December 11, 2017
Are you looking for a year-end getaway? Or perhaps starting to plan your leave in 2018? We’ll take a look at some of the top destinations you can travel to with your AirAsia BIG Points. With their new Freedom Flyer Programme, accumulating BIG Points is no longer out of reach and we suggest you read this article to find out everything you need to know about the new loyalty programme.
The destinations below range from 500 to 20,000 AirAsia BIG Points based on the Final Call Sale and Final Call Sale X fares. The lower range fares from 500 to 1,500 BIG Points takes you to islands across the region, while destinations that are above 20,000 BIG Points are the international flights. 20,000 BIG Points might seem like a lot but fret not. You can still redeem a flight with the BIG Points + Cash option at checkout. As long as you have a minimum of 500 BIG Points in your account, you can top up the balance with cash – no destination is out of reach!
These deals are based on the Final Call Sale and Final Call Sale X. It’s important to note that the promo fares are only redeemable via the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app, so you won’t find these deals on their desktop website.
Ah, the bliss of island getaways is a favourite across Malaysians of all walks of life and with destinations available for only 500 BIG Points, you could easily make a couple of round trips throughout the year (depending on how many BIG Points you have).
Let’s take a look at how many BIG Points you need to fly to popular island destinations.
|Fly From||To||BIG Points (one-way)||
BIG Points (return)
|Kuala Lumpur||Cambodia||Phnom Penh||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Sihanoukville||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Indonesia||Pontianak||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Medan – Kualanamu||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Yogyakarta||1,500 pts||3,000 pts|
|Jakarta||1,500 pts||3,000 pts|
|Bali||3,000 pts||6.000 pts|
|Malaysia||Kuala Terengganu||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Johor Bharu||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Kota Bharu||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Penang||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Sibu||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Philippines||Davao||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Thailand||Surat Thani||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Phuket||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Krabi||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Hat Yai||1,000 pts||2,000 pts|
|Vietnam||Nha Trang||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Ho Chi Minh City||500 pts||1,000 pts|
|Danang||1,500 pts||3,000 pts|
The table above depicts the Promo Fares for the destinations during the Final Call Sale. During a normal fare period, the points requirement varies greatly. However, it’s worth remembering that routes and Promo Fares will differ from time to time. For instance, Penang might cost 4,500 BIG Points; Surat Thani and Ho Chi Minh City 6,500 BIG Points; and Jakarta and Danang 10,500 BIG Points, to name a few. Each BIG Point is worth a lot more when you book your flights during the Final Call Sale. However, it’s only available on the BIG Loyalty mobile app so be sure to sign-up for a BIG Membership and download the app too!
Reminder: Final Call Sale happens on the first Monday of every month and is an exclusive sale for BIG Members via the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app. Make sure you download the app to redeem promo flights!
For the city explorers: What is there to do in Jakarta you might ask? The horror stories of its congestion is enough to deter many of us but you could be missing out on its amazing bars and restaurants, The National History Museum which is near the Monas monument, the nightlife and shopping. The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in Jakarta (the Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) is a very interesting site to learn a lot about the local culture. And if you’re a big fan of antiques, walk down Surabaya Street.
For the culture lovers: Kuala Terengganu within our home of Malaysia offers customs and traditions that is worth seeing for yourself. Not to mention, it is home to some of the most beautiful islands in our country. If you love nature, you won’t be in short supply of forests, jungles, mountains, and waterfalls. Visit a lemang factory and learn how this is made and if you want to learn more about Islamic Civilization, don’t miss the Islamic Civilization Park. Indulge in the yummy keropok lekor, stroll around Chinatown, ride a boat along the river, and go sun tanning in Redang Island! We also highly recommend Puteri Hill, located 200m above sea level and is the highest peak of Kuala Terangganu.
For the beach lovers: Phuket needs no introduction as it is one of the more popular islands in Bangkok. Rather than stay on the main Phuket Island itself, we encourage you to explore its beaches such as Hat Karon or Hat Kata Noi. Pristine waters, white soft sandy beaches, you’re guaranteed a great holiday. Phuket offers something for everyone, so if you’re looking to be in the smack of nightlife, head to Pa Tong. There’s also the Phuket Zoo, museums, and Phuket FantaSea theme park. Discover panoramic views of the island from the various viewpoints and enjoy!
