Are you a member of Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer program? If so, you would be pleased to know the carrier has announced it is extending the mileage validity for all Royal Orchid Plus members who have their original mileage expiration date at the end of March, June or September 2020.

In a bid to accommodate Thai Airways' valued customers, the carrier's move to extend mileage validity ensures that customers can continue to use their miles for award redemption all the way up until December 31, 2020. This is great news for Royal Orchid Plus members who are worried about their expired or expiring miles.

The Star Alliance member airline is extending the mileage validity for its Royal Orchid Plus members in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has unfortunately resulted in flight cancellations, disrupted travel plans, decimated travel demand and global travel restrictions in the travel world.

While the postponement of travel plans is necessary in the current coronavirus crisis, those who do not feel confident in redeeming their miles for future award travel may instead choose to redeem their miles for an assortment of lifestyle awards via the website. You can do so easily by logging in to your Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus membership account with your membership number and PIN code.

For those who are interested, here's an article on US airlines and how they are handling elite status amid the travel slowdown. Singapore Airlines has also recently announced the airline is extending the validity of its customers' flight credits as well as throwing in bonus flight credits.

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