Aeroplan)||18 months after inactivity|
|Air France (Flying Blue)||24 months after inactivity|
|Alaska Airlines||24 months after inactivity|
|American Airlines||18 months after inactivity|
|Asiana Airlines||10 years|
|British Airways||36 months after inactivity|
|Delta Air Lines||Never|
|Etihad||24 months from inactivity|
|EVA Air||36 months|
|Iberia||36 months after inactivity|
|Korean Air||10 years|
|Qantas||18 months after inactivity|
|Qatar Airways||36 months after inactivity|
|Singapore Airlines||36 months|
|Turkish Airlines||3 years|