Lucky and TM Travel World have mentioned that Air France/KLM Flying Blue is offering a status match from most competing airline programs, including up to their Platinum level. The proof they ask for is for you to upload a scan of your elite membership card.
Here’s Troy’s explanation:
Lucky mentioned this offer, which you can get status match to up AF top status Platinum tier. you must include proof of membership in another customer loyalty program that includes the status name and validity period.
It can be any program on earth except SKYTEAM members
offer valid until March 31st, 2011
I had seen this and thought about blogging it, I didn’t. And then I saw Ben post it, so I emailed him the following thought..
I thought about the Flying Blue status match…
I thought “Ah, if I had Flying Blue status I could redeem miles for Air France first class.” [They only let their elites do this, and don’t offer saver seats even then if I recall correctly.]
And then I thought, “Oh, yeah, Air France first class sucks.” [Ok, not compared to coach!]
And then I thought further, “And it’s still a ton of miles.”
So I decided against the match.
Is there ANY reason that I want Flying Blue status, considering that it’s unlikely to make me want to actually, you know, like fly on a Skyteam airline?
You don’t even get Delta lounge access on domestic itineraries as a FB Platinum as far as I know.
As Ben observed in his own post on the subject, of course, if you have competing status (even free bmi Silver status) you can become a Flying Blue elite and get complimentary checked bags. That’s something!
And there is the value that Flying Blue offers 50% discounts on specific route awards that if you’re willing to take advantage of those routes, perhaps by flying to or from a less than desireable airport, you can get a decent bargain.
And for folks in DC like me, Air France goes A380 for their afternoon Paris flight in June, and award availability on that flight is amazing.
But that’s a pretty limited case of usefulness. Still, I pass it along in case your situation makes it worthwhile to match over to Flying Blue. Me, not so much…