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Krisflyer vs Royal Orchid Plus for Bangkok resident
I could use your help on deciding which FF program would best suit me. I live in Bangkok and regularly (about once a month) fly within Asia with *A (usually SQ or TZ) for work. A friend of mine recommended Krisflyer since it’s known for its interesting redemption charts, especially compared to ROP which – according to him – has a pretty crappy award chart. I have only know checked this and it seems that both programs look quite similar.
My ultimate goal is to have free award flights or free upgrades to business class for me and my wife for our flights BKK->BRU twice a year. These are basically our only long-haul flights of the year, and usually only for a short family visit, so it’s important to us to fly in a proper way.
TZ has direct flights which is a huge advantage, so whatever we do, we will probably choose those flights anyway and hope for an upgrade or award flight with whatever FF program we choose.
However, I’d like to look at the whole picture, including hotel partners, promotions, mileage expiration… and any other benefits we can have as middle-long term residents in Bangkok.
My current situation is as follows:
– Krisflyer: 20.000miles (in about 4 months)
– Citi Prestige card: 90.000 points (transfer ration to KF or ROP is 2:1)
– Accord hotels: 3.000 points
Obviously, if we can add a couple of other award flights within Asia for holidays, that would be a nice bonus, but this depends on the number of miles I can acquire in a year (I expect somewhere about 80-100K per year, which is not that impressive).
Any thoughts are useful! Thanks!!