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Flying Blue Petroleum – a good free scheme if you’re in the oil and energy sector

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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.

Petroleum

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.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (December 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.

Comments (4)

  • Frenske says:

    If KLM is similar to Lufthansa scheme you need to have flown with them in order to get into scheme.

    • Owen Rudge says:

      I applied for a Flying Blue Petroleum card a few months ago without at the time having any points credited to my account, and was issued a card valid until next year. I think you have to take 4 return flights to requalify. Your company needs to be on their list, but unless you’re working for a very small or obscure company then the chances are it’ll be there. Possibly you can apply anyway.

      The priority check-in/boarding was handy on a recent trip I had via Amsterdam, but my time in AMS was so short that I didn’t have time to check out the lounge!

      • Kevin M says:

        I was a member of FBPC for years and it is such a bonus to have the crown lounge at Schipol.
        There are two, both have that rarest of beasts these days, a smoking lounge! <3
        the food is very basic but its there and there is a self service bar.
        Its a major incentive to fly KLM.

  • Matthew Goode says:

    I was a member of the Petroleum Club while I worked in the oil industry. It used to be that you could use their lounge in Amsterdam with any SkyTeam flight from the airport, but they changed it a few years ago so that it was only for connecting flights. I’m not sure if this is still the case, but perhaps worth checking.