16 Best Ways to Earn Lots of Flying Blue Miles (Air France / KLM Airlines)

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Flying Blue is the loyalty program of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (the national airline of the Netherlands) and Air France. KLM and Air France merged to form Air France-KLM Group back in 2004.

In this post, we will look at the many ways Flying Blue members can earn miles to spend on free flights and upgrades.

Because KLM and Air France are part of SkyTeam, there are loads of methods you can use to increase the number of miles in your Flying Blue account!

The Flying Blue Frequent Flyer Program

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1. Sign Up for Flying Blue

Join Flying Blue by creating an account. Then start earning miles with KLM, Air France, and their partner airlines.

Flying Blue Join
It takes just a few minutes to fill out the Flying Blue application!

2. Fly With Flying Blue Partner Airlines

On April 1, 2018, Flying Blue switched to revenue-based earning.

On Air France, KLM, Joon, and Hop! flights, you earn miles based on ticket price (excluding taxes) and elite status level:

  • Explorers (general members, the old Ivory level): 4 miles per euro
  • Silver: 6 miles per euro
  • Gold: 7 miles per euro
  • Platinum: 8 miles per euro

Other partner airlines earn by ticket fare class and distance flown, see rates for each partner.

Flying Blue SkyTeam
Including KLM and Air France, there are 20 SkyTeam airlines.

Because Flying Blue is a SkyTeam member, you can earn miles with their 20 airlines such as Delta Air Lines and Korean Air, or with other partner airlines like Japan Airlines and Air Corsica, just to name a few.

As a Flying Blue member, there are 3 types of miles you can earn: Award Miles, Level Miles, and Elite Bonus Miles. Let’s begin by examining Award Miles and Level Miles.

Hot Tip: For more information, check out this in depth guide to help you know where to credit your airline miles.

Earn Points With Flexible Credit Cards

3. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

Flying Blue American Express Membership Rewards
Start transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue beginning at 625 points.

Are you a member of the American Express Membership Rewards program? Then listen up! You can transfer Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue.

Make sure the first and last names on your Membership Rewards and Flying Blue accounts match. The transfer is completed instantaneously.

Earn Membership Rewards points with these credit cards:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year.

Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.

With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Even though this card carries a hefty annual fee, we get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card.

Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and a lot more. Also, earn a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points (terms apply). For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

4. Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards

Flying Blue Chase Ultimate Rewards
Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your Flying Blue account in increments of 1,000.

Chase Ultimate Rewards is a Flying Blue member as well. Transfer a minimum of 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for 1,000 Flying Blue Award Miles. Points transfer instantaneously.

Want to transfer more? No problem; just make sure they are in increments of 1,000.

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite starter travel rewards card which has a 60,000 point sign up bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

The current bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (e.g. flights, hotels, car rentals and with no blackout dates) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal which is easy to use. You could enjoy several round-trip flights or hotel stays with that 60k bonus.
Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you 1.5% cash back on all purchases. Just know that you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a whopping 80,000 sign up bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This 80,000 bonus is worth $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (e.g flights, hotels, car rentals). Earn lots of points by leveraging bonus categories, and also - if you pay for your cell phone bill with this card, you can get up to $600 in insurance coverage.
Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card - earn $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. In addition, get up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses. A simple, $0 annual fee card.

5. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards

Just like with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou points transfer in increments of 1,000 points for 1,000 Flying Blue Miles. There’s a maximum of 500,000 miles per transfer, and transfers can take up to 48 hours to complete.

Earn ThankYou points with these credit cards:

6. Capital One Miles

Capital One miles now transfer to Flying Blue at a 2:1.5 ratio. Instead of redeeming your Capital One miles in the Capital One Travel Portal for cash tickets, you now have the option to transfer them to your Flying Blue account.

Using Flying Blue miles can potentially save a ton of miles when looking to book first or business class tickets by using the Flying Blue award chart compared to 1 cent per point of the cash ticket price using the Capital One Travel Portal.

Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Personal)

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The big brother of the VentureOne and it's packed with a lot more benefits and perks. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening — and 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels. We recommend this as a no-brainer card if you even semi regularly stay at hotels.
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 10x miles per $1 across thousands of hotels. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Business)

Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business - This no annual fee card has a 20,000 mile sign up bonus after meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 within the first 3 months. Save on interest with 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 15.24% - 23.24% variable APR after that.
Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business - Earn 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. Annual fee: $0 intro for first year; $95 after that.

Hot Tip: Hop on over and check out this article: The Best Ways to Redeem Capital One Miles [For Max Value]!

7. Marriott Credit Cards

You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Flying Blue at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 Flying Blue bonus.

Earn Points With Flying Blue Partners

8. Partner Hotel Miles

Whether earning miles per stay or per $1 spent, staying at partner hotels can mean lots more miles in your Flying Blue account! Click on a hotel to learn more about what they offer for Flying Blue members.

