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Turning Frequent Flyer Miles into Free Health Care

Turning Frequent Flyer Miles into Free Health Care

  1. Brendan12

    This is an exceedingly obscure and niche topic, but one with extremely interesting potential.

    There are some hospitals in Asia, particularly Thailand, which according to 60 Minutes, allow one to use frequent flyer miles from Thai airlines for free health care, thereby rendering office visits, and perhaps even procedures, absolutely free.

    Do you have any knowledge of this? Do you know of any other countries where this relationship between frequent flyer miles and health care exists?

  2. No Name

    First of all it’s Thai Airways, not airlines.

    Do you have a source (video or article) that 60 Minutes have said this? Or are you just passing on a wild rumour?

    There is noting about hospitals being a partner of ROP.
    [URL]https://www.thaiairways.com/en_TH/rop/Redeeming/Redeeming_Miles2.page?[/URL]

    And googling
    royal orchid plus hospital
    thai airways hospital
    thai airways miles hospital
    Finds noting.

  3. Brendan12

    [QUOTE=”No Name, post: 62286, member: 268″]First of all it’s Thai Airways, not airlines.

    Do you have a source (video or article) that 60 Minutes have said this? Or are you just passing on a wild rumour?

    There is noting about hospitals being a partner of ROP.
    [URL]https://www.thaiairways.com/en_TH/rop/Redeeming/Redeeming_Miles2.page?[/URL]

    And googling
    royal orchid plus hospital
    thai airways hospital
    thai airways miles hospital
    Finds noting.[/QUOTE]

    Googling, my friend, often leads to nothing if one had no idea what one is googling about, and the terms you googled make it clear that you know absolutely nothing about medical tourism in Thailand, because you never, ever open your mouth til you know what the shot is (Glengarry Glen Ross).

    The CEO of Bumrungrad Hospital in Thailand, the leading hospital in the world for medical tourism, says he accepts frequent flyer miles as payment (go to 5:35 in the video). I am sure they don’t advertise this widely, but it is a policy, and one likely has to call the hospital directly and negotiate the flyer miles with them for any procedure and office visit. As those of us in business know, anything can be negotiated at any time.

    And I accept the congratulations of everyone in advance, because I realize this is perhaps the most important and interesting post in the history of Ask Lucky.

    [MEDIA=youtube]zzsXNCwgfuM[/MEDIA]

  4. No Name

    [QUOTE=”Brendan12, post: 62302, member: 4920″]I made no error, it is Thai airlines, as I am speaking about the industry as a whole, not focused on a particular airline, such as Thai Airways.

    Googling, my friend, often leads to nothing if one had no idea what one is googling about, and the terms you googled make it clear that you know absolutely nothing about medical tourism in Thailand, because you never, ever open your mouth til you know what the shot is, you fairy, you child (Glengarry Glen Ross, as I am assuming you are poorly versed in film as well).

    I have two sources:

    [URL]https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/06/magazine/6-case-study-vanity-location-bangkok-nip-tuck-and-frequent-flier-miles.html[/URL]

    [MEDIA=youtube]zzsXNCwgfuM[/MEDIA][/QUOTE]

    Well it’s clear that comprehending what is being said on a video is not your strong suit.

    On the 60 minutes video at 5:35 mark they start to talk about, drum roll. Their special relationship with Thai Airways, not Thai airlines.

    Of course this was filmed back in 2007.
    [URL]https://www.medicaltourismtraining.com/medical-tourism-tv-film-and-internet/60-minutes-bumrungrad-hospital-in-thailand/[/URL]

    And the Nytimes article only mentions miles in the headline, of course it was published in May 2001 and was about a program started in 1999 making it even worse as a source.

    10 years in the miles and points games is a lifetime at the pace that programs change.

    20 years and you are talking about ancient history.

    As for your flop of a movie that probably only hardcore film geeks have heard about after all this time, I was in junior high back then. So no i have not seen it.

    So do you have anything current that suggests that any airlines runs something like this, or are you just digging up ancient dead history?

  5. Brendan12

    No Name, I just called the hospital, and they accept frequent flyer miles.

  6. OCTinPHL

    [QUOTE=”Brendan12, post: 62313, member: 4920″]No Name, I just called the hospital, and they accept frequent flyer miles.[/QUOTE]

    So what is your point? You post a question. A well-respected and well-known poster says (s)he has never heard of which you write. You post an out of date video, and then say you called the hospital. So? Seems like you are trolling…

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