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Flying Blue (SkyTeam) status match – your last chance

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If you have top-tier status with British Airways or indeed any other oneworld, Star Alliance or non-alliance airline, you have three weeks left to take advantage of the current SkyTeam status match. This would give you status with all 19 SkyTeam airlines.

If you live in or near Kent, you will know that the former RAF base at Manston has been operating as a (very unpopular) civilian airport since 2004. With Flybe having dropped its services last year, KLM has picked up the baton. It is offering two flights per day to Amsterdam.

Until July 31st, anyone who credits a KLM flight from Manston to their Flying Blue account will qualify to have their Flying Blue account made up to Gold status – as long as you already have a Gold card from another airline.

The promotion is only valid to Flying Blue members with a UK home and business address.

If you are wondering how to get to Manston, you take (from London) a Javellin high-speed train from St Pancras or Stratford International and get off at Ramsgate. It is then an 8-10 minute taxi ride to the airport. A trip report on Flyertalk can be found here.

Fares are very cheap out of Manston at the moment. At the time of writing, a one-way from Manston to Amsterdam can be as low as £42 (although you need to book a return to get that price, no cheap one ways bizarrely) and that is all you need to trigger the status match.


How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (October 2022)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards points:

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (10)

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  • Ben E says:

    Still nothing back from them yet, despite various emails and facebook posts. Will keep you updated. B

  • VS says:

    I assume the Cathay Gold is not actually the equivalent of “Gold on another program” as far as KLM / SkyTeam is concerned…?

    • Rob says:

      It should be, because Gold is NOT the top tier in FB – Platinum is. This is the same as the Cathay system

      FB Gold is actually BA Silver equivalent, although I doubt they will match this.

  • Susan says:

    Cathay Gold worked fine for the KLM status match a few months ago where FB forgot to specify it was for certain countries only. OW sapphire + Skyteam elite plus and suddenly that Amex Plat fee is starting to look rather good value. Thanks of course also to HfP for the heads up.

  • Daftboy says:

    I have flown this route from Manston and submitted my information to FlyingBlue (that’s my TR above) but as of yet have not heard anything roughly three weeks later. The flyer does say the new status will be applied within a month, so they don’t exactly promise a swift turnaround!

    I did take the time to email them before booking my flight to check if my gold card counted (the largely worthless Aer Lingus Gold Circle, free via the BD status match last year) and they responded in the affirmative, so I am reasonably confident it should work.

  • Ben E says:

    Finally a response on email after 5 weeks and 2 days:

    Dear Mr E

    We acknowledge receipt of your email. From the outset we wish to offer our sincere apologies on behalf of Air France KLM for this belated reply.

    Your request for a Gold status membership has been forwarded to the relevant department and should be duly processed within the next few days.

    Many thanks for your interest in this promotion.

    We shall get back in contact with you shortly to confirm your new status with Flying Blue.

    With kind regards

    The Flying Blue Team

    • Daftboy says:

      I’ve had essentially the same response today, although without any apology – what an outrage 😉

      So that was worth a trip to Manston I guess!

  • Ben E says:

    Dear Mr E,

    I am pleased to advise that we have upgraded your Flying Blue membership to Gold status.

    You will receive your Gold card in 4 – 6 weeks, but in the meantime you can download and print a temporary Gold card by logging into your account from the link below.

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