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

How to Earn KLM Air France Flying Blue Miles

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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, and — shortly after this — combined their loyalty programs. Nowadays, Flying Blue is still shared by the 2 airlines and other select airline partners like Kenya Airways and TAROM.

Plus, both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France are a part of the SkyTeam alliance. With this in mind, you can use Flying Blue miles to book flights on over 20 different partner airlines, including Alitalia, Delta Air Lines, and Czech Airlines.

This makes Flying Blue miles extremely valuable — especially if you’re flying to Europe. If your sights are set beyond Europe, we have a whole article on how you can redeem Flying Blue miles for maximum value to spark your inspiration.

Before you can redeem miles, you need to earn them first. In this article, we’ll take a look at the many ways you can earn Flying Blue miles.

First, we’ll discuss how to earn by flying with Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and their various partners. Then, we’ll look at other earning methods like credit cards, hotel stays, and more.

The Flying Blue Frequent Flyer Program

First things first: you need to create a Flying Blue account before you can start earning Flying Blue miles. Note that once you have an account, you can use the same credentials to sign in on both Air France and KLM’s websites, and your mileage balance will carry over to both airlines.

Flying Blue Join
It takes just a few minutes to fill out the Flying Blue application. Image Credit: Flying Blue

You can join Flying Blue by simply creating an account on the Flying Blue website. Once created, you can view your mileage balance, manage your profile, and book flights. You’ll also be assigned a Flying Blue number that you can use to earn miles on flights operated by Air France, KLM, and their SkyTeam partners.

1. Fly With Flying Blue Partner Airlines

On April 1, 2018, Flying Blue switched to revenue-based earning for flights operated by Air France and KLM. This means that the number of miles you’ll earn on a paid ticket depends on how much you paid for the ticket, not how long the flight was.

Currently, you earn miles based on ticket price (excluding taxes) and elite status level. Here’s how many miles each status tier earns:

  • Explorers (general members, previously known as Ivory): 4 miles per euro
  • Silver: 6 miles per euro
  • Gold: 7 miles per euro
  • Platinum: 8 miles per euro

So, if you booked a €750 trip from New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) and back, you’d earn 3,000 miles without any sort of Flying Blue status. Alternatively, Platinum members would earn a whopping 6,000 miles for the same ticket.

However, not all flights credited to Flying Blue earn miles based on how much you spend. Crediting partner flights to Flying Blue will earn points based on their respective fare class and distance flown — you can view rates for each partner and their respective fare classes here.

For example, if you flew from Prague (PRG) to Košice (KSC) on Czech Airlines in I class, you’d earn 125% miles flown. The cities are 328 miles apart, meaning that you’d earn a total of 410 Flying Blue miles on this route.

Since Flying Blue is a SkyTeam member, you can earn miles with their 20+ alliance partners like as Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. Flying Blue also has a handful of non-alliance partner airlines like Japan Airlines (JAL), Air Corsica, and others.

Hot Tip: For more information on crediting miles to Flying Blue, check out this in-depth guide on where to credit your airline miles.

Earn Points With Flexible Credit Cards

You can transfer points to Flying Blue from nearly all transferrable points programs, including American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

Here’s a quick overview of how to earn points with each program and transfer them to Flying Blue.

2. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

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

American Express Membership Rewards is one of the best ways to earn Flying Blue points. The bank issues a suite of Membership Rewards earning cards, each with different benefits, welcome bonuses, and earning rates on specific categories. For example, some American Express cards earn bonus points on dining and groceries and others on airfare.

Like discussed earlier, you can transfer Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue. Points transfer at a 1:1 transfer ratio and usually process instantly, so it’s a quick and easy way to book Flying Blue award tickets. Just note that you can only transfer in increments of 1,000 points.

Further, make sure the first and last names on your Membership Rewards and Flying Blue accounts match. If they don’t, your transfer may not process.

You can earn Membership Rewards points with these personal and business 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 $2,700+ 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 - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points.

