It’s not how much you spend but how often you spend! That sound different and interesting? Read on!

AirAsia is adding another feather to its red cap with the launch of the world’s first Freedom Flyer Programme, aimed at making it more convenient for loyal passengers to earn AirAsia Big Points ie flying miles.

The overhauled loyalty programme is based on a unique membership status system determined by how often guests fly. The more guests fly with AirAsia, the faster they will earn Big Points, regardless of how much they spend on fares.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the new initiative is about “democratising air travel” in a bid to make flying accessible to all.

“We wanted to give everyone the freedom to fly. This new and improved loyalty programme is the latest in our continuing quest to give our guests the freedom to live the rewarding life they’ve always dreamed of,” he said.

AirAsia X Group chief executive officer Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the Freedom Flyer Programme allows passengers to enjoy abundant rewards and privileges.

The four-status system starts with Red status for guests who fly 13 or fewer one-way short-haul flights in the preceding 12 months, through to Gold and Platinum, and all the way up to Black for those who fly 50 or more times with AirAsia.

For every RM10 spent, Red Members can earn up to 20 BIG Points, Gold up to 40, Platinum up to 70 and Black up to 120.

Long-haul and Fly-Thru flights (connecting flights) count as two one-way short-haul flights for status calculation purposes.