November 27, 2017
Are you an avid traveler or always on the lookout for low fare flight deals?
It’s that time of the year to plan for a year-end holiday. Whether it’s with your friends, family or even a romantic getaway trip, you might be unsure of where to go. Perhaps a trip to Bali for an island getaway? Did you know that with AirAsia BIG, which is the loyalty programme of AirAsia, you could get a FREE flight to Bali with 33,000 BIG Points?
But don’t be put off by the amount of points you need, it really is achievable. We’ll break it down for you in this article, and show how you can earn BIG Points to redeem a free flight.
There are many ways you can earn AirAsia BIG Points, and the best part is you are not limited to only earning BIG points through flight purchases!
Did you know that all those credit card reward points you have saved up can be converted to AirAsia BIG Points? You can convert credit card points issued from banks as per the list below:
For the sake of this article let’s go with an Alliance Bank credit card which will allow you to convert 3,000 Timeless Bonus Points for 1,000 BIG Points.
The Alliance Bank You:nique Rebates card also offers unlimited cash rebates on all retail spending. This means, no matter where or when you spend, you’ll be collecting rebates points when you swipe your card. For every RM1 spend = 2 reward points.
You can get a return flight ticket to Bali with 33,000 AirAsia BIG Points on a normal fare ticket. If it’s during Final Call Sale, you would need even less BIG Points! But for this article, we’ll focus on normal period redemption.
For example, if your monthly spend is RM2,000 on categories as follows:
Based on your monthly spending as above, with an Alliance Bank You:nique Rebates card you would have collected 3,000 Timeless Bonus Points every month. You can then convert the 3,000 Timeless Bonus Points to 1,000 AirAsia BIG Points.
|8% Cashback for Petrol & Groceries spend
0,2% Cashback for other spend
Here’s a calculation:
For every RM1 spend = 2 Timeless Bonus Points.
RM2,000 (4,000 Timeless Bonus Points) x 12 months = 48,000 Timeless Bonus Points
3,000 Timeless Bonus Points = 1,000 AirAsia BIG Points
48,000 Timeless Bonus Points = 16,000 Air Asia BIG Points
You’re still short of 17,000 BIG Points to score that free flight to Bali BUT you can collect BIG Points through other methods during that 12 months period which will be discussed further below. But, take note that the bulk of earning BIG Points is made faster and easier when you use the right credit card!
Current Points Collected: 16,000 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 17,000 BIG Points
On the lookout for a credit card that rewards your daily spending AND helps you collect AirAsia BIG Points faster? Click below to apply for an Alliance Bank credit card and you can even pick a gift upon approval and activation of the card.
You can also earn BIG Points during special limited-time offer campaigns. From 27 Nov 2017 – 28 Feb 2018, CompareHero.my and AirAsia BIG will be giving out BIG Points to customers that apply for a credit card with CompareHero.my within the campaign period.
Apply for a credit card from these participating banks to be in the running:
Every month during the campaign period, 100 credit card applicants on CompareHero.my will receive 1,000 BIG Points whether or not your application gets approved. But upon approval and activation of the credit card, you will also receive a complimentary gift from CompareHero.my.
But that’s not it, on top of the 1,000 BIG Points, you will also be in the running to win the Grand Prize of 50,000 BIG Points. That means you can get a total of 51,000 BIG Points by applying for a credit card with CompareHero.my.
However, do take note that successful application and activation of credit card is required in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize. The campaign is from 27 Nov 2017 – 28 Feb 2018, click here for the terms and conditions.
Let’s say you took part in this campaign, you would have received 1,000 BIG Points.
Current Points Collected: 17,000 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 16,000 BIG Points
AirAsia BIG also allows you to earn from lifestyle partners through their respective reward programs. This means you will get rewarded for your daily spend from partnering outlets.
