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If you’re new to Air France Flying Blue, or considering transferring your points to Flying Blue miles, here’s a rundown of all the options to use your miles for flights on Air France and dozens of partner airlines.
Air France Flying Blue lets you use your miles to book flights on Air France, KLM, and all SkyTeam partners, like Delta Air Lines and Alitalia. Flying Blue also has several non-SkyTeam partners like Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Copa, although ticketing on non-SkyTeam carriers requires a telephone call.
Below is a list of airlines you can book with Flying Blue miles and where you can check for award space. Those that aren’t available on AirFrance.us can be booked by calling Flying Blue on (800) 375 8723.
Check out Air France’s partner airlines in the chart or on the Flying Blue Website.
|Region||Airline||Where to check award space|
|Africa||Air Mauritius||Air France Service Center|
|Asia||Bangkok Airways||Air France Service Center|
|Europe||Air Corsica||Air France Service Center|
|Europe||Ukraine International Airlines||Air France Service Center|
|Europe||Twin Jet||Air France Service Center|
|Middle East||Middle East Airlines||AirFrance.us|
|Middle East||Saudia Airlines||AirFrance.us|
|North America||Alaska Airlines||AA.com|
|North America||Delta Airlines||AirFrance.us|
|South America||Aerolíneas Argentinas||Airfrance.us|
|South America||Copa||United.com (displays Copa flights)|
|South America||GOL Airlines||Delta.com (displays Gol flights)|
|South Asia||Jet Airways||Air France Service Center|
Air France uses a four-tier system for its award flight pricing structure. These tiers are “Promo,” “Classic,” and “Flex” in addition to an “Around the World” offering. Prices are the same whether you choose an Air France flight or a partner flight, and you can use this calculator to check the price of an award.
One way awards are available for half the price of a roundtrip.
Classic awards book into X class for Economy (Voyageur) and O class for Business (Affaires) class.
(prices are one-way, a roundtrip is double)
|Europe 3 + North Africa||25,000||62,500|
|Middle East + Central Asia + Central Russia||40,000||100,000|
|North America, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname||12,500||31,250|
|Central America, Caribbean, Hawaii, Bermuda||15,000||30,000|
|Africa 2 (Southern + Indian Ocean)||40,000||100,000|
|Latin America 1||17,500||43,750|
|Latin America 2||25,000||62,500|
|Asia 1 (East Russia)||40,000||100,000|
Promo awards are offered at a discount of up to 50% of “Classic” pricing.
Promo offerings are limited to select destination pairs on certain dates, and can save you a lot of miles offer the lowest ‘Classic’ award prices. Examples include a 25% discount on Premium Economy awards between Europe and Osaka, Japan (originating either direction) or 25% off World Business Class award flights between Montreal, Canada and Europe.
You can see all of the current Promo Award options here.
Flex awards are typically require triple the miles of a Classic award.
Fuel surcharges by carrier. Some are quite modest at around $20 each way, while some are significantly higher at $200+ each way.
Air France allows awards to be booked at a maximum of 10 months in advance. Long haul tickets must also be purchased at least 24 hours before the flight departs.
A waitlist on an award is not available, though availability is often generous closer to the date of departure.
Air France’s program has a few award value sweet spots.
Air France’s allows Flying Blue members to upgrade Air France, KLM, Air Cailin, Kenya Airways, Delta, Aeroflot, Aeromexico, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, Czech Airlines, and TAROM flights with miles.
Air France and KLM allow the following long haul Economy fare buckets to upgrade into Business (least miles to most): Y, B, M, U, K, H, L, and Q.
Upgrading a hypothetical New York – Paris Y ticket to Business costs only 15,000 miles. Upgrading a Q class ticket requires 45,000 miles.
New York to Johannesburg, South Africa would require 25,000 to upgrade a Y ticket to Business requires 25,000 miles, and a Q ticket 62,500 miles.
Premium Economy bookings offer dubious value. W and S fare buckets are eligible for upgrade, while the discount A bucket does not. When searching New York –Paris return in July, the upgrade-eligible S class was $200 more expensive each way than the discount Business class fare bucket.
If you don’t have Flying Blue miles, best bets to book Air France flights are Alaska MileagePlan and Delta SkyMiles. Both programs allow for booking Air France inventory online, and neither dds fuel surcharges for Air France trips that start in the U.S.
While Air France does not offer an Air France credit card in the United States, Citi Thank You points (if you hold a Citi ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige card), American Express Membership Rewards points, which can be earned via many American Express cards, and most recently, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be exchanged 1:1 for Flying Blue miles.
Flying Blue members can book award flights for anyone, but beware that if you book flights for someone who is not flying with you, there may be additional fraud prevention steps, such as requiring you to appear at an airport ticket office to verify the purchase.
You can transfer up to 50,000 miles per transfer and a maximum of 250,000 miles per year. An account may receive a maximum of 250,000 transferred miles per year.
Transfers cost 3 Euros per 250 miles transferred.
Alternatively, you can gift up to 75,000 miles per year at a cost of 55 Euros per 2,000 miles gifted.
Miles will expire after 24 months unless you take a qualifying flight (any Air France / KLM or partner flight that earns Flying Blue Miles), or make a purchase on a Flying Blue credit card (though there isn’t one for U.S. residents). The flight or purchase will reset the clock for another 24 months.
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