When Do Air France & KLM Flying Blue Miles Expire?

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.

SkyTeam SkyTeam Airlines
Aeroflot Aeroflot Aerolineas Argentinas Aerolineas Argentinas
AEROMEXICO LOGO AeroMexico Air Europa Air Europa
Air France Air France Alitalia logo Alitalia
China Airlines China Airlines China Eastern China Eastern
Czech Airlines Czech Airlines Delta Air Lines Delta
Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia Kenya Airways Kenya Airways
KLM KLM Korean Air Korean Air
Middle East Airlines Middle East Airlines Saudia Airlines Saudia
Tarom TAROM Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines
Xiamen Airlines Xiamen Air

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:

However, a weird quirk of the program is if you earned “Miles from Flying” after your “Miles Earned from Other Sources,” the only way to extend the “Miles Earned from Other Sources” is to earn “Miles from Flying.”

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. 

Airline Expiration
AEROMEXICO LOGO AeroMexico 24 months after inactivity
Air Canada Air Canada (Aeroplan) 18 months after inactivity
Air France Air France (Flying Blue) 24 months after inactivity
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines 24 months after inactivity
American Airlines American Airlines 18 months after inactivity
ANA ANA 36 months
Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines 10 years
British Airways British Airways 36 months after inactivity
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines Never
Emirates logo Emirates 3 years
Etihad Etihad 24 months from inactivity
EVA Air EVA Air 36 months
Iberia logo Iberia 36 months after inactivity
Korean Air Korean Air 10 years
Lufthansa Lufthansa 36 months
Qantas Logo Qantas 18 months after inactivity
Qatar Airways logo Qatar Airways 36 months after inactivity
Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines 36 months
Turkish Airlines logo Turkish Airlines 3 years
United Airlines logo United Airlines Never
Virgin Atlantic logo Virgin Atlantic Never