Earn Flying Blue Elite Status Twice as Fast When Flying Air France and KLM Until the End of 2021

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If you're an aspiring elite member of Air France/KLM Flying Blue, you'll be glad to know that from July 1 to December 31, 2021, you'll earn double XP on all flights. This will make it quicker than ever to move up to the elite status ranks with Flying Blue.

What is Flying Blue XP

Flying Blue XP are the experience points needed to move up the elite statuses. It's a separate metric to Flying Blue miles. On each flight or flight segment, you'll earn 2 to 60 XP depending on whether the flight is local or long-haul, and your ticket class.

Chart for earning Flying Blue XP elite status credits

You will also earn XP on all flights with Flying Blue's 35 partner airlines — such as AeroMexico, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic — as long as you list your Flying Blue membership number on the reservation.

Each elite status can be achieved if you earn the required number of XP within 12 months:

  • 100 XP for Silver
  • 180 XP for Gold
  • 300 XP for Platinum

Once you reach an elite status threshold, you will move into the status you achieved and the number of XP required will be deducted from your total. So, if earn 240 XP, you'll earn Gold elite status and 180 XP would be taken from your total. The remaining 60 would help you toward reaching the next level of status.

If you don't make enough XP to maintain your status or move up to the next status, you will drop down one status tier 15 months after you gained your status.

The elite status levels you can achieve are as follows:

Flying Blue Explorer (general members)

  • Earn 4 Flying Blue miles for each euro spent
  • Save up to €10 on your first additional baggage item
  • Get 10% off of seat options

Flying Blue Silver Elite Status (100 XP in 12 months)

  • Earn 6 miles for each euro spent
  • Priority access at check-in, baggage drop-off, and boarding
  • Get 25% off of seat options
  • Choose your standard seat free of charge
  • Bring an additional baggage item on all SkyTeam flights

Flying Blue Gold Elite Status (180 XP in 12 months)

  • Earn 7 miles for each euro spent
  • Enjoy access to our lounges across the globe, with a guest of your choice
  • SkyPriority: priority access at the airport
  • Get 50% off of seat options
  • Choose a standard seat free of charge as soon as you book for you plus a travel companion
  • Bring an additional baggage item on all SkyTeam flights

Flying Blue Platinum Elite Status (300 XP in 12 months)

  • Earn 8 miles for each euro spent
  • Enjoy access to our lounges across the globe, with a guest of your choice
  • SkyPriority: priority access at the airport
  • Benefit from preferred seat options free of charge
  • Bring an additional baggage item on all SkyTeam flights
  • Call the exclusive Platinum Service Line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Flying Blue Double XP Promotion

  • From July 1 to December 31, 2021, all XP rewards are doubled for Air France and KLM flights.
  • This promotion is available for all flights flown between July 1 and December 31, regardless of when the flights were booked.
  • Flights must be booked through Air France or KLM.
  • Eligible flights can be flown on a partner airline, as long as you book an AF or KL codeshare.
  • No registration is necessary. Your double XP rewards will automatically be credited to your account upon the completion of your flight.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can benefit from this promotion during the promotional period.

Our Take

This is a great promotion for the rest of the year. Many Flying Blue members have likely struggled over the past year to gain enough XP to keep their elite status, let alone move up to the next status.

Granted, this promotion is more for European-based readers. But as travel restrictions slowly ease around the world, more readers may be able to take advantage of this offer. I just wish the offer had been around in March when I took my 5,000-mile-flight from Paris to Cancun with Air France.

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Comments

  • Alvaro Gonzalez says:

    A very generous offer from KLM, indeed. It’s good to see Flying Blue join Iberia in trying to entice frequent flyers to get a leg up on their loyalty programs. Now that Europe is reopening, vaccination velocity is increasing and it feels safer to fly I’m itching to start planning holidays for this summer and beyond.

  • For people aiming at reaching some status this is a great news.
    It would have been better if there was also a promo for award miles.

  • A question, rather than a comment:
    Is there any strategic advantage to having (and crediting flights to) more than a single carrier within an alliance?
    In the context of the above post, why accumulate Flying Blue points if one’s primary carrier is Delta (and vice versa for those Parisians)?
    Likewise, to cite a recent development, what is the best course for Oneworld now that two strong programs (Alaska and American) are now full partners?
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.