Air Miles and Alliances - Thai Airways
Thai Air is part of the Star Alliance; founded in 1997, the alliance was established by Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines and Thai Airways. The Star Alliance has grown considerably since then; there are now 27 member airlines, boasting a total of 21,200 daily departures. These flights arrive at 1,160 different airports in 181 countries, carrying over 600 million passengers each year.
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Airline members of the Star Alliance are currently:
Adria Airways, based in Slovenia; Aegean Airlines, based in Greece; Air Canada, based in Canada; Air China, based in China; Air New Zealand, based in New Zealand; ANA, based in Japan; Asiana Airlines, based in South Korea; Austrian Airlines, based in Austria; Blue1, based in Finland; BMI, based in the UK; Brussels Airlines, based in Belgium; Continental Airlines, based in the USA; Croatia Airlines, based in Croatia; EgyptAir, based in Egypt; LOT Polish Airlines, based in Poland; Lufthansa, based in Germany; Scandinavian Airlines, based in Demark, Norway and Sweden; Singapore Airlines, based in Singapore; South African Airways, based in South Africa; Spanair, based in Spain; Swiss International Air Lines, based in Switzerland; TAM Airlines, based in Brazil; TAP Portugal, based in Portugal; Thai Airways International, based in Thailand; Turkish Airlines, based in Turkey; United Airlies, based in the USA; US Airways, based in the USA.
Royal Orchid Plus
Royal Orchid Plus is Thai Air’s frequent flier program, allowing passengers to earn air miles each time they fly which can then be used to gain benefits on Thai Air and partner airlines. Once signed up, all a passenger needs to do is show their Royal Orchid Plus card when they check in to gain their miles.
Passengers can gain two types of miles: Eligible Qualifying Miles (EQM) – these determine the level of the programme a passenger has, and which Star Alliance tier they occupy. 10,000 EQM miles a year must be accumulated to earn Silver status; 50,000 EQM miles per year will earn Gold status. Additional Qualifying miles (Q Miles) are based on the miles flown and paid class of travel. Partner Miles – based on non-airlines partners, such as hotels and tours.