One of the best and worst frequent flyer programs in India at the same time is Air India’s Flying Returns. Why bad? Because it is a pretty miserly program I would say again and again. Why good? Because they’ve got a credit card on the market which makes it easy to earn their miles and status, and they are a member of Star Alliance, so their status comes handy across the globe.
Having said that, I received a new membership kit yesterday, which had a Golden Edge membership card valid till April 2015 (my status matched membership expired in March 2015 actually). As per the postmarks, the kit was dispatched in April 2015, and I am already an Air India Silver member at this point of time.
There was also a long letter which brought across some interesting points, including an emphasis that one can avail of Air India’s Flying Returns program on an enhanced buffet of airline partners. I chuckled reading that part, and there is also some insight about how the Air India Flying Returns program is going to be revamped in the coming days:
- A minimum of 500 miles for shorter flights
- Enabling earning for children between the age of 2 and 12 years
- Family Pooling
But the big one, which should really make this a rule-based program and easier to achieve status with, was the part where they will introduce a tier-points mechanism to track segment and class of travel. To get to the Maharajah Club, all you need to do, is to get 120 tier points.
All of the above are not changes that have been executed in the program right now, and will be rolled out over a period of time. However, I am not sure how long it would take to get these rolled out, and I won’t hold my breath if it would be another 6 months or more.
How do you feel about the changes to the Flying Returns program? Would this make it an interesting program for all of you?