Flying Blue (Air France, KLM)

Flying Blue is the loyalty scheme for Air France and KLM. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending your points if you are based in the UK.

For further information on Flying Blue and Air France / KLM, visit the KLM website here.

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Bits: Tesco scrapping Avios on gift cards, Flying Blue Shop&Earn, 1000 instant IHG points with Opinion Check-In

News in brief: Tesco stopping its offer of 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) on gift cards According to an announcement on the Tesco website, you will soon no longer be able to earn 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) when you spend £50 on gift cards […]

Flying Blue Petroleum – another good scheme for oil and energy sector employees

Last week I wrote about the Lufthansa Oil & Energy Club. This offers special benefits to people who work in the oil and energy sector including Silver (Frequent Traveller) status in the Miles & More programme. The KLM / Air France programme, Flying Blue, has […]

Bits: Flying Blue joins PointsHound, United ‘buy miles’ bonus, PartnerPlusBenefit Vienna bonus

News in brief: Flying Blue becomes a PointsHound partner I get occasional criticism for not covering Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France scheme, more on Head for Points.  For readers outside London, flying long-haul via Amsterdam on KLM is often cheaper and more pleasant than […]

Bits: £15 off £200 Opodo flight, new UK KLM destinations, Radisson & Park Inn Nordic sale

News in brief: New Opodo discount code launched Until the 29th (Friday), Opodo is offering a £15 saving when you book a flight for £200 or more.  You need to be careful about any fees they add which may reduce the value of the bonus […]

Bits: $75m for Heathrow slot pair, new InterCon in Pattaya, Flying Blue miles sale

News in brief: Pair of Heathrow slots sold for reported $75m If you want proof that no-one expects to see a new Heathrow runway in the near future, Oman Air has reportedly paid $75m to Kenya Airways for its Heathrow slot pair. Oman Air will […]

Bits: Avoiding Virgin’s 1.5% credit card fee, duty free ‘reserve and collect’ at LHR, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: How to avoid the Virgin Atlantic credit card fee but still earn double miles One of the benefits of the Virgin Flying Club credit cards is double credit card miles when you purchase Virgin Atlantic tickets via the American Express part of […]

Bits: Tesco 20% bonus emails arrive, bonus on Flying Blue miles purchases, Marriott / Hertz bonus

News in brief: Emails arrive for the Tesco / BA 20% conversion bonus The mythical emails regarding the new 20% conversion bonus of Tesco Clubcard points to British Airways Executive Club finally arrived yesterday.  Details of this promo can be found in my original article […]

Bits: new BA routes, Osaka in Business for £1050, 1000 Avios with Kaligo.com

News in brief: British Airways launches three new European routes British Airways has announced three new routes for next Summer: Biarritz (photo of Hotel du Palais below) – twice weekly from 1st May Mahon, Menorca – four times weekly from 29th April Palermo, Sicily – […]

3,000 miles in ANY airline scheme with a Rocketmiles hotel booking

For just two days, until October 3rd, hotel booking site Rocketmiles is offering 3,000 bonus airline miles with any hotel booking. The only rule is that you must not have used their service before.  Whilst you need to book by the 3rd, your stay can […]

Bits: Hilton T5 deal, KLM raises award prices with no warning, £399 Air New Zealand to LA

News in brief: Interesting Hilton Terminal 5 deal Amazon Local is currently selling a good package for the Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5.  Note that this hotel is NOT connected to Terminal 5 and requires a shuttle bus trip. For £149, you get: a King room […]

Bits: more on combining Avios from Iberia Plus, up to 50% bonus buying Flying Blue miles

Some news in brief: More ideas if having trouble using Combine My Avios with Iberia Plus I wrote an article last year on how to do ‘Combine My Avios’ from an Iberia Plus account.  Reader David dropped me a note with another hint. When you log […]

Bits: 10% off Etihad fares with Amex, Eurostar flash sale to Marseille & Lyon, £278 J to Paris with Air France, The Railway Children tickets

News in brief: 10% discount on Etihad flights for Amex cardholders Etihad is offering a 10% discount on flights in all classes to American Express cardholders.   You need to book via this special website here. The last day to book is July 15th although you […]

Bits: North America KLM deals, BA £932 Club World to New York, South West Trains deal

Here is some news in brief that accumulated whilst I was running around Stockholm (SAS), Toulouse (Airbus) and Heathrow this week – which accounts for the slightly disjointed flow of articles recently!  There are some very interesting stories from that trip to come next week, but for now: […]

Where to buy airline and hotel points

This page contains links to the ‘buy miles’ or ‘buy points’ sections of the major airline and hotel schemes. Click on the link to be taken directly to the ‘buy’ page. Airlines: American AAdvantage British Airways Executive Club Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) Iberia […]

Bits: KLM business class sale, Corinthia sale, Luxury Travel Diary auction ending – massive bargains

News in brief: KLM launches more business class deals Dutch airline KLM may be feeling the heat from the aggressive business class fare deals that Qatar Airways has been running from the UK, with Qatar siphoning off traffic from passengers who are happy to fly […]

Bits: 1500 bonus Iberia Avios with any booking, 40% off Hilton points, KLM £396 to SIN/BKK, Kaligo offer extended

Some news in brief: 1,500 bonus Avios with a flight booking on iberia.com Until next Tuesday 17th March, you will 1,500 bonus Avios in Iberia Plus when you book a cash flight on iberia.com.  This is not automatic – you need to be logged in […]