According to the current pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, We would like to inform that during the period of political protest on 29 September 2014, THAI’s Hong Kong town office (ticketing and reservation) at United Centre Building will be closed at 16.00 hrs. (local time) for safety reasons. Airport office is operating as normal.
Also, please be informed that THAI’s Hong Kong town office (Ticketing, Reservations & Royal Orchid Plus) at United Centre is temporarily closed until 06OCT14.
However, THAI’s Airport Office and all flights to/from Hong Kong will be operated as normal.

Limited service will be provided during 09:00-17:30 on 30SEP14 & 03OCT14, and 09:00-13:00 on 04OCT14.
Reservations hotline: +852 2769-7421
Ticketing hotline: +852 2182-0710

For flight status update, passengers are advised to contact THAI Contact Centre at +662-356-1111 and THAI Airport Office at +852-2769-7421 during 09.00-22.00 hrs. (local time)
For more information :  www.thaiairways.com, www.thaiairways.com.hk
We apologize for any inconvenience casued.


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On Ground FAQs

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International flights: Check-in counters open daily between 04:30 am – 01:00 am on the following day and each flight will be closed 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time. All gates close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

 

Domestic flights: Check-in counters open daily between 04:30 am – 22:30 am and each flight will be closed 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. All gates close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Please be aware that during morning and afternoon rush hours, it can often take two hours to reach the airport from a riverside hotel. Plan accordingly.

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For international flights, your passport with visa (if required at the destination) and your ticket. 

For domestic flights, only your ticket and I.D are required.

If you use your credit card to purchase ticket, you must present the credit card upon check-in.

Also, if you want credit for frequent flyer miles, you should present your Royal Orchid Plus card.

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For international flights, your passport with visa (if required at the destination), and your ticket. For domestic flights, only your ticket and I.D are required.
Also, if you want credit for frequent flyer miles, you should present your Royal Orchid Plus card.

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International law prohibits the placing of magnetised, inflammable, corrosive, radioactive, oxidising, or explosive articles; pressurised gasses, toxic substances, oxygen cylinders, paint, mercury, munitions, and fireworks in checked or unchecked (carry-on) luggage. In many countries, strong-smelling materials, lighter fuel and refills, fresh food or fruit, infected live animals, or weapons must not be taken aboard the aircraft. Such items are subject to confiscation and the owner may be subject to a fine, depending on the country. If you are not certain if an item you are carrying is prohibited, please ask a THAI agent before you arrive at check-in.

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THAI Royal First Class, Royal Silk Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold passengers flying on any Star Alliance flights are entitled to use THAI lounges at Suvarnbhumi Airport where they can relax or work while waiting for their flights to depart.


There are seven locations for THAI Departure Lounges. All international lounges are on the 3rd Floor. Royal First Lounge at concourse D has been allocated for First Class passengers with the capacity to accommodate 134 passengers at one time. Facilities include private corners, business center, slumber rooms, Wi-Fi internet and shower suites.


Four Royal Silk Lounges are located on concourses D, C and E. In addition, the Royal Orchid Lounge is on concourse E, with separate areas for First Class and Business Class passengers. Facilities include food and refreshment bar, business center (Wi-Fi internet) and shower facilities.


Domestic passengers may enjoy THAI Royal Silk Lounge at Concourse A. Facilities include Wi-Fi internet, food and non-alcoholic refreshment bar.


Moreover, our Royal Orchid Spa at concourse D, Level 3 which has neck-shoulder and foot massage primarily caters to Royal First and Royal Silk class passengers. Particular for Royal First class passenger, THAI provides with a full range of treatments, including our highlight three Spa Suites with Jacuzzi and tropical rainfall where passengers can relax in a tranquil atmosphere.


Remark: Star Alliance Gold and Star Alliance Paid Membership cardholders are kindly requested to use Royal Silk Lounges and our Royal Orchid Lounge at Concourse C and E.


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All departing passengers should enter level 4 as check-in counters are located there.

 

International Flights

 

Royal First Class passengers should enter Entrance 1 for check-in at the Royal First check-in lounge. Royal First Class passengers shall be escorted by the staff from curbside through all services.

Royal Silk Class passengers should enter Entrance 1 for sit-down check-in service at Row A.

Royal Orchid Plus Gold / Star Alliance Gold card members should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in service at Row B.

