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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

    November 2, 2020 at 11:55 am

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

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    Johnny Rambo

    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

      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

    November 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

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

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    SG666

    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

      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

    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

    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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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Ron Howard to direct cave rescue feature film ‘Thirteen Lives’ in Australia

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The Australian Government is putting up A$13 million to Imagine Entertainment and film giant MGM to shoot a live-action feature film called Thirteen Lives, based on the Chiang Rai Tham Luang cave rescue story. The film will be shot in Queensland, Australia in the hinterland areas behind the Gold Coast.

The film will be directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vince Code, Cocoon, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Splash, Frost/Nixon), and start filming in March 2021. The state’s Gold Coast hinterland will double for Thailand with a similar hot, humid climate.

The Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, says the production ishould inject more than A$96 million into the Australian economy, “directly creating around 435 jobs for cast and crew”.

Thirteen Lives will tell the remarkable story of the effort by many volunteers, including Australians, to undertake an incredibly complex rescue. And I am proud to say that this story will be told here in Australia.”

“I understand this project will also undertake a significant amount of cutting-edge visual effects work here, a great opportunity for our local post, digital and visual effects companies.”

Thirteen Lives follows the true story of the 2018 Tham Laung cave rescue of the Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, trapped in a cave by heavy rain and flooding in Chiang Rai, far north Thailand. After the team was stuck for days with no supplies and falling oxygen levels, a group of diving and rescue experts from all over the world were called up to work together with their Thai counterparts to save the 13 young men. Among those experts were a group of divers from the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first major feature film about the rescue operation was The Cave, released in October 2019. The film was quite critical of the Thai red-tape which hampered much of the early rescue efforts.

Ron Howard has worked with plenty of Australians in the past.

“From Thirteen Lives to the animated projected I am directing with Animal Logic in Australia, I am excited about the opportunity to film and work in Australia and dramatically expand on that list of collaborators whose sensibilities and work ethic I have long admired and respected.”

Imagine Entertainment and MGM’s Thirteen Lives will be distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Watch a message from director Ron Howard HERE.

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