I hoped to travel to both Thailand and Iran (to see a friend of mine) this summer, and since I knew visa approval might be an issue with Iran because I am a US citizen I bought a ticket to Bangkok and held off on buying anything else. It is now one week from departure day and no word has come through on the Iran visa, so I think it is a lost cause.
That leaves me with a one-way ticket to Bangkok leaving May 20 and a free summer to do whatever. A straight return ticket costs $1,050 which is close to the same price as a round trip ticket, so I am trying to find ways to turn this situation around. Can I buy cheaper tickets back to Washington, DC once I'm in Bangkok? Should I try to make a multi-stop return ticket to see other countries somehow, and if so what places could I include while keeping the ticket cost reasonably low?
Basically, if you had bought a one way ticket to Thailand when you needed a round trip, how would you make the best of it (assuming you need to end up in Washington, DC in August)? Thanks for any advice, as you might have guessed I am very new to the whole travel thing.
I would contact your airline TODAY! and see what options you have. What is the cancellation fee? Can you change it from 1 way to R/T? Most airlines will not sell a 1 way into Thailand. The Thai gov't wants proof on onward passage. Rarely do the IMM. boys check, but the airlines usually won't sell a 1 way ticket.
Do not expect any cheap flights out of BKK. With the new fuel prices and landing fees at Suvarnabhum, the days of cheap tickets leaving BKK for the US or the UK are over. Good Luck.
Yeah, I just checked and I would have to pay a $350 ticket change fee to change, plus the additional cost of the ticket if one is even available. The ticket is nonrefundable. I booked with airfare.com, which by the way has terrible customer service (I called three times, held for twenty minutes, and then was disconnected each time. I still haven't talked to one of their reps!). It doesn't look like a ticket upgrade will come out to be significantly cheaper than buying another ticket altogether. Maybe I should see if I can piece together a cheap return that would let me see a few other places.
How are your finances? Would they be able to withstand buying cheap tickets from Bankkok to India, overlanding it to Pakistan, catching a flight to Manchester and getting from there to Washington, DC?
Or maybe go via China and Russia, catching the (Transsib) train to Riga or Tallin, flying to Dublin and then go to home from there?
All this would be more expensive than the 1000 USD for the simple ticket back though - but sure more fun!
For example, I think if you manage to fly from Islamabad to Manchester in the last week of July you would be paying around 1200 USD for the necessary tickets to get from Bangkok to DC via Europe, India and Pakistan - cost of the visa for India and Pakistan not included.
www.skyscanner.net can help you with finding the budget flights you would need for this.
And feel free to contact me for advice on total cost and other stuff regards to the routes that I suggested.
[ Edit: Edited on May 15, 2008, at 1:03 AM by t_maia ]
Wow, some good ideas t_maia! I will check into that online, and I will let you know if I come up with any questions. My finances are not in outstanding shape, but I definitely have at least a thousand dollars of "wiggle room" built in in case things are more expensive than I expect. Thanks for the advice!