Flying Blue is a loyalty program that has been growing in Canada for several years.
First, there was the addition of Flying Blue as a transfer partner for the American Express Membership Rewards program, followed by the expansion of monthly offers available to Canadian travellers via Flying Blue Promo Rewards.
Through this program, it is possible to fly between Canada and Europe for as little as 15,000 Flying Blue Miles (or even less with Promo Rewards). What’s more, the program offers a great family benefit: 25% fewer Miles for children’s flight rewards.
This is all very competitive.
And recently, we have seen the launch of a Flying Blue Mastercard credit card in Canada: the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®.
All of this is accompanied by an increase in the number of flights and services provided by Air France and KLM airlines between Canada and Europe (Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam), and the choice of chefs based in Canada for the design of specific menus (such as recently with Chef Olivier Perret).
Now find out how to earn Flying Blue Miles on all your credit card purchases.
Credit Cards offering Flying Blue Miles
How to directly earn Flying Blue Miles
With the arrival of the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® in Canada, it is now possible to earn Flying Blue Miles directly for all your purchases.
With the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®, you get :
- 2 Miles per dollar spent in restaurants and bars
- 1 Mile per dollar spent on all purchases (including Costco)
In addition, you earn 5 extra Miles for every euro spent on Air France and KLM flights. This elevated earning rate is excellent if you regularly buy flight tickets with Air France or KLM. Even more so if you have Flying Blue status:
|Status||Regular miles||Elevated Earning Rate (Credit Card)||Total per euro spent|
|Explorer||4||5 Miles||9 Miles|
|Silver||6||5 Miles||11 Miles|
|Gold||7||5 Miles||12 Miles|
|Platinum||8||5 Miles||13 Miles|
What’s more, every time you pay for a purchase with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®, you extend the validity of your Flying Blue Miles by two years (which is not the case when you transfer your points from a partner program).
Finally, as you will see below, as an Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® credit cardholder, you can benefit from specific inCard and eShop offers.
With these offers, you can earn up to 30 Flying Blue Miles per dollar on purchases at partner retailers.
How to transfer your points to Flying Blue Miles
You can also transfer specific reward points to your Flying Blue account. This is notably the case with:
On the American Express Membership Rewards side, the transfer rate is 1,000 Membership Rewards points = 750 Flying Blue Miles.
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|
|Restaurants and bars||5||3,75|
There are many other American Express Membership Rewards credit cards from which you can convert your points to Flying Blue Miles.
On the Marriott Bonvoy side, the best transfer rate is 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 Flying Blue Miles.
So, with a credit card like the Marriott Bonvoy® American Express®* Card, you can earn the equivalent of up to 2.08 Flying Blue Miles per dollar of purchases :
|Category||Marriott Bonvoy||Flying Blue Miles equivalent|
|Marriott Bonvoy Properties||5||2,08|
*Purchase categories for Small Business Cardholders only: Marriott Bonvoy® Business American Express®* Card
However, we recommend that you use your Marriott Bonvoy points for stays at Marriott Bonvoy hotels rather than transferring them to Flying Blue (or any other airline loyalty program).
Flying Blue Rewards for cardholders
If you are an Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® credit cardholder, you have access to two types of Flying Blue Rewards offers through your online account:
- Flying Blue inCard offers
- Flying Blue eShop offers
Flying Blue inCard offers
Flying Blue inCard offers are exclusively reserved for Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® credit cardholders.
With Flying Blue inCard offers, you automatically earn additional Flying Blue Miles when you pay for purchases with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® at inCard partner retailers.
These inCard offers are automatically activated on your Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®. There are no steps to take to earn more Flying Blue Miles when you make purchases.
Here is a selection of retailers offering Flying Blue inCard offers at the time of writing:
|Partners||Flying Blue Miles per dollar (up to)|
|The Creemore Coffee Company||4|
|Erin Marcus Designs||30|
And other Flying Blue retail partners like Sexy AF Spirits, Bag and Bougie, Halfmoon, Province Apothecary, HotHouse, The Second City, Life is Sweet, Wild North Flowers, La-Z-Boy, Creeds Coffee, Cyntia Miglio, Graydon Skincare, All You Are, Poor Romeo, Snugabye, Cruise Toronto, B Yoga.
