8 Of The Best Ways to Earn Flying Blue Miles

There are plenty of great ways to spend your Flying Blue miles once you have them, but what do you do to actually earn those miles? We break down the simplest and easiest ways for you to start earning more miles today. Here are the eight best ways to earn Flying Blue miles, fast. 

Photo: Air France

1. Sign up for a Flying Blue account 

The first thing to do to earn Flying Blue miles is to sign up for a Flying Blue account. Immediately upon joining, you’re considered an Explorer member. Explorer members get a select few travel perks, such as:

  • An up to 10-Euro discount on your first paid checked baggage on Air France, KLM and HOP! flights
  • Access to some Air France, KLM and Delta Air Lines lounges for a fee, on international flights operated by a SkyTeam partner
  • 10 percent discount on Seat Plus, Duo Seat and front-of-cabin seat options
  • Free seat selection during check in
  • 10 percent discount on Economy comfort, extra legroom and preferred seating options
  • Ability to use miles to book seats
  • Opportunity to upgrade your seat using miles
  • Ability to upgrade last minute using miles
  • Option to upgrade while on board using miles
  • Special partner offers
  • Exclusive Flying Blue offers

The more you fly on KLM and Air France (as well as partner airlines), the more XP (or experience points) you’ll earn, making it easier for you to move up the loyalty program tiers. The higher your tier, the more miles you earn just by taking flights. 

2. Flying on KLM and Air France

As mentioned, the number of Flying Blue miles you earn when you fly depends on your membership tier, as well as the amount of money you spent on your ticket. 

  • Explorer members earn 4 miles per Euro spent
  • Silver members earn 6 miles per Euro spent
  • Gold members earn 7 miles per Euro spent
  • Platinum members earn 8 miles per Euro spent

3. Flying with partner airlines

Photo: Delta Air Lines

Flying Blue miles earned via partner brands depends on distance, booking class and your status. 

Partner airlines include…

AeroflotAerolineas ArgentinasAeromexicoAir CorsicaAir EuropaAir Mauritius
AlitaliaBangkok AirwaysChalair AviationChina AirlinesChina Southern airlinesCzech Airlines
Copa AirlinesChina EasternDelta Air LinesGaruda IndonesiaJet AirwaysGOL
Japan AirlinesKorean AirMalaysia AirlinesMiddle East AirlinesTAAGSaudi Arabian Airlines
Twin JetUkraine International AirlinesWestJetXiamen AirlinesVietnam AirlinesWijet

4. Credit cards

The Flying Blue co-branded credit cards available to you depend on where you live. If you live in the United States, you have access to the new Air France-KLM World Elite Mastercard. 

Air France-KLM World Elite Mastercard

This card comes with a 25,000-bonus mile welcome offer when you make $1,000 in purchases within the first three months. You earn 3 miles per $1 spent on Air France, KLM and SkyTeam flights, plus 1.5 miles for every $1 spent elsewhere. Members receive a 5,000-mile bonus every year your account remains active (aka, you spend $50 on the account per year). There’s an $89 annual fee. 

Additionally, you’ll receive 20 XP every year on account anniversary and then an additional 40 XP if you spent $15,000 on the card that year. 

You can likewise transfer other credit card points to Flying Blue miles. This is possible with cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points and American Express membership rewards points. These all transfer at a 1:1 ratio. 

Here are a few cards that earn Flying Blue miles: 

  • American Express Gold Card
  • Platinum Card from American Express
  • Blue Business Plus credit card from American Express
  • Business Platinum Card from American Express
  • American Express Business Gold
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited
  • Ink Business Preferred
  • Ink Business Cash
  • Citi ThankYou Premier
  • Hilton Honors Ascend
  • Starwood Preferred Guest/Business from American Express
  • Hilton Honors American Express
  • Marriott Rewards Premier Plus
  • IHG Rewards Club Premier
  • Chase Hyatt

5. Hotel partners

Earn Flying Blue miles with hotel partners
Earn Flying Blue miles with hotel partners Photo: Pixabay

Flying Blue has a few hotel partners. These include:

Le Club AccorHotelsHilton HonorsGolden Tulip Hotels
IHGRadissonTaj Hotels
YOTELMarriott BonvoyBest Western
HyattMy Boutique HotelShangri-la Hotels and Resorts
Worldhotels

You can also earn Flying Blue miles via booking.com and hotels.com. In addition to this, your earnings include:

  • Earn up to 250 miles per stay at Best Western properties.
  • Get up to 500 miles per stay with Radisson, Golden Tulip Hotels, Hyatt, IHG, YOTEL and Shangri-La properties. 
  • Earn up to 750 miles per stay with Taj Hotels.
  • Log up to 3,000 miles per stay with Worldhotels.
  • Earn up to 2 miles per $1 spent at Marriott Bonvoy properties. 

You can’t earn miles when you stay at Hilton or AccorHotels properties, but you can transfer your points with each of the brands’ programs to Flying Blue miles. Transfer 2,000 Le Club AccorHotels points to receive 1,000 Flying Blue miles. Transfer 10 Hilton Honors points to receive 1 Flying Blue mile. 

6. Rental partners

Earn Flying Blue miles when you rent a car.
Earn Flying Blue miles when you rent a car. Photo: Pexels

You can earn miles for car rentals with Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

  • Earn up to 4 miles per Euro spent with Thrifty and Enterprise. 
  • Get up 5 miles per Euro spent with Hertz.
  • Earn up to 900 miles per rental with Avis.
  • Claim up to 1,000 miles per rental with Budget and Europcar.
  • Earn up to 1,200 miles per rental with Sixt. 

7. Shopping

Shop with the Air France and KLM shopping portals to earn miles on your purchases. If you shop with the Air France shopping portal, you’ll earn 3 miles per Euro spent (and note that though the items are priced in Euros, you can still get them delivered to the United States). Shopping with the KLM shopping portal gets you 2 miles per Euro spent.

There’s also the Flying Blue Shop for Miles program, which allows you to go the Flying Blue shopping portal first, and then be redirected to your favorite online vendors, where you’ll earn one or two miles per $1 spent.

8. Surveys

Earn Flying Blue miles easily by filling out some surveys online. When you join e-Rewards, you’ll receive 10 miles per survey completed. For the other service, you can convert Opinion Rewards points to Flying Blue miles at a rate of 4:1. 

Final thoughts

Photo: Air France

There are plenty of ways to earn Flying Blue miles with the program’s many partners. One of the by far easiest ways, however, is via credit card spending, and the Flying Blue transfer partners make it very easy to spend on just about any purchase and reap several miles per $1 spent. 

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