Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report On the road again - to Incredible India.
  2. 2 3.5 Weeks in Japan (First-time) Itinerary Help
  3. 3 Seeking Help With My Sri Lanka And South India Itinerary: Rough Draft #1
  4. 4 Bangkok Taxis
  5. 5 Bali in Feb. for nature & unique cultural perspectives
  6. 6 Difference in staying at Dambulla or Habarana
  7. 7 Krabi--Ko Tao--Ko Samui
  8. 8 3 weeks - first time SEA
  9. 9 Where to buy reading glasses and get a massage in Bangkok?
  10. 10 Heads up for US people trying to pay for Myanmar by cc from the US
  11. 11 A month in central Asia
  12. 12 Central Asia Four Week Itinerary
  13. 13 Trip Report Something about... Malaysia
  14. 14 Day trip from Kuala Lumpur
  15. 15 Two Round Trip Tickets?
  16. 16 Osaka, aquarium?
  17. 17 Trip Report Trip Report: First time in Thailand and Cambodia
  18. 18 favorite activities in krabi area
  19. 19 itinerary help for cambodia and laos
  20. 20 Cambodia arrival visa
  21. 21 Itinerary feedback please :)
  22. 22 relaxing 5-6 day vacation in sri lanka
  23. 23 24 day trip plan: early stages
  24. 24 Early planning for Kazakhstan and Mongolia
  25. 25 Singapore with kids
View next 25 » Back to the top

Best Airlines to Bangkok (From US: either Chicago or NYC areas)

Jump to last reply

I'm taking my first trip to Thailand in January (yay!) and I'll be departing from the NYC area while my travel partner will be coming from the midwest/Chicago area. We'd like to join up and fly the long flight(s) together which will mean one of us adding an additional leg to get to NYC or Chicago.

Any advice on which airlines to target for the most comfortable trip? I see Cathay Pacific offers several options out of Chicago (connecting Hong Kong), in some cases with a very long layover in HK (10-12 hours). Is this enough time to leave the airport and do a whirlwind city tour?

There's also a Lufthansa option which would "offer" a 12-hour layover in Frankfurt on the way out and break the flights into two more manageable lengths (again, same question, can we leave and see some of the city)?

And Japan Airlines offers well-timed flights from JFK to BKK via Tokyo (JFK to HND leg operated by American).

In general, which airlines do you prefer for a US to BKK flight? I'm guessing that decent food, entertainment options and comfortable seats (economy), could make a difference on such long flights (I've never flown further than Europe so I'm a little apprehensive about a 17-hour flight). Of course I want the best price, but I'm not willing to fly a crappy airline or bad route just to save a couple hundred dollars (and conversely, I'll pay a bit more for a good airline with more comfortable economy section). Any advice or additional factors to consider are much appreciated. I cross-posted on the Airline forum.

29 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement