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Flight to Thailand bargains

Post by Big Boy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:08 am

Many travel threads get hijacked (usually not deliberately) by people wanting to share bargain flight deals they obtained when travelling to Thailand on holiday. I certainly slotted into this bracket before I moved here. I think we all like to share how clever we were making substantial savings on what is often one of the single most expensive parts of our holiday - I did.

I will make this thread a sticky, and the purpose is for members to make it a quick reference for others seeking a bargain e.g.:

(total fiction/wishful thinking) I've just bought a flight from XYZ Travel departing Heathrow on 20 Dec 14, retuning 16 Jan 15 flying British Airways for £215 all inclusive.

If we keep this thread regularly updated, it will allow others to share in our good fortune, or even shoot it down if they find something better. The question is regularly asked, so lets keep the information in a single area and make it easy for everybody to find.

So come on guys, I'm sure there are many of you Thailand bound for the high season, what bargains have you managed to achieve?


NB: Depending upon relevance to a thread, future posts regarding packages achieved, posted in another thread could find themselves moved here.
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Re: Flight Bargains

Post by hhfarang » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:18 am

What about flight bargains to/from other places or within Thailand?
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Post by Paderborn » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:30 am

Hi all
Just got a flight From Manchester to Bangkok on Etihad £458, for 8th December 2014, until 21st April 2105
Online direct from Etihad. Great price for time of year.... I think?
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Post by dtaai-maai » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:35 am

No bargains to offer, but I'd like some advice from you frequent fliers, and this seems like the best place to do it. My daughter is planning to visit from the UK (Notts) next summer.

1. I realise flights will be more expensive in Thai high season, but what about UK summer period?

2. Is it a rule of thumb that flights are cheaper if you book substantially in advance? If so, by how many months?
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Post by bsdk1960 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:07 pm

copenhagen - bangkok return on 27/11 - 15/12 with aeroflot with 2 hours out and 3 hours home in Moscow
Price 19500 bath.

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Post by HHTel » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:12 pm

Manchester to Bangkok on Etihad £458, for 8th December 2014, until 21st April 2105
That's a fantastic deal....lol

Aeroflot have always been on the cheap end. However, my guess is that once you've used them, you'll never use them again!

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Re: Flight Bargains

Post by Dannie Boy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:14 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:No bargains to offer, but I'd like some advice from you frequent fliers, and this seems like the best place to do it. My daughter is planning to visit from the UK (Notts) next summer.

1. I realise flights will be more expensive in Thai high season, but what about UK summer period?

2. Is it a rule of thumb that flights are cheaper if you book substantially in advance? If so, by how many months?
My somewhat limited experience is to book either very early or very late - any promotional fares will have been snapped up early so leaving it to maybe 3-4 months before travel is likely to cost more. The downside of leaving it late is that you have less flexibility so it depends on your schedule, if you can be flexible it might be worth taking a risk and book late, but if it's a very popular time, you could miss out. For me, I always tend to book early.

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Re: Flight to Thailand bargains

Post by bsdk1960 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:20 pm

HHTel wrote:
Manchester to Bangkok on Etihad £458, for 8th December 2014, until 21st April 2105
That's a fantastic deal....lol

Aeroflot have always been on the cheap end. However, my guess is that once you've used them, you'll never use them again!
used them last year and no problem ,new flight, a airport who looks like all the others so can't see
the problem.It's true that in the old day you would think twice.

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Post by sateeb » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:20 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:No bargains to offer, but I'd like some advice from you frequent fliers, and this seems like the best place to do it. My daughter is planning to visit from the UK (Notts) next summer.

1. I realise flights will be more expensive in Thai high season, but what about UK summer period?

2. Is it a rule of thumb that flights are cheaper if you book substantially in advance? If so, by how many months?

I guess Birmingham Intl would be close enough for her....Etihad,Qatar and Emirates all fly out of there with 1 stop in the Middle east. Once every few months they will have special offers. I have joined the loyalty card programme of all 3 and receive an e mail when they have special offers. Flying from the UK in summer is reflected in their airfares even though it's off season here. If her dates are flexible its good to check all 3 airfares once or twice a week and when you see a fare that you think is reasonable get it booked. I am thinking of returning back to the UK some time next year for a visit, there are literally hundreds of options, for example I could fly to some European capitals a lot cheaper and then use Ryanair or Easyjet to get into the UK. Sometimes that can shave a few quid off the total. Godd luck and happy hunting :cheers:
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Post by pharvey » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:44 pm

Would be interesting to know what websites/agents people are booking through if not directly with the airline.

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Post by HHTel » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:52 pm

It's some years since I used Aeroflot and they were worse than bad. From the UK, change at Moscow, refuel at Kashkent, then New Delhi before finally arriving at Bangkok. Huge delays both ways, service was zero, and your luggage was the last out after other airlines had been serviced. Moscow was one of the most depressing airports etc. etc. The seats were generally broken and the whole aircraft (which seemed to be designed for hauling cattle) could be turned into a freighter. In those days, Aeroflot had no credit line with other airports and there were stories of them paying for fuel with credit cards. I'm sure they have improved as they couldn't get any worse. Glad to hear they are now running a proper service. However, from my past personal experience, I would be reluctant to use them again.

On another note, my daughter has got her best deals from booking at lastminute.com. That means leaving your options open until the 'last minute'.

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Post by kendo » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:16 pm

We use Westeast Travel their website is much the same as any price comparison site like Skyscanner but if you phone them up they will offer you promotions that are cheaper for Thailand we saved about another thirty pounds per ticket doing it this way.

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Post by Big Boy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:35 pm

hhfarang wrote:What about flight bargains to/from other places or within Thailand?
Yes, any flights involving Thailand e.g. I recently picked up Air Asia flights Bangkok to Udon Thani for 690 Baht booking direct with the airline.

[Edit] Checking the website yesterday, the price is now 1,083, and could rise to 2566.50 Baht.
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Re: Flight to Thailand bargains

Post by adammike » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:21 pm

be flexible with what day you want to fly out Saturday is more expensive than Tuesday
for instance,also sites use tracking cookies so prices can change when you check back an hour later (higher of course), clear your cookies and cache as a habit.
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Re: Flight to Thailand bargains

Post by STEVE G » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:06 pm

I've just spotted some flights from Paris to Bangkok for midweek departures, late October and early November for £372 on Jet which is about the cheapest I've ever seen for a usable flight out of Europe.

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