SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 28 (Korea Bizwire) – A way to buy airplane tickets at a half price by being diligent online has been introduced on the Internet. Usually, people could use frequent flyer mileage points that they have accumulated to save money when purchasing tickets, but the recently introduced scheme is a way to gain mileage online without any previous use. ‘Thiat.com,’ a Korean company, has introduced a way to buy points of a certain company with points of another. Because the cash value of the points is different across different corporations, Thiat.com enables users to purchase certain points of bigger cash value with points of smaller cash value and finally swap the accumulated points for mileage.
For example, you need to buy online points at the point exchange online service website ‘Thiat (www.thiat.com),’ and then convert them into points of Shinsegae, a retailer with department stores and discount outlets under its wings. Then this time you need to change these points into ‘Samsung Card reward points,’ which requires a Shinsegae-Samsung partnership card. Then www.thiat.com let you transfer the Samsung points into ‘Starwood Preferred Guest points.’
These ‘Starwood Preferred Guest points’ can be used for mileage at various airlines including Air Canada, Delta Airways, Asiana Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Lufthansa Airlines. Customers can save a lot of money when buying tickets through this way, even if it involves quite a bit of legwork, or ‘fingerwork’ online.
Fuel surcharges and taxes can be applied differently for each airline or destination, and customers can save more in ticketing prices by checking in advance various bonuses, transition rates, and other additional costs. Also, because each step of the process may take time, it is advisable that people prepare mileage at least three months before actual ticketing.