20 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Flying Blue Miles (Air France / KLM Airlines) [2017]

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

Flying Blue Program
Flying Blue is the free loyalty program of KLM and Air France.

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

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, Alaska 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.

Award Miles

Earn Award Miles when you fly with Flying Blue travel partners or take advantage of offers from the many non-travel partners in the program.

Always keep your Flying Blue membership number handy so you can provide it if necessary to ensure you receive your miles. As long as you take a qualifying flight once every 20 months, Award Miles will never expire.

Level Miles

In addition to Award Miles, you’ll earn Level Miles for flying on SkyTeam partner airlines such as Air France, KLM, and other carriers. Level Miles allow you to maintain and upgrade your membership level, which means more miles!

How many Award Miles can you earn in the Flying Blue program?

The Air France chart can be found here, and it includes bonuses up to a whopping 450% for some first-class international flights. Below is the KLM chart:

Flying Blue accrual chart
Cabin class and booking sub-class help determine the percentage of bonus miles earned in the Flying Blue program.

The following table lists the types of miles you can earn with the most popular participating Flying Blue partner airlinesm including some SkyTeam carriers. (Find a complete list here along with bonus mile percentages for each carrier.)

AirlineType of MilesAirlineType of Miles
Malaysia AirlinesAward MilesDelta AirlinesAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus Miles
Korean AirAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus MilesChina AirlinesAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus Miles
Jet AirwaysAward MilesAlaska AirlinesAward Miles
Japan AirlinesAward MilesAerolineas ArgentinasAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus Miles
KLMAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus MilesAir FranceAward Miles, Level Miles, Qual. Flights, Elite Bonus Miles

Like with most airline loyalty programs, you can’t earn miles for flights booked with Award Miles or in certain sub-classes.

3. Elite Bonus Miles

On December 31 of each year, Flying Blue reviews each member’s status to see if they qualify to maintain status for the following year, or whether they will be downgraded to a lower tier.

The chart below shows what is required to achieve a higher membership level:

elite status tiers flying blue
The Elite Bonus Miles needed to reach elite status in Flying Blue.

After earning the required Level Miles and qualifying flights to achieve a higher membership level, you will begin earning Elite Bonus Miles.

Membership LevelElite Bonus (SkyTeam flights)
IvoryN/A
Silver50% extra Award Miles
Gold75% extra Award Miles
Platinum100% extra Award Miles

Other benefits of elite status include flight discounts, free transfers, and much more. Here is something really exciting…those who achieve Platinum status for 10 years in a row become Platinum members for life!

Earn Points With Flexible Credit Cards

4. 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)

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
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  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
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The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

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The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

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  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
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  • Annual Fee: $450
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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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5. 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)

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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide.
  • Annual Fee: $0 the first year, then $95
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
  • 3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide
  • Annual Fee: $450
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Chase Freedom®
  • Earn 5% cash back in bonus categories
  • No annual fee
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Chase Freedom Unlimited℠

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

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Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 5% cash back in select business categories
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6. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards

That’s right: all 3 major credit card loyalty programs allow you to transfer to Flying Blue, even Citi ThankYou Rewards!

Just like with Chase Ultimate Rewards, 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:

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Citi Prestige® Card
  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Annual Fee: $450
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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • 3 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on Travel, including Gas
  • Annual Fee: $95 (Fee waived for the first 12 months)
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7. Hotel-Branded Credit Cards

Remember how we showed you how to earn miles by transferring them from some of the top hotel loyalty programs? Build those loyalty balances by earning miles with the following credit cards:

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 50,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • 7X points on qualifying purchases with hotels from the Hilton portfolio
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights.
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
  • 5 Points Per $1 Spent at Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels.
  • Annual Fee: $85
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Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
  • Earn 5x points at IHG hotels and 2x points on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Annual Fee: $0 first year, then $49
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Chase Hyatt Credit Card
  • 3x points at Hyatt properties and 2x points at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies
  • Annual Fee: $75
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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
Hilton Worldwide10 Honors Points and 1 mile/$1Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites, & ResortsUp to 500 miles/ stay
Marriott RewardsUp to 2 miles/$1Carlson Rezidor Hotels500 miles/stay
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stayMandarin Oriental Hotel Group500 miles/stay
Melia Hotels InternationalUp to 500 miles/stayPreferred Hotels500 miles/stay
IHGVariesRegent Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay
Taj Hotels750 miles/stayStarwood Hotels & ResortsUp to 3,000 miles/stay
Worldhotels500 miles/stayYotel*Up to 500 miles/ stay
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 miles/stay

*Must book through Yotel.com

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
AccorHotels4,000 Le Club Points2,000 Award Miles
Hilton Honors10 Honors Points*1 Award Mile
World of Hyatt1,250 Gold Passport Points**500 Award Miles
Melia Hotels International6 MAS Reward Points1 Award Mile
Starwood Preferred Guest2,500 Starpoints2,500 Award Miles
IHG Rewards Club10,000 Rewards Club Points2,000 Award Miles

*Must transfer a minimum of 20,000 Honors Points; can then increase in increments of 10,000 points.
**Convert 50,000 miles to receive a 5,000-mile bonus

Flying Blue Marriott Rewards
Transfer Marriott Rewards points to Flying Blue!

We’re posting the conversion chart for Marriott Rewards 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
HertzUp to 800 miles/rental plus discountEuropcarUp to 1,000 miles/rental plus discount
BudgetUp to 1,000 miles/rentalSixtUp to 1,000 miles/rental*

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

Partner Retail Offers

12. Enroll in Travelling Connect

Flying-Blue-Travelling-Connect
Earn 7 Award Miles per minute with Travelling Connect.

Making calls abroad is easy using Travelling Connect and their partner networks in more than 20 countries around the world, like Russia, Japan, Egypt, and more. Flying Blue members can earn up to 7 Award Miles per minute.

You’ll need to provide your mobile phone number and Flying Blue number. Then, manually switch to a partner network when you travel to make calls.

13. Air France Online Store

If you love travel-related products like clothing, watches, pens, and comfort items, then you are in luck. The Air France Online Store carries over 400 items, priced in Euros, that can be delivered to the U.S.

Earn 3 Award Miles per Euro spent, plus double miles on your first purchase!

14. Flying Blue Shop & Earn

Flying Blue Shop and Earn
Make purchases through the online retailer links at Flying Blue Shop & Earn and rack up the 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 & Earn website.

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.

Flying Blue Shop and Earn Popular
From Apple to J.Crew, you’ll find all the most popular retailers at the Shop & Earn site!

15. International Miles Offers

If you live abroad, consider taking advantage of some opportunities to earn Flying Blue Miles just for those who live outside the U.S.

For instance, subscribe to Zineway to earn at least 750 miles per order, or Clicalbum digital albums to earn 300 miles per order. Both offers are open to Flying Blue members in France only.

Find more options for other countries here.

Other Opportunities to Earn Miles

16. 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!

17. Temporary Partner Offers

Flying Blue posts limited time partner offers on their promotions page. For example, at the time this was written, Avis was offering 8x more Award Miles and 15% off through Jan 31, 2017.

Flying Blue Temporary Promotions
Visit the Flying Blue site to find new temporary promotions.

18. 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.

19. 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

20. Opinion Rewards Club

If you’re in a real pinch, then you could always buy Flying Blue miles. We’d only recommend doing this if you desperately need a top up your balance to make a redemption that’s imminent. You don’t want to buy points on a whim as stockpiling miles/points is risky especially if it’s with one airline that is prone to devaluation.

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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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.