HotelMiles EarnedHotelMiles Earned
Marriott BonvoyUp to 2 miles/$1Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites, & ResortsUp to 500 miles/ stay
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stayRadisson500 miles/stay
IHGUp to 500 miles/stayBest Western250 miles/stay
WorldhotelsUp to 3,000 miles/stayYotel* (must book at yotel.com)Up to 500 miles/ stay
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 miles/stay

9. Transfer Hotel Loyalty Points

While it’s easy to earn miles for staying at partner hotels, that’s not the only way to get them. The following hotel groups allow you to transfer points earned in their loyalty programs to Flying Blue Miles!

Hotel Loyalty ProgramConvertTo
AccorHotels2,000 Le Club Points*1,000 Award Miles
Hilton Honors10 Honors Points*1 Award Mile
World of Hyatt1,250 Gold Passport Points**500 Award Miles
IHG Rewards Club10,000 Rewards Club Points2,000 Award Miles

*2,000 Accor points = 1,000 miles, minimum 2,000 points to convert to airline, maximum 60,000 Rewards points converted per year, can set up auto-conversion.
**Must transfer a minimum of 20,000 Honors Points; can then increase in increments of 10,000 points.
***Convert 20,000 miles to receive a 5,000-mile bonus

We’re posting the conversion chart for Marriott Bonvoy separately since it’s a little more detailed:

10,000 Points1,500 Award Miles
20,000 Points3,500 Award Miles
30,000 Points7,000 Award Miles
70,000 Points17,500 Award Miles
140,000 Points35,000 Award Miles

10. Visit PointsHound to Book a Room

Flying Blue Points Hound
You can earn as many as 10,000 Flying Blue miles by booking through PointsHound.

Book a room at one of more than 150,000 hotels through PointsHound and earn Flying Blue miles at the same time. The current bonus is 10,000 miles per stay, but check back with the Flying Blue website for new bonuses.

11. Earn Miles With Car Rental Partners

Flying Blue Car Rental Partners
With 6 car rental agencies offering Flying Blue points, you have lots of options.

Rent a car to earn up to 1,000 miles per rental with Flying Blue. Find out how many miles you can earn below, or click on a rental agency for more information about terms and conditions:

Car Rental AgencyEarned MilesCar Rental AgencyEarned Miles
AvisUp to 900 miles/rentalEnterprise Rent-A-Car4 miles/Euro
Hertz5 miles per euroEuropcarUp to 1,000 miles/rental plus discount
BudgetUp to 1,000 miles/rentalSixtUp to 1,200 miles/rental*
Thrifty4 miles per euro

* Use the following discount codes: Ivory (9812072), Silver and Gold (9812073)

Partner Retail Offers

12. Air France Shopping and [email protected]

If you love travel-related products like clothing, watches, pens, and comfort items, then you are in luck. Air France shopping carries over 400 items, priced in Euros, that can be delivered to the U.S., earning 3 miles per euro spent.

[email protected] earns 2 miles per euro spent.

13. FlyingBlue Shop for Miles

Flying Blue Shop for Miles

Fashion, department stores, gifts, office & business…no matter what you like to shop for online, you’re bound to find it at the Flying Blue Shop for Miles.

You’ll be directed to your favorite retailers through links on the site, so enable cookies on your browser before getting started. Earn 1 mile per $1, 2 miles per $1, or more depending on the store and the offer.

Flying Blue will confirm your purchase and mark it approved before applying miles to your account, so it can take up to 120 days to see these miles.

Other Opportunities to Earn Miles

14. Hire Driving Blue

Need a ride to the airport or back home from the airport after landing? Driving Blue is an online booking platform for airport taxis where you’ll earn 2 miles per Euro spent.

Flying Blue Driving Blue
Book an airport taxi through Driving Blue for Flying Blue Miles!

15. Opinion Rewards Club

Who doesn’t like to share their opinion? Sign up with the Opinion Rewards Club and get paid for it in Flying Blue Miles!

Earn 250 miles for signing up and completing your first survey. After that, you’ll get 10 miles automatically added to your account for each survey you complete.

The program is open to a variety of countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

16. Enroll in e-Rewards

Flying Blue eRewards
After earning Opinion Points on e-Rewards, transfer them to Flying Blue Miles!

As long as you’re already sharing your opinion, consider joining e-Rewards. Earn Opinion Points for each survey you complete, and then exchange those points for Award Miles.

Sign up and complete your first survey for 500 Bonus Miles!

Here’s the conversion rate:

Opinion PointsFlying Blue Miles
2,000500
4,0001,000
8,0002,000

Conclusion

Obviously, there are plenty of strategies available for earning Flying Blue Miles.

