Flying Blue Platinum Ultimate Status

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FLYING BLUE ULTIMATE

Main facts
Ultimate is not a status in FB but a « tag » on Platinum / Platinum for life / Club 2000 – Skipper existing status.
While regular FB status (Silver/Gold/Platinum) are based on experience points earning (XP), Ultimate status is obtained by Ultimate XP (UXP) earning. UXPs are earned exclusively on AF-, KL- and A5-coded (= marketed) flights, whatever the operating airline.
Some examples :
- CDG-JFK AF-marketing, AF-operating : eligible to UXP earning
- CDG-JFK DL-marketing, AF-operating : NON-eligible to UXP earning
- AMS-BOS KL-marketing, DL-operating : eligible to UXP earning
- BOS-IND KL-marketing, DL-operating : eligible to UXP earning
- SIN-SYD AF-marketing, QF-operating : eligible to UXP earning
- CDG-FCO AZ-marketing, AZ-operating : NON-eligible to UXP earning

XP earned via AFKL Amex cards are not eligible (those are XP and not UXP).

To qualify for Ultimate, it is needed to have accumulated 1800 UXP over 2 calendar years. (Jan 1st, year 1 to Dec 31st, year 2). There is no requirement on how the 1800 UXP earning is distributed over the 2 years (it can be 900/900 or 100/1700, it doesn’t matter). Ultimate is valid for 2 years once granted.
Example : from Jan 1st 2017 to Dec 31st 2018, a Platinum member has earned 1800 UXP or more. The status will be granted in march 2019 and valid 2 years (until march 2021). Ultimate is never granted outside the annual review period (if the member has attained the 1800 UXP threshold in july, Ultimate will be still granted only in March the following year).
There is no rollover of UXP for the next qualification period.

Hard benefits
- All FB Platinum/Club 2000-Skipper benefits
- Access to a Travel Assistant service 24/7. They are reachable by phone or by email. In practice, from 8 pm to 8 am CET, calls are taken by the Platinum line.
- highest priority on waiting list and in case of irrops
- Possibility to register up to 9 persons who can benefit from Sky Priority services and lounge access when traveling with the Ultimate member (lounge access is only in AFKL lounges here)
- one companion Platinum card
- Zone 1 boarding, irrespective of travel class.
- Access to Hertz Platinum status
- two upgrade certificates per year, usable from Y to J or from W to J. Upgrades are confirmed instantly at the time of booking (via the Travel Assistant). One voucher = one way. So to upgrade a return trip, 2 vouchers must be used. Vouchers are transferable to a travel companion traveling with the Ultimate member. In case of a long-haul flight with a medium-haul connection/feeder (e.g. CDG-AMS-JFK), the medium-haul segment will be upgraded also with still only one voucher used. In case of 2 long-haul flights in connection (e,g. DXB-CDG-JFK), the use of 2 vouchers is required to upgrade the 2 segments. Upgrade vouchers are usable only on AF- or KL-marketing and operating flights.
Rules for eligible booking classes for the upgrade vouchers are described below :

AF flights, long-haul
Premium Eco to Business
Original booking class : A, S, W
Upgraded booking class : Z, I, D, C (it means that if the flight has only J fare available, one cannot upgrade)

Eco to Business (all flights, except to/from USA, Canada, Mexico)
Original booking class : Y, B, M, U, K, H, L, Q, T, N, R
Upgraded booking class : Z, I, D, C (it means that if the flight has only J fare available, one cannot upgrade)

Eco to Business (flights to/from USA, Canada, Mexico, including LAX-PPT)
Original booking class : Y, B, M, U, K, H, L, Q, T, N, R
Upgraded booking class : Z, C

KL flights, long-haul
Eco to Business (all flights, except to/from USA, Canada, Mexico and DEL)
Original booking class : Y, B, M, U, K, H, L, Q, T, N, R
Upgraded booking class : Z, I, D, C

Eco to Business (flights to/from USA, Canada, Mexico and DEL)
Original booking class : Y, B, M, U, K, H, L, Q, T, N, R
Upgraded booking class : Z, I.

Airline-specific soft (unpublished) benefits
- AF, KL and contract staff at airports have a popup message on their computer screen when checking-in an Ultimate pax or when scanning a BP at the lounge (AFKL lounges only) asking them to be attentive at any special request of the Ultimate pax. See also below for airport-specific soft benefits. There is no known official policy for operational upgrades of Ultimates, but Ultimate members have all reported on FT a higher rate of op-up (but those remain rare !).
- AF and KL cabin crews are instructed to provide extra care and attentions on-board. It can take different forms : special greetings, extra amenities (pillow, oshibori, etc), F&B from the upper class, upgrade on board (Y to J medium haul, W to J or Y to W long haul), earlier and quicker meal service. This is not systematic and is up to the appreciation of the crew. Based on the reports of Ultimate members of this forum, AF crews seems to be more compliant than KL crews with those directives, although there has been several reports in this thread of nice attentions provided by KL crews.
- Unlimited downloads (any day) in AF PLAY apps.

