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Air France-KLM: New Flying Blue Family Account

To the point Flying Blue Family is the new Family account launched by Air France-KLM for up to 8 family members.

Several loyalty programs offer the possibility of having a family account. We think of Aeroplan with its Family Sharing, British Airways Executive Club and its Family and Friends account or Qatar Airways Privilege Club.

Flying Blue, the Air France-KLM frequent flyer program, has now been added to this list with the Flying Blue Family service. All this announced in a humorous video:

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The member who creates the Flying Blue Family will become the Family’s leader.

The leader can then invite up to 7 family members to join its Flying Blue Family:

  • 1 additional adult
  • 6 children

Up to 8 people can take part in a Flying Blue Family.

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To register, you need to go to your Flying Blue profile on Air France or KLM. Here is the link on the Air France website. Once you have registered as a Family leader, you can then invite other family members.

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The invited person will then have to accept the invitation.

Miles transfer

You can then freely transfer miles from your referral account. However, other members cannot transfer miles between themselves.

After each transfer, all Flying Blue Family Miles will be valid for two years.

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The feature was announced today but has actually been present on Flying Blue for a few weeks. For example, I was able to transfer miles from Audrey’s account to mine.

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25% discount on reward tickets

Flying Blue is also the best loyalty program for family travel. You receive a 25% discount on reward tickets booked for children aged 2 to 11 years, travelling with an adult. Whether in economy, premium economy or business class! Read our article on this benefit here.

And children’s Miles do not expire until they are 18 years old.

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Earn Flying Blue Miles in Canada

With Flying Blue co-branded Credit Cards

In Canada

Since October 2022, the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® has been available in Canada. It allows you to earn Flying Blue Miles directly.

The earning rates of the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® are as follows:

Expenses Earning rate
Air France and KLM flight ticket (for Flying Blue members) 5 miles per euro (in addition to regular miles earned according to Elite Status)
Restaurants and bars 2 Miles per dollar
Everything else 1 Mile per Dollar
Selected BRIM retail partners Up to 30 Miles per dollar

In addition to extending the validity of your Flying Blue Miles with each purchase, the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® offers you 30 XP per year, making it easier to earn or renew Flying Blue Elite Status.

In France

In France, there are 3 American Express Flying Blue credit cards. Their welcome bonus is nothing like what we see in North America:

American Express Flying Bluecards

Rather, their value lies in the benefits provided, including:

  • Earning Flying Blue miles on every purchase (which is rare in France and Europe)
  • Extending the validity of your Flying Blue Miles with each purchase
  • Earning between 15 XP and 60 XP per year to get or renew a Flying Blue Elite status more easily
Benefits AF KLM Amex Silver Card AF KLM Amex Gold Card AF KLM Amex Platinum Card
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Bonus 6,000 miles 10,000 miles and first-year free 30,000 miles
Annual fee 0 € 165 € 570 €
XP per year 15 30 60
Earning rate 10 € = 10 Miles 10 € = 15 Miles 10 € = 20 Miles
Extending the validity of miles Yes Yes Yes
Insurance Standard Optimal Maximum
Concierge service No No Yes

In the United States

In the United States, in partnership with Bank of America, Air France has launched the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard, which usually offers a welcome bonus of 25,000 to 50,000 Flying Blue miles.

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With this card, you get :

  • 3x Flying Blue miles for Air France KLM and Skyteam airlines like Delta Airlines
  • 1.5X miles everywhere else
  • 5,000 Flying Blue miles each year upon renewal
  • 60 XP the first year (20 XP the following years)
  • 40 additional XP if you spend US $15,000 with the card
  • No FX fee
Benefits AF KLM World Elite Card
  air france klm World Elite mastercard
Bonus 25,000 to 50,000 miles
Annual fee $89
Renewal bonus 5,000 miles per year
XP per year 60 XP the first year
(20 XP after)
XP after US$15,000 in purchases 40 XP
Earning rate 1.5 miles per dollar
Skyteam Earning rate 3 miles per dollar
Extending the validity of miles Yes
Insurance Optimal
Benefits No foreign transaction fee

Transfer your Membership Rewards Points to Flying Blue Miles

The primary method of earning Flying Blue miles in Canada is through American Express Membership Rewards cards. You can transfer your Membership Rewards into Flying Blue Miles at a ratio of 1,000 Membership Rewards points = 750 Flying Blue Miles.

Here are the American Express Rewards Cards available in Canada:

So, with a credit card like the American Express Cobalt® Card, you can earn the equivalent of up to 3.75 Flying Blue Miles per dollar of purchases:

Category Membership Rewards Flying Blue Miles equivalent
Grocery 5 3,75
Food delivery 5 3,75
Restaurants and bars 5 3,75
Convenience stores 5 3,75
Streaming subscriptions 3 2,25
Gas station 2 1,5
Transportation 2 1,5
Travel 2 1,5
Other 1 0,75

There are many other American Express Membership Rewards credit cards from which you can convert your points to Flying Blue Miles.

Transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points to Flying Blue Miles

The second method of earning Flying Blue miles in Canada is through Marriott Bonvoy Amex credit cards. You can transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points into airline miles including Flying Blue Miles at the ratio of 3 Marriott Bonvoy points = 1 Mile.

And if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus Miles. Thus, 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 Flying Blue Miles.

The two Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards available in Canada are:

Bottom line

The creation of the Flying Blue Family is good news for combining Miles in the same account. Especially those from children’s accounts, who can only earn them through travel (unlike parents who can earn them through credit cards or the purchase of Flying Blue Miles, for example).

This will then allow the Family Leader to book reward flights and eventually take advantage of Promo Rewards.


How can I create a Flying Blue Family?

If you are a member aged 18 or over, you can create your Flying Blue Family through ‘My profile’ on the Air France or KLM website. There, you can invite other members to join your Flying Blue Family. A Flying Blue Family can consist of eight people maximum; one extra adult and six children. The member who creates the Flying Blue Family will become the Family’s leader.

How can I join a Flying Blue Family?

You can join a Flying Blue Family as soon as you receive an invitation from a Flying Blue Family leader. Once you accept the invitation, you become a member of the Flying Blue Family. You can only join one Flying Blue Family at a time, and you will be part of a Flying Blue Family for a minimum of six months.

How can I transfer Miles within the Flying Blue Family?

The Flying Blue Family leader is the only person who can transfer Miles from the Flying Blue Family members’ accounts. The Flying Blue Family leader can transfer Miles partially or in full. After each transfer, all Flying Blue Family Miles will be valid for two years. Miles transfers are final, and you will be notified by email if your Miles have been transferred.

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Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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