Whether you earn miles by using credit cards, participating in partner offers, or transferring them into your account from other loyalty programs, you can accrue Flying Blue Miles fast!

As long as you follow the tips we provided here, you should have enough miles in your Flying Blue account to redeem for terrific travel rewards in no time!

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Best Ways to Earn KLM Air France Flying Blue Miles

FAQ

What is Flying Blue? How much does it cost?

Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program for KLM and Air France. It’s a free program that allows members to earn miles when booking flights and traveling with Flying Blue partners.

You can even earn points with non-travel partners.

Flying Blue points can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades, and more!

How do I enroll in Flying Blue?

Sign up for Flying Blue here and start earning miles right away.

Is there a Flying Blue credit card that earns miles?

While Flying Blue doesn’t have a co-branded card in the U.S. to earn miles, there are plenty of other ways to earn miles with credit cards.

Because Flying Blue partners with many credit card loyalty programs, you can transfer points to your Flying Blue account easily.

Here are just a few examples of credit cards you can use to earn points:

Another option is to transfer points from hotel loyalty programs, which can also be earned with credit cards. Again, a couple of examples:

Where can I log in to my Flying Blue account?

Sign in to your Flying Blue account on their website.

Can I earn miles with Flying Blue partners?

Flying Blue has a ton of partners to earn miles with, including hotels, car rental agencies, retailers, and much more.

Is it possible to upgrade a flight with Flying Blue Miles?

Yes, you can upgrade with Flying Blue Miles!

How can I earn Flying Blue Miles shopping online?

Earn miles by shopping top retailers at the Flying Blue Shop & Earn Store or the Air France Online Store.

Which airlines are in the Flying Blue loyalty program?

KLM and Air France are members of SkyTeam along with 18 other partners like Delta Air Lines. In addition, Flying Blue partners with other airlines such as Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

Find a complete list of partners here.

Can I earn Flying Blue Miles by flying Delta?

Yes, you can earn Flying Blue Miles on Delta Air Lines flights marketed as DL, AF, KL, or a SkyTeam-partner.

Can I transfer Flying Blue Miles to SkyMiles?

While you can’t transfer Flying Blue Miles to SkyMiles, you can spend Flying Blue Miles on flights operated by Delta Air Lines and marketed as DL.

When do Flying Blue Miles expire?

As long as you take a flight at least once every 20 months, your Flying Blue Miles will not expire.

Can I rent a car to earn Flying Blue Miles?

Yes, Flying Blue has several car rental partners including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, and Sixt.

Jennifer Koebele

About Jennifer Koebele

Jennifer ("Jen") is a self-proclaimed travel geek. Her favorite spot to relax is the beautiful resort town of Interlaken, Switzerland, which she first visited as a toddler. The Alpine city of Annecy, France is a close second. There's nothing Jen loves more than discovering (and writing about) how to find a good bargain.

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5 comments

  1. I’m looking at transferring Citi ThankYou points to Air France/KLM with a 30% bonus. Are there any ways to extend the life of Air France/KLM miles other than taking a flight? Will miles earned from the Opinion Rewards Club extend the 20-month requirement?

    • Yes, to extend the expiration date of your miles you just need to top up the balance by at least 1 mile. You could do this by transferring the minimum number of points from Citi, or by using their airline credit or as you mentioned in your comment!

  2. @Matthew, be careful. Maybe the terms have changed but I’m at the FB website right now and it appears there are DEFINITE limitations on extending flight miles. It’s unclear if a points transfer or survey credit would be the partial or overall type of activity. Alex, do you know?

    ‘All your Miles are valid for life as long as you take an eligible flight on Air France, KLM, Joon, HOP!, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, TAROM or other SkyTeam partners at least once every 2 years, or if you’re an Elite or Elite Plus member, or if you make a purchase with an eligible co-branded credit card at least once every 2 years. These “Overall extending activities” extend the validity of all Miles 2 years from the date of the activity.

    ‘You can also extend the validity of Miles earned with all other partners (airline partners not mentioned above, car rental partners, hotel partners, and experience partners) for 2 years by earning Miles with any of these other partners. These “Partial extending activities” with other partners will extend the validity of Miles earned with any of these other partners by 2 years from the date of the activity. Please note, “Partial extending activities” do not extend the validity of Miles earned from “Overall extending activities”.’

  3. NURAINI SARUMI · July 22, 2019 · Reply

    Can I transfer my Flying Blue Miles to a friend?

    • Stephen Au · July 22, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Nuraini,

      Flying Blue members may transfer Flying Blue miles to others as long as the transferee is a Flying Blue member. Transfers are allowed in increments of 250 Miles with a €3 fee for each 250 mile increment transferred and are capped at 50,000 Miles. Thanks for reading.

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