Manchester - Bangkok
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Jun 3, 2012 6:14 AM Last Post By: TheSpade
May 30, 2012 4:19 AM
May 30, 2012 2:47 PM
I do not blame the guy being hacked off. Being straight and to the point is one thing, being rude another. JJ can be a total at times. For the record the price quoted was an ok one. I bought a ticket a week ago from Manchester to BKK for £479 with Etihad. I had done as suggested to you, i.e. not expected others to act as agents. Normally I do ok on fares, saved £130 on a flight to states 2 weeks ago, got the same flights as quoted by the cheapest online agent. This time that very same agent found me the Etihad flight when I was going round in circles. Some you win some you lose. There is no easy solution, but keep asking questions, after you have done a bit of work yourself, most people here are willing to assist.
May 30, 2012 2:51 PM
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May 31, 2012 4:07 AM
24#21 Some people also tend to mistake frank opinions for rudeness
Agreed, However, I have noticed that some people are incredibly thin skinned, and take offence at the slightest perception of an insult, even if one not intended or given.
Indeed, were it not for the risk of being banned by the mods, there have been some sucky bubs ( not referring to the OP ) that I'd have liked to have given it large to.
The real insults though, are the posters that write an OP and not only do not ask politely for information, or say please, but never so much as acknowledge that they were given good information, let alone say thank you.
May 31, 2012 8:21 PM
Jun 2, 2012 6:21 AM
26I'm just back from 5 months in Thailand flying with Emirates (who stopover in Dubai not Abu Dhabi). I paid £477 for my return flight from Glasgow to Bangkok. I booked it just a couple of months before I left. I'd been looking at flight prices for a while and they were all around the £700 and up mark, some days going up a little, some days going down then suddenly one day £477 return (not a sale or any sort of promo) but with a 7hr stopover on the way out and 18hr on the way back. It was too good a price to miss out on so I booked it. On that same day to book a flight with a slightly better connection (7hrs way out, 9hrs way back I think) the price was about £600, to get the best connection (3hrs out and 3hrs back) was coming in at over £700.
Just before I left Thailand I paid £75 to change my flight to the 3hr stop over on the way home. Result! Not only did I avoid what would have been a horrendous 18hrs in Dubai airport (which I hate, to long and too expensive) but I got the flight cheaper than if I'd booked the good connection initially. So if you see a cheap deal then go for it and change it but I wouldn't pay over £600 for a 15hr stop over. Keep checking you might get a better price and better connection. Otherwise fly from Heathrow, more choice of airlines. A friend flew with Air Sri Lanka recently to Bangkok very cheaply but had a 14hr layove however, the airline gave him a complementary nights stay in a local hotel and taxi to and from the airport. Check them out perhaps.
Edited by: TheSpade
Jun 2, 2012 3:49 PM
At last, a sensible approach to the costs of UK/US to Thailand!! It's amazing the number of people who want THE lowest fare available AND a direct flight or one with only minimal transit times en route. That's NOT how it happens.
The inconvenience of long transits means those routes are not popular. How to attract punters? Price incentive, that's how. Usual rule of thumb is that the cheaper it is then the longer overall journey time. Not always - sometimes a sale fare jumps up out of nowhere. 75 quid to change an 18 hour stopover down to 3 hours is probably the best bargain you got all trip!
You did well on that fare - if you've stayed 5 months then you would have left mid-peak period in January? Did you buy direct from Emirates, or via an agency?
Jun 2, 2012 4:39 PM
28I left 18th January and booked direct with Emirates. Was a great deal I agree, I was sure I was going to have to pay £700 or more initially as I checked for weeks and weeks with little change in the price, Just pure luck that the prices dropped that day, they were back up to over £700 the next morning. Thought that maybe I wouldn't be able to change the flight because it was so cheap or would have to pay the fare difference on top of the £75 fee, that was a nice surprise.
Jun 3, 2012 6:14 AM
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