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Thai Smile, short-haul airline owned by Thai Airways, have suddenly decided to move some point to point flights that are not connecting to Thai’s long-haul flights from BKK to DMK.

Thai Smile DMK

Dong Mueang (DMK) used to be the main Bangkok airport before the Suvarnabhumi was opened. The airport (DMK) is mainly used by low cost carriers such as Nok Air (also partly owned by Thai), Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air for both domestic and international flights. [click to continue…]

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Thai Airways announced last month (read more here) about upcoming changes to its Royal Orchid Plus program that were supposed to take place on September 1, 2014.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Changes

Award ticket prices for business and first class would have often doubled, although fliers on premium fares would have earned more miles as well. The higher earnings would not have offset the higher award mileage requirements even for them. [click to continue…]

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It is difficult to keep track what Thai Airways is planning to do this time around with their Thai Smile unit. Thai Smile was originally supposed to be a deep discounter rather than a full service airline that it has morphed into.

Thai Smile

Thai Smile has been flying under Thai Airways air operator’s certificate, but is planning to start flying under its own IATA code “WE” on April 10, 2014. [click to continue…]

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Thai Airways has just started two separate award discount campaigns. One requires ticket purchase and the other one doesn’t.

Thai Airways ROS Award Discount

You can get 25% discount off of economy round trip award on Thai between March 20 and June 30, 2014. You can purchase this award online and you will receive 25% refund after the promotional period is over (you need to pay full miles upfront). [click to continue…]

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Star Alliance had launched a Gold Game that testes your knowledge of the alliance by asking five questions. You can win one of the 36 prizes of Star Alliance Gold status in one of the participating programs.


This offer is valid for all other current Star Alliance members except TAM that leaves the alliance in March and US Airways that is trying to merge with American Airlines and exits the alliance upon merger completion. [click to continue…]

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As I normally have international news channels (CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Aljazeera etc.) on in hotel rooms/suites while working, I get bombarded with ads that are targeted to business travelers.


Last year, there was this huge Emirates campaign that was going on for months with very long advertisements. Haven’t seem Emirates TV ads for a while. Now, however, there are these three commercials from Thai, Qatar, and Singapore playing on heavy rotation. [click to continue…]