Redeem Miles For Flight Simulator

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As an aviation geek there’s nothing cooler than a full motion airline flight simulator. Given that they cost millions of dollars, it’s kind of tough to get into them unless you have an “in” at an airline or training center.

There are a few airlines that actually let you redeem miles for flight simulator rides, though it’s usually prohibitively expensive. For example, you can redeem EVA Air InfinityMileage Land miles for a 1.5 hour flight simulator ride. The cost is 100,000 miles, and you have to be a Gold or Diamond member in order to qualify. You have to complete a form before the 15th of the month prior to the one where you want to schedule your session, and you can only do it Tuesdays or Thursdays between 2PM and 3:30PM.

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But Thai Airways has just introduced a simulator offer which is actually an amazing deal. You can redeem just 9,900 miles for an hour long Thai Airways flight simulator experience.

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The basic terms for taking advantage of this are as follows:

  • Member must make a reservation at least 3 working days in advance.  To make a booking, please call 02 545 3622 between the hours of 08.30 – 16.30 or via email at bkkbmoffice@thaiairways.com
  • After the confirmation has been made with Flight Simulator Operation Department, member then need to complete the redemption process through Royal Orchid Plus website at  www.thaiairways.com/rop. Member must log into their account and go to Lifestyle Redemption
  • Once the online award redemption has been completed, mileage will be deducted from member’s account and an eCertificate will be sent to the email address in the member’s profile. Please note mileage re-credit is not allowed.
  • Duration of the visit: Approximately 1 hour accompanied by a simulator specialist.
  • Flight Simulation session times can be requested from 08.30 – 16.30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays. Due to crew training, session times are subject to change at THAI’s discretion.
  • In the event of cancellation, the Flight Simulator Operation Department must be informed at least 1 working day in advance. Rebooking may be made 1 time within 3 months after the original booking.
  • Flight Simulation is held at the Thai Airways International Head Office, Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Bangkok, located in Building 5.

Keep in mind that Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus is transfer partners with Citi ThankYou Preferred, so you can redeem points earned through the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card for this experience.

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I’m totally doing this the next time I’m in Bangkok. And I hope it’s possible to redeem miles multiple times for the experience — that would be a blast!

Would you redeem 9,900 Thai Airways miles for a flight simulator experience?

(Tip of the hat to Australian Business Traveler)

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Comments

  1. I bought my dad the chance to fly a TW B747-200 sim at JFK in September 1992 as a birthday gift (I don’t recall how many FFB miles it was). He, who had only flown MS FlightSim, “landed” the bird beautifully after his “flight.” I, who had flown dozens of jumpseats in every Boeing jet flying then, skidded off the runway and plopped into Jamaica Bay. I engaged the thrust reversers and spoilers right on time, but didn’t brake hard enough. Oops.

    A once-in-a-lifetime experience and DO IT IF YOU CAN!

  2. The EVA redemption rate is par for the course, but it’s particularly poor when you consider that an economy round-trip ticket between the Americas and Asia is 100,000 miles. So… simulator flight or round-trip ticket?

    …Yeah, no thanks.

  3. QF allows redemption as well, for a whopping 275K miles you get 2 hours on the A380 simulator. I think a 747 sessipon can be had for about 175K miles.

  4. Delta offers it for $400 at their museum for the 737-200 simulator they used to use for pilots. The museum is also a cool experience in general

  5. Wow! The TG sim @ 10k miles is a great deal. As was the UA flight sim a few years ago for a $100 donation.

    There’s a flight school near me that has a full motion Cessna 172 that’s only $50/hour. Sans instructor though.

    I’d also urge anyone whose interested in sims to head to their local general aviation airport and take a discovery flight for $100 or so in a real plane.

  6. 1. You can buy a session in Emirates A380 and 777 simulators in both Dubai and London. The Dubai rate is $95 per half hour.

    2. I have heard from pilots at various airlines that simulators are usually fully booked long in advance to get the most return out of these very expensive units. To be able to book up to three days in advance at a time of your choosing (within the generous timeframe) is surprising to me.

  7. Malaysian Airlines does it for 30,000 Enrich miles.
    I watched some youtube videos for the Emirates one in London and the Qantas one in Sydney and both are quite different. Of the two, Emirates one is simpler and seems to be similar to a sophisticated one you’d see in an arcade. The Qantas one looks like a real pilot training center. Check them out on youtube and you’ll see the difference.

  8. Is it typically a good idea to research the basics of flying before using a formal simulator like that, so that the experience will go as smoothly as possible? Or is there no experience required?

  9. It strikes me as strange that the airlines are making these high end simulators so easily accessible. They aren’t toys. Are they so under utilized that civilians with no freaking clue how to fly a plane can use them? What do you get for your XXX miles? The chance to crash short of the runway over and over?

  10. @ Brandon — Probably no experience required, but at the same time the more you understand about it in advance, the more you’ll get out of it.

  11. I crashed the A320 on the first attempt. Landed safely on the second, Takeoff is easy. No prior flight experience at the time.

    But the instructor does set you up on final with everything configured for landing already. If you had to find the airport and prep the aircraft for landing config manually you’d be in trouble by yourself.

    I’d recommend trying it at home in X Plane first. Just so you know what to expect.

  12. Wow! The DL one is $400. Wonder if it counts as a charitable donation to the museum?

    Btw, the DL museum is worth a visit. Especially if you can carve out a 4-5 hour layover at ATL.

  13. @ Lucky – I have a suspicion, TG is likely to do an “equipment swap” to a 2005 desktop PC running MS Flight Simulator that you have to operate using a mouse 😉

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