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Encyclopedia > Flying Blue
The logo of the merger of KLM and Air France.
The logo of the merger of KLM and Air France.

Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM. In June 2005, the frequent flyer programs of Air France (Fréquence plus) and KLM (Flying Dutchman) were combined to the Flying Blue program after the two companies merged into a single airline. Flying Blue members can earn and spend mileage points on flights and services of Air France-KLM and other companies of the Skyteam airline alliance as well. Kenya Airways and many other financial, travel, and transportation companies are participating as well. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... KLM (in full: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Aviation Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before its (agreed) take-over by Air France, KLM was the national airline of the Netherlands. ... Air France Boeing 747 Air France (Compagnie Nationale Air France) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before the take-over of KLM, it was essentially the national airline of France, employing 71,654 people (at January 2005). ... A frequent flyer program is a service offered by many airlines to reward customer loyalty. ... Air France Boeing 747 Air France (Compagnie Nationale Air France) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before the take-over of KLM, it was essentially the national airline of France, employing 71,654 people (at January 2005). ... KLM (in full: Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, literally Royal Aviation Company; usual English: Royal Dutch Airlines) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before its (agreed) take-over by Air France, KLM was the national airline of the Netherlands. ... SkyTeam Alliance is the global airline alliance partnering Aeroméxico, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. ... The Skyteam logo The OneWorld logo The Star Alliance logo An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... Kenya Airways is the national airline of Kenya in East Africa, operating scheduled services throughout Africa, to Europe and Asia. ...


Structure

Flying Blues introduces a distinction between Level Miles and Award Miles.


Level Miles

Flying Blue contains four membership levels – Ivory (Basic level), Silver (Elite level), Gold and Platinum (both Elite Plus level). The basic Ivory level to which most users are confined does not confer any advantages besides the `right' to earn miles. The Silver, Gold and Platinum levels offer some advantages such as priority boarding and extra baggage allowance, and, for the highest levels, also the coveted lounge-access. For Air France users, priority boarding can be a useful asset since the airline frequently resorts to an aggressive practice of overbooking. Level miles are gained by flying one of Skyteams' airline companies. However, certain flights, such as domestic discount tickets of Air France, do not count as flights towards a higher status level, effectively blurring the distinction between Level miles and Award miles.


Air France and KLM claim that `each mile flown is one level mile (minimum 750 for international and 500 for domestic)'. The reality, however, is much less glamorous. The rule `One mile flown = one mile earned' applies only to full-price (= expensive) tickets. By contrast, discounted tickets earn only a small fraction of the miles actually flown. Because of this practice, Flying Blue is a lot less attractive for customers than the mileage programs that it replaced, Fréquence Plus (Air France) and Flying Dutchman (KLM). Since the partner airlines do not reveal this practice in any of their public statements, the formula that Flying Blue uses to downsize actually flown miles into earned miles remains opaque for users. Flying Blue is also a lot less attractive than comparable frequent flyer programs of other airlines.


Award Miles

Award Miles can be used for free flights, discounts, ticket upgrades, gifts and donations and are earned for every flewn mile and for use of services of non-airline Flying Blue members like car-rental companies, hotel bookings and for buying duty-free items in flight. For full-price tickets, each mile flown translates into one award mile. For discount tickets, the miles award is only a small fraction of the miles flown. Elite and Elite Plus members may earn 50%-100% bonus award miles on each flown mile as well as bonuses for flying a higher class of service.

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Flying Blue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (495 words)
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM.
Flying Blue members can earn and spend mileage points on flights and services of Air France-KLM and other companies of the Skyteam airline alliance as well.
Flying Blue is also a lot less attractive than comparable frequent flyer programs of other airlines.
Blue Horizons Flying Club - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (182 words)
The Blue Horizons Flying Club, Inc. is a non-profit flying club based out of Metcalf Field in Millbury, Ohio.
Organized in October of 2000, the club's defined mission is "To promote the camaradere and fellowship of pilots and provide well-maintained aircraft for members' use at a reasonable cost."
As of December 2005, the flying club has four aircraft.
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