Thai Airways has communicated to its Royal Orchid Plus (ROS) Gold and Platinum members that the airline will extend their tier status expiring in 2021 by a year.
Thai Airways has previously extended tiers already once, and miles expiry twice. Currently, the miles expiry has been pushed to 2023.
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Email that Thai sent out to Royal Orchid Plus elite members:
Platinum and Gold Membership Status Extension
Dear Valued Member,
The ongoing spread of COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in difficulties for air travel. This situation may cause you not be able to use your membership benefits as frequently as before. THAI fully understands your concerns. Therefore, we are extending validity of Royal Orchid Plus Platinum and Gold membership status for another 1 year, from the current status’s expiry date in 2021.
This tier status extension will be automatically adjusted. No further action is required by members.
We would like to express our gratitude to you as our valued member and looking forward to welcoming you once again on THAI with our Royal Orchid service in the near future.
Thai Airways recently extended all expiring miles through 2023:
There is not much else that Thai Airways could have done, as they are flying very few long-haul flights and only limited domestic services.
It doesn’t help that the airline is going through a restructuring process with a dip to the bankruptcy court to shed liabilities.
It is not clear what will come out of Thai Airways and how their network will be past the Covid-19 pandemic when it hard turned to an endemic. Are they going to downside and mainly become a regional airline without long-haul flights to Europe, or do they continue their current path?
Only time will tell.