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Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Improves Earning Structure but Devalues Award Chart. Bad News for Discount Economy Flyers!

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • Beginning October 2019, Thai Airways will alter its loyalty program rewards structure in ways that may benefit higher class fare flyers, but disadvantage Economy flyers.
  • With the changes, Royal First Class and (to a lesser extent) Royal Silk Class flyers will accrue miles more easily, but Economy Class flyers will not.
  • Redeeming rewards may become more difficult for many flyers, especially upgrade awards, which may become not worth it.

“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

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