Good to know

The basics of the Flying Blue programme are very easy: the more you fly, the more benefits you will enjoy. However, there are a few things you should take into account. Below you will find a brief explanation of a few basic rules that are worth knowing. Please be aware that the mentioned Level Miles thresholds differ for members residing in France and Monaco.

Carry over Level Miles

On 31 December of each year, all Flying Blue Elite members, who have earned Level Miles above the Miles threshold required to maintain their current membership level, will carry over the surplus of Level Miles to the next year. This also applies when a higher level is reached. If you have not maintained your membership level over the last year, your Level Miles will not be carried over.

Examples:

Gold member Alex has earned 45,000 Level Miles and took 16 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. After the annual level check on 31 December, he will still be a Gold member. Because he earned 5,000 Level Miles more than the threshold requires, he will start with 5,000 Level Miles and 0 qualifying flights in his account on 1 January.

Platinum member Silvia has earned 52,000 Level Miles and took 65 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. Because Silvia reached the threshold of 60 qualifying flights, she will still be a Platinum member after the annual level check on 31 December. On 1 January, she will have 0 Level Miles and 0 qualifying flights in her account.

Gold member Julie lives in France. She has earned 70,000 Level Miles and took 45 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. After the annual level check on 31 December, she will still be a Gold member. Because she earned 10,000 Level Miles more than the threshold requires, she will start with 10,000 Level Miles and 0 qualifying flights in her account on 1 January.

Miles validity

As long as Elite members maintain their Elite status, their Award Miles remain valid forever.

Examples:

Platinum member John has earned 90,000 Level Miles and took 41 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. After the annual level check on 31 December, he will maintain his Platinum membership. His Award Miles will remain valid as long as he takes at least 1 qualifying flight every 2 years.

Downgrade

Flying Blue members who did not reach the threshold of Level Miles or qualifying flights required to maintain their membership level of the previous calendar year, will be downgraded to the level directly below when they have taken at least 1 qualifying flight. In this case, both your Level Miles and qualifying flight balance will be reset to zero on 1 January and you won’t be able to enjoy the Elite benefits of Carry over Level Miles and infinite Award Miles validity. Please note that if you do not take a single qualifying flight during the whole calendar year, you will be downgraded to Ivory the following year, regardless of your membership level of the previous year.

Example:

Gold member Brenda has earned 17,000 Level Miles and took 15 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. Because she did not earn enough Level Miles or took enough qualifying flights to reach the threshold she will be downgraded to Silver membership after the annual level check on 31 December. On 1 January, she will have 0 Level Miles and 0 qualifying flights in her account.

Downgrade to Ivory

Flying Blue Elite members who did not take a single qualifying flight during the whole calendar year will be downgraded directly to Ivory. In this case it is not possible to carry over Level Miles and your Award Miles will expire 2 years after you took your last qualifying flight.

Example:

Platinum member Steve has earned 0 Level Miles and took 0 qualifying flights within 1 calendar year. Because he did not take a single qualifying flight during the whole calendar year he will be downgraded to Ivory membership after the annual level check on 31 December. On 1 January, he will have 0 Level Miles and 0 qualifying flights in his account. His Award Miles will expire 2 years after he took his last qualifying flight.

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