Air France-KLM Credit Card Offering Huge Bonus

Air France-KLM Credit Card Offering Huge Bonus

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The Air France-KLM World Elite Mastercard has been in the US market for a few years now, and is issued by Bank of America. We’re increasingly seeing non-US airlines launch credit cards in the United States, and that’s pretty cool.

We’ve recently seen a new limited-time welcome bonus rolled out on this card, which is in line with the best bonuses I’ve ever seen on this card. Specifically, you can earn 70,000 Flying Blue miles upon completing minimum spending, plus can get quite a bit of help toward status.

Let’s take a closer look at the card…

Air France-KLM Credit Card details

Here are the basics of the Air France-KLM credit card:

  • Welcome bonus: earn 70,000 bonus miles plus 40 XP after making $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days, plus 60 XP upon approval
  • Annual fee: $89 (not waived the first year)
  • Return on spending: 3x miles per dollar spent directly with Air France, KLM, and SkyTeam member airlines, 1.5x miles per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Other benefits: 5,000 miles every year on your account anniversary after you spend $50 or more on purchases within the anniversary year, plus 20 XP on your account anniversary every year without any spend requirement, plus 40 additional XP on your account anniversary when you spend $15,000 in purchases within the cardmember year
  • Foreign transaction fees: None

For context on XPs, that’s the metric by which you earn status with Flying Blue:

  • 100 XPs gets you Silver status, which you could earn with this bonus
  • You then need 180 additional XPs to earn Gold status
  • You then need 300 additional XPs to earn Platinum status
Redeem Flying Blue miles for travel on KLM

My take on the Air France-KLM Credit Card

In general I don’t recommend using an airline credit card for a majority of your spending, as there are typically better credit cards for everyday spending. That’s more general commentary than something specific to this card.

That’s simply because cards that accrue transferable points give you a lot more flexibility, and often have better bonus categories and welcome bonuses.

Is this the most amazing airline credit card ever? No. But I do think it offers some solid perks and unique benefits that could make it a keeper:

  • Earning 1.5x miles per dollar spent on all purchases is better than average for an airline credit card
  • While the card has an $89 annual fee, the 5,000 bonus miles when spending $50 on the card in a year (which is a reasonable threshold) should nearly cover the annual fee in terms of value
  • The card can help you earn XPs toward Flying Blue status, which some may find to be worthwhile

Personally I don’t have the card. Flying Blue is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou. I’d rather maximize my rewards with some of those credit cards, since many of them offer 1.5-2x points per dollar spent.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • 5x total points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 3x points on dining
  • 2x points on travel purchases
  • $95
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • 3x points on Travel after the $300 Annual Travel Credit
  • 3x points on Dining
  • $300 Travel Credit
  • $550
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Learn More Terms Apply.
  • Earn 3x points on travel
  • Earn 3x points on shipping purchases
  • Cell Phone Protection
  • $95
American Express® Gold Card
  • 4x points at restaurants
  • 4x points at U.S. supermarkets, on up to $25,000 in purchases annually
  • 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com
  • $250
The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 5x points on flights purchased directly from airlines or through Amex Travel (up to $500k/year)
  • $200 Annual Uber Credit
  • Amex Centurion Lounge Access
  • $695
Citi Premier® Card
  • Earn 3x Points on Airfare
  • Earn 3x Points on Hotels
  • Earn 3x Points at Restaurants
  • $95
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
  • Earn 2x miles on every purchase
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • 10,000 bonus miles every account anniversary
  • $395
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Credit
  • $95
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
  • Unlimited 2x miles per dollar
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Capital One Travel Portal
  • $0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Bilt Mastercard®
Learn More Terms Apply
  • 3x on Dining
  • Earn Points on Rent with No Fees
  • 15 Points Transfer Partners
  • $0

On top of that, we even sometimes see transfer bonuses to Flying Blue (typically around 25%), which can improve your points earning rates even more.

Redeem Flying Blue miles for travel on Air France

Bottom line

The Air France-KLM Card is one that many people may not have considered, but it could be worthwhile. The card currently has a bonus of 70,000 Flying Blue miles plus 100 XPs upon completing minimum spending.

This is an excellent offer for those who have had most other cards but not this one. But in the long run, I think there are more lucrative cards out there.

Anyone plan on picking up the Air France-KLM World Elite Mastercard?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

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  1. Matt Guest

    @lucky - thoughts about having this card to keep FlyingBlue miles from expiring? My son will live in Thailand for the next couple of years and won't do any traveling during that time. I can credit his upcoming flight on DL to FlyingBlue but then worry about keeping those miles active until he comes back home. But then maybe I'm overthinking this...maybe DL is the right place to credit the flying miles...

    1. Matt Guest

      And since miles don't expire for 24 months I'll probably wait for a better offer to show up

  2. Dhammer53 Guest

    Coins.