We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks. This excludes getting one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork, up to $2,700 in value.

This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. 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 simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

4. Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards

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

Likewise, Chase Ultimate Rewards is a Flying Blue member as well. You can transfer a minimum of 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for 1,000 Flying Blue miles, and points also transfer instantaneously. Like American Express transfers, ensure that your name is spelled the same on your Chase account as on your Flying Blue account.

Here are some personal and business cards you can use to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points (and in turn, transfer to Flying Blue):

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

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

This sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
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 a $150 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Easy earning at 1.5% 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 bonus is worth $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Also, if you pay for your cell phone bill with this card, you can get up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.
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. Some of our favorite Citi ThankYou-earning credit cards include the Citi Premier℠ Card and Citi Prestige® Card.

6. Capital One Miles

Capital One recently added Flying Blue as a transfer partner. Unfortunately, points transfer at a 2:1.5 ratio, so you’ll technically lose points on the transfer. Regardless, transferring to Flying Blue can be a good alternative to redeeming your Capital One points in the Capital One Travel Portal to cover cash tickets — especially if you want to fly in business class.

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

7. Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

You can also 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 miles bonus. Check out our favorite ways to earn Marriott points in our complete guide to earning Marriott points.

8. Sign up for the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard

Finally, you can earn Flying Blue miles with the Air France / KLM co-branded credit card from Bank of America. This card — dubbed the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard — earns 3 points per dollar on SkyTeam partner purchases and 1.5 miles per dollar on all other purchases.

The card has a variety of other benefits and a varying welcome bonus, too. Check out Bank of America’s credit card page for more info.

Earn Points With Flying Blue Travel Partners

No credit card points? No worries — you can also earn Flying Blue miles when booking hotels and rental cars. Here’s how many points you can earn.

9. Partner Hotel Miles

Whether earning miles per stay or per dollar 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
Best Western250 miles/stayMarriott BonvoyUp to 2 miles/$1
Booking.com1 mile/€1My Boutique Hotel1 mile/€1
Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites, & ResortsUp to 500 miles/ stayShangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 miles/stay
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stayWorldhotelsUp to 3,000 miles/stay
IHGUp to 500 miles/stayYotel* (must book at yotel.com)Up to 500 miles/ stay

10. 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
IHG Rewards Club10,000 Rewards Club Points2,000 Award Miles
Marriott Bonvoy3 Marriott points***1 Award Mile
Radisson Rewards10 Radisson Rewards Points1 Award Mile
World of Hyatt1,250 Points****500 Award Miles

*2,000 Accor points = 1,000 miles, minimum 2,000 points to convert to airline miles, 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.
***Transfer 60,000 Marriott points (20,000 miles) to receive a 5,000-mile bonus
****Must transfer a minimum of 5,000 World of Hyatt points per conversion; get 5,000 bonus miles when you convert 50,000 World of Hyatt points

11. 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. Image Credit: PointsHound

Book a room at one of more than 150,000 hotels through PointsHound and earn Flying Blue miles at the same time. You can earn up to 10,000 miles per stay, with more expensive hotel stays generally earning the most miles.

12. 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. Image Credit: Flying Blue

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/rentalHertz5 miles per euro
BudgetUp to 1,000 miles/rentalSixtUp to 1,200 miles/rental
Enterprise Rent-A-Car4 miles per euroThrifty4 miles per euro
EuropcarUp to 1,000 miles/rental

Other Ways to Earn Flying Blue Miles

Beyond just travel, you can also earn Flying Blue miles when you make everyday purchases through one of Flying Blue’s various retail and everyday partners. Here’s a look at where you can earn points.

13. FlyingBlue Shop for Miles

Flying Blue Shop for Miles
Image Credit: Flying Blue Shop for Miles

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

You’ll be directed to your favorite retailers through links on the site, so enable cookies on your browser before getting started. Then, take a look around Shop for Miles and find the merchant you’d like to make a purchase from, click on its name, and you’ll be directed to make your purchase as usual.

Flying Blue will confirm your purchase and mark it approved before applying miles to your account. With this in mind, it can take up to 120 days for your bonus miles to be deposited into your Flying Blue account.

14. Hire Driving Blue

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Book an airport taxi through Driving Blue for Flying Blue miles. Image Credit: Driving Blue

Need a ride to the airport or back home from the airport after landing? Driving Blue is a taxi booking platform where you’ll earn 2 miles per euro spent. Just book your car and the miles will be deposited into your account shortly after your ride.

15. Opinion Rewards Club

Another quick (and free!) way to earn extra Flying Blue miles is with Opinion Rewards Club. Sign up for an account and you can earn Flying Blue miles for filling out surveys and sharing your opinion. These surveys are offered pretty frequently, so you can rack up small amounts of miles quickly.

Plus, you’ll earn 300 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. Image Credit: e-Rewards

Further, you can sign up for e-Rewards to earn even more miles from answering surveys. Sign up for an account and you’ll earn Opinion Points for each survey you complete. These points can then be transferred to Flying Blue miles at the following rates:

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

17. Purchase Miles From Points.com (With Caution)

Finally, you can purchase Flying Blue miles from its partner, Points.com. However, we only recommend doing this when you need to quickly top-up your points balance for a specific award ticket.

Flying Blue frequently offers points bonuses on purchases, so try and buy during these sales if you need to buy miles. You’ll come out ahead if you manage to buy points at a lower cost than their redemption value.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to earn Flying Blue miles relatively quickly. We recommend starting with credit cards and using Flying Blue’s large number of partners when planning future travel to earn even more miles.

Once your account is stocked with miles, check out our guide to the best Flying Blue redemptions. We’ll show you how to book everything from low-cost tickets in economy class to luxurious business class tickets — all for free.

Bon voyage!


FAQ

Which credit card points transfer to Flying Blue?

You can transfer the following credit card miles to Flying Blue:

  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • Capital One
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards
  • Marriott Bonvoy

Can I earn Flying Blue miles when flying on Delta Air Lines?

Yes, you can earn Flying Blue miles when traveling on Delta Air Lines. The number of miles you’ll earn depends on the length of your flight and the fare class you’re booked in.

You can view Delta Air Lines earning rates on the Delta Air Lines partner page.

What airlines can I earn Flying Blue points on?

  • You can earn Flying Blue miles on the following airlines:
    • Aeroflot
    • Aerolíneas Argentinas
    • Aeromexico Air Corsica
    • Air Europa
    • Air France
    • Air Mauritius
    • Aircalin
    • Alitalia
    • Bangkok Airways
    • Chalair Aviation
    • China Airlines
    • China Eastern
    • China Southern Airlines
    • Copa Airlines
    • Czech Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • Garuda Indonesia
    • GOL
    • HOP!
    • Japan Airlines
    • Jet Airways (all flights currently suspended)
    • Kenya Airways
    • KLM
    • Korean Air
    • Malaysia Airlines
    • Middle East Airlines
    • Saudi Arabian
    • TAAG
    • TAROM
    • Transavia
    • Twin Jet
    • Ukraine International
    • Vietnam Airlines
    • WestJet
    • Wijet
    • Xiamen Airlines

When will Flying Blue miles post to my account after I fly on Air France or KLM?

Miles are usually credited to your account within a day or 2 of travel. You can claim missing points up to 6 months after your date of travel using this form.

When do Flying Blue miles expire?

FlyingBlue miles expire after 24 months of inactivity.

Can I transfer Flying Blue miles to another member?

You can transfer Flying Blue miles to another Flying Blue member, however, this is generally not a good deal. Points can be transferred in 250 miles increments with a €3 fee for each 250-mile increment transferred.

Flying Blue members can transfer up to 50,000 miles.

Andrew Kunesh

About Andrew Kunesh

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City. He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt.

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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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