Kazakh airline Air Astana has announced the launch of its new frequent flyer programme “Nomad Club”.
Members of the loyalty scheme can now earn and redeem points on Air Astana routes to, from and within Kazakhstan. The airline currently only flies from London direct to Almaty, but UK passengers can also fly from Frankfurt or Hanover to other destinations in Kazakhstan (Astana, Aktau, Atyrau, Kostanai and Karaganda).
The points accumulated and redeemed on Air Astana services depend on the fare paid and the class of travel. For example, six return economy class flights from London to Almaty will generate sufficient points for one free economy class return journey.
Members who take three return business class flights on the same route can earn a free one-way upgrade from economy to business class, while eight return business class trips London-Almaty will be rewarded with one free return business class flight.
Entry-level membership to the Nomad Club is Blue, but after earning at least 25,000 flight points or 30 flight segments within a year, members will qualify for Silver status which will reward them with 25 per cent bonus points on top of flight points, check-in priority, 5kg additional checked-in baggage allowance, personalised luggage tags, monthly account and statements. (London-Almaty business class generates 5,219 points.)
Once passengers have accrued 50,000 flight points or 60 flight segments, they will earn Gold status which gives them 50 per cent bonus points, check-in priority, access to the business class lounge, 10kg additional checked-in baggage allowance, personalised luggage tags, monthly account and statements.
From December 20, 2007 to January 20, 2008 members will also be able to enjoy a 25 per cent festive bonus on routes such as London-Almaty, Moscow-Aktau and Frankfurt-Astana for tickets booked in B, H, K, L, Y, J, C, D and Z.
In other news, Air Astana has signed a deal with German airline Lufthansa to allow members of its frequent flyer programme Miles and More to earn and redeem miles on Air Astana flights to and from London, Frankfurt and Hanover and Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan. Air Astana joins Austrian, LOT and Swiss as partners in the loyalty programme.
Report by Jenny Southan