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Reader Marc R. redeemed 57,000 Air France KLM Flying Blue miles to fly business class San Francisco – Paris – Lyon.
Two key things to know:
- These points are really easy to come by because Air France is a transfer partner of Chase, American Express, Citibank, and Capital One.
- Business class award space on Air France is much better for members using their own points than when you’re using partner miles (such as Delta SkyMiles). West Coast – Europe in business class it’s often one of the best bets.
When he checked in online he was offered the option to ‘buy up’ his business class award to first class. The price was US$2070. He wound up with the whole first class cabin to himself. Air France has the best first class between the U.S. and Europe except, arguably, for Singapore’s New York JFK – Frankfurt flight and the Emirates New York JFK – Milan flight.
Here’s what he didn’t know – would he earn miles for the first class buy up? How would this turn out?
- No, on the theory that upgraded tickets earn based on their underlying ticketed fare?
- Yes, it’s spend under the program’s revenue-based four miles per Euro earn?
He didn’t receive miles automatically however he emailed La Premiere (first class) customer service and “an hour later they credited me 8600 Flying Blue miles.” Marc also earned 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent paying with his The Platinum Card® from American Express. All in all he earned nearly 20,000 miles and flew first class.