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Up to 50% bonus when you buy Flying Blue miles

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Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running a bonus promotion for anyone who is looking to top up their account:

As a Flying Blue member, you can buy yourself Award Miles to get the award of your choice. Until 31 December 2013, you can benefit from a bonus of up to 50% when you purchase Award Miles for yourself. The more Miles you buy, the more you benefit.

Flying Blue Ivory members will benefit from the following bonus:

  • 10,000 – 18,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 20,000 – 28,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 30,000 – 38,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 40,000 Award Miles = 40% Bonus

Flying Blue Elite members will benefit from the following bonus:

  • 10,000 – 18,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 20,000 – 28,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 30,000 – 38,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 40,000 – 58,000 Award Miles = 40% Bonus
  • 60,000 – 88,000 Award Miles = 45% Bonus
  • 90,000 – 100,000 Award Miles = 50% Bonus

Flying Blue promo

Is that a good deal? Well, Flying Blue is not exactly well regarded amongst European frequent flyer programmes. However it does have regular ’50% discount’ sales on some routes. This is the latest list of promotional routes . Some of the deals are OK, eg 62,500 miles for a business class round-trip from Europe to Dallas or Washington.

Base level (Ivory) members can buy up to 40,000 miles per year, plus any bonus. Flying Blue status members can buy up to 100,000, whilst top-level Elite members can buy an unlimited amount (although its not clear why an Elite level member who presumably already has a large pile of them would want to!).

At the end of the day, though, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this. It is also worth remembering that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner – why pay for a pile of FB miles when you can take out an Amex Gold and get 20,000 miles free (22,000 if I refer you)?

The ‘buy miles’ page is here, scroll down to the Flying Blue logo.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (November 2020)

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 cardsThese are:

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.

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