Don’t forget to spend with your air miles credit card when you travel overseas, the AirAsia Citi Platinum Card offers some of the best rewards for overseas spending. You only need to spend RM0.33 to get 1 AirAsia BIG Point, which means you will be collecting BIG Points faster to redeem future flights!
If you’re not a fan of neighbouring retreats and you have your eyes set on a new experience in either Australia, Japan or South Korea, the Final Call Sale X offers promo fares that allow you to redeem a one-way flight for 15,000 to 20,000 BIG Points!
Knowing now how the accelerated earn structure works with the Freedom Flyer Programme, 20,000 BIG Points is highly attainable. You just need to exercise some patience and slowly work on saving your BIG Points.
Let’s take a look at the number of BIG Points required for Perth, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Osaka, and Jeju Island.
|Fly From||To||BIG Points (one-way)||BIG Points (return)|
|Kuala Lumpur||Perth||15,000 pts||30,000 pts|
|Gold Coast||18,000 pts||36,000 pts|
|Sydney||18,000 pts||36,000 pts|
|Melbourne||20,000 pts||40,000 pts|
|Osaka||20,000 pts||40,000 pts|
|Jeju||20,000 pts||40,000 pts|
Again, these are promo fares that are only available via the AirAsia BIG Loyalty Mobile app during the Final Call X Sale. Without the promo, you’re looking at a much higher redemption rate that can exceed 100,000 BIG Points!
Reminder: Final Call Sale X happens on the 3rd Monday of every month and is an exclusive sale for BIG Members via the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app. Don’t have an AirAsia BIG membership? Sign-up for free online.
For the culture lovers: Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures and it is apparent everywhere you go in this city from the type of restaurants and the numerous street festivals celebrating the various cultures and communities. It is one of the most liveable cities for a reason and there’s something for everyone. Take a drive down the Great Ocean Road that is a 243km stretch along the coast, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens for a beautiful escape within the heart of the city, look for great finds at the Queen Victoria market, check out art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, and if you’re there when there’s a sporting event or horse racing, get right into the action!
For the city explorers: Osaka is a commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. Best known for its nightlife, street food, and cherry blossoms! If you want adrenaline from rides head over to the Universal Studios, head to Dotonburi for dining and nightlife, and check out one of the world’s biggest aquariums at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukun which features exhibits from Arctic to tropical marine life. Check out the city view from the Tsutenkaku observation deck, an iconic tower that is open to the public. Osaka is also home to a multitude of museums ranging from the Osaka Science Museum, Housing and Living Museum, Museum of History, and Museum of Fine Arts to name a few. Temples and shrines are in abundance and you won’t be in short supply of a balance between city life and culture.
For nature and island lovers: Jeju Island is situated in South Korea and most of us would know it for its volcanic skin care products! But there’s more to it. It has amazing landscapes including beach resorts, volcanic craters, hiking trails, and caves. AirAsia has recently begun direct flight routes from KL to Jeju Island and low-fare ticket costs around RM249. The best time to visit is from December to March and you’ll get to enjoy cheaper hotel rates and travel fares. Hallasan is the highest mountain in South Korea and you can go for a hike up to the peak, enjoy the magnificent view of the 75-ft Jeongbang Waterfall and relax at trendy cafes facing the beach. For more ideas, check out this article.
Don’t forget to use your air miles credit card as you travel.
|Unlimited access to Plaza Premium Lounges in KLIA & KLIA2|
The best part about this card is the unlimited access to Plaza Premium Lounge in KLIA andklia2 and this will make your wait at the airport much better with food, beverages, couch, reading materials and anything you need.
Minimum Income: RM90,000 per annum /RM7,500 per month
Annual Fee: RM636
It might take a lot of patience and hours to scroll through the various dates, but it’s well worth it.
Your AirAsia BIG Points can take you further if you know how and when to redeem your flights. Happy travelling!