Compensation Clinic: Air France MEX-CDG Flight Delay & EC 261/2004 Compensation

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A LoyaltyLobby reader had a ticket from Atlanta to Paris via Mexico City. Air France had a mechanical delay that lead to an arrival delay of 3 hours and 8 minutes.

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European Union has very strong consumer protection in case of delays and cancellations that airlines have tried not to honor. European Union is set to introduce new set of Passenger Rights in 2015 that are less generous for passengers.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For January 1 – February 28, 2014

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for January 1 to February 28, 2014, period that are bookable from December 30, 2013.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has instituted blackout dates of January 2 to 6, 2014. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For December (2013) To March (2014)

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for December 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013, period.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue has instituted blackout dates of December 18 to 23, 2013, and from January 2 to 6, 2014.

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Note that this is the second time that Air France-KLM has launched the Promo awards for FOUR month period and the display of these award types has changed as well. These promo awards need to be booked and ticketed by December 29, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

Hyatt Gold Passport Air France-KLM Flying Blue Double Miles Offer In EMEA + India

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Hyatt Gold Passport has a promotion for 1,000 miles (normally 500) for stays at participating hotels in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India between November 1 and January 31, 2014.

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You need to request offer code KFWINT at the time of making the reservation and make sure that the property posts the stay as miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For November (2013) To March (2014)

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for November 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013, period.  The discount is from 25% to 50% from the usual number of miles required.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue has instituted blackout dates of December 18 to 23, 2013, and from January 2 to 6, 2014.

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Note that this is the first time that Air France-KLM has launched the Promo awards for FIVE month period and the display of these award types has changed as well.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Buy Miles Up To 50% Bonus-Promotion

Air France and KLM are both selling Flying Blue miles between October 10 and December 31m, 2013, at up to 50% bonus on number of miles purchased.

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Non-elite member can purchase up to 40,000 miles and get 40% bonus. Elite members can purchase up to 100,000 miles and get 50% bonus for buying more than 90,000 miles.

Air France Turns 80!

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I would have missed the fact that Air France turned 80 yesterday if I hadn’t been watching Bloomberg, where they were discussing the airlines’ latest lay offs and past.

Air France was formed on October 7, 1933, by merging Air Orient, Air Union, Société Générale de Transports Aériens, the CIDNA and Aéropostale.

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The KLM, part of the Air France-KLM Group, traces its roots all the way back 1919 and is considered the worlds oldest operating airline that will turn to 100 years old in just 6 years time.

Hilton HHonors Airline Acquisition Offer: Instant Gold, Fast Track Offer & 25,000 Bonus Miles After Five Stays

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Hilton HHonors has been sending out very good offers today for elite members of Etihad, Air France-KLM, American Airlines and likely many other airlines as well.

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This offer includes the following:

PointsHound 1,000 Bonus Miles (First Hotel Booking) + Air France-KLM Flying Blue Partnership

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PointsHound has extended the 1,000 bonus miles offer to celebrate their latest partner Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue. You can earn 1,000 bonus miles for the first booking (usually 250) that is done by October 11, 2013.

These bonus miles are in addition to the usual miles that you earn. You can access PointsHound’s website here.

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PointsHound is a hotel booking portal that awards you airline miles for reservations that you do. The service also offers rate that are eligible for hotel points and stay/night credits (read more here).

Air France Cocaine Bust

There was an interesting news piece over the weekend about a huge cocaine bust at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

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An Air France flight from Caracas, Venezuela, on September 11th had contained 30 suitcases full of cocaine weighting 1.3 tonnes. This operation was not made public before this weekend.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For September To October 2013

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue has just released the list of their promotional awards for September and October 2013.  The discount on promo awards changed from flat 50% to variable discount of 25% to 50%.

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These September to October promo awards can be booked between August 27 and October 29 for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2013. You can access Flying Blue’s web page for this award type here.

Air France-KLM Europe To Panama Promo Award

Air France-KLM has updated their promo award page mid month and added an interesting award from Europe to Panama city for travel between November 25 and March 31, 2014, that is booked by August 29.

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You only need 15,000 miles for one-way promo award in economy that is a good deal now that the fuel surcharges on these economy awards are capped. The premium economy is 30,000 one-way and business 37,500.

Book KLM Flight On Mobile Site & Get Free Lounge Voucher

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KLM has a new promotion for bookings made on its mobile www.bookmobile.klm.com website by August 13, 2013, for free lounge voucher at KLM’s Crown Lounge at the Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

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All you need to do is to book your flight using the mobile website. Note that the promotion may end up earlier, if they run out of lounge invites. You can access this offer on KLM’s website here.

Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards Are Out For July To August 2013

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue just revamped their award chart and made awards in Premium Economy 60% (N.A. 33%), Business Class 25% and in First Class 30% more expensive. You can read more about this change here.

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Also, the discount on promo awards has changed from flat 50% to 25% to 50%. I have calculated the discount for long-haul awards and it is in red.

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