Other Skyteam airlines do not provide any extra service or attentions to FB Ultimate passengers.

Airport-specific soft (unpublished) benefits
All benefits below should be understood for departure, unless otherwise noted. In addition to what is mentioned below, it has been reported several cases of expedited transfers organised by AFKL staff in case of short/endangered connection at various airports.

Please complete/edit this list as needed.

EUROPE
Czech Republic
- PRG : no special treatment to report

Denmark
- CPH : no special treatment to report

France
- CDG 2E:
  • Departure : Escort from check-in to immigration from 8 am to 2 pm (super fast track). Reserved space at K/L/M lounges. Pre-boarding upon request at the gate before beginning of general boarding
    • Arrival : Special (super fast track) lane for immigration until 2 pm
- CDG 2F :
  • Departure : Reserved space at F1 and F2 lounges. Pre-boarding upon request at the gate before beginning of general boarding
  • Arrival : no special treatment to report
- CDG 2G :
  • Departure : Reserved space at the lounge
  • Arrival : no special treatment to report
- CDG 2C :
  • Arrival lounge : higher priority for a shower
- CDG in connection : expedited transfer, possibly involving limo transfer, can be arranged upon request in case of short or endangered connection.
- ORY :
  • Departure : Reserved space at Schengen and non-Schengen lounges
  • Arrival : no special treatment to report
- BES : no special treatment to report
- BIQ : no special treatment to report
- BOD : pre-boarding from lounge to plane inconsistently proposed
- LYS : escort through security from check-in to lounge, reserved area at the lounge, pre-boarding with escort from lounge to plane, all consistently proposed.
- MPL : pre-boarding with escort from lounge to plane, sometimes proposed (AF agent comes to the contract lounge to meet the Ultimate guest)
- MRS : no special treatment to report
- NCE : no special treatment to report
- NTE : no special treatment to report
- RNS : no special treatment to report
- UIP : no special treatment to report

Germany
- DUS : no special treatment to report
- FRA : no special treatment to report
- HAM: no special treatment to report
- MUC : reserved area in the lounge
- STR : reserved area in the lounge, pre-boarding
- TXL : no special treatment to report

Greece
- ATH : no special treatment to report

Ireland
- DUB : no special treatment to report

Italy
- BLQ : escort from check-in to lounge, and through security to plane.
- FCO : no special treatment to report
- LIN : no special treatment to report
- MXP: pre-boarding granted by request.
- VCE : escort through security from check-in to lounge, pre-boarding with escort from lounge to plane.
- NAP : no special treatment to report

Netherlands
- AMS : no special treatment to report, apart pre-boarding sometimes granted – Shame on KL !!!

Portugal
- LIS : no special treatment to report

Russia
- SVO : no special treatment to report
- LED : no special treatment to report

Spain
- BCN : no special treatment to report
- MAD : no special treatment to report

Sweden
- GOT : no special treatment to report

Switzerland
- GVA : pre-boarding upon request. A recent report (May 2019) of being able to use the reserved P area of the lounge.
- ZRH : no special treatment to report

United Kingdom
- ABZ : no special treatment to report
- EDI: no special treatment to report
- LHR (T4) : no special treatment to report

NORTH AMERICA
Canada
- YUL: Escort from check-in to lounge upon request. Reserved table in lounge.
- YYZ : escort on arrival through immigration, consistently offered. / Escort from check-in to lounge and from lounge to airplane

USA
- ATL : no special treatment to report (in connection)
- BOS : escort through security from check-in to lounge, pre-boarding, all consistently provided upon request.
- DTW : no special treatment to report (starting from DTW or in connection)
- IAD : escort through security from check-in to lounge upon request, but inconsistently provided. Reserved area at the lounge + extra attentions from staff (table reserved for night service, etc)
- IAH: no special treatment to report
- JFK (AF only/terminal 1) : reserved table in the dining area of the lounge (upstairs), possible to benefit from the "night service" on all flights and not only the 2 last ones ex-JFK. Some kind of priority at the La Prairie spa (after P pax)
- LAX : no special treatment to report
- ORD: escort through security from check-in to lounge, reserved area at the lounge, pre-boarding, all consistently proposed.
- MSP : no special treatment to report, except one case of special DL Elite VIP treatment with expedited immigration and Porshe transfer to/from lounge (not a regular benefit to expect)

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
- BOG : no special treatment to report
- LIM : escort to lounge, provided spontaneously
- GRU : no special treatment to report
- SCL : no special treatment to report

