In what seems to be a rather bizarre offer valid through May 30, 2013, Flying Blue — a joint frequent flier loyalty program of Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — is offering a status match to gold elite members of “any alliance programme” to Flying Blue Gold, which offers the following benefits, including:
- Enjoy an automatic 75 percent elite bonus
- More award ticket flights
- SkyPriority makes it easier to find your way
- Preferred treatment
- Guaranteed seat in Economy Class
- Exclusive elite reservation service
- Lounge access
- Check-in and transfer benefits
- Extra baggage allowance
- Weight concept destinations
- Carried over Level Miles
Sounds good, right? So what makes this promotion bizarre?
- How long does the status match to Flying Blue Gold last — for only a few months? One year? Two years? Until the end of 2013?
- Is there an official verification process with specific criteria involved in the decision to grant a status match to Flying Blue Gold?
- Is Flying Blue matching the gold status of a person from specific frequent flier loyalty programs, or just gold status from alliances?
- Gold elite level is the lowest elite tier in some frequent flier loyalty programs, while it is a higher tier in others. Do gold elite members of all programs qualify for this status match to Flying Blue Gold elite status?
- Can anyone request a status match, no matter where they are officially based?
- Can those who have already participated in a status match to Flying Blue in the past qualify for the latest status match offer to Flying Blue Gold?
- Members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program of Delta Air Lines just found out recently that the amount of Medallion Qualification Miles earned on partner airlines will be reduced in many cases as of March 1, 2013, including the U economy fare class on both Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights being reduced from 150 percent to 100 percent. Is requesting a status match to Flying Blue Gold allowed for Delta Air Lines Gold Medallion elite SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members permitted even though both frequent flier loyalty programs are part of the SkyTeam alliance — and even if so, are there any advantages to this, and would it be beneficial in any way?
There was a somewhat similar status match offer by Flying Blue two years ago — but it is not known at this time how similar or different are the terms and conditions pertaining to both status match offers.
FlyerTalk members who attempted a status match are reportedly confirming initial status verification — although their Flying Blue frequent flier loyalty accounts are not always reflecting gold elite status, as some are reporting receiving the basic entry level status of ivory.
Regardless, there are too many questions to be answered pertaining to this offer to grant a status match to Flying Blue Gold elite status for those who request it. Hopefully those questions can be answered to give more clarity to this offer.
We shall see…