Unfortunately, Thai Airway’s Royal Orchid Plus is the only loyalty program award miles that we consider so low in value that we’re actually calling them worthless. In reality, they are probably worth a little more than nothing, but we’re just not sure by how much. Let’s start by explaining why we’re assigning an ACRV of $0.00.
- Thai Airways does not allow one to view award space availability without a sufficient mileage balance. As this site is targeted to US based flyers who would presumably be transferring points, this limitation makes doing so completely impractical.
- The Royal Orchid Plus program does not permit any online booking for flights on partner airlines. As a result, one has no idea what the required surcharges are, and are flying pretty blind when it comes to availability. This would not be insurmountable if it were not for point 3.
- Points transferred to the program may take up to TWO WEEKS to post to one’s Royal Orchid account. Assuming one actually went through the hassle of finding award availability via a reservation agent, it very well may not actually be there when one’s miles post.
For those that still insist on playing fast and furious with their otherwise valuable ThankYou Points, we’ve included the Royal Orchid one-way award chart below for a rough idea of what to expect. Keep in mind, this chart is specific to flights on Thai metal, and was retrieved 02/26/2018. For an up to date one, please look here.
|Zone||Description (One-Way)||Economy Class||Premium Economy Class||Royal Silk Class||Royal First Class|
|Between Phuket and Chiang Mai||17,500||21,000||28,000||N/A|
|1||Destinations up to 1,000 miles:|
Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur ,Kunming, Luang Prabang, Mandalay, Penang,Phnom Penh, Singapore, Vientiane, Yangon
|2||Destinations from 1,001-2,000 miles:|
Bengalura, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Chennai, Colombo, Denpasar, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Manila, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Taipei, Xiamen
|3||Destinations from 2,001-3,600 miles:|
Beijing, Busan, Dubai, Fukuoka, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Muscat, Nagoya, Osaka, Perth, Seoul, Sapporo,Tokyo(Haneda, Narita), Tehran
|4||Destinations from 3,601-4,800 miles:|
Brisbane, Melbourne,Moscow, Sydney
|5||Destinations from 4,801-8,000 miles:|
Auckland, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Zurich, Vienna
Destinations from 8,001-12,500 miles: