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I HAVE been a member of PIA’s Award Plus programme for over a decade and an admirer of their staff at the call centre, the latter being probably the best call centre service in Pakistan. But when it comes to customer service at the SIDCO Centre booking office in Karachi, it is a different story.

I have redeemed over 750,000 points so far. I recently went to redeem my points and the customer service was pathetic. I have always walked in to collect the ticket at the above-mentioned booking office and I did the same.

The PIA employee printed a page and handed it over to me to submit a copy of my CNIC, the Award Plus membership card’s copy, an authority letter and a copy of the CNIC of the passenger.

The email received from the Award Plus office clearly states: “The following documents must be carried by nominee at the time of issuance of award for verification purposes: membership card copy, member’s valid CNIC copy, authority letter duly signed by member, passenger valid and original CNIC.” I went there as the member and not as the nominee. Despite my explaining the same to the PIA staff, he refused to process the ticket. To rub salt into my wounds, the duty officer was also uncooperative. Such employees must be dealt with sternly.

FURQAN HABIB QURESHI PIA Award Plus member (No. 105103036) Karachi

Comments (5) Closed

Pro Truth Sep 10, 2012 01:45pm
to make it simple and undertstandable for him, you should have said, I am the passenger and also the nominee ;) then he would understand! for them member can be another entity too ;) lakeer kay fakeer!
Abdul Malik Sep 10, 2012 06:31am
What can you expect from a dying airline and its unprofessional and pathetic staff
Haji Ashfaq Sep 10, 2012 06:43am
can be dealt with if there is one or some employees but majority is 'parchi bharti'. So ?
Sam Sep 10, 2012 07:34am
Its quite normal attitude in Pakistan.You must not expect any executive treatment as they clearly said that they dont need your business anymore.
nasir Sep 10, 2012 02:38pm
Response to Mr. Furqan Qureshi from PIA: Dear Mr. Qureshi, We have reviewed our awards policy and confirm that all points gained by a journey are considered fully redeemed at the end of the flight and your safe arrival into the terminal building. We consider this a reward to deliver you safely from point to another so to ask for anything additional from our airline is paramount to being insane.