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Air France/KLM (Flying Blue) No Longer Charging Fuel Surcharges on Delta Awards

This is actually pretty huge: Flying Blue – KLM & Air France’s frequent flyer program – is no longer charging their ridiculous fuel surcharges when you redeem their points for flights on Delta metal. Previously, Flying Blue charged exorbitant surcharges when you booked award tickets on any of their partners. Not anymore when you fly on Delta.

Why does this matter? A few reasons:

1) Flying Blue only charges 50,000 miles for a round trip ticket to Europe, while Delta charges 60,000 in coach. There are other bargains, including a 50,000 mile round trip to Israel using Flying Blue (100k in Business), rather than 80k/120k using SkyMiles.

2) Flying Blue allows for one-way awards on Delta. Delta does not allow for one-way awards using SkyMiles.

How do you get Flying Blue miles if you don’t fly Air France or KLM? Easy: transfer them in from Starwood (remember that 5k bonus when transferring in 20k points) or from Membership Rewards. Just remember: Starwood points can take about a week to show up in your Flying Blue account.

(Hat tip, Dan’s Deals)


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  1. I flew business class on Delta, from South Africa to Dallas return. I’m now going through the process to get Flying Blue to award those miles to my account.

    It is one thing to require original boarding passes to update a members account. It is absolutely another for them to have to be sent all the way to Paris. And for it to then take Air France up to 8 weeks for the members account to be updated!!!

    For a 1st world airline partnership, this is completely astounding and unacceptable. There has to be an effective method, whereby verification of original documents can be done in the country of residence of each customer. Or at the very least, where it would take only a week to update the members accounts in France.

    I’ve had bad experiences with other airlines. However, this must make Flying Blue the most incompetent frequent flyer program in the world!!
    What is the point of other airlines partnering Air France, if this is the service and treatment they give those airlines customers?

  2. You don’t know them (Air France staff and management, both in US and France) as I do – I’m not the least bit surprised. Remember: France is a socialist country (hint ‘work ethic’) therefore customer service is minimal at the very best, putting it mildly.

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