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Get up to a 75% bonus when you buy Flying Blue miles – but should you?

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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.

This offer is the best we have seen for a while for anyone who wants to buy a large number of Flying Blue miles – 75% is very good by their standards.

The bonus is staggered:

  • 40% bonus when you buy 4,000 to 8,000 miles
  • 50% bonus when you buy 10,000 to 38,000 miles
  • 75% bonus when you buy 40,000 to 100,000 miles

The annual ‘buy miles’ cap depends on your status level – 75,000 miles for Ivory members or unlimited for elite members.  The maximum you can buy pre-bonus in this promotion is 100,000 miles.

75,000 miles, the annual cap for a non elite member, + 75% means you are paying €2,062 for 131,250 miles.  That is 1.57 Eurocents per mile.

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.

At the end of the day, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this.

The Flying Blue ‘buy miles’ page is here.  The offer runs until 10th April.

75% bonus when you buy Flying Blue miles

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.