Yesterday, I was going through Thai Airways’ website, I noticed a very interesting package. This package is called “Time To Gold” package which is fast tracking to Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus Gold status equivalent to Star Alliance Gold status.
About ‘Time To Gold’ Package:
The ‘TIME TO GOLD’ package includes an Air Ticket Cash Credit Voucher valued at 13,000,000 Korean Won or around US$10000, plus a complimentary Royal Orchid Plus 2-year Gold membership status, which will let you experience the magical journey of leisure with THAI through the unrivaled privileges and benefits.
So long story short, you have to purchase a flight voucher of US$10k to receive Star Alliance Gold Status for 2 years.
Reaching Star Alliance Gold Status:
I have done some calculations and found out that paying US$10k seems overpriced but generally, if you start your membership from scratch to Gold, it costs around US$4500 ~ 5000 a year. So receiving 2 years of Gold status plus US$10k credit could possibly extend the tier up to 2 more years.
The catch is that from time to time some Star Alliance member airlines offer either a status match or status challenge. For example, last year, TAP Air offered a wide status matching from different airlines. I applied for it and got a free Gold status for a year.
On the other hand, United Airlines has MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge where you will need to earn a certain number of Premier qualifying flights (PQF) and Premier qualifying points (PQP) on flights operated by United or United Express® within the 120-day Offer Period.
Benefits Of Royal Orchid Plus Gold:
You can enjoy Gold status full benefits such as complimentary access to THAI Royal Silk Class lounges and Star Alliance lounges worldwide, a complimentary roundtrip upgrade on THAI operated flights, and priority services at the airports for 2 years and all other Gold benefits.
How To Purchase ‘Time To Gold’ Package:
To purchase this package you first have to visit Thai Airways website and fill up the TIME TO GOLD PACKAGE REGISTRATION form and make a payment. Once the payment is completed, you will receive an email within 24 hours with your electronic credit voucher attached to it.
Thai Airways will also update your Royal Orchid Plus account in 3 business days and also send you the physical Gold card and bag tags within 3 ~ 4 weeks.
Current Royal Orchid Plus elites will not benefit from this program instead they will receive referral bonus of 6200 miles if they gift the credit voucher to other non-elites. Also, you will receive 5000 bonus miles if you pruchase using Mastercard.
Redeem / Transfer / Refund of Credit Voucher:
The credit voucher can be redeemed by making reservations and ticketing via THAI website, THAI Contact Center, or THAI ticketing offices worldwide. All unused credits will be valid until December 31, 2023.
While this ‘TIME TO GOLD’ package is a lucrative program to fast track to Gold status, there are some Star Alliance carriers like Aegean Air that require a lesser threshold and costs to reach Gold status.
To those who are already holding Royal Orchid Plus’ Gold or Platinum tier, it can be disappointing as you will only receive a referral bonus of 6200 miles but this is a good opportunity for ROP non-elites who fly regularly on Thai metals since the flown miles of the redeemed ticket will be credited to traveler’s RoOP account only.
You can check out more details at the website if you are interested but act fast, the package is on sale until the 31st of July.