Old Apr 14, 2020, 2:13 pm
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Update 16/4/20

At this stage measurements which have been taken are for status maintain only. We are well aware that customers can also be impacted by less chance for an upgrade and/or reduced opportunities to carry over XP to the next year. We are constantly monitoring the evolution of the situation and are adjusting our policies accordingly. Should there be additional measures to compensate those impacts too, we will let our Flying Blue members know as soon as possible.
Update 15/4/20

In challenging times like today, travelling has become more difficult due to reasons beyond your control. In these trying times, we want to remove any uncertainty you may have about your Flying Blue Elite level.

We have put the following actions in place:

- We will maintain all Flying Blue Elite members with a qualification period ending between March 2020 and February 2021 for another 12 months.
- We will prevent all Miles from expiring between now and the end of 2020 for all our Explorer members.
From the Q&A that will be shared later today:


2. Will I keep my current level in my next qualification period?
In case your qualification period ends between March 2020 and February 2021, you will keep your current level even if you dont reach the XP objective. Some examples:

A Silver member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 120 XP, your counter will be offset by 100 XP to maintain Silver and you keep a surplus of 20 XP.
If you have gained 65 XP, we will credit the missing 35 XP and then offset your counter with 100 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Silver level.

A Gold member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 220 XP, your counter will be offset by 180 XP to maintain Gold and you keep a surplus of 40 XP.
If you have gained 120 XP, we will credit the missing 60 XP and then offset your counter with 180 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Gold level.

A Platinum member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 450 XP, your counter will be offset by 300 XP to maintain Platinum and you keep a surplus of 150 XP.
If you have gained 250 XP, we will credit the missing 50 XP and then offset your counter with 300 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Platinum level.

3. When will I see this XP measure in my online account?
Not until the first day in your new qualification period will you see in your online account that your current level is maintained. In your activity overview, youll find either XP offered by Flying Blue with the number of XP that are credited to reach the XP objective, or Counter offset with the XP objective deducted from your counter. A new card will be sent to you before your current card expires. The validity date of your digital card will be updated at the end of your current qualification period.

4. I want to upgrade to a higher level. Will I also be compensated?
Our measures enable Elite members to maintain their current level. It is not applicable for members who wish to upgrade to a higher level.

5. Will I keep my current XP balance in my next qualification period?
We will automatically offset the number of XP needed to maintain or upgrade a level. Any surplus XP will remain on your account. Some examples:

A Silver member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 120 XP, your counter will be offset by 100 XP to maintain Silver and you keep a surplus of 20 XP.
If you have gained 65 XP, we will credit the missing 35 XP and then offset your counter with 100 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Silver level.

A Gold member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 220 XP, your counter will be offset by 180 XP to maintain Gold and you keep a surplus of 40 XP.
If you have gained 120 XP, we will credit the missing 60 XP and then offset your counter with 180 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Gold level.

A Platinum member with a qualification period ending in April 2020:
If you have gained 450 XP, your counter will be offset by 300 XP to maintain Platinum and you keep a surplus of 150 XP.
If you have gained 250 XP, we will credit the missing 50 XP and then offset your counter with 300 XP to reset your XP counter to 0 and maintain your Platinum level.

6. What will happen to my years counting towards Platinum for life?
If you keep your current level during your next qualification period based on our special measures that membership year will count towards the 10 consecutive years needed to qualify for Platinum for life. For example:

You have been a Platinum member for 9 consecutive years, and your current qualification period will end on 31 December 2020. Because of our measures, you will be maintained and reach 10 consecutive years of Platinum. On 1 January 2021, your new qualificaiton period starts and on 1 April 2021, we will change your level to Platinum for life.
You have been a Platinum member for 7 consecutive years, and your current qualification period will end on 31 December 2020. Because of our measures, you will be maintained. On 1 January 2021, your 8th consecutive year of Platinum will start.
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COVID-19: status extensions confirmed

