Flying Blue Family, the new Flying Blue service launched in April 2022, offers the possibility of combining Miles in a single account. Many loyalty programs offer this family account option. We think of Aeroplan with its Family Sharing, British Airways Executive Club and its Family and Friends account or Qatar Airways Privilege Club.
However, this service offers an exciting advantage: a 25% discount on reward tickets for children aged 2 to 11 travelling with an adult. This is true regardless of the class of service (economy, premium economy or business).
From 11,250 miles per flight between Canada and France
For the past few weeks, we have seen many flight tickets between Canada and France available for as little as 15,000 miles one-way for an adult (or only 11,250 miles for a child aged 2 to 11).
For example, here is a flight for an adult and a child from 2 to 11 years old at the end of June 2023:
The rate is :
- 15,000 Flying Blue Miles for the Adult
- 11,250 Flying Blue Miles for the Child (25% discount)
This is unprecedented! And what makes the Flying Blue program the best program in Canada for transatlantic family flights! There are even flights available at this price to some North African destinations served by Air France: Algiers (Algeria), Casablanca (Morocco) and Tunis (Tunisia).
We used our Flying Blue Miles in 2021 to visit family in France with Air France (and would have liked to take advantage of this benefit at the time):
Especially since when you use your Flying Blue Miles to book a flight with Air France-KLM, the first piece of luggage is included (which is no longer the case for the basic fare with most transatlantic airlines).
Earn Flying Blue Miles in Canada
Transfer your Membership Rewards Points to Flying Blue Miles
The primary method of earning Flying Blue miles in Canada is through American Express 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 Membership Rewards cards from American Express with great offers right now:
The best Membership Rewards card in Canada for earning Flying Blue miles is the American Express Cobalt® Card as it offers:
- 5 points per dollar for grocery, restaurant, bar, food delivery, or convenience store purchases
- 3 points per dollar for streaming services
- 2 points per dollar for travel, local transportation, and gas stations
- 1 point per dollar on everything else
If we translate this into Flying Blue Miles, we get:
- 3.75 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for grocery, restaurant, bar, food delivery, or convenience store purchases
- 2.25 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for streaming services
- 1.5 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for travel, local transportation, and gas stations
- 0.75 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for other purchases
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:
This Flying Blue Family account feature offering a 25% discount for children aged 2 to 11 is a real sweetspot, especially in combination with the low fares offered by Air France KLM on transatlantic flights in economy class.
Families – and we are thinking of all French expatriates – now have a choice program to cross the Atlantic at a lower cost!
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.