November 6, 2017
If you are a traveller at heart, then you truly understand the excitement whenever AirAsia announces its ‘Sale’ or ‘Zero Fare Seats’ promotions. Though a flight ticket to our neighbouring countries can be relatively affordable these days, AirAsia BIG Points has made it easier for us to fly for free!
How? Well, simply said, the AirAsia BIG Freedom Flyer Programme has been redesigned and BIG Members can now earn more AirAsia BIG Points based on their flying frequency which can be used to redeem flight tickets, enjoy special discounts for each membership status (coming soon), and AirAsia BIG Points earning ratio.
Before we go into the step-by-step guide to help you understand how the new earning structure will help you score free flights across 120 destinations in AirAsia’s network, we also want to remind you that signing up as a BIG member for FREE has its many perks!
To make it simple, the revamped programme has different membership statuses for members based on their flight frequencies. Each status allows members to enjoy different privileges.
With this membership status, you will be able to earn as high as 20 AirAsia BIG Points (for every RM10 spent), depending on the base fare of the flights.
If you fly with AirAsia for more than 13 times (below 23), you will automatically be upgraded to this status and enjoy up to 40 AirAsia BIG Points for every RM10 spent.
You can be upgraded to this status as long as you fly with AirAsia at least 24 times per annum and you will enjoy up to 70 AirAsia BIG Points for every RM10 spent.
If you are a hardcore and loyal customer of AirAsia by flying more than 50 times a year you will be upgraded to a Black membership. Black Members of AirAsia BIG Freedom Flyer Programme will be able to earn up to 120 AirAsia BIG Points with every RM10 spent, which is a huge boost to your redemption later on.
As mentioned, you will be upgraded as soon as you fulfil the flight frequency requirement. Review date is carried out at the end of preceding 12 months. Do take note that each one-way short haul flight counts as 1 flight, while one-way long-haul flight counts as 2 flights (exceptions may apply).
For example, if you flew 10 one-way short-haul flights in the last 12 months, your status is Red. If however, you flew 10 one-way long-haul flights, these would be counted as 20 flights, and your status will be Gold.
We are glad you asked. According to the low-cost airline loyalty program, membership statuses will be reviewed at the end of preceding 12 months upon review of the qualifying flight redemptions of each status. That means your membership status for the next 12 months will be considered based on your flight frequency for the current 12 months in terms of flights. So keep your head in the game if you want to enjoy earning more AirAsia BIG Points than the others!
By now, we are all familiar with the terms: FREE SEATS, Final Call Sale and Final Call Sale X with the low-cost carrier. But do you really know what is behind each of these campaigns? Thanks to the new AirAsia BIG Freedom Flyer Programme and AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app, redemption of free flights is much easier, faster, and better to travel further especially during these campaigns. Here’s how.
This campaign is designed exclusively for AirAsia BIG Members ONLY and you will not want to miss out.
Why? Easy, you get to enjoy up to 90% of discounts for AirAsia flight deals! The best thing is, this campaign happens on the first Monday of every month. Don’t worry, you will get a notification on your AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app and newsletter once you have signed up as a BIG Member.
With flight deals available for as low as 500 AirAsia BIG Points, you can save a lot on planned or spontaneous trips by travelling in the next 60 days after redeeming your flights.
We tried to look for 500 BIG Points redemption during the latest Final Call Sale and found out that it is really easy to score a great deal using the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app as it showcases the lowest BIG Points for all destinations on a monthly basis.
From there, you can choose the best dates for your trip and redeem a flight for only 500 AirAsia BIG Points on a one-way flight ticket.
|Final Call Sale & BIG Fixed Points|
|SEATS FOR REDEMPTION||TRAVEL PERIOD||BIG POINTS||DISCOUNT FROM PREVAILING MARKET FARES|
|Final Call Sale (mobile app only)||Within the next 60 days||From 500 BIG Points||Up to 90% off|
|BIG Fixed Points||Within the next 365 days||From 4500 BIG Points||Up to 70% off|
|Market Fare Redemption||All other available seats||RM1=100 BIG Points||No discount|
At the same time, we also compare it with the normal fares of the exact same flights and it costs about RM106.2 excluding airport tax.
If you want to fully utilise your AirAsia BIG Points, this campaign is the best time for you to do so and remember to install the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app as this campaign is exclusive to its mobile app.
Just to give you a tease, here’s a list of the upcoming Final Call Sale Destinations:
|Upcoming Final Call Sale Destinations|
|DEPARTING AIRPORT||DESTINATION||BIG POINTS|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Nha Trang||500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Da Nang||1,500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Hanoi||3,000|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Ho Chi Minh||600|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Hat Yai||1,000|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Bandar Seri Begawan||1,500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Siam Reap||1,500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Hong Kong||3,000|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Yogyakarta||500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Bali||3,000|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Luang Prabang||600|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Yangon||600|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Manila||3,000|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Bangkok – Don Mueang||1,500|
|Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2||Krabi||500|
Why don’t you try it out for yourself? Happening now till 11 Nov, you can redeem flights to Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh, Sihanoukville and many more destinations from 500 BIG Points! If a flight beyond your BIG Points balance catches your fancy, just top up the balance with cash at checkout as long as you have a minimum of 500 BIG Points in your BIG Member account.
Basically, the rules of redemption and deals for both are pretty much the same except that the Final Call Sale X applies to AirAsia X flights only.
AirAsia X is the long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently serves 23 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland), the Middle East (Jeddah, Tehran and Muscat) and Africa (Mauritius).
Happening on the 3rd Monday of every month, AirAsia members can log into the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app and scout for the best deals with up to 80% discount from market fares during the Final Call Sale X.
The FREE SEATS campaign is a promotion available to everyone, but AirAsia BIG members have an exclusive 24-hour priority redemption before non-members. During this campaign period, you can join others to grab up to 5 million promo seats.
If you want to enjoy the exclusive 24-hour priority redemption, you will have to sign up as a member for free here. You will receive a notification via the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app or newsletter for the upcoming FREE SEATS campaign. Remember, you can only get access to this promotion over the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app!
For example, a young travel junkie, Sue booked a return flight ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh for 0 AirAsia BIG Points, having to only pay RM130 in airport taxes and other fees.
Usually, a one-way ticket to Phnom Penh usually costs RM180 on AirAsia (normal fare) and a return flight ticket will probably cost you at least RM350. If you are a smart consumer and redeem with your AirAsia BIG Points during the FREE SEATS campaign, you can save up to RM200 in this case without hurting your AirAsia BIG Points wallet like Sue here! You could also earn additional qualifying sectors to move up your membership status!
When there is no campaign going on, you can still redeem flights at a lower-than-market rate by choosing BIG Fixed Points Redemptions. In the new AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app, you can see that there is a new column for this mode of redemption to all destinations.
Check out all the BIG Fixed Points flight deals based on the number of hours you fly:
Don’t let the amount of AirAsia BIG Points needed to redeem scare you away. With at least 500 AirAsia BIG Points (for a one-way flight ticket) in your BIG Member account, you can top up the balance with cash and redeem to anywhere you like with ease.
This campaign will still help you save on your AirAsia BIG Points when there is no other sale campaign going on. However, flight redemptions are subject to availability and may not be available on a public holiday, school breaks and weekends.
Excited? Then you better sign up now and start earning your AirAsia BIG Points to redeem your next adventure!