    Hi there. I signed up for the card for the 70000 miles and $2000 spend. I did the Chase Flying Blue transfer a few weeks ago. Besides Priority boarding and free luggage (I don’t have status with any of the alliance partners), I got to pick a seat in coach for having new found status. Normally thats 36 or so hours in advance.
    FYI, my trip JFK/LYS (Lyon France), booked as 2 one...

    Coins.

    Hi there. I signed up for the card for the 70000 miles and $2000 spend. I did the Chase Flying Blue transfer a few weeks ago. Besides Priority boarding and free luggage (I don’t have status with any of the alliance partners), I got to pick a seat in coach for having new found status. Normally thats 36 or so hours in advance.
    FYI, my trip JFK/LYS (Lyon France), booked as 2 one ways cost roughly 31,000 Chase points that converted to 36000 FB miles. Would have been 50-60,000 miles on UA AND AA.

    I'll use my new 70000 miles for a fall trip to Europe (in coach) with my wife.

    Dhammer53

  3. Andrew Guest

    I applied and got this card and activated it. AF advertised 50k miles at first, then apparently upped it to 70k as shown in your post. Which will i receive??? I applied around 4/15 and was approved online. Confusing. Thanks.

    1. Dan Guest

      Call and ask for the increase in sub

  4. Points and Miles Doc Guest

    Does any level of AF status give you the ability to book first awards with them? Does it give you a higher chance of a paid upgrade when flying a biz award?

  5. Trey Guest

    What benefit can you get on Delta w/ Flying Blue Silver? Free baggage? Preferred seat selection? Thanks.

  6. Dan Guest

    Ben can you comment on the sky team benefits of silver and 3X spend and how that might benefit a Delta flyer?

  7. Levi Diamond

    This card is a large part of my getting and keeping Flying Blue Gold (which unfortunately doesn't mean being able to book La Premiere awards, often for fewer miles than AF business class awards). BofA isn't that bad to deal with, and this has to be in the running for best $100-ish annual fee airline card: I can't think of another which gives you this much credit towards alliance status (while the cards for the...

    This card is a large part of my getting and keeping Flying Blue Gold (which unfortunately doesn't mean being able to book La Premiere awards, often for fewer miles than AF business class awards). BofA isn't that bad to deal with, and this has to be in the running for best $100-ish annual fee airline card: I can't think of another which gives you this much credit towards alliance status (while the cards for the US3 in this bracket give you a free checked bag, you have to fly those airlines).

    If FB/SkyTeam status isn't valuable to you, then this card is the epitome of meh.

  8. Ben Guest

    If someone earns 180 XP in a qualifying year, they earn Gold status. Its not 100 XP + 180 XP for gold. I earned AF Plat after 300 XP.

    1. TravelinWilly Diamond

      Did you re-up for gold? Then it’s 180.
      Did you read-up for plat? Then it’s 300

      First time gold is 100+180=280.
      First time plat is 100+180+300=580.

      If you got plat for 300 your first time you’re either lucky or the was a promo of some sort.

    2. reddargon Diamond

      What TravelInWilly said.

    3. Aaron M Guest

      To @reddargon and @TravelinWilly -- did you both miss Lucky's nuance here? After you reach a given tier, your anniversary date resets. From the moment you reach Silver, you have 12 months from that date to earn the Gold 180. And from the date you reach Gold, you have 12 months -- FROM THAT DATE -- to earn the 300 XP for Platinum.

  9. TravelinWilly Guest

    What are the restrictions on applying for this card?

    -Can’t have had the card for x months?
    -Can’t have received a bonus in y months?
    -Other?

    Bear in mind it’s issued by B of A, whose technology and service levels are woefully lacking.

    1. Jim Lovejoy Guest

      I have their Alaska Air card and have never had a problem with their technology or their service. If their Flying Blue credit card is as good I'd consider it. The only hold back on that is that I can easily earn Sky Team elite status on Virgin Atlantic.

  10. Bagoly Guest

    "when you spend $50" appears twice, but that seems more than "reasonable".
    Is it actually "$5000" ?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Bagoly -- Nope, that's actually correct (though I agree it sounds oddly low). Per the terms: "5,000 Miles each account anniversary after you spend $50 or more on purchases within the prior anniversary year."

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TravelinWilly Diamond

Did you re-up for gold? Then it’s 180. Did you read-up for plat? Then it’s 300 First time gold is 100+180=280. First time plat is 100+180+300=580. If you got plat for 300 your first time you’re either lucky or the was a promo of some sort.

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TravelinWilly Guest

What are the restrictions on applying for this card? -Can’t have had the card for x months? -Can’t have received a bonus in y months? -Other? Bear in mind it’s issued by B of A, whose technology and service levels are woefully lacking.

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ Bagoly -- Nope, that's actually correct (though I agree it sounds oddly low). Per the terms: "5,000 Miles each account anniversary after you spend $50 or more on purchases within the prior anniversary year."

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