Last August, just a couple of weeks after I wrote about it again, Lufthansa announced the closure of its oilandenergyclub, presumably due to the slump in the oil market. This offered special benefits to people who worked in the oil and energy sector including Silver (Frequent Traveller) status in the Miles & More programme.
Whilst the Lufthansa scheme may be dead, there is still one perk left if you work in the oil and gas sector. The KLM / Air France programme, Flying Blue, has a similar scheme – Flying Blue Petroleum.
Full details can be found here on the KLM website.
The Flying Blue scheme does not give you status across the whole of SkyTeam. However, the benefits – for someone flying out of Paris or Amsterdam – are interesting.
The benefits could be handy. As well as dedicated check-in counters and priority boarding, you can access the KLM Crown lounge at Schiphol and the AIR FRANCE lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
As with the defunct Lufthansa scheme, membership is FREE if you work in the oil and gas sector so it is well worth a look. You can join here. Do forward a link to this article to any friends you have who work in oil, gas or energy.
How to earn Flying Blue miles via UK credit cards
As a reminder, 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 are:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Club mile.
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