Rail & Fly-Ticket
Many airlines offer a free rail ticket in connection with the flight ticket, as a shuttle-service to the airport. Together with the flight tickets a sheet is included as a ticket for the rail journey. Make sure that the conductor rips out the correct sheet. Such a ticket is available only in Europe for the flight direction Europe to Thailand.
Frequent flyer programs
Many airlines offer a so-called “frequent flyer
program”. The miles flown are collected as points. Starting from a certain amount of collected flight miles you are entitled to privileges, such as upgrade to business class or even a free flight. It can therefore be the case that a more expensive ticket with a frequent flyer program is, in the long term, less expensive than a cheap ticket. Many airlines have united into alliances. The miles can also be collected with the partners in a group.
Spouses or children of Thais can fly at reduced prices. The tariff is called “Sawadee” at Thai Airways international and is more commonly known as the “Ethnic tariff”. A photocopy of the Wedding certificate is sufficient as proof. On the outward flight the pair must travel together. The return flight, can however, take place separately. This tariff allows each person to take 30 kg of luggage. According to my knowledge,
this tariff is available only for the flight direction Europe to Thailand.
Criteria for choosing an airline company
Is the airline generally considered as respectable, safe and reliable? Here is a list of the airlines, which the European Union has forbidden:
First hand reports of travellers on these airlines:
http://www.worldairlineawards.com The Skytrax World Airline Awards
- Space available
Is the passenger space in the aircraft sufficient to travel comfortably?
Apart from the actual price of the ticket, consider that even a cheap ticket can become very expensive in the following situations:
- Missed flights
When a ticket is low cost or is obtained from companies that serve primarily as charter companies, it is often the case that when the booked departure is not used or is missed, the return flight becomes invalid. The additional charges and taxes may be
refunded, but usually not without a fight. For booked flights where the departure part has not been used, it is also often the case that companies will refuse to honour the return part of the flight. This can occur, for example, when a flight has been missed, that the return part of the flight reservation will no longer be considered valid.
- Departure flight not used, return flight invalid
Some airlines insist that the sequence of the
booked flights is observed exactly. So if an outward flight was not used, the return flight ticket is regarded as cancelled. However, some courts have ruled that this practice should not be allowed in individual cases.
- Change in booking
Be sure to check if it is possible to change a reservation and if so, what the costs may be. These costs may differ considerably from airline to airline.
The handling of overweight baggage differs widely from airline to airline, with many airlines suspiciously using this situation as a welcome and lucrative source of income.
Bangkok International Airport (Arrivals/Departure timetable
Air Passenger Rights (Euroean Commission)
http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/air/rights/doc/2005_01_19_apr_leaflet_en.pdf (PDF-Datei, 278 kB)
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Outbound flight not used – return flight is lost
Some airlines companies insist upon the correct use of flights reserved in the
correct order. It can therefore mean that the ticket for a return flight is not valid if the outbound ticket has not been used. Some individual cases of this type and the practice of this rule have been declared invalid in German courts.
Airline Accident and AirlineSafety
Traveller’s reports and appraisals of airlines
Hotel reservations (with illustrations and descriptions of hotel)
http://www.latestays.com/thailand Thailand Last Minute Hotels
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