Note that the amount of Flying Blue Miles per dollar for some retailers will depend on the total spent. Here is an example:
So if you are an Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® credit cardholder, you can take advantage of these Flying Blue inCard offers when you shop online or in-store at these retailers.
You must pay for your purchase with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®. A way to earn even more Flying Blue Miles for your purchases.
Flying Blue eShop offers
Flying Blue eShop offers are exclusively reserved for Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® credit cardholders.
With Flying Blue eShop offers, you earn additional Flying Blue Miles by paying for your online purchases with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® at eShop partner retailers.
Unlike the Flying Blue inCard offers described above, the process is not automatic.
To take advantage of Flying Blue eShop offers, you must visit the Flying Blue Rewards eShop online shopping portal before making any purchases.
Then click on Shop Now to be redirected to the partner merchant’s website (remember to disable your ad blocker if you have one).
If you have already filled your shopping cart, we advise you to empty it. Only items added to your shopping cart after logging in will be eligible for the offer. Items that were already in your shopping cart before you logged in are not eligible.
Please note that the session remains active for 3 hours after clicking on Shop Now.
3 things to know about Flying Blue eShop offers :
- eShop miles are awarded once the merchant has confirmed your purchase, which can take up to five business days.
- When your purchase is confirmed, you will earn miles based on the purchase amount (excluding taxes and fees).
- Tax and fee miles will be awarded using the base earnings associated with your Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®.
Here is a selection of retailers with Flying Blue eShop offers at the time of writing this article:
|Partners||Flying Blue Miles per dollar|
And other Flying Blue retail partners such as Harry’s, Intuit Turbotax, CharlotteTilbury, NBA Store, Levi’s, Under Armour, NFL Shop, Mackage, Blinkist, Smile Direct Club, Bass Pro Shops, The Herschel, Fossil, StubHub, The Outnet, Toms, Mark’s, Sonos, Bowflex, Gap, Farfetch, Steve Madden, MLB Shop, Sorel, New Balance, Fanatics, Nobis, Well.ca, OleHenriksen, The Home Depot, Rockwell Razors, Alamo, Banana Republic, Best WesternLenovo, Old Navy, Bose, MLS Store, DavidsTea, SkinCareRx, Sixt, Kiehl’s, Loews Hotels, Blenders, Dyson, Acer, iRobot, Vichy, Hertz, UGG, Crocs, Jos.A.Bank, Avianca, Europcar, Armani Beauty, GiGi, Radisson Hotels, Yves Saint Laurent, Sandals, Aimee Kestenberg, R idealrway, Sienna, Camper, Tilley, HP, Illy, Biotherm, Addition Elle, GoDaddy, La Roche-Posay, Vistaprint, Rona, Kérastase, Reitmans, Lamcôme, Ancestry, US Polo ASSN, Earthlove.
So, if you are an Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® cardholder, be sure to go through the Flying Blue Rewards eShop shopping portal to take advantage of these eShop offers, before shopping at these eShop partners!
As you can see, you can earn a lot of Flying Blue Miles with all your credit card purchases. This will allow you to purchase a Flying Blue flight reward quickly.
And if you’re interested in the Flying Blue program, you can maximize your Flying Blue Miles accrual by holding the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® with inCard and eShop offers.
Earn Flying Blue Miles - Frequently asked questions
How to get 100 Flying Blue XP?
You can earn 100 Flying Blue XP by travelling regularly throughout the year with Air France-KLM.
You can also easily earn Flying Blue XP with Flying Blue credit cards. For example, with the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard®, you earn 30 Flying Blue XP each year. And in the first year, you get an additional 30 Flying Blue XP. That’s 60 XP from the first year!
How to earn Flying Blue Miles easily?
You can easily earn Flying Blue Miles with Flying Blue credit cards, or those that allow you to transfer points to Flying Blue Miles(American Express Membership Rewards or Marriott Bonvoy).
What is the value of a Flying Blue Mile?
According to our calculations, the value of a Flying Blue Mile is approximately 1.6 Canadian cents. This value may vary depending on your route and class of travel.