Do Air France/KLM FlyingBlue Miles Expire?

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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. You can keep your balance alive by generating qualifying activity on your account within a two-year period.

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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

SkyTeam Members

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.

Our Take

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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  • Thank you, in some ways it is obvious that Delta can be credited to KLM but for some reason I never thought of this idea!

  • I think all airlines/hotels should extend their window for miles/points until travel gets back to normal.

  • In my opinion, Flying blue is, by far the best FFP within Skyteam.

    A good perk is other AF/KL’s partners airlines (non Skyteam) such as JL, G3, QF are considered qualifying flights so you can earn XP points and of course, miles.

  • Pablo Quilis says:

    All airlines should ensure that their mileage programs do not expire until the end of 2021. In this way, we can travel better next year

  • Wow, the “partial extension” mechanism is sneaky!

  • We have a couple of vouchers/credits expiring. Any tips?

  • Robert Fulton says:

    Question – does flying on Air Antwerp, booked on KLM website, qualify for extension of points validity period?

  • Do all your miles expire on the expiration date, i.e. 24 months after last quakifying flight activity ?
    What if I transfer miles from chase or amex, when I only have 1 month left to the expiration date. Will the transferred miles also expire on the expiration date (i.e. one moth after they were transferred) ???

    • No, provided there is qualifying activity on your account, none of your miles expire. If you have no qualifying activity on your account for 24 months, all of your miles expire.

  • I figure the answer is no – but just checking – if I book a Delta flight (using Delta miles/award ticket) would that extend my Flying Blue expiration date? Or does it have to be a Delta flight that was paid for with cash. I see some general posts online that say award tickets don’t generate miles for frequent flyer accounts but can’t find a specific mention of Flying Blue (and also don’t care about earning miles, just pushing the expiration a bit farther). Any advice? Thanks

    • Hey there, an award ticket doesn’t earn any redeemable miles, so that won’t reset an expiration date. If you put your flying blue number on a paid reservation with Delta, you’ll earn FB miles and reset the expiration date. Note that transfers from Amex, Chase, Citi, and Capital One do not reset the FB expiration date.

  • Appreciate these types of all-in-one-place document. I am planning on transferring some Citi TYP points over and this artile puts my mind at ease that I will have 24 months to use it. thanls.

  • You can now use your miles in AF’s shopping portal, or so they say!

  • Sad that this program has so limited options to extend life of the miles.

  • Air France is really not great for miles unless you are an elite member. You can’t use miles for first class if you are not.

  • This is my pet peeve! I do understand that it’s a frequent FLYER program and in order to extend your points validity you actually need to FLY but I find that the lack of other options for that purpose is somewhat user-unfriendly. Great program overall but I wish Flying Blue would add other options too!

  • Seems like a program best suited for redemptions using “just in time” transfers from transferable points programs. Otherwise probably best to credit AF/KLM flights to Alaska…

    • I have been a flying blue member since 2017. I have been flying every 2 months with Kenya Airways and every 4 months with KLM (long distance flight). I have noticed the following:

      Some miles are simply not calculated, often I needed to calim them by providing a bording pass after.

      My silver status is about expire in 30.06.2019 if I do not gain 100xp.

      I am wondering how is this possible and what am I doing wrong? Can someone advise me I am new in this and not very consumeristic oriented so for me all this is rocked science. But I am shocked that I fly so often and my miles will expire.

      • Hi Sara,

        I think only your status will be downgraded from Silver to Explorer. Your miles should be fine. I also fly Kenya Airways a lot, and it seems totally random the way the miles are automatically added to your Flying Blue account: sometimes they reflect same day or next day after a flight, and other times I have to manually claim them on the Flying Blue website.

        Hope that helps.

  • Wow, we are on an expiration kick lately ;o) I appreciate all the info though, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Love anything that reminds me to keep everything up to date. That’s why I am with AwardWallet :o) No where better to get info and reminders!

    Not too worried since I don’t have AF/KL miles. A couple less to worry about ;o)

  • You can also earn Flying Blue miles by doing E-rewards surveys but since you say that E-miles doesn’t extend the expiration date, I wouldn’t risk it by trying E-rewards either. (Do you know if it does or does not?)

    Although I have heard of their great discounted awards, this is a difficult enough program to keep active that I probably won’ t participate. Though the tip about using the Flying Blue number on a Delta flight might just sway me. Especially since Skymiles is such a poor value program.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    This is the one thing I really don’t like about the Flying Blue program and the reason I don’t credit flights to it.

    The only time I ever use it is for promo awards, and I transfer in from Amex.

  • ANGELO FONSECA says:

    Flying Blue is also a GOL Airlines partner (smiles), is it correct?

  • I have a Flying Blue account which I do not use anymore. I only fly KLM once every two or three years and for me it is easier to credit to those miles to my SkyMiles account.

  • This is one of the harder accounts to keep active if you don’t use it regularly, since there is no shopping portal, etc. But then again, if you aren’t using it regularly you probably don’t have the card or care I suppose.

  • Hmm. I did not even think about replacing my frequent flyer number on a Delta flight in order to extend the AF/KLM miles if needed. Good tip!

  • In the article there is no mention that the expiration policy has recently changed: before you needed a qualifying activity every 20 months now it is every 24 months.
    This is a big improvement because in practice only flying with SkyTeam airline is considered a qualifying activity.
    Actually, I am very surprised that the co-branded credit card exists only in France, Netherlands and Switzerland.

    • The increase from 20 to 24 months really isn’t significant news. Sure, it is nice, but the requirement to earn miles with a flight is there. If you weren’t going to fly is 4 months really going to make a difference? Maybe, but it isn’t all that significant — at least we don’t think so.

  • Adam Parsons says:

    Great update, I can transfer some points over to flying blue to take advantage of the routes on offer at present, thanks.