Group passengers should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in at Row D.

Economy Class passengers should enter Entrance 4/5 for common check-in at Row H/J.


Domestic Flights

 

Royal Silk Class passengers should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in service at Row B.

Royal Orchid Plus Gold / Star Alliance Gold card members should enter Entrance 2 for dedicated check-in service at Row B.

Economy Class passengers should enter Entrance number 2 for common check-in at Row C

Group passengers should enter Entrance number 2 for dedicated check-in at Row C.

CUSS or Common Use Self Service Check-in and Internet Check-in are also available for domestic travel. The CUSS are located between Row G and H. Dedicated bag drop counters for CUSS and Internet Check-in are provided at Row C.


Before You Fly FAQs

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THAI no longer requires that you reconfirm your flight but please contact THAI to cancel your reservation if your travel plans change. Many airlines still require reconfirmation. If your journey includes a portion on another airline you may have to reconfirm onward journeys at least 72 hours before departure.

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The following information are as guideline.

Electronic Ticket Number:  find in “ETKT”

Reservation Code: find in “Booking Reference”

Fare Type: located in the “Fare Basis”

Airline and Flight: printed under “Flight”

Class and Date:  find them in “CL and DATE”  field.

Departure Time: located in “DEP”

Reservation Status:  “ST” lists one of these codes

                        OK: You are confirmed on this flight.

                        NS: “No Seat”. This refers to an infant not occupying a seat.

 Ticket Validity: Found in the “NVB” not valid before and “ NVA” not valid after.

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Passengers, who submit their requests two days prior to international flight departure excluding THAI Smile flights TG2000-2999, can be served special menus to suit religious and health preferences.

 


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A children,5-11 years of age,travelling alone is designated an Unaccompanied Minor and will be escorted by THAI personnel, looked after during a flight, and met on arrival, provided the parent has completed the necessary documents prior to the flight and copy of these documents is required to present at check-in counter. An unaccompanied minor handling fee will be charged for international flights.

 

Please contact the local THAI city office to make reservations and request a special assistance & handling form for unaccompanied minors. More details can be found in TRAVEL GUIDE in Unaccompanied Minors section.

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THAI serves special child and infant meals. Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure. You cannot request specific brands of baby meals or powder milk. Except TG2000 – 2999 flight number.

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Request them in advance. Infant passengers are entitled to a baby bassinet on international sectors with the condition their weight is not over 10 kg, height over 67 cm and age less than six months old. They can be attached to bulkhead anchors. Parents can use their own baby car seat provided it has been certified by the government of manufacturer's country and provided the infant is flying on a child's fare ticket. Diapers are available onboard and there are fold-down diaper changing boards in the toilets. Except TG2000 – 2999 flight number.

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The luggage allowance for Royal First Class is 50 kg (110 pounds); for Royal Silk Class: 40 kg (88 pounds); and for Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers: 30 kg (66 pounds).

            Royal Orchid Plus Gold Card Members are entitled to check an additional 20 kg (44 lbs.).

            Royal Orchid Plus Silver Card Members can check an additional 10 kg (22 lbs.) of luggage.

            Infants (not occupying a seat) are allowed 10 kg (22 lbs.) excluding one fully-collapsible child stroller, pushchair, or infant carrying basket.

            For travel to/ from Canada and the U.S.A., the following regulations apply to pieces of checked baggage. The sum of the three dimensions (length+height+width) for each piece cannot exceed 158 cm (62 inches). The maximum weight per piece is 32 kg (70 lbs.) for Royal First and Royal Silk Class and 23 kg (50 lbs.) per piece for Economy Premium and Economy Class.

            A child(2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free luggage as an adult passengers.

            An infant (not occupying seat) is entitled to one piece of checked luggage, the sum of whose three dimensions does not exceed 115 cm (45 inches) at maximum weight of 23 kg. Plus one fully-collapsible child stroller or pushchair or infant-carrying basket.

           

            Note: Frequent Flyer Gold Members are permitted to 1 extra piece in any class of services.


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Each passenger may hand-carry one piece of luggage the sum of whose dimensions (length+ height + width) does not exceed 115 cm (56 + 46 + 25 cm) (44.85 inches, i.e. 21.5 x 18 x 9.75 inches) and which does not weigh more than 7 kg (15.4 lbs). Pieces exceeding these dimensions must be checked in at the Check-in counter prior to departure. A woman is allowed to carry a purse as well.

