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1. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Can anyone tell me the best type of ticket to get to thailand ?
am not going till march and i`ll be there for approx 4 months , i was thinking of an open return but am not shure how much i`ll have to pay , buying two one way tickets was my other option but i could end up paying more,are flights from thailand to the uk cheaper than flying from the uk to thailand ? What do you recommend i should do ? ideally a open return would be my best option as i`d feel more secure with a return ticket on me ,but if it works out cheaper getting two seperate flights i`d rather save a few quid and do it that way.

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

I played this game from the US to Thailand several years ago. It turned out that getting an open return ticket was much cheaper than 2 one ways. I even considered a last minute one way from '' and buying a roundtrip once in Thailand. I knew I would be back in Tland within one year so I could keep buying 1 year open return tickets from the Thailand side. The open return tickets in Thai baht are not much cheaper than buying open return in the US.

Plan on buying a 6 month open return, that is the cheapest option from the US. Probably the same from the UK. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Cheers , have you (or anybody) got an idea how much i am prob gonna pay for a 6 month open return? whats the cheapest am likley to pay? would it be better getting it a lot closer to the time or is it better to book an open ticket well in advance? .

4. Posted by berni23 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Flights are a bit cheaper from Thailand but you would pay a lot more if you buy 2 one way tickets.
Don´t look for open end tickets because they are really expensive.
Just get one of the cheapest fares, check the rebooking fee and you will be off a lot cheaper.
Mostly it is between 50-100$.

Usually it´s better to get it asap, but there are promotional offers that are valid for a certain time of the year only or you can try to score a last minute ticket.

Don´t know about the prices from the US but i´m going tomorrow and payed 660€ from Berlin incl. tax, fuel etc with Quatar Airways.
And now Etihad Airways has a special offer for September of 490$ all inklusive.

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

March is too far away to book anything. Get the best fare quotes you can from the many airlines that fly UK-BKK. Now you have a basis for comparison. Check the London 'bucket shops' for prices as well. I use consolidators when I book LAX-BKK. They just have better prices. There are bound to be specials between now and March. If something pops up, you will know if it is a bargain because you have done your homework. Check price on open return versus fixed date and price to change your return date. Then you know if open return makes sense for you. Good Luck.

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Thanks , so can i just buy a return ticket that is valid for about 6 months pay a fee and change the date and come back on that date?

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

The 'open return ticket' allows you to fly to BKK w/o selecting a return date. Once there, you contact the airline when you have a date you want to come home. Airlines sell 6 month and 1 year open return tickets. Find out the price.

Then you need to check the prices of a regular R/T ticket. Pick a date that you think you might return. Get the price. Ask them what the fee is to change the return date. Now you will know which ticket is a better option for you. PM me if you need more advice.