Thai Airways Will Operate More “Special Flights” TO Europe & Within Asia Until December 30, 2020

Thai Airways has announced that it will operate another set of “special flights” to Europe (ARN, CPH, CDG, FRA, LHR) and within Asia (HKG, TPE, TYO) until late December to repatriate passengers while their international fleet remains grounded.

Thai has also announced that passengers can use existing ticket coupons and credits from previously cancelled flights as well as Royal Orchid Plus miles for these flights.

The prices for these flights advertised from Bangkok to Europe are rather reasonable in Economy Class, but Business Class pricing is rather ridiculous. The Asia destinations are reasonable in either cabin.

This schedule just popped up on Thai Airways Twitter account and indeed TG is starting to put their fleet up in the air to at least some good use.

You can access the announcement and offer on Thai Airways website here.

THAI Airways adds the following information to this selection:

  • Terms and conditions are vary upon fare selection. Please read ticket terms and condition which will be shown in the booking process.
  • Existing tickets and ROP award ticket can be used on this flight.
  • THAI reserves the right to change fares and conditions without prior notice.
  • THAI is currently offering limited inflight services for special charter and repatriation flights. Please note that inflight entertainment systems and other full services amenities are not available on these flights.

So you end up paying 80-90,000 THB for a flight in Thai Airways “Business Class” without proper inflight service or even an entertainment system. Hard pass!

The one way price for Economy Class is between US$500-600 which is reasonable but Business Class  is steeply above the usual market value on this route. That’s double than what Lufthansa asks for their Bangkok – Frankfurt on an almost daily basis. Lufthansa tickets are available for destinations all over Europe for ~ US$1700 one way. Emirates and Qatar Airways also have good offers.

I wish their pricing for Business Class was a little bit more “based” but at least this time around they allow passengers to use existing tickets and credits from the flights that got cancelled in the past. Royal Orchid Plus mileage bookings are also possible. I wasn’t able to find any availability through other Star Alliance programs.

Conclusion

The previous lack of direct flight options has served as a reason for many “stuck” in Thailand not to return home to the UK. In the last few months Thailand has gotten rid of many foreigners that remained in Thailand by letting a general tourist visa amnesty expire and have since implemented a mechanism for extending stays long term while being in the country.

Whoever now has to go abroad, either Thai nationals or foreigners can use these TG flights or book another carrier that offers a better service at (likely) a much lower price. At the same time these flights are used to pick up Thai nationals and those other groups of foreigners allowed to return to Thailand  from abroad. These flights back to Thailand are usually pre-booked by the local Embassy and not publicly available.

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