Thai Airways launches new loyalty tier for frequent flyers Thai Airways has introduced an invitation-only platinum tier to its Royal Orchid Plus programme. The invitation is extended only to Thai customers who travel frequently in its premium classes and have maintained gold status for a long period. Members need to have earned at least 50,000 miles or flown at least 40 international Thai flights in a calendar year. Added benefits of platinum status include no expiry of miles (miles for silver and gold members expire after three years), and a waiver of service fees, such as those for changing the award nominee or for re-routing a Thai award ticket. Other platinum benefits include priority reservation and a dedicated check-in area in Bangkok airport. Visit www.thaiairways.com/rop.