Thai Airlines is a superb airline, but its Royal Orchid Plus Miles program can be somewhat difficult to use. The easiest way to get Thai Airlines miles is by using credit card points programs such as Citi ThankYou Rewards. You can swap your ThankYou Rewards points for Thai Airlines miles if you have a Citi Prestige or Premier Card with points transfer enabled. Another great way is to earn Marriott points with your Marriott Card and then exchange those for Thai Airlines miles.
“Although they pass on fuel surcharges, the available transfer partners along with the ability to book Star Alliance flights make this program worth looking into.”
Cutting to the chase, here is a quick list of things to do in Phuket, besides enjoy the beautiful waters and the sun.
For 1000 baht, you can see a lady-boy show with fancy dancing and costumes at Simon Cabaret in Patong. The Trick Eye Museum will cost you about 500 baht to see; you will want to bring a camera and may prefer to take a taxi since it’s in town. You may want a massage for about 500 baht in one of many places. The Upside Down House will make you want to take pictures at a cost of 350 baht for adults. You may also be interested in visiting temples such as those at the Wat Chalong complex; be sure to read what not to do before visiting. You can visit Coral Island for some slightly crowded beaches or Khao Rang for shopping. Central Festival offers movies or Bang Wad Dam if you’d like exercise.
“In Phuket you can have fantastic experiences that either cost you nothing or not much more.”
Vīb Best Western located in Sanam Pao is at the north-end of downtown Bangkok, and they are now hosting a promotion that will include the grand opening of the Vīb Best WesternSM hotel. This hotel will be the first Vīb Best Western to be built in the Asian Pacific, and it will be surrounded by downtown’s famous shopping malls, tourist venues, and corporate offices. There will be responsive WiFi, smart TVs, and beds that are some of the most comfortable that guests have ever slept on. Located in Chatuchak, the hotel is just three BTS Skytrain stations from Chatuchak weekend markets.
“Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao is offering 91 well-equipped rooms ; Fast Wi-Fi, smart TVs and e-concierge technology; as well as comfortable beds, refreshing rain showers and convenient work areas.”
The Siam is a charming slice of peace and calm close to the teeming city of Bangkok. It’s owned by Krissada Sukosol Clapp, and includes both 28 suites and 11 private villas, including a teak villa previously owned by Thai socialite Connie Mangskau. While three of Connie’s other previous structures have been turned into restaurants by the Siam, the last one is now available to guests as Connie’s Cottage. The Siam has meticulously restored and maintained the beautifully designed, two-level villa where Mangskau once entertained the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and William Holden.
“The 28 suites in the main building are spectacular in their own right, but head out back toward the river and you’ll find 11 private pool villas hidden behind wooden doors, with one in particular that’s known as the property’s most special.”
Upcoming changes by Thai Airlines to their Royal Orchid Plus Miles program will benefit some fliers at the expense of people who either collect points via their credit card or fly mostly Economy Class. The new awards charts will go into effect 1 October, at which point anyone who isn’t a First Class or Business Class traveler may no longer find the program to be useful at all. The new awards charts mean economy class passengers will earn the same number of points each flight but be charged significantly more for upgrades, making their participation much less valuable.
“Specifically those customers who fly discounted Economy Class might find themselves isolated based on the new chart values and should be looking for an alternate mileage program.”
Read more: https://loyaltylobby.com/2019/03/23/thai-airways-royal-orchid-plus-improves-earning-structure-but-devalues-their-award-chart-effective-01-october-2019-now-useless-for-economy-flyers/?omhide=true