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rikivered Oct 22nd, 2005 08:18 PM

Air Asia
 
going to fly in December Air Asia Phuket-BKK arrival time into BKK at 2:05pm. then Nokair BKK-Chiang Mai departure at 4:20pm.
has anybody had any experience with such connections? are the 2 airlines in the same BKK domestic terminal? is it enough time?

rhkkmk Oct 22nd, 2005 08:39 PM

i think the timing is right...but air asia does from time to time have service problems...a recent trip by a fodorite was delayed 12 hours by air asia..

laurieco Oct 22nd, 2005 08:52 PM

You may want to rethink flying Air Asia. A couple of weeks ago, I had a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang with Air Asia and when we got to the airport, we were told the flight was changed and was leaving almost 12 hours later! No advance notice was given to me and they didn't want to refund my money until I made a scene. They also scam you on luggage weight. I'm going to do a post on Air Asia with details but just though I should let you know my experience.

rikivered Oct 22nd, 2005 08:59 PM

thanks for the information. are both airlines arrive & depart (for domestic flights) from the same terminal in BKK?

JamesA Oct 22nd, 2005 09:14 PM

Yes same terminal but you can't connect baggage thru so you have to collect your baggage and then re-check in for next flight, both are 'strict' on the 15 kg baggage allowance, I think it is about $1 per kg excess. Nok Air is actually owned by Thai and I have found them very good especially their Nok Plus which costs about $ 22.50 each way for old style Business class seats 2 x 2 plus 30 kg baggage allowance, if you know you have around 25 kgs baggage it ends up only costing you about $6 extra to fly 'Plus class' when you take into account not having to pay excess baggage, you also get a small snack and sit up front ( they are still configured same as when Thai operated them in 2 class set up )

JamesA Oct 23rd, 2005 04:40 AM

That should read about "$13 extra" each way, that is on top of the normal fare:-

Note that also you can change your flights without penalty, I think it is well worth anyone booking a budget flight to considor Nok Air Plus, here you can see the seats, plus the 30kg baggage allowance, no charge to change, plus advance seat selection, it's a bargain for the extra!

http://www.nokair.co.th/html/traveltools/nokplus.html

JamesA Oct 23rd, 2005 04:44 AM

rikivered, I don't know if once booked if you can change to Nok Plus but I would try for the extra $13

rikivered Oct 23rd, 2005 12:45 PM

rhkkmk, jamesa & laurieco: thanks for the tips!


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