Flying Blue

Program overview 

Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM. Miles can be redeemed for all SkyTeam airlines and other non-SkyTeam partners. You can earn Flying Blue miles flying on SkyTeam partners and other partners. It is one of few programs that you can transfer points to from all 4 major mega programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards® and Citi ThankYou.



Program website 

Approximate miles value 

1.2 cents per mile 

Miles validity 

Miles never expire as long as you have at least one accrual once every 2 years

Program accrual

Based on fare

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

Explorer member -  up to 75000 per year. Silver, gold, platinum - may purchase an unlimited number of miles in any calendar year

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation


Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

No, you need to pay per segment 

Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 

Yes for all flights 

Airline partners 

AeroflotAerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Corsica, Air Europa, Air Mauritius, Alitalia, Bangkok Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Copa Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, GOL, Japan Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, TAROM, Transavia, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen Airlines

Credit card partners

American Express (1:1, instant transfer), Chase (1:1, up to 1-hour transfer), Citi ThankYou (1:1, instant transfer), Capital One (1:1, instant transfer)

Hotel partners 

Marriott Bonvoy (3:1, 3 days transfer), Best Western Rewards (6:1, 4-6 weeks transfer), Accor Live Limitless (2:1, 4-6 weeks transfer), IHG Rewards (5:1, 6 weeks transfer), Hilton Honors (10:1, up to 30 days transfer), World of Hyatt (5:2, 6-8 weeks transfer), Radisson Rewards (10:1, 4-6 weeks transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 

Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard from Bank of America 

Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Promo awards offer excellent value for premium cabins but are very inflexible
  • Good award availability on KLM and Air France, better than any other program
  • Special additional award availability in premium classes reserved for elite members
  • Good website and decent customer service


  • Flying Blue doesn’t publish an award chart and uses dynamic pricing, but pricing is still much better than using Delta SkyMiles for Premium cabins
  • Only Elite members of the Flying Blue program can redeem miles for Air France La Premiere (First Class)
  • Fuel surcharges on many tickets, particularly high on Premium Class tickets

Excellent for   

  • Delta flights from the US to the Caribbean start from 72,000 miles in a Business Class round trip. 
  • KLM or Air France to Europe from the US for 21,000 miles in Economy one way and 53,000 miles in Business.
  • From the US to Mexico on Delta or Aeromexico Airlines for 14,500 miles in Economy one way.
  • Copa flight to Panama from the US starts from 17,500 miles in Economy one way.

Insider Tip 

  • Look for promo awards to get the best value.
  • La Premiere - AF First Class cabin redemptions are only available through this program.
  • Transatlantic promo awards from non-SkyTeam hub cities like Chicago, Washington and Denver are often the best chance to find promo award space in premium classes.  You can always get inexpensive domestic tickets to connect separately.
  • The Homebase Stopover Strategy yields significant savings for Paris based travelers and combines well with Flying Blue.
  • Air France operates non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Tahiti several days a week and this program shows the best award availability for that route. You may need to buy a separate ticket to LAX, but the savings are worth it if you get a premium class award to Tahiti on Air France.
  • You can earn Flying Blue miles when booking hotels and rental cars. Check all partners here

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



Comments: 2
Roger bloom 17 Oct 2022 at 15:30:31 #
I am a Flying Blue member with significant miles accused. What do I need to do to ensure flights taken on Delta Airlines Re credited to my Flying Blue account? Thank you.
Pavlina from WikiMiles 18 Nov 2022 at 15:50:52 #
Hi Roger bloom,
Thank you for your comment! If you want to claim your Flying Blue miles from past Delta flights, you will need to submit a claim through Flying Blue. You have up to 6 months from the date of your flight to do it.
However, please note that you cannot transfer miles to Flying Blue account, if they have already been credited to your Delta Skymiles account.