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Air France Flying Blue now a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner

by on Sun May 22, 2016 • 6 Comments


Chase has quietly added Air France Flying Blue as a transfer partner to the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.

That’s great news because it adds a new way to book SkyTeam flights, like those on Delta, Air France, Alitalia, and more via points you earn from a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Ink Plus Business Credit Card.


It also makes Flying Blue miles among the easiest to earn, joining Virgin Flying Club and Singapore KrisFlyer among the frequent traveler programs that are partners with all 3 major transferable bank point programs – Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Amex Membership Rewards.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points also transfer to these airline programs:

  • United MileagePlus
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards
  • British Airways Avios
  • Korean Skypass
  • Singapore KrisFlyer
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

How long does it take?

Chase’s website says most Air France Flying Blue transfers are instant, which is great news.


What are Air France miles good for?

You can review our cheat sheet on how to use Air France Flying Blue miles for help, including a complete list of partners like Alaska, Japan Airlines, and Copa.

Flying Blue miles of course can be used on Air France and KLM flights, though you’ll pay fuel surcharges for them. The good news is they’re not quite as bad as those on British Airways across the Atlantic, and they’re very small for flights within Europe.

But Flying Blue miles are good for getting you to Europe on Delta flights with no fuel surcharges, which is a big plus, since the previous options to book Delta flights with Ultimate Rewards were more restrictive.

Korean Skypass adds fuel surcharges to Delta flights to Europe, and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is hit or miss when it comes to adding connections to your flights without charging more.

With Flying Blue you can get to Europe for 50,000 miles roundtrip in Economy, and Israel is included in the definition of Europe.

Or you can fly Delta’s business class for 125,000 miles roundtrip with no fuel surcharges. Connections from Delta to Air France within Europe are possible, and surcharges on the shorter Air France flights are reasonable.

There are also some interesting deals to the Caribbean like Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname for 12,500 miles one way, and Hawaii for 15,000 miles one way on Alaska or Delta, with connections allowed.

Air France also releases monthly ‘promo awards‘ which offer discounts to selected destinations, like Boston to Europe in Business Class for 46,875 miles one way, a 25% discount off the usual price.




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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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6 thoughts on Air France Flying Blue now a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner

  1. Sid A Aouiguer


    I would like to transfer my chase points to air france.
    Could not find it .
    Please help


  2. Patrick


    So, I live in Atlanta and feel somewhat handcuffed with Delta as the primary carrier out of here and I would like the flexibility to transfer points to Southwest or Delta. So, just to clarify, to book with Delta would I be transferring miles from Flying Blue miles to Delta Skymiles? Or, am I booking my ticket through the Flying Blue website and picking Delta flights?




      @Patrick – Booking through the Flying Blue website with Flying Blue miles, and picking Delta flights.

  3. Christian

    On the paragraph before last, do you mean that stopovers are allowed on the way to Hawaii, with stopovers allowed?


      @Christian – When we say ‘connections allowed’ we mean Flying Blue won’t charge you extra for a connecting flight like Avios. But one stopover is allowed on a roundtrip ticket.


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