Air France-KLM Flying Blue Offering Double Miles & Status Credits

Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Great Deals

We’ve seen airline loyalty programs start to offer incentives for travel. Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just published a solid promotion for members, offering bonus miles and also making it easier to qualify for status.

Flying Blue offering double miles & XPs

The Flying Blue program is offering double miles and XPs for all flights for the remainder of the year:

  • This is valid for flights that are marketed by Air France and KLM (so codeshare flights on other airlines would qualify as well)
  • All travel between July 13 and December 31, 2020, qualifies, regardless of when it was booked (yes, previously booked travel qualifies)
  • All Flying Blue members worldwide are eligible, and no registration is required, so you’ll be credited double redeemable miles and status credits automatically the same time your flight usually posts to your account
  • You can earn this bonus for an unlimited number of flights
  • Double miles and status credits are calculated on the base fare of an eligible ticket as per the original fare class

This promotion is in addition to Flying Blue extending elite status by 12 months for those that have status expiring between March 2020 and February 2021.

Earn double miles and XPs for all KLM flights

Doing the math on this promotion

Flying Blue has been a revenue based frequent flyer program since 2018, and members earn the following number of miles per EUR spent:

  • Ivory: four miles per EUR spent
  • Silver: six miles per EUR spent
  • Gold: seven miles per EUR spent
  • Platinum: eight miles per EUR spent

With this promotion, members would earn an additional four miles per EUR spent. Personally I value Flying Blue miles at ~1.3 cents each, so that’s roughly a 5% incremental return on Air France-KLM spending. In total members would earn eight to 12 miles per EUR spent for the rest of the year, depending on their status.

Nowadays elite status is based on “Experience Points” (XPs), and members earn the following number of XPs based on the type of fare and distance:

During this promotion, the number of XPs you earn would be doubled. This is useful for those who currently don’t have status, or those looking to qualify for a higher status tier, given that status is being renewed for existing members.

Here are the Flying Blue status requirements:

  • You need to earn 100 XPs for Silver status
  • You need to earn 280 XPs for Gold status
  • You need to earn 580 XPs for Platinum status

In other words, a long haul roundtrip nonstop business class ticket would usually earn you 72 XPs, but during this promotion would earn 144 XPs.

Earn an extra four miles per EUR spent on Air France

Bottom line

It’s nice to see an airline loyalty program offer a global double miles and status credits promotion. This is a solid offer, though I’m not sure to what extent it will actually move the needle for consumer behavior.

Flying Blue members will earn an extra four Flying Blue miles per EUR spent on airfare, which I value at an incremental return of roughly 5%. On top of that, members will earn status credits twice as fast.

A status fast track promotion shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that Flying Blue hasn’t otherwise lowered elite qualification tiers for members this year on a widespread basis.

Will you benefit from Flying Blue’s promotion for double miles and XPs?

Comments
  1. I don’t think the operating airline necessarily has to be AF/KL to qualify for this promotion. From what I read in their email I believe the flight has to be marketed by AF/KL and booked directly via AF/KL.

  2. I’m a lowly silver with KLM. I would love to take advantage of this – if I had a need to go somewhere.

  3. @ Alex H:

    Yes. And given the appalling status requirements of LH/LX/OS/SN, the TAP promotion offers an excellent path to Star-Alliance Status.

  4. I was looking at my flights a few moments ago, and checking the usual changes for upcoming flights here in Europe. Of course, I saw all my expected XP’s and miles to earn had doubled so checked the Flying Blue site, saw the promotion and was absolutely delighted as my remaining flights for the year will further extend my Platinum status for another 2 years, assuming all flights go ahead as planned (there are a few sets of flights booked for later in the year).

  5. Hi, Ben, a few typos. The ivory level is now rebranded as explorer. The thresholds for earning status from scratch are the ones you noted. However, for retaining, it is 100 for silver, 180 for gold, and 300 for platinum.

  6. @Ben I see one additional typo to what @Lloyd has spotted with the number of XP to retain status. You state you would “earn eight to 12 miles per EUR”, though with double miles Platinum members will earn 16 miles per EUR. I only know this as my Mum who travels once a year is earning exactly half the number of miles I am for the same ticket.

  7. Problem is no one wants US citizens. Let’s hope the EU ban will be over by years end to take advantage of this.

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