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Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Launch Frequent Flyer Partnership

Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways have today announced a new partnership between their frequent flyer programs, Flying Blue and Etihad Guest.

Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Announce New Frequent Flyer Program Partnership - Courtesy Etihad Airways

On Monday (November 27, 2023), Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways announced the launch of a frequent flyer partnership between their respective loyalty programs, Flying Blue and Etihad Guest.  This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two airline Group’s in September 2023.  With the new partnership, Flying Blue and Etihad Guest members can now earn and redeem Miles on either program when flying with Air France, KLM or Etihad Airways.  Additionally, the airlines will be announcing reciprocal benefits for elite loyalty members soon.  As part of the expanded partnership announced last September, customers of both airlines now have access to over 60 new routes beyond Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam.

In Monday’s announcement, Air France-KLM’s VP and Chief Commercial Officer, Angus Clarke, said,

“I’m very happy to further develop our partnership with Etihad Airways. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further, as we aim to explore opportunities in loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world. The attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a destination and a hub, powered by Etihad's large footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, brings significant richness to this partnership. This moment marks our shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences to our shared global customer base and our 20 million loyal Flying Blue members.”

Also commenting on the new loyalty program partnership, Etihad Airways’ Chief Revenue Officer, Arik De, said,

“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.  Our 9 million Etihad Guest Members will now have access to earn and redeem Etihad Guest Miles when flying with Air France-KLM giving even greater opportunities to enjoy the benefits of the programme. We look forward to welcoming Flying Blue members on to the expanding Etihad network to earn Flying Blue Miles as they choose to fly with Etihad.”

Flying Blue Miles can be redeemed for a range of benefits, including flights, worldwide hotel stays, car rentals of products from the Flying Blue Store.  Likewise, Etihad Guest Miles can be spent on flights, worldwide hotel stays and vacations, or products from the Etihad Guest Reward Shop.

Currently, Air France operates daily service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport, while Etihad operates daily service between Abu Dhabi to both Paris-CDG and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).


Source(s): Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways


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