Posted by William Charles on October 16, 2018
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Published on October 16th, 2018 | by William Charles

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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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KyleA
KyleA

I have been hoarding my Premium Rewards points hoping for something like this that they allow old points into.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Cash is pretty appealing without any hopes of a transfer when you can get 2.625-3.5%.

Credit
Credit

3.5%? How?

Raj
Raj

you must maintain a balance of 100k and 3.5 are on dinning and flights premium rewards credit card

Credit
Credit

Thanks

Abey
Abey

Not 100% sure, but I think If you’re in their relationship rewards program, more here.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/bank-america-launch-relationship-rewards-program-business-checking-credit-card-customers/

Credit
Credit

Got it

Kyle
Kyle

Totally true! If they do end up being transferable unfortunately either the base rates or the preferred status bonuses will probably end up needing to be nerfed on Premium Rewards unless BofA likes burning money.

frogger
frogger

Seems foolish. This is a cash rewards card use the cash. There is 24 month language on this card so by the time anything like this would happen (if ever) you could cancel and get a new card.

Norman !
Norman !

Love Air France ( a lot more than its new reward program), but 25k pts ??? LOL

I ve just got an Amex Everyday that came with no annual fees, 25k pts (often transferable at 1:1.25 with promotion making it 31.25 k pts), 0% apr for 15 months and 2 pts on grocery, gas etc …

Why would anyone bother getting this knowing that all credit card issuer let us transfer our points to Flying Blue ? (50k amex prg, 50k CSP, 60k citi premier and ALL annual fees waived !)

DOC do you think that it could impact points transfer partnerships between Air France and Chase, Amex, SPG and Citi ?

sdsearch
sdsearch

FlyingBlue miles expire after 24 months unless you credit a paid SkyTeam flight during that time, or unless you have a “qualifying” co-branded card. So could it be that THIS card will keep all your FlyingBlue miles from ever expiring, and thus make it possible to “park” miles at FlyingBlue instead of just having to transfer them when you need to redeem?

So that could be a POSITIVE impact on points transfers!

Brands
Brands

Yes, I know that people that have the AF credit card in France can keep their points active by putting the spend on their card. So this should help keep points active for people that credit miles to AF. I know I have thousands of miles expiring early next year, and don’t have any plans to fly AF or Delta before then, so applying for this card would give me an opportunity to reset that 24 month clock.

Mary Mary
Mary Mary

BofA always has such low, low offers on their cards. 25,000 miles for AF that won’t even give you First Class unless you have status and even then it costs 200,000 points or for KLM which has no First Class and lackluster service doesn’t get me excited.

But at least AF/KL will be getting a credit card which is better than nothing. Now if they could just make an Emirates, Etihad or Qatar airways credit card that would be awesome.

Trippy

Will that be of any use? Miles required are like double for those airlines.

Andrew
Andrew

Not all BOA cards. Amtrak 30K is/was a great offer.

Marc
Marc

I literally got that offer 11:05pm PT on September 30th! Still trying to meet my minimum spend, but excited about this offer.

NinjaX
NinjaX

surprised chase didnt take another cobrand. they have too many. good to see BofA getting more, but they just have blacksheep partners all the time. at least they have AS. thats a key one.

Yoni
Yoni

More attractive if they roll out a Biz version, but seems like BofA’s UW is still all over the map, other than the known DQs seems like apps are a crap shot.

Alex
Alex

https://www.bankofamerica.com/credit-cards/credit-card-benefits-faq/

There’s a link to Air France KLM on B of A website

Emporio
Emporio

Despite living in an Air France (aka Air Chance) hub and flying their routes on a somewhat frequent basis, I’ll pass on this due to my principal of never booking an Air France/KLM flagged flight but instead booking that same flight itinerary through their partner Delta. When Air France unions go on strike, as they do regularly, if you booked through Air France then you have to deal with that carrier’s overwhelmed and less than helpful customer service reps (assuming they don’t join the strike) vs dealing with Delta’s adequate customer service. I also don’t think you can transfer Air France/KLM miles to Delta and vice versa which detracts from the value proposition.

Charlie
Charlie

My fear is that Bank of America and Flying Blue might enter into an exclusive relationship that would put an end to the point transfers from Chase and Amex. Think about it. If you really wanted to fly KLM or Air France, why would you get a Bank of America credit card that offers a 25,000 Flying Blue miles when you could get a Chase or Amex card that offers 50,000 points that can be transferred to Flying Blue?

JA
JA

I think you fear is totally ungrounded. Chase, Amex, AND citi all partner with AF. Why would you get this card? Because you’re not in the 1% of BoA customers who know this game inside and out. You give people far too much credit.

Joe
Joe

LOL what kind of card design is that

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..

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.

BW
BW

That offer sucks.

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.

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.

shulem92
shulem92

was hoping for a better SUB

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