Don’t Make This Mistake – Air France Codeshare TGV Train

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Last week we booked the TGV train to catch the Air France A380 flight from Paris to Washington DC. The train ride was top notch. We fly Delta often and thought that since the TGV train was a codeshare with Air France, that we’d earn Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles, bonus miles, segments, and base miles. Fast forward to this week, we checked our Delta account to see the result of the miles posted from the journey.

Results Of Miles Posting From Trip

The miles have posted for the entire trip, and it isn’t pretty.

We earned 100% base miles and 100% bonus miles on the Air France A380 flight from Paris to Washington DC. However, the Air France codeshare with the TGV train earned 0 miles, 0 bonus miles and 0 segments towards elite status.

Earning Delta SkyMiles With Air France

Delta has a detailed illustration of how to earn miles with Air France flights. It is important to check the detailed terms and conditions before you book a flight.

Unfortunately, in a haste, I booked the Air France code share flight on the TGV train thinking I would earn Delta miles and MQMs simply because it was an Air France Code share. This is specifically called out in the Air France earning options on Delta’s website.

Exclusion specifically notes the TGVAir code share with Air France.

Bottom Line

Make sure you check the detailed mileage earning options on airline websites before you book, even if you are familiar with the carrier.

If I had bothered to look at this before my flight I would have at least known I wouldn’t earn miles and MQMs. But regardless, I would have likely still booked the train  in order to fly the Air France A380.

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