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THAI's Special Unit Officers are stationed at various points around the Departure Hall to aid passengers needing special assistance. Wheelchairs are available. THAI also provides escorts to the airplane for passengers in need of assistance such as, Unaccompanied Minors, young passengers, medical cases. More details can be found in TRAVEL INFORMATION

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Ticket for infant must be purchased additionally at THAI office except travelling within/from Thailand, Japan, USA, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan (KHI/LHE/ISB), Arab Emirates (DXB), Europe, Philippines (MNL) and Macao (MFM). 
    *Infant birth certification or passport is required to present at check-in counter.

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Yes, the check-in counter staff need to check the card number and name on the credit card for reference only.

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Advance seat assignments are not applicable on domestic flights in all class of services.

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Change of reservation can be made at THAI city offices or contact THAI contact centrr 66-2356-1111 (24 hours)

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Please kindly contact our THAI OFFICE in the city where your journey commences for ticket amendment.

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Group booking rates are not applicable through website. They can be arranged at THAI city sales offices only.

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The ticket upgrade can be done upon the terms and conditions of the ticket fare type which you have selected during the booking process.

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Yes, please see the details in Baggage Policy Page. Pet in passenger cabin not accepted on TG flights.

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If you are purchasing tickets for family members or other persons with your credit card or Visa/MasterCard debit card, and not travelling yourself, please follow the specified Regulation.

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Online seat assignment can be made on international sectors 48 hours prior to flight departure. After online booking is done, online seat assignment has to be made at THAI offices at least 48 hours prior to flight departure. For booking made within 48 hours prior to flight departure, seat assignment may be done at check in counter on the travelling date.

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Cash receipts can be requested at THAI offices within 30 days after ticket is issued

Internet Check-in FAQs

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This service is THAI online check-in which gives you more convenient online check-in for both domestic and international THAI flights departing from the following destinations:

Stations in Thailand

BKK/Bangkok,

 

CEI/Chiang Rai, CNX/Chiang Mai,  

 

HDY/Had Yai,

 

HKT/Phuket, KBV/Krabi,  

 

KKC/KhonKaen, URT/SuratThani

 

UBP/UbonRatchathani

 

UTH/UdonThani  

Stations Abroad 

AKL/Auckland-New Zealand 

 

ARN/Stockholm-Sweden 

 

BLR/Bangalore-India 

 

BNE/Brisbane-Australia 

 

BOM/Mumbai-India 

 

CAN/Guangzhou-China

 

CCU/Kolkata-India

 

CDG/Paris-France 

 

CGK/Jakarta-Indonesia 

 

CMB/Colombo-Sri Lanka 

 

CPH/Copenhagen-Denmark 

 

DAC/ Dhaka- Bangladesh 

 

DEL/Delhi-India 

 

DME/ Moscow- Russia 

 

DPS/ Denpasar-Indonesia 

 

DXB/Dubai-U Arab Emirates

 

FCO/ Rome-Italy 

 

FRA/ Frankfurt-Germany 

 

FUK/Fukuoka-Japan 

 

HKG/Hong Kong-China 

 

HYD/Hyderabad-India

 

HAN/Hanoi-Vietnam

 

HND/Haneda-Japan

 

ICN/Seoul-Korea 

 

ISB/Islamabad-Pakistan 

 

JNB/Johannesburg-South Africa 

 

KHI/Karachi-Pakistan 

 

KIX/Osaka-Japan 

 

KTM/Kathmandu-Nepal

 

KUL/Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia

 

LAX/Los Angeles-USA

 

LHR/London-United Kingdom

 

MAA/Madras-India

 

MAD/Madrid-Spain

 

MCT/Muscat-Oman

 

MEL/Melbourne-Australia

 

MNL/Manila-Philippines

 

MUC/Munich- Germany

 

MXP/Milano- Italy

 

NGO/Nagoya-Japan

 

NRT/Tokyo-Japan

 

OSL/Oslo-Norway

 

PEK/Beijing-China

 

PEN/Penang-Malaysia

 

PNH/Phnom Penh-Cambodia

 

PER/Perth-Australia

 

PUS/Busan-Korea

 

PVG/Shanghai-China

 

RGN/Yangon-Myanmar

 

