Manchester - Bangkok
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2012 6:14 AM Last Post By: TheSpade
May 29, 2012 12:23 PM
Manchester - BangkokHi guys,
Taking my first trip to Thailand in July. Looking to arrive on Monday 9th July (preferably morning, but not critical). Meeting a friend who is flying from elsewhere. Looking to fly from Manchester. Returning July 20th but flexible +1 day.
I've had a look at skyscanner, which says that emirates are cheapest £620 - £650 (but ridiculous 15hr wait in Abu Dhabi - I wouldn't mind but I presume they won't let me out of the airport for a wonder round, plus I've heard there's nothing really to see in Abu Dhabi anyway), next best to that would be Etihad with better transfer waiting times, but looking at around £750.
I've seen on forums etc that people get flights for £500 - £600. Is it because I've left it too late? Should I just take the hit to the wallet and book one of the above mentioned?
Also, I have heard that prices fluctuate. Is it worth waiting to see if prices go down? Do they generally go down nearer the time? Any patterns in prices that anyone can advise on? I suppose I don't want to risk too much prices climbing up.
If you could provide any advice that would be great :)
May 29, 2012 1:08 PM
May 29, 2012 1:28 PM
May 29, 2012 2:39 PM
3Let me check my computer which lists all the flights and associated costs and get right back to you. Oh wait, hang on, I'm not a travel agent. And neither are any of the other people here, so don't waste your time and everyone else's. Go to a travel agent and ask them. Regardless what sort of response you receive here it's absolutely worthless.
May 29, 2012 2:47 PM
4Emphasis was placed on whether people have knowledge of trends in terms of prices - whether they go up or down nearer the time etc. Didn't ask for quotes, I can obviously do that myself. I think if I went to a travel agents they would just try to get me to book there and then, so would prefer to use the great, invaluable modern resource of internet forums for knowledge. Apologies if I'm misinterpreting the whole concept
May 29, 2012 3:05 PM
5Apologies if I'm misinterpreting the whole concept
No apology needed, I'm simply trying to save you from completely wasting your time. Because as I said, nothing, and I do mean nothing, that gets posted here in response to your question is worth anything (my comments excepted).
I'm not being nasty, I'm being honest. I worked for many years in the travel industry so I have some idea how things work. If you want to do some price comparisons then use a site like www.kayak.com. But asking questions from people here is an absolute waste of time. Airfares are complex and vary based on a miriad of reasons from airline to airline, from day to day. There's just nothing that anyone can post here that would provide you with the slightest bit of help. Again - use www.kayak.com and then visit a travel agent.
May 29, 2012 5:53 PM
6#5 more or less tells it as it is. I spot a fare, I tell you about it, it's gone when you look.
As to trends, the fares available are likely to go up and up as your travel date approaches, and your options decrease as flights fill - but you might find a fare last minute that's just been cut. That, however, is not likely. See - essentially useless bit of info, despite the best intentions.
I'd say search widely and book soon - but if you find a decent fare online then you absolutely don't need to visit a travel agent to book it. First check price with the website of the airline and then go back to the other site if it's cheaper, and get it done!
That's a good fare anyway, despite the layover time. Many carriers for those dates are around the 800 mark. Direct on Thai Inter is 930 - and that's from London. The cheap fare you're looking at reflects the "ridiculous 15hr wait in Abu Dhabi ". It's that simple, really!
May 29, 2012 6:08 PM
May 29, 2012 6:34 PM
8From Oman Air own website - how does 609 quid grab you?
It's from Heathrow, though.
Leave LHR Sat 07 July at 2205, 2 hrs change in MCT Muscat, then arrive BKK Sunday 08 July at 22.00
Return on 20 July means a longer wait in MCT (7 hrs) but it's not the end of the world and I really don't think you'll do better.
May 30, 2012 12:40 AM
May 30, 2012 1:05 AM
10I've booked. Manchester to Bangkok - Emirates - max 3hr connection - £689. However, departing one day later - Sat 21st, arriving back in Manchester Sunday morning. One more day on the beach :)
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