This is actually pretty huge: Flying Blue – KLM & Air France’s frequent flyer program – is no longer charging their ridiculous fuel surcharges when you redeem their points for flights on Delta metal. Previously, Flying Blue charged exorbitant surcharges when you booked award tickets on any of their partners. Not anymore when you fly on Delta.
Why does this matter? A few reasons:
1) Flying Blue only charges 50,000 miles for a round trip ticket to Europe, while Delta charges 60,000 in coach. There are other bargains, including a 50,000 mile round trip to Israel using Flying Blue (100k in Business), rather than 80k/120k using SkyMiles.
2) Flying Blue allows for one-way awards on Delta. Delta does not allow for one-way awards using SkyMiles.
How do you get Flying Blue miles if you don’t fly Air France or KLM? Easy: transfer them in from Starwood (remember that 5k bonus when transferring in 20k points) or from Membership Rewards. Just remember: Starwood points can take about a week to show up in your Flying Blue account.
(Hat tip, Dan’s Deals)