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If you were out this weekend enjoying the nice temperatures (at least here!), you might have missed the news that Chase Ultimate Rewards added a new transfer partner – Air France / KLM Flying Blue.  flying-blue-logo

Air France / KLM Flying Blue becomes the 11th transfer partner for Chase Ultimate Rewards, and you can now transfer to Flying Blue from all of the major transferrable currencies (Starwood, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou points and now Chase Ultimate Rewards).  Travel with Grant has the lowdown on how long it takes to transfer to Flying Blue from each of those 4 currencies.

A little bit about Flying Blue

Flying Blue is the frequent flier program for two different airlines – Air France (with a hub in Paris), and KLM (with a hub in Amsterdam).  Both Air France and KLM are members of the Skyteam alliance

(SEE ALSO: [QUIZ] – Can you name the 20 SkyTeam alliance members?)

(SEE ALSO: Introduction to Air alliances)

Every month, Flying Blue offers what they call “promo awards”, which gives 25% or 50% off the award cost for particular routes.  The routes vary, and there is nothing super exciting this month, but here are the promo awards for May (book in the month of May for travel in July or August)

Brief look at the Flying Blue award chart

Flying Blue actually does not publish its own award chart ( just like their partner Delta – sound familiar?!), though they do offer an award “calculator”.  Thankfully, a few enterprising souls have compiled some information on the award chart.

Travel is Free: Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses

Mile Value: Air France Flying Blue

Specifically, a one way economy award from the US to Hawaii is only 15,000 miles!  That’s a pretty big savings over most of the other airlines – American (20K during off-peak), United or Delta 22.5K as some examples.


Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii are all in the same zone, similar to Singapore Airlines, and flying to Central America or the Caribbean is only 12,500 miles, compared to 17,500 miles on most other charts.

(SEE ALSO: 4 sweet spots on Singapore Airlines’s amazing award chart)

Other things to note about Flying Blue

Flying Blue DOES charge fuel surcharges, though they’re not particularly onerous on Flying Blue flights specifically, as well as Delta or Korean Air and a few other airlines.  The post from Travel is Free details which partners do and do not give fuel surcharges, and the approximate amount.

There are some interesting routing rules / award chart country definitions, which probably deserve their own post.

Anything else worth mentioning about Flying Blue?  Do you plan on transferring from Chase to Flying Blue?


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