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Bangkok Airways offers unlimited flights through new membership program

Caitlin Ashworth

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Bangkok Airways is now offering unlimited domestic flights through a new membership program. The airline launched the new Elite Card for 100,000 baht, allowing unlimited travel throughout 2021.

Those interested can apply for the card from now until November 30. Tickets for flights from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 can be booked starting on December 16.

Air Asia had a similar marketing drive when Thai Air Asia offered their “Passport” when they started flying again in July this year with a 3,000 baht one-time fee for unlimited flights up to the end of 2020 and then 100 baht per flight admin charges. But seats were limited on some routes (although The Thaiger successfully booked 48 flights on this passport and had no problems taking advantage of the promotional deal).

The incentive comes after a rough year for airlines, in Thailand and internationally. Travel came to a halt due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown measures. Bangkok Airrways suspended all domestic flights from April 7-30. Now airlines are trying to take off again and make up for lost revenue. The marketing vice president for Bangkok Airlines, Chulin Kocharoen, called the Elite Card the company’s “most one-of-a-kind product ever offered.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for our frequent flyers who are seeking our top value-for-money product.”

Along with unlimited travel, Elite Card members get preferred sear assignment, priority baggage handling, priority airport stand by and access to the Blue Ribbon Club with lounge vouchers valued at 4,750 baht. Members also get an extra 10 kilograms of baggage allowance.

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    Dariusz

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Make a deal with Australia and New Zealand.
    No virus ….

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    Johnny Rambo

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Just another desperate SCAM attempt from a country that simply doesnt care about it’s reputation. They are selling flight tickets to foreigners while still keeping the borders closed. This isnt the Land of Smile, this is just the Land of Scam.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Unbelievable.

      They’re selling tickets to anyone who wants to buy them, for DOMESTIC flights. Anyone.

      Are you suggesting they should only sell them to Thais????

      Where’s the “SCAM”?

      If a foreigner who can’t come here because Thailand’s “still keeping the borders closed” is stupid enough to still buy a ticket they can’t use they’re not being scammed, just being mind-numbingly stupid.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Not until C19 is over and travel is back to normal.

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    SG666

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Makes only sense for business travelers, approximate air fares per route in LOS are 1.000thb at this moment with Air Asia which is by far the more reliable airline than BKK Airways which has an aging fleet and a poor punctuality record. I have been a premier member for years and discontinued flying with them around 2 years ago as technical problems with their Aircraft’s became evident.

    On the other hand I would never ever pay an airline 100K thb in advance for appr. 50 return flights to use in 1 year, secondly surely not a Thai company, both together makes it even worse.

    Nothing else as a sign that they desperately need money as they running out of cash.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Well, the Thaiger writes that he’s had 48 flights with Air Asia in less than four months, so for anyone flying that frequently it’s not a bad deal.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Pay in advance for flights on a Thai operated airline. No thanks.
    How much do Thai airways owe for cancelled tickets?
    This Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on flights from BKK to Ko Samui, and make it one of the most expensive flights in Thailand. They should not be trusted.
    I have just read two reviews of Bangkok Airways.
    At this date, two passengers have been waiting for a partial refund since May 2020.
    Another has been waiting for a refund for 70 days.
    Paying in advance to this Bangkok Airways is just too big a risk now.
    Next month they could go for “debt restructuring”, which in Thai means we are not paying any debt to anyone, but the chief executives will continue to be paid as long as there is any money left.

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    Khun plastic

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Sounds like they are also very hungry for cash like all airlines at present.
    Never pay upfront any money to an airline ever.
    They can disappear in a moment,most have no assets, everything is leased.
    You will be an unsecured creditor if they go bump and lose everything.
    There is only one reason they would offer such a deal in the first place.
    If you are naive enough to cough up this sort of money upfront at least do it using a credit card and not a debit card,you may have some insurance that way.
    Btw I have nothing against Bangkok airways and have found the service excellent when I have used them in the past.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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