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Flying to Bangkok from the U.S.

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1. Posted by bmil (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

any suggestions on the best and money saving ways to get to bangkok from the u.s.?

is it possible to do an opened ended return?

websites? agencies?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

You need to do some web searching and get an idea for prices for your timeframe. Many airlines do offer a 6 month or 1 year open return. It is usually a bit more expensive, but not prohibitive. Consolidators are one option for a better price. Also, join Sky Aution, it is free and you will see what people are bidding for your flight. I tried bidding for my recent trip to Asia, but got a better price from a consolidator. Here are a few websites. Good Luck.

3. Posted by kat_crane (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

Try and use the flexible dates option. They're usually really cheap and super easy to navigate. Also, you can become a member and put it on your watch list and they'll notify you if the price goes down.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting bmil

any suggestions on the best and money saving ways to get to bangkok from the u.s.?

is it possible to do an opened ended return?

websites? agencies?

I have run into travellers with "open ended" returns. While they are in Thailand they buy their roundtrip flights back home CHEAPER than from the U.S. The flights have to originate in Thailand.

Eventually you have to use the "open ended" return part because there is a "use it or lose it" deadline. You are subject to available seats on the day you want to fly out on, plan ahead!

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Best way to get from the U.S. to Thailand??? DEPENDS!

I only fly on airlines that I can accrue frequent flyer miles on. Sometimes my flights are $30 to $80 MORE than a carrier that I can not use one of my cards on. So what, when I get my free ride using miles I am ahead again. Another bonus for using an airline that you "frequently fly" is the little perks you can get, like free upgrades.

With a silver card (usually 25,000 miles) you get to board earlier, (this means almost all of the overhead bins are still empty,) you can use the shorter business class line, or shorter "elite" line when checking in, and preferred seating choices. More carriers want you to pay for aisle seats now - with a silver card you can choose an aisle seat for free! Better seats become available for preferred "frequent flyers."

Some gold cards also allow you to eat in the VIP lounge for free (TG and CI) for instance. Getting the cheapest plane ticket is not ALWAYS the best choice if you intend to fly frequently! (On NWA, after you get their gold card or silver card, they give you bonus miles. For me, using NWA, if I fly twice to BKK and the third flight is free using miles (Boston-BKK-Boston.)

If you live near a major hub your tickets are a little cheaper if you don't have to pay for connecting flights. Sometimes I use my "miles" from a carrier to take me from Boston or Providence, RI - for free - to California and pay for a cheaper flight to Asia from one of the Asian carriers out of SFO or LAX.

Avoid planning a trip departing on Fridays, weekends, or holidays because they may be higher priced. Always try a few days before or after your desired departure date for any price change. Sometimes leaving a day or two earlier or later can save you hundreds of dollars.