The global airline
alliance SkyTeam, has launched the SkyTeam Mileage Upgrades program. SkyTeam Frequent Flyers on international flight
itineraries can now use their miles to upgrade to Business Class on most SkyTeam member
“The ability to earn and redeem
miles has always been a key passenger benefit of alliances,” said Leo van Wijk, SkyTeam chairman. “With the
launch of SkyTeam Mileage Upgrades, we are responding to passenger requests as we look to continuously expand upon the benefits we offer
To take advantage of SkyTeam Mileage Upgrades, passengers must:
- Purchase an international, published, full fare Economy Class reservation on one of the 10 participating SkyTeam member airlines. The flight
must be marketed and operated by the same SkyTeam carrier, as code-share flights are not permitted.
- Call the award reservation line of their frequent flyer program at least three days in advance of departure to verify eligibility, check account
balance and confirm if upgrade seats are available. At the current time, all requests must be made via telephone. The number of
for an upgrade varies based on the frequent flyer program to be debited and the itinerary. Passengers should visit their frequent flyer program
web site and consult the individual award charts for approximations.
If the passenger is eligible, has the necessary
miles in their account and upgrade seats are available, the award reservation agents will debit
their frequent flyer account and reissue the tickets with the upgrade confirmed.
For example, an Air France-KLM Flying Blue member traveling on Delta Air Lines from Paris to Atlanta on a full fare Economy
Class ticket can
use 25,000 Miles from their Flying Blue account for a one-way upgrade to Business Class. Once at the airport, the Flying Blue member can enjoy
all of the additional benefits of Business class travel, such as additional luggage allowances, priority services and lounge access.
This is the first phase of the SkyTeam Mileage Upgrade program. The alliance
is to use feedback from passengers to improve future
phases of the offer, including expanded criteria for eligible flights, the inclusion of Associate-operated flights and the ability to make and confirm
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