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Will there be a ROP Gold/Plat 50% 'Birthday award' for 2019?

Will there be a ROP Gold/Plat 50% 'Birthday award' for 2019?

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Old Nov 25, 18, 12:52 pm
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Will there be a ROP Gold/Plat 50% 'Birthday award' for 2019?

I have emailed THAI to ask when/if a 50% mileage award 'benefit will be notified to ROP Gold/Plat members for use in calendar year 2019.

If anybody has any information on when this would be decided/notified, I'd be keen to know as the availability (or not) of this forms a decision point in my 2019 travel plans.

Noting the need for cost cutting in THAI, and that this has been an unpublished benefit over the years, I think it is possible this benefit might be reviewed (hopefully not.....).

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Old Nov 25, 18, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi View Post
I have emailed THAI to ask when/if a 50% mileage award 'benefit will be notified to ROP Gold/Plat members for use in calendar year 2019.

If anybody has any information on when this would be decided/notified, I'd be keen to know as the availability (or not) of this forms a decision point in my 2019 travel plans.

Noting the need for cost cutting in THAI, and that this has been an unpublished benefit over the years, I think it is possible this benefit might be reviewed (hopefully not.....).
I spoke to ROP last week and they said that they expected it to happen but no guarantees. I use it every year and plan my travel accordingly. They normally announce it in December.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 8:03 pm
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i have already received a 50% award for my wife for a flight in F to Europe in march/April 2019
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Old Nov 25, 18, 8:18 pm
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Interesting. When does your ROP status roll-over?

For me, I need to wait for my status to renew on 31 Dec. The travel I want is in Sep 2019 and so I can't do anything until renewal... but I thought the 'year' of the 50% award was Jan-Dec? or is it tied to the period of your status? (For me these are the same).
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Old Nov 25, 18, 9:50 pm
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my status rolls over 31. July; but the birthday 50% awards are issued yearly (jan - dec)
I am sure it will be granted again. Those have been given for many years and are in the minds of TG's status passengers as guaranteed benefits...
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Old Nov 26, 18, 12:57 am
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OK, thanks for that.

Can you confirm my understanding thenm - your (wife's) 50% award is taken in the current period of your Gold/Plat status 01 Aug 2018 to 31 Jul 2019, right? Otherwise how could you make a reservation in this calendar year for the next calendar year...?

Th problem for me has always being in a poor position to use the 50% award in Jan or Feb since award availability is very weak if looking only 1-2 months in advance...

Am I missing something?

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Old Nov 26, 18, 1:57 am
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my understanding is that 50% awards are per calendar year and must be flown within the year, but I could be wrong on that. So not sure whether this is the 50% award from 2018 or 2019
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Old Nov 26, 18, 12:29 pm
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The email reply from Gold Service Desk:

Dear Member,

Regarding to the 50% less miles for year2019, kindly wait for official annoucement during end of Dec2018.

Thank you and best regards,

XXXXXXX

Gold member service dept.

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Old Nov 26, 18, 11:46 pm
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Originally Posted by BinSabai View Post
i have already received a 50% award for my wife for a flight in F to Europe in march/April 2019
So that was with the 2019 half price offer or 2018? I am looking at award flights in July and it would be great to get them sorted out now.
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Old Nov 27, 18, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by Flyingbiker View Post
So that was with the 2019 half price offer or 2018? I am looking at award flights in July and it would be great to get them sorted out now.
as I already said I thought that the 50% birthday award has to be taken within the same year and expires at the end of the year. So it would be the 2019 award; otherwise it could be one of the 2018 award (Platinum get 2)
but nobody could answer me this!
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Old Nov 27, 18, 2:05 am
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@BinSabai - Maybe you ROP Platinum holders are appropriately just 'special' !
@Flyingbiker - I too would like to get the 2019 50% award flights sussed, but I have been told I need to wait until after the 'benefit' is confined in late Dec. So a nervous 5 weeks as I watch availability each week change (usually negatively). Main concern is BKK-AKL has sparse availability for the core dates of my return travel....fingers crossed
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Old Nov 27, 18, 6:22 am
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They have to be redeemed during the calendar year but can be used for a flight the following calendar year. This creates an interesting situation if you have saved a lot of miles.
If you are currently Gold and on the way to Platinum you should use your single 50% award, if you don't you lose it on becoming Platinum. You could, say, book a 50% Gold award in July for November, become Platinum in October and have two more to use before 31 December. Then on 01 January you get two more. I did not quite manage that but I have booked four in the last 12 months. Now though I am right out of miles so next year I will only be able to use one of the two 50% awards so it is not quite the loop hole it seems.
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Old Nov 28, 18, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by andyptrav View Post
They have to be redeemed during the calendar year but can be used for a flight the following calendar year. This creates an interesting situation if you have saved a lot of miles.
If you are currently Gold and on the way to Platinum you should use your single 50% award, if you don't you lose it on becoming Platinum. You could, say, book a 50% Gold award in July for November, become Platinum in October and have two more to use before 31 December. Then on 01 January you get two more. I did not quite manage that but I have booked four in the last 12 months. Now though I am right out of miles so next year I will only be able to use one of the two 50% awards so it is not quite the loop hole it seems.
thanks for clarifying!
in this case mine is a 2018 award that I use for 2019
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