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Can you earn and burn Virgin Flying Club miles on Air France and KLM from 15th January?

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As regular Head for Points readers will know, we are now very close to the launch date of the full partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Air France KLM.

Both the EU and US authorities have approved the creation of a new joint venture for transatlantic flights.  This will allow Virgin, Delta, Air France and KLM to effectively operate as one company on these routes, allowing them to jointly set prices and schedules.  Frequent flyer benefits will also be aligned.

The official launch date of the partnership has not been released although I have hinted recently that it would be ‘very soon’.

The Flying Blue website seems to have let the cat out of the bag, however.

Take a look here.

In case the page is taken down, because it is up early, here is a screenshot (click to enlarge):

Flying Blue earning on Virgin Atlantic

and part two:

Flying Blue earning on Virgin Atlantic

Ignore all the ‘earn and burn’ data on that page, because it relates to Flying Blue and not Virgin Flying Club.  (It IS relevant to you if you have a Flying Blue account, however, as you can now see the rates at which you will earn if you credit Virgin Atlantic flights to Flying Blue.)

What IS relevant is that the screenshot implies that 15th January is the launch date.

We probably won’t find out officially until next week.  However, it seems that we are – finally – about to be able to spend our Virgin Atlantic miles on Air France and KLM flights.

Of course, until we know how much they will cost and what the taxes will be, it won’t be clear if this is a big win or not.  More to follow ….

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Comments

  1. Stephen C says:

    I have 20,000 Delta miles (visits to in-laws once every 3 years), 13,000 Flying Blue (work trips to Amsterdam but never enough to achieve status) and 20,000 Virgin miles (credit card status). Really no clue which to really use going forward, I guess Virgin as Flybe will give me much more options (from Belfast)

  2. Will you be able to use Flying Blue miles to book Delta flights with low tax from US-Europe? (Or are you able to now as they’re both Skyteam?)

    • You can already do that – albeit FB sets the taxes. It doesn’t matter what Delta charges its own members.

  3. And do we know when we can book Flybe flights using virgin miles?

  4. Just made an interesting discovery. I was able to book FlyBE’s flight from Cardiff to Paris on the KLM website. This never used to be possible. The FlyBE route used to only show up in combination with Air France flights (Cardiff to Rome via Paris, for instance).

    Bizarrely, the flight costs 30 pounds less on the KLM website than on FlyBE’s own, and because of my Gold status, I will get lounge access and a check-in bag for free. Plus XP and miles.

    • Shoestring says:

      bad news for the staff concerned

      good news for more summer flights out of Newquay tba

  5. is it an oversight or do short haul AF flights earn nothing with VS FlyingClub? https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/partners/airlines/air-france.html doesn’t list short haul business, while https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/partners/airlines/klm.html does for KLM.

  6. Dannyrado says:

    So.. It’s the 15th

  7. Is it safe to assume if I have Flying Blue status, the perks won’t apply to Virgin Atlantic since it’s not (yet?) a SkyTeam member? Thanks.

  8. Interestingly, KLM replied to someone on Twitter regarding the partnership 2 days ago, saying “We would like to inform you that the launch of our Flying Blue partnership with Virgin Atlantic has been postponed until further notice.” – Virgin still have all the details on their website so I hope it’s not too long before it’s live again on Flying Blue!

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