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Explorer8939

I have noticed that booking on the Thai Airways site seems to result in lower prices than the major search engines. Perhaps there are hidden fees that I am missing.

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funjeff

First time I went to Thailand was January, 2014.  I flew Hainan airlines from Chicago to Beijing on a Boeing 787 for the first  leg.  I can 

remember landing in Beijing in the dark and being impressed with huge modern new terminal. I was thinking that they had just hosted the 

Olympics 18 months prior and that they must really have their shit together.  WRONG!!!  I was told in very broken English that to catch my

connecting flight to BKK I would have to go thru customs and immigration in order to catch a 20 minute shuttle  bus to the other side of

the airport where the old terminal is located. No one except a few fellow passengers I was with spoke English. This was 1:00 AM and I 

had 1:45 minutes to make the flight or I would be waiting another 8 hours to catch the next flight..  It was beyond a frustrating experience

but, I made the connecting flight  with  8 minutes to spare before they closed the plane door. I swore to myself that I would never ever

go thru Beijing again after my round-trip was completed 60 days later. Oh yeah, the return flight was just as frustrating and when I went

thru security,  I was seriously frisked up and down by a very cute early twenties female wearing the peoples army uniform.  I

remember thinking to myself at the time how this would never happen in the states.

 

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Explorer8939

Even today, to transit via PEK, it is necessary to go through security and through a passport check, similar to immigration at BKK with a long line. 2 hours transit time is barely enough to make a connecting flight, since the passport check booths are only staffed by 2 people, and they have to process hundreds of people getting off big airliners.

 

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funjeff

I live in Tampa, FL now and the best flight  I've had was on Emirates from JFK to Dubai to BKK.  Not the cheapest but by far the best value.  They pamper your ass even in economy.  It was a 15 hour flight from Dubai to JFK on return but, did not really bother me.

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baddog666
13 hours ago, funjeff said:

First time I went to Thailand was January, 2014.  I flew Hainan airlines from Chicago to Beijing on a Boeing 787 for the first  leg.  I can 

remember landing in Beijing in the dark and being impressed with huge modern new terminal. I was thinking that they had just hosted the 

Olympics 18 months prior and that they must really have their shit together.  WRONG!!!  I was told in very broken English that to catch my

connecting flight to BKK I would have to go thru customs and immigration in order to catch a 20 minute shuttle  bus to the other side of

the airport where the old terminal is located. No one except a few fellow passengers I was with spoke English. This was 1:00 AM and I 

had 1:45 minutes to make the flight or I would be waiting another 8 hours to catch the next flight..  It was beyond a frustrating experience

but, I made the connecting flight  with  8 minutes to spare before they closed the plane door. I swore to myself that I would never ever

go thru Beijing again after my round-trip was completed 60 days later. Oh yeah, the return flight was just as frustrating and when I went

thru security,  I was seriously frisked up and down by a very cute early twenties female wearing the peoples army uniform.  I

remember thinking to myself at the time how this would never happen in the states.

 

A few notes regarding Hainan airlines .... I imagine when you flew , 4 1/2 years ago , Hainan had just recently began using PEK capital airport .... A terminal change in this airport can be a nightmare.....

However , I have flown this same route on Hainan   ,  ORD-PEK-BKK   3 times in the past 2 years.  Hainan now uses Terminal 2 exclusively for their flights , In transfer , I always had an escort as do all Bizz Class passengers.... there were only a few people making international connections,  or at least that's all I saw since I was first to deplane ,  one time I was the only one and had to wait a few minutes for security to arrive.

Terminal 2 is relatively quiet , compared to T1 where Air China is..... Hainan has a new lounge which is very nice also....

I would fly them again with pleasure ,  but now that they have upgraded their 787-9 planes to a 1-2-1 seating ( Business ) they have also raised fares over US$1000 .... oh well.....  

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garcon
On 7/8/2018 at 22:12, JB300 said:

I use http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ which allows you to to search multiple routes/airlines at the same time, e.g.... http://matrix.itasoftware.com/#calendar:research=SFOSIN-SINSFO comes back with $551 SFO-MNL with Asiana

 

 

 

Nice tip mate. Thanks for sharing. I'll be checking it out when I book my next flight.

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funjeff

Your right BD.  Hainan airlines, I believe had just started that route just a few months prior. Sounds like they got their act together and have regional transfer flights in the same terminal. That's a no brainer.

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Explorer8939

Got it.

LAX-HkG r/t $400. Actually, I am flying back to America first.

To get to HKG, I fly UTP to Macau on Air Asia, 2000 baht one way. Then, I take the ferry from Macau directly to HKG airport. That gets me a departure tax refund of 120 HK dollars, cash in my hand.

To soften the blow of leaving Pattaya, I brought a couple of Bargirls with me to Macau.

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Explorer8939

So far, I have found Hong Kong to be the cheapest hub between the West Coast of the USA and Asia. But, my next trip requires me to stop in Shanghai. After that, it’s Shanghai - BKK, not so cheap. I shopped around, and found a nonstop on Expedia for $422 on Thai. Then, I bought the same flight on the Thai Airlines site for $100 cheaper.

 

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yahderhey

How is the airport in Shanghai PVG I think? I also have had horrible times in Beijing in the past , fist fights and other shit it was unreal.

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dnaliaht
59 minutes ago, yahderhey said:

How is the airport in Shanghai PVG I think? I also have had horrible times in Beijing in the past , fist fights and other shit it was unreal.

The worst airport I've ever been to. 

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Explorer8939
2 hours ago, dnaliaht said:

The worst airport I've ever been to. 

Ever been to the airport in Chaing Mai?

The VIP Lounge was a restaurant, and the seating at the departure gates was on the floor.

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