yosithezet responds to my post suggesting that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is a good place to credit miles for United flights (because it earns full miles flown and you can top off accounts with points transferred from Citi, Chase, Amex, and Starwood) by asking, “What about Thai?
And that’s such a good question!
Here’s the earning chart:
And for avoidance of doubt:
However, like Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai:
- Adds fuel surcharges to awards
- Expires miles after 3 years (not 3 years of inactivity — unused miles expire after 3 years)
And unlike Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways is not a transfer partner of American Express or Chase.
Unfortunately, some of their awards are crazy expensive. For instance, North America to much of Asia is 192,000 miles roundtrip in business class. Europe – New Zealand is 140,000 miles roundtrip in coach.
Devaluation risk: Last summer they announced double the mileage cost of business and first class awards. Although they did back off of those changes, and committed to giving advance notice of future changes.
I don’t see the upside of the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus program, compared to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, as a place to credit United flights.