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Trying to get Business Class to Bangkok no BS !

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  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    I have been wanting to go to Thailand in 2 months looking at Business Class Airfares for return from Sydney.

    The travel agents qoute around $3800 mark.thai airways

    Online non direct around $3,000 vietnam airlines

    But then i come across websites such as businessclassclub.com and a few others who seem to be overseas who qoute me from email $2800 direct flight ?

    Businessclassclub emailed me qoute of $2800 AUD thai airways
    Lowbusessfares $2085 Thai airways

    My question is ... Has anyone used these overseas websites... Seems to be too good to be true?
     
  2. Hodor

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    I have never flown business class. My observations of walking past those seats on the way to cattle class is that not all business classes are created equally. Why do you want to fly business? If you want to be pampered then you might want to think about which airlines do a better business class.

    From experience Vietnam Air Economy is different to Singapore Air Economy. The Economy China Air (it was China something) flight I experienced was special, you really know you're in economy.
     
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    There are websites around that apparently buy up FF points and onsell the redeemed points as business class fares. Actually a mis-use of the points and you run the risk of your ticket being rejected by the airline.

    Just be careful about what you are actually buying if using an unknown Internet site.
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  4. Westminster

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    They are buying the tickets with frequent flyer points and selling them to you. It is in breach of all FF terms and risky.

    Use kayak.com to work out which airlines gives the best business class flights then remember a 30hr biz class route instead of a 12hr route is not value for money.

    You can mix it up with airlines and get 2 x one way tickets to get some good deals.

    Here is some mid to late August searches KAYAK mobile - free iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps on KAYAK
     
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    I have not looked at this route but best value is by way of upgrades
    These are a some examples (but i dont know who flys sydney to bangkok)
    As airnz elite a confirmed upgrade from economy is free using 2 of the complimentary upgrades or A$480 (A is airpoints $) to upgrade from PE
    As virgin platinum they give you 4 free confirmed upgrades to business (can now be used internationally)
    All in all there are many ways to get free or cheap business class but its very complex ...read flyerchat and flyertalk to get some ideas
    Ps they do exist. ...i fly business every few months for economy fare or a few hundred dollars more but if i had to pay normal prices business class is too much !
     
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    I used to fly Thai airways business all the time. Whilst the service is good, the seats are rubbish. Seriously in need of a major refurbishment.
     
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    Just fly economy DB. Use the money you save to get pampered over there.
     
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    I've flown business class twice- I haven't paid either time.

    One was for a company- they paid for business if you were flying during meal time.

    The other was when we were flying from Mexico to Spain for our honeymoon. One of the hosties was the brother of one of my wife's work colleagues. It was overnight, so didn't get to experience much of the service- but we appreciated the bottle of Moet & Chandon they gave us to take out.
     
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    not all business class flights are equal, you need to work out what in particular you're looking for.

    - if it's to tick a box and just fly business, which will be shunned by many here but I can understand, then In some ways the cheapest will do

    - if it's mainly legroom/seat width, eg you're tall or a fatty like me and the perks do not matter than a low cost carrier "business" will do the job, eg malindo or air asia

    - if it's the whole package then you will be disappointed with the cheap airlines. as mentioned above Thai has a lot of old seats etc, the better business offerings now, think qatar, cathay, SIA etc, are almost as good as what used to pass for first class just a decade or so ago so going a cheap option will not rely be the treat you want.

    it is ultimately a bear 10 hour flight so looking at business options isn't entirely silly imo. premium economy is another option but no idea of availability for sydney to Bangkok routes without significant extra travel time spent eg cathay via hkg.

    if you do the route often it's worth getting a cheap 1 way flight there then getting return round trip flights out of Bangkok instead.

    I know people who have paid as low as $2.3k AUD for return SIA flights on business on special when the same thing out of perth was closer to 4k or 5k
     
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    off topic I know ,but for a 8 hr odd flight, why not do economy and spend the $2500 odd on something else?

    long haul I can understand business class
     
  11. Bran

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    I flew business to Seoul yesterday. Ten hour flight. Need to be at 'work' by 9am this morning. The red eye home is even more important.

    But 6k wasn't cheap :/ At 6'3", economy almost isn't an option for short turnaround flights
     
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    You can request the mid-plane exit seats if you are taller (no seats in front of you).

    Not sure what the catch is though.
     
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    My thoughts too.

    Have done a trip to Ireland and back in economy; wasn't that bad.

    $2500 paid for the Guinness tab. :p
     
  14. Darlinghurst Boy

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    But my height and weight as im over 6ft 2 and 120kg
     
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    That's what I do when I go back to the UK for my annual visit. Singapore charge around $50 per leg (x 4 = $200), which is the best bargain going. Only 'catch' is that your screen folds under the armrest so is a little harder work than a seatback screen, also the window side seat has some of the legroom taken up by the bulge that accommodates the slide. I've not said no when offered an upgrade - has happened a couple of times - but for a leisure trip there's no way I could justify paying $8K or so for business instead of a third as much further back.
     
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    Join the biggest loser challenge
     
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    Get Moshe to pay for the trip, then book a second inspection at that unit block in Surry Hills, trap him in the lift and make off to the airport with his wallet and ticket.
     
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    Vietnam's business class on its dreamliners is supposedly quite improved. But I havent flown with them so cant say. I have flown with Garuda business many times and it's excellent. Korean is also excellent. Qantas is good but not quite Garuda or Korean standard ... that's the extent of my Business Class experience.

    China Southern will get you business class Sydney to Bangkok via Guangzhou for $2700 return
     
  19. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    Yes thanks guys !!!

    Those "business class" deal companies still sending me unbelievable deals ... Fly with Class are offering me $1495 US return ... But im scared to go with them because they are based in New York... And maybe refused usung their tickets in Sydney.

    Like "euro and "Sanj says im looking now into discount Business Class flifgrs.. All i need is leg room and comfort....has anyone flown SCOOT BIZ ???
     
  20. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    If you're looking for cheap business class, keep your eye on Jetstar. Often business clase priced about the same as economy on other airlines. It's not the same standard, more like premium economy than true business class. The extra leg room is well worth it IMO.