Royal Orchid Plus members earn more miles for THAI's 50th Anniversary

1 Mar 2010

THAI Airways is marking its 50th Anniversary of service, rewarding Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) members with more ways to earn and redeem miles during the celebratory month of May as well as in coming months.

Here are the highlights of the May activities:

• Earn 25 percent more miles on all international THAI operated flights in all classes of service. But to be eligible for these bonus miles, one has to register online at from April 1 to 28, 2010 only. Once completed, members can earn bonus miles on each qualifying flight. Flights must be operated by THAI with departures between May 1 to 31, 2010, with bonus miles earned on all paid fares excluding those in booking classes G, V and W.

• Earn 10 percent more miles free when purchasing miles online at from April 1 to May 31, 2010. Miles can be purchased starting at 1,000 miles and in increments of 1,000 miles, up to a maximum of 30,000 miles per Award. Complete the transaction by paying with a major credit card, and the additional 10 percent more miles will be credited to the member’s account. THAI advices members if they have 2009 expiring miles that must be redeemed by June 30, 2010 and not enough miles for their preferred Award, a mileage purchase with 10 percent more miles is a helpful option.

• ROP members, who reside in Thailand and hold a partner credit, charge or debit card, can earn 10 percent more miles with each point to mile conversion transaction during the month of May 2010. If members have 2009 expiring miles, these point to mile conversions are a convenient way to top-up their account to redeem their preferred Award. Or they can just take advantage of the promotion and earn 10 percent more miles with each conversion.

THAI is rolling out more activities and campaigns, revolving around its golden year, and updates will appear regularly at

Thailand's national carrier started up its inaugural flight on May 1, 1960, a service between Bangkok and Hongkong. In 1971, it flew between Bangkok and Sydney, its first intercontinental service, followed in 1972 with a flight between Bangkok and Copenhagen, its first European destination. In 1990 with the help of a wide-bodied fleet, including Boeing B747s, THAI linked the Kingdom to four continents.

Royal Orchid Plus was launched in 1993, and in 1997, those benefits were expanded across the Star Alliance network, which THAI helped to establish.

Margie T Logarta

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