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AirAsia BIG: Best Rewards Program for Budget Travel in SE Asia

Great Flight Deals for AirAsia Credit Card Users

AirAsia BIG: Best Rewards Program for Budget Travel in SE Asia

Great Flight Deals for AirAsia Credit Card Users

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Good for

  • People who spend a lot of time in Malaysia
  • Those who travel frequently in SE Asia
  • People who are flexible with flight reservations

Bad for

  • Those who want to earn miles without signing up for a credit card
  • Those looking for extra membership benefits

AirAsia's BIG Loyalty rewards program has many benefits to offer its members. Aside from the numerous options offered for earning and redeeming BIG Points, perhaps the best perk of this program is the value offered in combining AirAsia's credit cards with its BIG Membership.

Best Value for Money Package:

Card selectionAirAsia Platinum Credit Card
MembershipBIG Platinum Membership
OutcomeHigher welcome and quarterly bonuses and higher earnings per spend (7X BIG Points/premium flights and 5.5X BIG Points / low fare flights)
ProsCons
  • Best earning potential on local purchases with AirAsia Gold Credit Card
  • Accelerated membership upgrade with AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
  • Flights during Final Call Sale at 90% off market rates
  • Best value for miles only redeeming them on flights
  • Limited airline and airport rewards
Pros
  • Best earning potential on local purchases with AirAsia Gold Credit Card
  • Accelerated membership upgrade with AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
  • Flights during Final Call Sale at 90% off market rates
Cons
  • Best value for miles only redeeming them on flights
  • Limited airline and airport rewards

AirAsia Big Membership

Earn Points Through

Spend Points On
BigPay appFights
AccommodationAccommodation
Car rentalTravel Attractions
ShoppingShopping
Points ConversionBig Loyalty Mobile App deals
AirAsia Credit Cards

BIG Membership offers several ways of earning and redeeming BIG Points, from flights to hotels, shopping, dining, and converting your bank loyalty points to BIG Points. However, the quickest and most efficient way to accumulate points is to sign up for an AirAsia credit card.

Both of the cards that are connected to the AirAsia program reward you with 1BIG Point on every 0.33 SGD (1MYR) spent on overseas purchases and 0.66 (2MYR) spent on AirAsia purchases. The only difference is that the Platinum Credit Card earns higher rewards on local purchases than the Gold Card rewards for local purchases are far lower than those of the Platinum Card.

Each membership tier requires a certain number of short-haul flight purchases. You will be upgraded to the next BIG Membership tier within 12 months of meeting those requirements. The Platinum and Black tiers produce the best value for your money, with the former earning you up to 7X BIG Points and the latter up to 12X BIG Points.

Spending S$33 (RM100) will earn you between 550 and 700 BIG Points as a Platinum tier member, and between 1000 and 1200 as Black tier member. This gives you enough points to purchase up to two flights every Monday during a Final Call Sale, when flights are 90% off market rates. In addition, you can redeem these points for promo flights every day at up to a 70% discount based on the flight's travel time.

Membership TierFlights to QualifyBIG Points earned (for every S$3.3 spent)
Red0-13Up to 20
Gold14-23Up to 40
Platinum24-49Up to 70
Black>50Up to 120

How to Earn BIG Loyalty Miles

Membership TierLow Fare (per S$0.33)Premium Flex/Premium Flat Bed (per S$0.33)
RedEarn up to 1.5X pointsEarn up to 2X points
GoldEarn up to 3X pointsEarn up to 4X points
PlatinumEarn up to 5.5X pointsEarn up to 7X points
BlackEarn up to 10X pointsEarn up to 12X points

AirAsia Credit Cards

A great way to maximize your BIG Points earnings is to sign up for AirAsia's credit cards. Both cards offer equal points earnings on AirAsia purchases and overseas spending, as well as a welcome bonus and a quarterly bonus. The two cards differ on minimum salary requirements, annual fees and credit limits. One great benefit of these cards is that even if you don't meet the minimum salary, you can still qualify by making a fixed deposit pledge instead.

