Flydubai Introduces Open Rewards Loyalty Program

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Flydubai is (as the name suggests) a Dubai based airline operating single aisle aircraft serving destinations from both DXB and DWC.

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The airline is owned by the government of Dubai which also owns Emirates. Flydubai initially flew to cities/countries that couldn’t support widebody service from the Emirates (airline).

You can access Flydubai’s website for Open rewards program here.

Here are the main features of the Open:

– You earn Rewards, Bonus and Tier points (Rewards & Tier points are 1 point = 1 USD)

– You can earn Gold status with the airline (unclear how many tier points are needed)

– Up to 8 people can form a Family or Friends Travel Club for pooling points

– Gold members receive lounge access in Dubai and priority services

The website doesn’t list (or I couldn’t find out) the number of tier points required for Gold upgrade. The website also doesn’t tell you the number of bonus points that you apparently earn and the value of Open points when used for an award flight.

Dubai – Bangkok Cash

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Dubai – Bangkok Points

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You earn rewards points based on the base fare before taxes/fees at the 1 point per USD ratio. The flight earns you 141 points. The base fare is $141.

The award flight requires 23,596 rewards points + 125 AED.

The value of one Open reward point is 0.6 cents each ($141/23596). If the airline wouldn’t offer any bonus points, the return earned on this reward program would be 0.6% or less considering that you don’t earn anything for the taxes/fees part and yet you do have to cover those on redemption tickets.

Earning a one-way award ticket (if the flight and award prices are constant) using the example above would require you to take close to 23 flights.

Conclusion

This program can make sense for those that fly on Flydubai a lot. Infrequent traveler doesn’t get lot out of it, although you can always apply the earned Open points towards a paid ticket (even partially). It is unclear what the Gold status tier point requirements are.

I have flown Flydubai once from Tehran to Dubai. Emirates would have been much more expensive and an award ticket taxes/fees using Skywards miles for the EK flight roughly the same as the paid ticket on Flydubai. Cannot remember much of this flight as I slept from take off to landing.

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