I find the Air France/KLM FlyingBlue program to be pretty useful, especially since the program is transfer partners with all major transferable points currencies. So the points are pretty easy to accrue, and FlyingBlue is reasonably good about opening up Air France and KLM business class award availability for their own members.
Recently FlyingBlue extended how far in advance you can redeem miles — previously you could only redeem miles at most 305 days out, while now they let you redeem miles 360 days out. That’s a great development, especially as the old system made no sense — members of partner airline frequent flyer programs had access to Air France and KLM award seats before the airlines’ own members did.
Well, FlyingBlue has just announced another improvement. It’s fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, though still worth pointing out. As of March 15, 2017, FlyingBlue miles expire after 24 months of inactivity, rather than after 20 months of inactivity.
The expiration of your FlyingBlue miles can be extended through one of the following methods:
- Take a qualifying flight with AIR FRANCE, KLM, Aircalin, HOP!, Kenya Airways, TAROM, Transavia, Air Corsica or one of our SkyTeam partners at least every 2 years, or
- Make a payment with your Flying Blue branded credit card* at least every 2 years
It’s unfortunate that they restrict what activity extends the expiration of your miles. Other programs let you reset mileage expiration with any activity, including a points transfer, buying miles, using their online shopping portal, etc. In the case of FlyingBlue you need to actually fly or use their co-branded credit card.
At least FlyingBlue isn’t as restrictive as programs like Singapore KrisFlyer — those miles have an expiration date, and there’s no way to extend them, even by flying.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)