This is a rather niche topic, but many Heads for Points readers with Flying Blue status are likely to have achieved it by shuttling around Europe with CityJet, Air France / KLM‘s UK offshoot, from London City Airport.
I received an email from a reader who flies CityJet on a regular basis. CityJet, with CitySaver being the easyJet equivalent – no free checked baggage, no advance seat choice, non refundable and non changeable etc.
CitySaver also offers no Flying Blue miles. More importantly, though, the reader pointed out that these fares are also not treated as ‘qualiflying’ flights with Flying Blue.
This has two impacts:
The first is that you need to fly once with a Flying Blue airline or another SkyTeam member every 20 months to stop your miles expiring. A cheap CityJet will no longer do the trick here, so don’t waste your money.
Secondly, if you live in the UK and do mainly short-haul flights with Air France / KLM / CityJet, you will earn status more quickly based on segments (15 one-way flights for Silver) rather than miles flown. However, CityJet CitySaver flights will not now count towards status either.
I’m not sure if this is old news or not, although it is not something I had come across before. It is certainly something to bear in mind when booking CityJet flights.