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Samui residents: Bangkok airways are a rip off!


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2 hours ago, sungod said:

I use Bangkok airways all over the region where I can by choice.  They are generally cheaper than Thai (I never go to Samui) and the food and service is far superior on these short hop flights. Because my travel is local I would never qualify for the Thai gold card, but do for Bangkok airways premier card. Besides Bangkok airways supply lounges in some airports for all its customers.

 

I don't believe they deserve a blanket bashing......

I can't understand  why Bangkok Air provide free food for all passengers on the ground in their lounge at Suvanaphumi AND then on a one-hour flight to CM they offer you yet more food (in a box).  If they want to save money, they could stop this mindless provision of free food.  Waste of money and  ecologically damaging.

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2 minutes ago, blazes said:

I can't understand  why Bangkok Air provide free food for all passengers on the ground in their lounge at Suvanaphumi AND then on a one-hour flight to CM they offer you yet more food (in a box).  If they want to save money, they could stop this mindless provision of free food.  Waste of money and  ecologically damaging.

 

Same for any airline that provides a lounge service, whatever the class.

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When I was a once a year tourist going to Samui the Bankok Air flight from Phuket was almost half the price as that from Bangkok. Same airline and about the same distance. It was also cheaper to fly to Phuket from Bangkok than it was to fly to Samui. Yes, it was and is a rip-off.

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1 minute ago, sungod said:

 

Same for any airline that provides a lounge service, whatever the class.

 

1 minute ago, sungod said:

 

Same for any airline that provides a lounge service, whatever the class.

No, I was saying that it makes no sense to offer free food on the ground and then free food on a one-hour flight.   

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I use Bangkok airways all over the region where I can by choice.  They are generally cheaper than Thai (I never go to Samui) and the food and service is far superior on these short hop flights. Because my travel is local I would never qualify for the Thai gold card, but do for Bangkok airways premier card. Besides Bangkok airways supply lounges in some airports for all its customers.
 
I don't believe they deserve a blanket bashing......


I used Bangkok airways lounge in Laos many times when I was doing visa runs. The lounge was pretty good and had better food than many premier lounges in big airports.

Really miss flying with them.
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1 minute ago, blazes said:

 

No, I was saying that it makes no sense to offer free food on the ground and then free food on a one-hour flight.   

That would depend how hungry you were !

 

Personally I eat in the lounge and just have a drink on the plane, you can say no :)

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It was the responsibility of the government several years ago, when their lease on the airport was up for renewal (contrary to popular opinion they do not own the airport, they lease the land from the government, and built the airport) they should have brought in other airlines, to compete with these monopolists (on the Samui-Bangkok route). They are absolute scalpers. A total boycott is in order, for this route. When I used to live on Samui, I would fly out of Surat airport. I paid between 200 baht (during the special deals) up to 900 baht, for Surat-Bangkok. It takes a few hours to get to the airport. But, it was worth it, just to be able to say no to BA. They are a decent airline. Nothing great. 

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Bangkok Airways own the lease on the Koh Samui Airport and have upgraded it to one of the nicest small Airports in Asia. They also offer free food and drinks in their free lounges. They call themselves 'Boutique' as in 'Asia Boutique Airlines' and this here seems to means 'charge more' a little like the local fruit shop calling themselves 'Organic' when they aren't really. They have to pay for the Airport and all the goodies they give away.  Yes it is outrageous but until their lease runs out on the Airport I can't see them reducing cost too much.

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10 minutes ago, FitnessHealthTravel said:

Bangkok Airways own the lease on the Koh Samui Airport and have upgraded it to one of the nicest small Airports in Asia. They also offer free food and drinks in their free lounges. They call themselves 'Boutique' as in 'Asia Boutique Airlines' and this here seems to means 'charge more' a little like the local fruit shop calling themselves 'Organic' when they aren't really. They have to pay for the Airport and all the goodies they give away.  Yes it is outrageous but until their lease runs out on the Airport I can't see them reducing cost too much.

"boutique" and "organic" are excuses to charge more, just as "aerobics" is simply a pretentious name for doing exercises (trying doing anaerobic exercises if you don't believe me - they'll kill you (literally), unless you're a UK Tory politician)

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Before Bangkok Airways built the private owned airport on Samui – it's not built for tax-payers money – the alternative was ferry and land transport. No one need to use the benefits of flying out/in directly on the island Samui, where the airport has a higher operation costs than government funded airports, wherefore all the money shall come from operations, which even is limited to a certain number a day. Furthermore the price of Bangkok Airways tickets include a higher basic service level than for example Air Asia. If one intend to fly for a lower price, there are several affordable alternatives from the mainland, among others Air Asia from Surat Thani.

 

Furthermore Samui-residents has the opportunity of applying for a Bangkok Airways resident card, giving them discount of the normal price, when flying direct from/to Koh Samui. Any newcomer residents knew about the airfare conditions, before they moved in.

 

Without Bangkok Airways initiative Samui might still mainly be growing coconuts; with some backpacker tourist coming for partying and diving, but presumably nothing in the level as it is today. The tourism growth beginning around 1990 is heavily based on the initiative and financial risk taken to invest in an airport – the original locals should be thankful for the higher life-style that initiative has given them...:smile:

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