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As the fallout from the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with international travel, we’re starting to see more airlines and hotels introducing new sets of measures to keep their elite guests and flyers happy. Flying Blue is the latest airline loyalty program to recognize that additional steps are needed as it announces more status extensions for its elite flyers.
Flying Blue Status Extensions
Flying Blue has said that it will be offering 1-year extensions to the statuses of all elite flyers whose qualification period falls between March and December 2021 meaning that some Flying Blue members now have their current status guaranteed into December 2022.
In addition, Flying Blue has said that the method that it will be using to extend a flyer’s status will ensure that any excess XPs earned are protected. To illustrate how the status extension will work, Flying Blue has offered up three examples.
- A Silver member with a qualification period ending in April 2021:
- If you have gained 120 XP, your counter will be offset by 100 XP to maintain Silver and you keep a surplus of 20 XP.
- If you have gained 65 XP, we will credit the missing 35 XP and then offset your counter with 100 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Silver level.
- A Gold member with a qualification period ending in April 2021:
- If you have gained 220 XP, your counter will be offset by 180 XP to maintain Gold and you keep a surplus of 40 XP.
- If you have gained 120 XP, we will credit the missing 60 XP and then offset your counter with 180 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Gold level.
- A Platinum member with a qualification period ending in April 2021:
- If you have gained 450 XP, your counter will be offset by 300 XP to maintain Platinum and you keep a surplus of 150 XP.
- If you have gained 250 XP, we will credit the missing 50 XP and then offset your counter with 300 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Platinum level.
As an extension of an earlier (2020) Flying Blue measure, elite members with a qualification period between now and December 2021 will automatically have any surplus XP topped up to match last year’s surplus if any current surplus is lower than the surplus last year.
Flying Blue members who have opted-in to receive email updates regarding the program will be informed of any measures that affect them “within a month” of their last qualification period ending. In addition, they will also be able to find the program updates in their online accounts under “activity overview”.
If you’re a Flying Blue elite with a qualification period ending between March and December 2021 your elite status will be extended for a further qualification period and any surplus XPs that you may have been earned will be protected and rolled over. Congratulations!