Below is a list of the conversion partners:
Conversion PartnerPartner PointsBIG Point Conversion
Rakuten Trade1 Rakuten Point 1 BIG Point
SAM’S Groceria 4 SAM’s Family Card Points1 BIG Point
Mydin4 Meriah Points1 BIG Point
Petron2 PETRON MILES Points1 BIG Point
Tune Talk3,000 Tune Talk BIG Points300 BIG Points
One of the essentials for most people is petrol, and you can earn AirAsia BIG Points every time you fill up petrol at PETRON. If you have a PETRON MILES card, each time you pump petrol you will be earning PETRON MILES Points which can then be converted to AirAsia BIG Points. Below is the breakdown of how much points you could be earning:
Type of PetrolPETRON Miles Points Earned
1 Litre Blaze 95 or Diesel2 PETRON MILES
1 Litre Blaze 97 or Blaze 1003 PETRON MILES
As of today, the price of RON97 is RM2.57 per litre. Let’s say your monthly petrol spend is RM200, which means you pump approximately 97 litres of petrol in a month for that amount.
1 litre Blaze 97= 3 Petron Miles
97 litres Blaze 97 = 291 Petron Miles
You can then convert the PETRON MILES Points to AirAsia BIG Points, at a conversion rate of 2 PETRON MILES = 1 AirAsia BIG Points. So every month, you would be earning 145.5 AirAsia BIG Points.
However, this is assuming you monthly petrol consumption is RM200 or more, and you pump petrol at PETRON stations. And remember, there is a minimum conversion amount of 200 PETRON MILES Points before you can convert it to AirAsia BIG Points. Therefore within the 12 months duration, you would able to earn 1746 BIG Points with your petrol spending. The calculation is as per below:
2 PETRON MILES = 1 AirAsia BIG Points
3492 PETRON Miles (145.5 monthly points earned x 12 months) = 1746 AirAsia BIG Points
Current Points Collected: 18, 746 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 14,254 BIG Points
The Freedom Flyer Programme (FFP) is AirAsia BIG’s revamped loyalty program that rewards its members for their loyalty to AirAsia. The FFP has a 4-tiered membership status which is Red, Gold, Platinum or Black that will be determined by how often you fly with AirAsia.
Essentially, the more you fly with AirAsia, the faster you will move up the membership status, and most importantly, the more AirAsia BIG Points you will earn. Anyone can be a member and the FFP membership is free for life. Just register online at www.airasiabig.com or through the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app.
If you want to know how to make the most of the FFP during AirAsia BIG promotions like the Final Call sale, check out this article here.
For example, if you are currently a Gold member status, you will get to enjoy up to 40 AirAsia BIG Points for every RM10 spend. This will be for flight ticket purchase and also for in-flight purchases such as meals on board.
Let’s say during that 12-month period, you balik kampung to Penang 3 times. The lowest fare for a return flight to Penang as of now is RM133. As a Gold member, you would have earned:
RM138 x 3 points earn rate = up to 414 AirAsia BIG Points
The formula used is:
Flight Fare X Earn Rate Based on Membership Tier = BIG Points
Assuming the flight tickets cost RM138 for all the 3 times you balik kampung, you would then have earned a total of 1,242 BIG Points.
Current Points Collected: 19,988 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 13,012 BIG Points
That is just an example of the BIG Points you will collect for one flight, imagine the amount of points you can earn each time you fly with AirAsia. The rate of acceleration would also help you achieve the points you need a whole lot faster.
In order to accelerate your BIG Points collection, you can do so by using AirAsia co-branded credit cards. For example, the AirAsia-Citi Platinum Visa card. This card is a partnership between Citibank and AirAsia, and is ideal for those who want to combine their credit-card spending with flight discounts. You can earn up to 2x AirAsia Points with this card. Among the perks of this card is:
Remember that AirAsia points earned with the AirAsia-Citi Platinum Visa card will need to be converted to AirAsia BIG Points. The conversion rate is 2,000 AirAsia point = 500 AirAsia BIG Point. Below is the amount of AirAsia Points you will earn based on your spending:
|Tier||Monthly total spend||AirAsia Points (per RM)|
|2||Next RM501 – RM5,999||2|
|3||Next RM6,000 and above||3|
If your monthly spend with this card is RM1,000, you will earn 1500 AirAsia Points. During the 12 months period, you would have then earned 18,000 AirAsia Points. As the conversion is based on 2,000 AirAsia point = 500 AirAsia BIG Point, you will then have earned 4,500 BIG Points.
Current Points Collected: 22,488 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 8,512 BIG Points
Next, you can collect BIG Points from your everyday purchases. From shopping for clothes, electrical, beauty products to online shopping and eating out at restaurants, you can be collecting BIG Points from it all.
Among the participating merchant partners where you can earn BIG Points for your spending are:
Let’s say you have a TIME Broadband which costs RM157 per month. You can earn 1 BIG Points = RM1 spent with TIME Broadband, so during the 12 months, you would have earned 1,884 BIG Points.
Current Points Collected: 26,372 BIG Points
Remaining BIG Points required to redeem Bali flight: 6,628
The e-store is among the newest offering from the AirAsia BIG Loyalty after the Freedom Flyer Program, which was launched in September 2017. With AirAsia BIG’s e-store, members can earn points when they shop online. The e-store is aimed at providing members a platform to earn points in a smart and easy manner. The points earned from this program can be used to redeem for free flights and other travel benefits.
The launch of AirAsia BIG Loyalty’s e-store ties in perfectly with the 12.12 internet shopping campaign and Christmas shopping. BIG members can look forward to exclusive offers while also earning BIG points. AirAsia BIG Loyalty will be partnering with over 200 merchants across South East Asia for the e-store offerings. Among the retail partners for the eStore are Uniqlo, 11street, Kinokuniya, Fave, Hotel.com, Bus Ticket Online, Honestbee, Ezbuy and more.
The way the eStore works is that you will earn 1 BIG Point for every RM1 spent through the AirAsia BIG eStore. But, you can earn more BIG Points during special campaigns. The best part is that there will be no cap on the amount of points BIG members can earn through the eStore.
For example, let’s say you spend RM1,000 every month at partnering merchants. That may sound like a lot, but remember you can get groceries, discount deals, clothes and books from the retail partners. So you may already have been purchasing at the retail partners before the eStore was launched. Now that the eStore is live, over the duration of 12 months, you can collect 12,000 BIG Points.
RM1,000 x 12 months = RM12,000
1 BIG Point = RM 1 spent
= 12,000 BIG Points
Below are the steps you’ll need to take:
Total BIG Points collected: 38,372
Extra BIG Points collected: 5,372
Be on the lookout for events and travel fairs where you can also earn BIG Points. During these events, you can also earn BIG Points on transactions done there.
To recap, let’s take a look at the various ways we earned BIG Points in this article:
1.Converting credit card points to BIG Points:
RM2,000 monthly spending with Alliance credit card gets you 4,000 Timeless Bonus Points
The total BIG Points you will earn is:
RM2,000 x 12 months
= 16,000 AirAsia BIG Points
2.During special campaigns
Apply for a credit card with CompareHero.my
= 1,000 BIG Points earned
3.Convert retail loyalty points to BIG Point:
3492 PETRON Miles (145.5 monthly points earned x 12 months)
= 1746 AirAsia BIG Points
4.Being a member of the Frequent Flyer Programme:
Balik kampung trip to Penang ticket priced at RM138 x 3 points earn rate. You had 3 balik kampung trips
= up to 1,242 AirAsia BIG Points
5.Co-branded credit cards
If monthly spend with the AirAsia-Citi Platinum Visa card is RM1,000 will equals to 1,500 AirAsia Points. The conversion is based on 2,000 AirAsia point = 500 AirAsia BIG Point, so after 12 months duration
=4,500 BIG Points earned
6.Spending at AirAsia’s lifestyle partners:
If you have a TIME Broadband priced at RM157 monthly, you can earn 1 BIG Points = RM1 spent. During the 12 months,
= 1,884 BIG Points earned
7. Spend at eStore
RM1,000 x 12 months = RM12,000
1 BIG Point = RM 1 spent
= 12,000 BIG Points
Out of the total 8 ways available, we only used 7 ways, and even then managed to score a free flight, giving us an additional 5,372 BIG Points to spare. If you time it right, you could then use these BIG Points to redeem another free flight during the Final Call Sale or the Final Call X Sale!
Indeed, AirAsia BIG Points is a rewarding point system for everyone, especially because there are many ways points can be earned. Though you might think you need to spend a lot to earn these BIG Points, most of the spending is in our day-to-day expenses anyway, such as petrol, lifestyle spending, and even making full use of your credit card spending by converting your reward points. It’s really about making it a habit to capture or convert BIG Points at every possible channel.
As a result, you will be earning points faster, giving more value to BIG members because redeeming free flights is very much achievable as made evident through the breakdown above.