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Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France/KLM, has just launched a new promotion as it attempts to tempt customers back on board. All flights marketed by Air France or KLM will now earn double miles and double elite status credits though the end of the year.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- You must be a Flying Blue Member to be eligible for this promotion. If you are not a Flying Blue Member, you can visit the Flying Blue website (www.flyingblue.com) and enroll today. Membership is free.
- For the purpose of this promotion, an “eligible flight” means an Air France or KLM marketed flight with an Air France or KLM flight number on a ticket where Miles and XP are normally earned.
- The offer is only available on eligible flights flown, for journeys started and completed between 0.01 AM on July 13th 2020 and 11.59 PM on December 31st 2020 (local departure time and date).
- Your Flying Blue number must be recorded at the time of booking or check-in to earn bonus Miles and XP. If a booking involves several passengers, each passenger who is a Flying Blue member must record his/her Flying Blue number to qualify for this offer.
- “Double Miles” and “Double XP” means you will receive 100% additional Flying Blue Miles and XP on Eligible flights.
- The double XP bonus does not apply to the following:
- 2 additional XP given to Air France Discount Pass holders on flights within metropolitan France
- 2 additional XP given on flights within Kenya and Romania.
- Bonus Miles and XP are calculated on the base fare of an eligible ticket as per the original ticketed class, excluding any subsequent reward or complimentary upgrades, ancillaries or any other changes.
There’s quite a bit of good news here. The chance to earn double miles and double elite credits (XP) is the obvious good news but it’s the ease with which these bonuses can be earned that I think is the big positive here.
Firstly, there’s no need to register for this promotion – Flying Blue has confirmed that double miles and double XP will be automatically posted to a member’s account as long as their Flying Blue membership number is associated with their reservation(s) at the time of booking or at check-in.
Secondly, this promotion applies to existing bookings as well as any new bookings made during the promotion period, so people who already have trips booked through Air France/KLM (and who travel during the promotion period) won’t miss out.
Thirdly, this promotion very clearly states that it applies to flights marketed by Air France or KLM so as long as a booking shows flights with Air France or KLM flight numbers, it will be eligible for this promotion. The airline actually operating the flight doesn’t have a bearing on a flight’s eligibility for this promotion (e.g a flight on Delta that was booked through Air France or KLM will qualify for this promotion if credited to the Flying Blue program).
Overall this is a great promotion for Flying Blue members as it offers a great chance to boost elite status and to earn considerably more miles than would otherwise have been earned – it will be interesting to if competing loyalty programs (e.g Miles & More) choose to follow suit.
Most travelers are going to take quite a bit of persuading that it’s safe to fly before they’ll be ready to return to the skies, but those of us immersed in the miles and points hobby are likely to be a little easier to coax back on board. Airlines know this, so we can probably expect to see more promotions like this announced as airlines struggle to get people traveling again.