Old Sep 26, 2022, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by NumbThumb
Apologies resurrecting an old topic but a co-worker of mine said he had his status extended another year (into 2023) without meeting the XPs. His renewal period is at the end of July. When I logged into my account I saw the following message which then links to this page. Has anyone else seen the same? I was certain they weren't going to do the extensions again this year but now between this message and my co-worker I'm curious what the deal is.
Where is your co worker living according to his FB membership ?
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Old Sep 26, 2022, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by fifty_two
Where is your co worker living according to his FB membership ?
Netherlands
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Old Sep 26, 2022, 9:32 am
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Relatedly, my company (Fortune top 10, so not quite strapped for cash) just once again halted all travel that is not business essential, this time not due to Covid but to save cash in the economic downturn. This dashes hopes for many of us to continue earning on our FF programs. Has anyone ever succeeded in arguing its own individual case for status extension with FB? Is it worth trying?
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Old Sep 26, 2022, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by itaexpat
Has anyone ever succeeded in arguing its own individual case for status extension with FB? Is it worth trying?
Given that some of us qualify solely from personal/private/leisure travel, I really do not see that you have a case to argue.

But why not try it? And please report back!
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Old Sep 26, 2022, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by NumbThumb
Netherlands
ok thanks , thats strange , i reported in another thread that extension will be granted for FB members living in some countries (mostly those still affected by covid and war) , but nothing about NL

i havent heard anyhting news since then , so lets wait and see
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Old Sep 26, 2022, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by itaexpat
Relatedly, my company (Fortune top 10, so not quite strapped for cash) just once again halted all travel that is not business essential, this time not due to Covid but to save cash in the economic downturn. This dashes hopes for many of us to continue earning on our FF programs. Has anyone ever succeeded in arguing its own individual case for status extension with FB? Is it worth trying?
You can try by calling Flying Blue and if they don't grant it, hang up, call again, and then say that you're going on maternity/paternity leave. Sure it's grifting/not ethical, but it's worth a shot and it worked for two of my colleagues who are Plats

Sidenote, my employers were the complete opposite. They want us to go out after forcing our risk management department to do an internal study and they showed that company lost out on a lot of money while not doing things face-to-face.
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Old Sep 27, 2022, 2:11 pm
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I logged into my account and it also shows the same notification. 12/2022 expiration and not enough XP to maintain Gold. However, the link brings me to a dead page.
I may call during the week to check if it will apply to me.
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Old Sep 28, 2022, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by physicsdude
call again, and then say that you're going on maternity/paternity leave. Sure it's grifting/not ethical
Can confirm that:
1. It's not ethical
2. It works: suggested it to a friend who was short of renewing Gold, and it was granted by email a couple of hours later
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Old Sep 29, 2022, 6:20 pm
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Originally Posted by physicsdude
You can try by calling Flying Blue and if they don't grant it, hang up, call again, and then say that you're going on maternity/paternity leave. Sure it's grifting/not ethical, but it's worth a shot and it worked for two of my colleagues who are Plats
Originally Posted by offvoice
Can confirm that:
1. It's not ethical
2. It works: suggested it to a friend who was short of renewing Gold, and it was granted by email a couple of hours later
I mean, to be honest, I was just off work for three months for a personal medical leave, so it wouldn't even be that far fetched and probably not even unethical! And yeah, I got back and found out about the new travel policy while I was sure the fall would bring some travel.

I have 136XP currently so confirming Platinum is a super long shot at this point. And the thing is, it might not even be worth putting any money into because I'll be downgraded to Gold anyway even if I'm short of that too. So I'd really have to look at a sizable surplus over 180 in order to spend any of my own money, and that too would be hardly justifiable.

Edit:
In looking at the program conditions, I am seeing the following mention: "15. If you are a Silver, Gold, or Platinum member, you can request to maintain your level during maternity leave, paternity leave, or adoption leave. You can request the extension of your level for one more year through customer service. It is not possible to extend your level for two consecutive years." Wondering if they'd honor this condition for general medical leave too and not just parental leave?

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