AirAsia Gold Card

Hong Leong AirAsia Gold Credit Card
Hong Leong AirAsia Gold Credit Card
The good: Good return on airline and overseas retail transactions
The bad: No airline or membership privileges
Hong Leong AirAsia Gold Credit Card
Hong Leong AirAsia Gold Credit Card
The good: Good return on airline and overseas retail transactions


The bad: No airline or membership privileges

AirAsia Gold Card is a great option for those whose salary does not allow them to qualify for the Platinum Credit Card, yet want to increase their points earning potential. This card has the same return on spending overseas and on AirAsia flights as the Platinum Credit Card. The main difference is that it doesn't offer an immediate BIG Membership upgrade or airport perks.

The card does offer two bonuses: a welcome bonus of 3,000 BIG Points at sign-up and an additional quarterly bonus of 3,000 Points with a minimum spend of S$983 (RM3,000). To sign up you need to either have a minimum salary of S$7,866 (RM24,000) or make a minimum fixed deposit pledge of S$655 (RM2,000).

  • 1 BIG Point per 0.33 SGD (1 MYR) on AirAsia transactions
  • 1 BIG Point per 1.64 SGD (5 MYR) on Local Retail transactions
  • 1 BIG Point per 0.66 SGD (2 MYR) on Overseas Retail transactions
  • 3,000 BIG Points welcome bonus with retail spend of S$492 (RM1,500) within first 60 days
  • 3,000 BIG Points quarterly bonus with retail spend of S$983 (RM3,000)
  • 0% 12-month Flexi Payment Plan
Age21 years
SalaryS$7,866 (RM24,000)
OR Min Fixed Deposit PledgeS$655 (RM2,000)
Annual fee (principal card)RM200 (first year waived)
Annual fee (supplementary card)S$26 (RM80)
Minimum credit limitS$655.50 (RM2,000)

AirAsia Platinum Card

Hong Leong - AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
Hong Leong - AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
The good: Higher bonuses and membership upgrade
The bad: High salary requirement
Hong Leong - AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
Hong Leong - AirAsia Platinum Credit Card
The good: Higher bonuses and membership upgrade
The bad: High salary requirement

AirAsia Platinum Card is a great option for frequent flyers with AirAsia and BIG Loyalty members. This card helps accelerate your BIG Points earnings through AirAsia transactions as well as local and overseas transactions. Perhaps the best feature of this card is its instant upgrade to BIG Platinum Membership status, which increases your earning on low fare flights up to 5.5X BIG Points, and 7X BIG Points on premium flights.

AirAsia's Platinum Card offers 5,000 BIG Points welcome bonus and an additional quarterly bonus of 5,000 Points with min spend of S$1639 (RM5,000). Platinum Card has a relatively high minimum credit limit of S$3,933 (RM12,000), unlike the Gold Card which is only S$655.50 (RM2,000).

  • 1 BIG Point = 0.33 SGD (1MYR) on AirAsia transactions
  • 1 BIG Point = 0.98 SGD (3 MYR) on Local Retail transactions
  • 1 BIG Point = 0.66 SGD (2 MYR) on Overseas Retail transactions
  • 5,000 BIG Points welcome bonus with retail spend of S$819.30 (RM2,500) within first 60 days
  • 5,000 BIG Points quarterly bonus with retail spend of S$1638.65 (RM5,000)
  • 0% 12-month Flexi Payment Plan
Exclusive Privileges on Scoot Flights:
  • Instant upgrade to BIG Platinum Membership status
  • Priority Check-In, Boarding & Xpress Baggage
  • FREE introductory inflight WiFi
Age21 years
SalaryS$19,664 (RM60,000)
OR Min Fixed Deposit PledgeS$3933 (RM12,000)
Annual fee (principal card)S$115 (RM350) (first year waived)
Annual fee (supplementary card)S$49 (RM150)
Minimum credit limitS$3,933 (RM12,000)
Zoryana Melesh

Zoryana is a Senior Research Analyst at ValueChampion, who focuses on evaluating credit cards, savings and fixed deposits in Singapore. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA in International Finance and Economic Policy, both from Columbia University. Prior to joining ValueChampion, Zoryana worked in treasury management consulting.

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