Bank of America AirFrance/KLM Credit Card Now Live – 25,000 Miles & 3x

Bank of America AirFrance/KLM credit card is now live, as previously reported by us.

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $89
  • Sign up bonus of 25,000 miles after $1,000 in spend
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 3x miles per $1 spent on AirFrance/KLM and Skyteam members
    • 1.5x miles per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 60 XP (Experience Points) upon approval
  • 5,000 anniversary bonus miles when you spend at least $50 in your previous card member year
  • 20 XP (Experience Points) on card anniversary and an additional 40 XP if you spend $15,000 or more in your previous card member year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Our Verdict

The additional benefits of this card are somewhat lacking, you basically only get the 60 XP points upon approval and nothing else. It is interesting the card does earn 3x on all SkyTeam members.  I think we will see a bigger bonus than 25,000 miles as well, traditionally that has been offered on the Alaska card but in recent times we’ve seen offers of 30,000 miles + $100 and 40,000 miles. My guess is that during the book process you might be able to get an extra $100 statement credit on this card to begin with.

It’s currently possible to transfer over miles from:

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • Barclays Arrival Premier
  • SPG Points
  • Citi ThankYou Points
  • Diners Club

They also have monthly sales on award flights. Personally I don’t think this card in it’s current form is worth considering. 25,000 miles and having to pay an annual fee simply isn’t worth it. If the bonus gets improved then that might change but for now it’s not worth it.

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Arie
Arie

During the booking of a ticket in AirFrance.com, they offer 25K + 150$ statement.

CQING
CQING

Is there any DP that having activity on the card prevents your miles from expiring 24 months after your last flight on AF/KLM? thanks,

Dan
Dan

DoC, any word yet on whether this card extends the life of Flying Blue points?

C
C

In theory, it does – from AF website: ‘you make a purchase with an eligible partner bank card at least once every 2 years’.

Jason King
Jason King

Dear Air France, world ceo’s are giving up on Saudis so is treasure secretary Mnuchin. I want to understand why Skyteam and their leaders Delta/KLM/AF has not thrown out Saudi Airline from Skyteam. Supporting murders?

shulem92
shulem92

was hoping for a better SUB

Sami
Sami

William Charles at some point i’m gonna start a worst credit card offers of the month based on DoC’s refreshingly blunt honesty that has kept me away from stinkers.

Brad C
Brad C

Diners Club hasn’t had Air France/KLM as a transfer partner since 2007, so might be good to remove them from the transfer partners list.

BW
BW

That offer sucks.

He
He

How hard is it to get approved with bofa? I got 8 new cards last year, my credit score is around 730

Christian
Christian

It’s a bit of a crap shoot. Until this year, I was approved every time, but have been declined twice on personal cards in the last 9 months with less new cards than you. Reasons were too many new accounts and lacking a banking relationship besides credit cards. I was approved early this year for an Alaska business card, though. My score is high 700’s.

Rick
Rick

BOA is extremely money sensitive. I applied a card and got denied. I called in to recon but nothing happened. Then I moved 10k into my BOA checking and called in to recon, finallyI got approved.

C
C

My experience has also been a bit of a crapshoot – not sure how to characterize them. I have been approved or denied by them at various times and it has been hard to see what the difference has been. I have had at least one card with them for a long time, and had a long time checking account with them (until they instituted a new monthly see system), but I am unclear on what really matters with them.

Lrdx
Lrdx

There is apparently also an 5k miles annual bonus, offsetting the annual fee a bit.

In the T&C there they also say that having the card gets you 20 XP, spending $15k gives an additional 40 XP; that’s the same as the approval 60 XP. (As a remainder, one needs 100 XP for the lowest Silver status, 180 XP for Gold)

I’d be interested if having this card extends that clusterfck validity of Flying Blue miles. (It seeming does if you have a CC in other countries.)

Lrdx
Lrdx

” ‘Overall Extending Activity’ is defined as an Activity (..) such as (..) payment with the co-branded credit cards listed in the Flying Blue Communication.”

I have not found this communication..