What do frequent flyers “earn” when they travel?

Published On: December 7, 2016 12:57 PM NPT By: Anutara Shakya

Everything you need to know about Buddha Air’s prestigious Royal Club.

Despite all the excitement of travelling, the same activities can become a hassle rather than fun if one has to travel frequently.

Everyone looks forward to reaching their destination but just thinking about the airport customs, the baggage limit and the ticket cancellation policies are enough to make a passenger wish they didn’t have to fly at all.

But at Buddha Air, it’s a different story, passengers actually look forward to frequent flying and the reason for this is Buddha Air’s Royal Club. What is the Royal Club? Let’s put it this way. Imagine you’re a character in a video game, and you get to earn rewards as you travel longer distances. That’s basically how the Royal Club membership works; you get rewarded for your mileages travelled in Buddha Air. These mileages can be accumulated through any of the 13 flights listed out by Buddha Air, that includes Kathmandu to Pokhara, Kathmandu to Biratnagar, Biratnagar to Tumlingtar and Kathmandu to Janakpur, to name a few.

However, the mileages get counted only for the same destination flights. 

So how does one get a Royal Club membership? You simply drop by any of Buddha Air’s check-in counters and ask to fill out a form for the Royal Club. Once the form has been filled, the office will provide a temporary card until a permanent Gold Card is issued. It is available to anyone over the age of 12 with residency in Nepal including foreign nationals who have lived in Nepal for more than 6 months, and it is free of charge.

Once you’ve got the card, each flight taken with Buddha Air will add up to the mileage account. For each destination, the passenger can receive a free flight depending on the awards chart. Royal Club members also get extra baggage allowance up to 5 kg. What’s even better is that with the gold card, you can also get discounts at resorts and restaurants and get cash vouchers for shopping sprees at Buddha Air’s discount partners in 11 cities across Nepal.

But if that is not enough, you can always go for an upgrade. If a passenger has flown more than 7,500 miles on a Gold card, he/she is eligible to apply for the Platinum card. A platinum card means of course, more facilities, more baggage allowance, more mileage and a convenient cancelation policy. A cancellation made within 3 hours prior to the flight by a Platinum member is still free of charge! The platinum card also allows you for quicker airport check in. Get the VIP treatment as you avoid long lines at the counter with 2 seats already reserved in the aircraft for Platinum members for every destination for every day. These seats can be reserved up to 24 hours before the flight.

The Royal Club also allows the passengers to transfer the free tickets and gift vouchers to families. The gift vouchers can be transferred to two other family members if their names are included in the enrollment form. But the best part about the Royal Club would be the Part Miles + Part Cash offer. If you have 50% of miles already accumulated for a free ticket, you can use the mileage and pay the rest of the 50% in cash and that will qualify for a valid ticket.

Whether it’s a business trip or a vacation, with the Royal Club, there is always something to look forward to. Of course, with the facilities that are available, it definitely makes flying less tedious and much worth it.

(For more information on Royal Club, check out Buddha Air’s website, www.buddhaair.com or contact Buddha Air office at 01-5521015.)


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