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CALGARY — Taking their codeshare partnership to the next level, Air France-KLM and WestJet have launched the ‘earn’ phase of both carriers’ reciprocal frequent flyer agreement.
Passengers can now accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France and KLM flights.
“The ability to earn Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on Air France-KLM will bring significant benefit to guests of all three airlines,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive VP, Commercial. “We are confident that our members are going to love earning WestJet dollars while flying on the Air-France-KLM global network, and we are equally excited to welcome their frequent flyers aboard and offer them the opportunity to earn Flying Blue Miles on the growing WestJet network.”
Jean-Noël Rault, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France-KLM Canada said the airline is “delighted” to be further bolstering its partnership with WestJet and to now offer its 27 million Flying Blue members the chance to earn flights with its Canadian partner. He added, “We are already working on the next phase, which will enable our members to soon enjoy award tickets on flights operated by WestJet. We also look forward to offer WestJet guests the possibility to experience our service and discover the extent of our worldwide network.’’
The next phase, to be implemented by the end of 2017, will enable members of both frequent flyer programs to redeem their miles or dollars on all Air France, KLM and WestJet flights.
Air France and KLM launched the Flying Blue loyalty program in 2005. With more than 27 million members, 37 member airlines and more than 100 non-airline partners, it’s now the most powerful loyalty program in Europe.