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Yes, your Air France/KLM Flying Blue program expire if you have no qualifying activity on your account for a two-year period. Per the Flying Blue Terms and Conditions (warning: PDF):
“For Explorer Members aged 18 years and older, Miles are valid for two (2) years, after such time the Company shall cancel the Miles in case no registered Earn Activity extends the validity of the Miles.”
What is Qualifying Activity?
In its wisdom, Air France–KLM Flying Blue decided that one type of qualifying activity is not good enough. Instead, there is a complex system with two types of qualifying activity: “Overall” and “Partial.” Both types extend the validity of miles earned, though in different ways.
Overall Qualifying Activity
You can extend all of your miles, regardless of how they were earned, for two years from the date of one of the following activities:
- Taking a qualifying flight with Air France, KLM, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, TAROM, Transavia, Air Corsica, or with one of Flying Blue's SkyTeam partners.
- Making a purchase with your Flying Blue co-branded credit card.
- Holding Flying Blue Silver, Gold, or Platinum status.
This makes extending mileage validity easy for U.S.-based travelers. All they need to do, for example, is replace their SkyMiles number on a Delta ticket with their Air France–KLM Flying Blue account number. As Delta, Air France, and KLM are all SkyTeam members, this prevents your Flying Blue miles from expiring for another two years.
Partial Extending Activities
Partial extending activities only affect miles earned with Flying Blue partners (car rental partners, hotel partners, experience partners, and some select airlines). Earning miles with any of these partners resets the clock by two years — but only for the miles earned from these types of partners.
Here's an example: If you earn Flying Blue miles from booking a hotel stay, that activity also extends the life of the miles earned from car rentals, experience partners, etc. However, it will not extend the life of miles earned from flying with Air France, KLM, or any SkyTeam members. These Flying Blue miles will expire without appropriate extension activities.
Earning Flying Blue Miles Through Credit Cards
By far, the easiest option for U.S. residents to earn bonus Flying Blue miles and maintain account activity is through everyday spending on the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®. The card is currently offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus after you make $2,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.
As Air France and KLM are European airlines, it's no surprise that residents of several European countries can apply for a Flying Blue co-branded credit card. American Express issues Flying Blue co-branded cards for residents of France and The Netherlands while residents of Switzerland can apply for a co-branded Mastercard. Spending on all these cards will ensure your Flying Blue miles don't expire.
Boosting Your Air Franc KLM Flying Blue Mileage Balance
If you need to boost your mileage balance for a redemption, you have plenty of options, due to Flying Blue's extensive partnerships with various flexible point currencies. However, transfer activities don't change when your Flying Blue miles expire. Only transfer points if you have an award in mind, such as the fantastic monthly Flying Blue Promo Rewards discounts.
All of the following points transfer to Air Franc KLM Flying Blue:
- American Express Membership Rewards: 1:1 transfer rate; most transfers process immediately
- Bilt Rewards: 1:1 transfer rate; most transfers process immediately
- Brex Cash: 3:2 transfer rate; most transfers process within 24 hours
- Capital One Rewards: 1:1 transfer rate; most transfers process immediately
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: 1:1 transfer rate; most transfers process immediately
- Citi ThankYou Points: 1:1 transfer rate; most transfers process immediately
- Marriott Bonvoy: 3:1 transfer rate plus a 5,000-point bonus for each 20,000 points received; most transfers take one or two days
If you are into Flying Blue miles, then it pays to understand when your Flying Blue miles will expire. However, this can get a little complicated with multiple accounts across different airlines and hotels. In this situation, you can always use AwardWallet to keep on top of your Flying Blue expiration dates. Ultimately, doing so will ensure you don't lose any of your precious points or miles.
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