ASIA / PACIFIC
- BKK : escort through security from check-in to lounge, upon request but inconsistently proposed. In connection : escort in case of short connection (better to request it before departure).
- BOM : escort from plane to immigration, and from checkin to the lounge
- DEL : no special treatment to report
- HKG : no special treatment to report (escort through security from check-in to lounge is now systematically refused, while provided during the 2 first years of Ulti)
- HND : Arrival : nothing. Departure : escort from check-in desk to lounge, proposed spontaneously.
- KIX : Arrival : escort through immigration, wait at baggage claim. Departure : escort from check-in desk to lounge All proposed spontaneously.
- SIN : no special treatment to report


CARIBBEAN & INDIAN OCEAN

- CUR: no special treatment to report, there is no (sky)priority lane for security or immigration, but escort/short track is available for 100 $.
- HAV : at departure, escort from check in counters until security checks. Pre-boarding offered. No escort at arrival. No reserved space in Lounge.

MIDDLE EAST
- BEY : no special treatment to report
- DXB : escort from check-in to lounge and from lounge to plane, all upon request, consistently provided.
- JED : no special treatment to report
- RUH : no special treatment to report

AFRICA
- CMN : no special treatment to report
- CPT: escort from counter to lounge, provided spontaneously
- JNB: escort from counter to lounge (no fast track at immigration), provided spontaneously
- LOS : no special treatment to report
- RAK : escort on arrival, upon request (not provided on departure)
- RBA : on departure : escort to lounge and to plane, provided spontaneously.

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Old Jan 23, 17, 11:50 pm
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Flying Blue Platinum Ultimate Status

Morning all,

I updated my KLM app yesterday and it shows the following for version 8.1:

You can also check your new Flying Blue Ultimate status.

My status has not been updated. Does anyone on the board have an updated FB status?

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Old Jan 23, 17, 11:56 pm
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On my Android phone I still get version 7.1.1, I'm guessing you are using iphone but I have no idea what is "FB Ultimate status"
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Old Jan 24, 17, 12:00 am
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Yes, iPhone.
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Old Jan 24, 17, 12:41 am
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It's part of the changelog for 8.1 version and rather says Ultimate Flying Blue status, so it doesn't look like status to me. But otherwise have no clue what "Ultimate Flying Blue" means.
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Old Jan 24, 17, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by Gajan View Post
Morning all,

I updated my KLM app yesterday and it shows the following for version 8.1:

You can also check your new Flying Blue Ultimate status.

My status has not been updated. Does anyone on the board have an updated FB status?

Gajan
No change for me neither on AF app nor KL app (iPhone). Can we ask you how many status miles you have earned in 2015 and 2016 (approx) ? Thanks.
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Old Jan 24, 17, 1:26 am
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It means the final level checks for 2017 have now been completed
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Old Jan 24, 17, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by Sjondorn View Post
It's part of the changelog for 8.1 version and rather says Ultimate Flying Blue status, so it doesn't look like status to me. But otherwise have no clue what "Ultimate Flying Blue" means.
yes, we know what it is. See this thread started in July.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/air-f...ue-status.html

maybe we should consolidate the discussion in one thread ?
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Old Jan 24, 17, 1:45 am
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
No change for me neither on AF app nor KL app (iPhone). Can we ask you how many status miles you have earned in 2015 and 2016 (approx) ? Thanks.
Sure, though I most likely do not qualify for this group. I had around 12K EQM (made LTPE a few years ago)
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Old Jan 24, 17, 2:21 am
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Ultimate Flying Blue status?

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but in the release notes for the latest version of KLM's iOS app, a reference is made to a new "Ultimate Flying Blue status":



Does anyone have a clue what this is about?

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Old Jan 24, 17, 3:32 am
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Dutch translation? Could it translate to uiterst?
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
No change for me neither on AF app nor KL app (iPhone). Can we ask you how many status miles you have earned in 2015 and 2016 (approx) ? Thanks.
I think that Gajan meant that the update log of the app mentioned it, not that he earned the status...
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Dutch translation? Could it translate to uiterst?
Could be, though the Dutch word I would expect is 'uiteindelijke' in that case. Which would not really translate to Ultimate. Although you never know who/how these translations are made..
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Old Jan 24, 17, 5:17 am
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Funky, my phone is set to German locale and all I got was "WHATS_NEW_TEXT_HERE". So obviously no Ultimate Flying Blue for non english speakers. Total discrimination! ;-)
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Old Jan 24, 17, 6:28 am
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Originally Posted by olivedel View Post
I think that Gajan meant that the update log of the app mentioned it, not that he earned the status...
Oh right. I indeed read Gajan's post too quickly.
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Or is it this:

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/05/chas...s-flying-blue/
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