Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways announce frequent flyer partnership

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Further to their recently expanded partnership announced in September 2023, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways have now merged benefits for their respective loyalty, or ‘frequent flyer’ programs.

The latest move follows the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) between the two airlines in September this year.

Integration of Loyalty Programs

The crux of this collaboration lies in the integration of loyalty programs—Flying Blue for Air France-KLM and Etihad Guest for Etihad Airways.

Effective immediately, members of both programs can accrue and redeem Miles seamlessly across the extensive networks of Air France, KLM, and Etihad.

This shift will usher in a new raft of reciprocal benefits for elite members, set to be unveiled shortly.

Expanding Horizons: More Routes

Building on the MoU inked earlier in the year, the partnership opens up a gateway to over 60 new routes, linking destinations worldwide.

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This expansion not only fosters connectivity but also presents travelers with a myriad of earning and redemption possibilities.

The timing of this collaboration is impeccable, coinciding with Air France’s inaugural flight from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle to Abu Dhabi International Airport on October 29th.

Flying Blue and Etihad Guest Miles Unleashed

Flying Blue Miles, the currency of Air France-KLM’s loyalty program, now hold the key to a treasure trove of benefits.

From flights and global hotel stays to car rentals and products available at the Flying Blue Store, members can craft their ideal travel experience.

Similarly, Etihad Guest Miles can be judiciously spent on flights, worldwide hotel stays, dream vacations, or indulging in a shopping spree at the Etihad Guest Reward Shop.

Presently, Air France operates daily flights between Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi International Airport, while Etihad ensures daily connectivity to both Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Airline Comments

This operational synergy, as highlighted by Angus Clarke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air France-KLM, signifies a shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences.

Angus Clarke expressed his delight at the deepening partnership, emphasizing the 11-year collaboration’s expansion into uncharted loyalty territories.

He underscored the strategic significance of Abu Dhabi as a destination and hub, enriched by Etihad’s expansive footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia.

Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer at Etihad, echoed the sentiment, stating, “Following our expanded partnership with Air France-KLM signed in September, we’re pleased to bring to market this collaboration to benefit both of our airlines loyal guests.”

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Following an expanded partnership announced in September, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways have merged benefits for their loyalty programs.
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