Aug 11, 12, 5:58 am
Hi there can someone tell me are sky team and flying blue the same thing. If not what's the difference and which is better. I will be doing a lot of flights with klm soon so just wondering is there any benefits seen quickly with joining their program
Skyteam is the alliance (group of airlines working together) that KLM/Air France below to. Others in this group are for example Korean Air, Delta Airlines and Kenya Airways.
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of KLM/Air France, on which you can earn miles for flights. Because of the cooperation with the other Skyteam airlines, you can however also earn miles on those flights (although with some different conditions).
So, if you are looking to join a program Flying Blue is the thing you are looking for, as Skyteam is not a program and does not have a communal one for all airlines belonging to it as such.
Hope this helps, more info on Flying Blue can be found here: http://www.klm.com/travel/ie_en/flying_blue/index.htm
Aug 11, 12, 7:23 am
I see that you are a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member.
"Flying Blue" is the equivalent of Executive Club. Both are frequent flyer programmes.
"SkyTeam" is the equivalent of Oneworld. Both are airline alliances - groupings of airlines that co-operate with each other to a certain extent.
You asked if there are "any benefits seen quickly" on joining the program. As it the case for all frequent flyer programs - for Flying Blue as well as the BA Executive Club - when you join, the only "benefit" you receive is the ability to collect frequent flyer miles. Just as it took a certain amount of flying for you to qualify for Bronze with BA and receive the additional benefits associated with that level, so will you also have to do a certain amount of flying before you can claim any additional benefits in the Flying Blue programme.