Good Things About Air France Flying Blue
Transfer Partners– You can transfer points from all four main transferable points currencies: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Marriott, and Citi ThankYou Points. This makes it very easy to obtain a large amount of Flying Blue points.
Best SkyTeam Award Search Engine– If you are searching award space for any of the SkyTeam partners, you likely find that the Flying Blue award search engine is the easiest to use.
Promo Awards: Each month, Air France offers discounted promotional awards from select cities. Awards have to booked that particular month for travel in the next three months.
Good Award Space– Air France historically offers more award space than most other airlines. They also have a fairly easy to use tool for searching award flights on Air France, KLM, and other SkyTeam partners.
Bad Things About Air France Flying Blue
Upcoming Changes- Air France Flying Blue will be going through a likely devaluation sometime in 2018. They will likely follow Delta, who owns a large stake in Air France, by eliminating award charts and switching to a more revenue-based awards system, where the number of points is closely tied to the cash price of a ticket.
High Fuel Surcharges– Air France and KLM charge fairly high fuel surcharges and they pass on partner airline’s fuel surcharges. This can add hundreds of dollars when using your points.
First Class Restrictions– You can only book Air France first class if you are an elite member and are quite expensive.
Airlines: Air France, KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair, HOP!, JOON, and Transavia are all owned by “Air France-KLM.” Air France-KLM also owns 31% of Virgin Atlantic. Delta owns 10% of Air France-KLM.
Flying Blue: Rewards program for Air France, KLM, Aircalin, Hop, Joon, Kenya Airways, Tarom, and Transavia.
Air France’s North America Routes to Paris (CDG): Atlanta, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington (IAD).
- Other Routes: New York (JFK) to Paris (ORY); Los Angeles to Tahiti (PPT).
KLM’s North American Routes to Amsterdam: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington (IAD).
Points Expiration: 24 months. You must fly on AirFrance, KLM, or SkyTeam and credit points to FlyingBlue to renew the point balance.
Elite Status- Flying Blue operates on an “XP” system. If you live outside of France or Monaco, it is easier to earn elite status. Flying Blue tried to simplify their elite status system, but I think they made it more complex, so be sure to read it carefully. You need 100 XP within 12 months to advance to Silver, which you can enjoy for 15 months. However, as soon as you gain 100 XP, Flying Blue subtracts 100 XP and you need an additional 180 XP to get to Gold (so you need at least 280 XP for Gold elite status). Flying Blue will then subtract 180 XP, and you need an additional 300 XP to reach Platinum status. You can earn XP with by flying with any Air France owned airline or SkyTeam partner. One great way to earn status quickly is short international business class flights (15 XP for business class flights under 2,000 miles). So you could fly one-way business class from New York to Toronto for usually under $200 and earn 15 XP.
- Silver– 6 points per euro; priority check-in, baggage drop-off, and boarding; 25% discount on seat options; free selection of standard seats; and one free extra checked bag on SkyTeam flights.
- Gold– 7 points per euro; free access to SkyTeam lounges worldwide with one guest; Skypriority throughout the airport; 50% discount on seat options; free selection of standard seats; and one free extra checked bag on SkyTeam flights.
- Platinum– 8 points per euro; free access to SkyTeam lounges worldwide with one guest; Skypriority throughout the airport; free access to seat options; and one free extra checked bag on SkyTeam flights; and Platinum customer service phone line.
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