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possum1931

Buying a Flight Online.

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If I go to an airlines head office in Bangkok personally to buy a return flight from Bangkok to the UK, will I get the flight at the same price online?

 

If not, what is the best online company to use?

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Online from an agent will be cheaper.

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3 hours ago, possum1931 said:

If I go to an airlines head office in Bangkok personally to buy a return flight from Bangkok to the UK, will I get the flight at the same price online?

Mostly! it is slightly cheaper online at their website, a lot depends on the person doing the booking for you, some will go out of their way to get a discount for you, most wont bother.

I travel a lot and price is secondary to convenience as I am travelling for business, I have found it easier to use a agent as often have to change tickets, easier to let them deal with it than me.

I have used the same agent for about the past ten years here in Thailand, if you want their contact send me a PM.

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Not sure if they're still a forum sponsor but I've used saveflights.com, a Bangkok travel agent for over ten years. Their fares are generally very competitive and they reply to queries better than most other Thai companies I've dealt with. If your bank charges you extra for overseas credit card transactions you also have the option to transfer payment direct to their account in Thai baht. Some of the airline website prices can be more than double what a local agent charges. Only real way to find out if a local airline office does a good price is to go there in person but don't be surprised if it's more than you can find elsewhere.

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22 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

 

But don't forget to carefully check the schedule, nr. of stops, stopover times.

Unexperienced people easily fall into the trap of a 30 hour travel time to Europe.

If the airline price is just a fraction higher than the cheapest agent/broker: prefer to book at the airline site. Better chance if something goes wrong. So many shady companies out there with zero service, unreachable hotlines, dead mailboxes. Do a search about the agent/broker (reputation).

 

Which is your preferred airport/city to fly to?

 

Air Asia website and phone app hasn't been working all week. Good luck with your booking.

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But don't forget to carefully check the schedule, nr. of stops, stopover times.
Unexperienced people easily fall into the trap of a 30 hour travel time to Europe.
If the airline price is just a fraction higher than the cheapest agent/broker: prefer to book at the airline site. Better chance if something goes wrong. So many shady companies out there with zero service, unreachable hotlines, dead mailboxes. Do a search about the agent/broker (reputation).
 
Which is your preferred airport/city to fly to?
 
well it's much easier to check all of that from looking at the schedule on Skyscanner than it is talking to someone in an office.
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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Air Asia website and phone app hasn't been working all week. Good luck with your booking.

Good that the topic starter wants to fly to the UK.

 

AirAsia website not working?

Used it a couple of times during the last days and a minute ago.

 

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

Air Asia website and phone app hasn't been working all week. Good luck with your booking.

Strange I used the AA website to book a flight yesterday. 

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2 minutes ago, KarlS said:

Strange I used the AA website to book a flight yesterday. 

So we both have a VIP internet :cheesy:

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Avoid agents. Check prices with Skyscanner and then book directly, online, with the airline. Doing this may cost a little more but there are hidden reasons behind 'cheap' deals which many have discovered to their cost.
As someone who has been doing for years what you are advising against, I would be interested to know what you mean exactly. All of the agents which appear on Skyscanner and Kayak are reputable vetted agents. I've used a few of them and I've never had any problems. They clearly state all of the conditions attached to the ticket you are purchasing.
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