Weird Email From Flying Blue Regarding Lounge Access On Kenya Airways

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Flying Blue, a frequent flier program forAir France, KLM, and select other airlines, sent out a weird email about lounge access on Kenya Airways.

Kenya Airways is part of SkyTeam, and SkyTeam Elite Plus and Business and First class passengers have access to its lounges in Nairobi. The airline doesn’t have its own frequent flier program but uses Flying Blue.

You can access Flying Blue’s page for the announcement here.

Email that Flying Blue sent out this morning:

Here’s the text on Flying Blue’s page:

You now have complimentary access to the Kenya Airways lounges in Nairobi.

• Gold and Platinum members can enter for free with 1 guest plus unlimited additional guests using Flying Blue Miles when travelling on or connecting to or from an international flight operated by a SkyTeam partner on the same day. Simply present your boarding passes and a valid membership card at the entrance.

• Explorer and Silver members and their guest can use Miles (starting at 4,000 Miles) when travelling on or connecting to or from an international flight operated by a SkyTeam partner on the same day. Simply present your Flying Blue number at the entrance.

• Kenya Airways reserves the right to allow entry subject to space availability.

• Lounge access will be provided only at your departure and transfer.

• Lounges available are: SkyTeam lounge (Pride Lounge), Business Class lounge (Simba Lounge) and domestic lounge (Msafiri Lounge).

• Miles required for adults: 4,000 Miles (Msafiri Lounge) and 8,000 Miles (Pride Lounge and Simba Lounge).

• Miles required for children: 1,500 Miles (Msafiri Lounge) and 4,000 Miles (Pride Lounge and Simba Lounge).

SkyTeam’s Lounge Finder for Nairobi:

SkyTeam’s Lounge Access Policy (access here):

First and Business Class

All First and Business Class passengers traveling on, or connecting to/from, a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline have access to a lounge. Lounge access will be provided only at your departure and transfer airports, and not on arrival. For connecting customers, both the domestic and international flights must be operated by a SkyTeam member airline and all segments need to be booked in First or Business Class. Simply present your First or Business Class boarding passes for the lounge agent to validate for admission.

SkyTeam Elite Plus

Regardless of their travel class, SkyTeam Elite Plus members1 traveling on, or connecting to/from, a same-day international flight2 operated by a SkyTeam member airline have access to a lounge. Lounge access will be provided only at your departure airport and transfer airports, and not on arrival. For connecting customers, both the domestic and international flights must be operated by a SkyTeam member airline. Simply present your boarding passes and a valid Elite Plus membership card for the lounge agent to validate for admission.

Guests

SkyTeam Elite Plus members can invite a guest traveling on a SkyTeam member airline operated flight. Simply present the boarding pass of your guest for the lounge agent to validate for admission.

You are welcome in our lounges within 24 hours of your scheduled departure time.

1. Delta SkyTeam Elite Plus members flying on a Delta operated flight may only access SkyTeam member airline owned lounges and SkyTeam branded lounges. Third party lounges are excluded.
2. International Travel excludes customers traveling between US and the Caribbean.

Conclusion

Perhaps the change is that you can use Flying Blue miles to enter the lounge if you otherwise don’t have access, or there are more passengers in your party that can enter or be gifted an entry per your status or have passengers flying in different cabins?

It would have been better if Flying Blue had clarified what the actual changes are? I am still baffled.

I have used the Simba lounge at least twice in Nairobi. Nothing positive to say about it beyond that the lounge is marginally better than spending your transit time at the Nairobi airport’s public facilities.

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