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Old May 6th, 2009, 04:34 AM
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Budget flight: Bangkok to Singapore

We're looking at a one-way flight from Bangkok to Singapore later in the year. Scheduled airlines are all v expensive. Does anyone have any experience of budget carriers such as JetStar or Tiger on this route? They seem to be doing fares for about £50 inc tax etc. I've already heard terrible tales about Air Asia's reliability and service. Thanks!
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Old May 6th, 2009, 04:48 AM
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Are you trying to find a budget carrier or an unscheduled airline (aka charter)?
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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:22 AM
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All budget airlines offer less service than full-service airlines. That's why they are able to charge less. They don't transfer luggage, even between their own flights, etc. And they aren't good about informing passengers of schedule changes, cancellations, etc, in advance of the passenger arriving at the airport. They don't offer pre-assigned seating , their baggage allowances are low, etc. If that bothers you, you'll need to purchase a ticket with a full-service carrier such as Thai or Singapore Air. They do have promotional fares from time to time.

All that said, there are quite a number of posters here who have flown Air Asia. Some have been driven crazy by schedule changes, etc, others have felt it was the best airfare bargain they've found. Tiger and Jet Star have both received ok reviews, subject to the caveats above about budget airlines.

So it really depends on you. How important is service and convenience vs. cost?
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Just an update to Kathie's post. Thai Air Asia does now offer assigned seating with premium seats, at the front of the plane, and the regular seats. You can also pre purchase how many pieces of luggage you will have with you as well as you can pre purchase meals if that is what you want. How ever they don't fly directly from Bangkok to Singapore so you must buy two tickets!

Singapore Airline is offering some very cheap seats from Bangkok so have have you check with their web site? Their price for economy are as low as Thai Baht 5,895 nett for a return flight.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 06:18 AM
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Hanuman! Good call on Singapore Airlines. The equivalent of £80 on the date we want. It's probably worth the extra to go scheduled instead of budget. I'd only looked up the fares on price-comparison websites and they were much, much higher. That'll teach me to check the airline's own website too! Thanks to all.
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If it was me I would save a considerable amount and fly with Air Asia. Depending how far you book in advance and the day, the cost could be as low as £28 plus baggage cost, meals and pre seating charges. They have 4 flights a day non stop. Or Tiger Air has great rates also.
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Scotters, thanks for pointing that out I did not know that Air Asia have direct flights between BKK and SIN.
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