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Air France-KLM Launches Status Match Offer [U.K. Residents Only]

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Flying Blue, the joint elite status program of Air France and KLM, is offering a rare status match opportunity that can earn you near top-tier status in the program for a limited time.

Notably, Flying Blue rarely ever offers status match opportunities, so this could be a great opportunity for those looking to level up in the program quickly.

Here are the promotion details and some guidance to help you determine if it’s a worthwhile offer for you.

Flying Blue Status Match Details

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For starters, U.S.-based travelers need not apply, as the promotion is only targeted to U.K. residents and requires a U.K. passport or driver’s license. You may be required to provide evidence upon applying.

Beyond that, this is a paid status match opportunity, and the amount of funds you need to fork over will depend on what status level you are matching to at the following rates:

  • Flying Blue Silver Status: €79
  • Flying Blue Gold Status: €199
  • Flying Blue Platinum Status: €399

To apply for the status match, you must submit an application, provide proof of equivalent elite status in 1 of 13 eligible airlines (more on that below), pay the associated fee, and have a valid email address. You may need to also provide additional verification details, like your U.K. passport or driver’s license.

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll be informed within 3 days whether or not your application has been approved. If approved, your Flying Blue account will be updated to reflect your new status within 5 days, and your status will be valid for the next 12 months from the date of approval.

To requalify for your elite status level beyond the initial 12 months of the match, you’ll need to reach the standard qualification Experience Points (XP) thresholds of 100 XP for Silver, 180 XP for Gold, and 300 XP for Platinum.

What Airlines Are Eligible?

Here is a look at the 13 eligible airlines and the status level you’ll need in that program to match each level of Flying Blue elite status.

 Flying Blue Tier
Aer Lingus AerClubSilverPlatinumConcierge
Air Canada AeroplanPrestige 25KElite 35K
Elite 50K
Elite 75K
Super Elite 100K
American Airlines AAdvantageGoldPlatinumConcierge Key
Executive Platinum
Platinum Pro
British Airways Executive ClubBronzeSilverGold
Gold Guest List
Emirates SkywardsSilverGoldIO
Iberia PlusSilverGoldInfinita
Lufthansa Miles & MoreFrequent TravellerSenatorHON Circle
Malaysia Airlines EnrichSilverGoldPlatinum
Platinum Plus
Qatar Airways Privilege ClubSilverGoldPlatinum
Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonusSilverGoldDiamond
TAP Air Portugal Miles&GoSilverGoldNavigator
Turkish Airlines Miles&SmilesClassic PlusEliteElite Plus
United Airlines MileagePlusPremier SilverPremier GoldGlobal Services
Premier 1K
Premier Platinum

Is It Worth It?

To determine if the promotion is worth it, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy perks at each status level.

Flying Blue Silver

  • Earn 6 miles for each Euro spent
  • Priority access for check-in and baggage drop-off
  • Free selection of standard seats
  • Free seat options 24 hours before departure
  • One free extra checked bag item on Sky Team flights

Flying Blue Gold

  • All Silver status perks
  • Earn 7 miles for each Euro spent
  • Free access to SkyTeam lounges worldwide with a guest
  • SkyPriority: priority access throughout the airport
  • Free seat options 72 hours before departure

Flying Blue Platinum

  • All Gold status perks
  • Earn 8 miles for each Euro spent
  • Choose your standard seat when you buy your ticket, free of charge
  • Benefit from preferred Seat Options, free of charge
  • Call the exclusive Platinum Service Line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Ability to upgrade to La Premiere with miles

Since matching to any of the 3 levels is going to require you to spend cash, you’ll want to feel confident that the benefits you receive in exchange will save you money in the long run.

That said, Flying Blue elite status is less lucrative than other programs, with the main benefits being additional baggage allowance, SkyTeam lounge access, additional miles earned on flights, and reciprocal perks on other SkyTeam member flights.

The most interesting benefit offered, which is reserved for Flying Blue Platinum members, is the ability to book or upgrade to Air France La Premiere first class with your Flying Blue miles. For those unaware, La Premiere is often considered one of the very best first class experiences in the world.

While anyone can pay cash for La Premiere, often at an eye-popping $10,000+ for a one-way ticket, only Flying Blue Platinum members and above can book the experience with their Flying Blue miles. However, in addition to award availability being tough to come by, award pricing for La Premiere is often 220,000+ Flying Blue miles for a one-way ticket.

That said, if flying La Premiere is on your bucket list, you’ve got a stash of Flying Blue miles burning a hole in your pocket, and you don’t think you’d ever qualify for Flying Blue Platinum naturally, paying the €399 status match fee might be a worthwhile price of entry in your view.

Hot Tip:

Read through our ultimate guide on the best way to book Air France La Premiere with points and miles.

Final Thoughts

Flying Blue status matches only come around once in a while, so it is definitely something to consider if you think you’ll travel with Air France or KLM often enough to get good value out of your new status.

Remember that this promotion is only available to U.K.-based travelers. While there is no current expiration date, you might want to take advantage of it sooner rather than later if you believe this status match will benefit you.

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