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Yes, miles in the Air France/KLM Flying Blue program expire if you have no qualifying flight or credit card activity on your account for a period of 24 months. However, Flying Blue has announced a pause on expiration through the end of 2021. See this post for the airline and hotel programs that have paused the expiration of points and miles.
You can keep your balance alive by generating qualifying activity on your account within a two-year period.
Air France/ KLM has split up extending activities into two separate categories, “Overall Extending Activities” and “Partial Extending Activities.” The key difference is that Overall Extending Activities extend all your miles, while Partial Extending Activities only extend those miles earned from certain activities.
Overall Extending Activities
You can extend all your miles for two years from the date of one of the following activities per the Air France KLM Flying Blue website:
- 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 Elite or Elite Plus status with Flying Blue
For example, for U.S.-based travelers, you could replace your SkyMiles number on a Delta ticket with your Air France/KLM Flying Blue account number. As Delta is a partner with Air France/KLM through the SkyTeam global alliance, you'd earn miles and extend the expiration of your miles for another two years.
Partial Extending Activities
Partial extending activities only affect miles earned with Flying Blue partners (car rental partners, hotel partners, and experience partners). When you earn miles with any of these other partners, you reset the clock by two years on all the miles earned from partner activities.
So, if you earn Flying Blue miles from booking a hotel stay, that activity will also extend 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 of its partners.
Earning Flying Blue Miles Through Credit Cards
U.S. residents can earn bonus Flying Blue miles—and maintain account activity—through 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.
American Express issues Flying Blue co-branded credit cards for residents of France and The Netherlands. Residents of Switzerland have the option for a Flying Blue co-branded credit card with MasterCard.
In addition, U.S. and U.K. members can transfer credit card points to Flying Blue. However, the ratios aren't the best, and the transfer will not help extend your miles. But, it is a very handy option if you’re a few miles short, or want to take advantage of some of the great monthly Flying Blue Promo Rewards discounts.
There are three programs that transfer to Flying Blue at a 1:1 transfer ratio. Even better, the points transfer immediately:
In addition, Capital One Miles transfer to Flying Blue at a ratio of 1,000 Capital One Miles to 750 Flying Blue miles. Also, Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to Flying Blue at a ratio of 3:1. You'll also receive a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Bonvoy points you transfer.
If you are going to get into points and miles, then it pays to keep an eye out for when your miles are going to expire. While this can get a little complicated with multiple accounts across different airlines and hotels, you can always use AwardWallet to keep on top of expiration dates to make sure you don't lose any precious miles.
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