SGN/Ho Chi Minh City-Vietnam

 

SIN/Singapore

 

SYD/Sydney-Australia

 

TPE/Taipei-Taiwan

 

VTE/Vientiane-Laos

 

ZRH/Zurich-Switzerland

Off-line stations inhibit

BRU/Brussels-Belgium

Internet Check-in

CTS/Sapporo-Japan

 

CTU/Chengdu-China

 

GAY/Gaya-India

 

KMG/Kunming-China     

 

LHE/Lahore-Pakistan

 

VNS/Varanasi-India 

 

XMN/Xiamen-China

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It's very easy. If you have electronic ticketed and confirmed reservations on THAI and know the reservation code, or so-called 'booking reference', either Royal or Amadeus, then input this code. The system will process pre-check-in for you immediately. Maximum passengersfor one code is four (adults and children) plus four infants.

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Yes, the Internet Check-in is available from 24 hours up to 1 hour before flight schedule departure time.

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Electronic ticketed only.

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Yes, if you know their reservation codes.

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Internet Check-in cannot be used for those requiring special needs such as wheelchairs, medical attention or for children traveling alone. No problem for special meal if you have requested at reservations.

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Yes, and you can also change your seat on connecting THAI flights, which will be automatically through checked-in for you if the flights are in the same reservation code.

Besides, your THAI return flight in the same reservation code, within 24 hours, will be automatically checked-in too. But if your connecting flight is on another airline, a seat change is not allowed.

 

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For technical reasons some connecting flights may not display. Airport check-in staff will be pleased to assist you with connecting check-in and seating changes.

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Yes, after the Review Check-in page has been confirmed (or time-out) additional changes to seating, FFP numbers or even cancel check-in can be made by re-entering Internet Check-in with the same reservation code.

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♦ You are allowed to print your own boarding pass with A4 size paper included your onward/return  flight(in the same booking code)with THAI for up to two sectors, except passengers holding paper tickets or purchasing tickets via web or telephone sale.

♦ Please present your boarding pass, baggage to register, ID card or passport and credit/debit card used to purchase this ticket(if applicable) to a THAI bag drop counter (at Bangkok International Airport Counter C15) at least 45 minutes prior to your flight departure.

♦ If you are unable to print your boarding pass, please contact THAI bag drop counter at the respective airports for issuing your boarding pass.

♦ If you have no baggage to register, please proceed directly to the boarding gate and present your ID card or passport to THAI staff at the boarding gate.

 

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· Currently, you are able to print your own boarding pass at home with A4 size paper, one connecting flight in same booking code is

valid.

· Passengers who hold paper tickets or e-tickets purchased via web or telephone sale are prohibited.

· There are 35 destinations where home print boarding pass is prohibited, due to the security procedures required to enter those

countries.

 

AKL

Auckland

New Zealand

ARN

Stockholm

Sweden

BLR

Bangalore

India

BNE

Brisbane

Australia

BOM

Mumbai

India

CAN

Guangzhou

China

CGK

Jakarta

Indonesia

CMB

Colombo

Sri Lanka

CCU

Kollkata

India

CPH

Copenhagen

Denmark

DAC

Dhaka

Bangladesh

DEL

Delhi

India

DPS

Denpasar

Indonesia

FUK

Fukuoka

Japan

HAN

Hanoi

Vietnam

HYD

Hyderabad

India

ICN

Seoul

Korea

JNB

Johannesburg

South Africa

KIX

Osaka

Japan

KUL

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

LAX

Los Angeles

U.S.A.

LHR

London

United Kingdom

MAA

Madras

India

MAD

Madrid

Spain

MEL

Melbourne

Australia

MNL

Manila

Phillippines

NGO

Nagoya

Japan

PEK

Beijing

China

PER

Perth

Australia

PUS

Busan

Korea

PVG

Shanghai

China

RGN

Yangon

Myanmar

SIN

Singapore

Singapore

SYD

Sydney

Australia

TPE

Taipei

Taiwan

VTE

Vientiane

Laos

 

· Please present your travel documents, boarding pass, baggage to register and credit/debit card used to purchase this ticket(if

applicable) to a THAI Internet Check-in counter at the respective airport ( at Bangkok International Airport this is Counter J1/J2) at

least 60 minutes prior to your flight departure.

· If you cannot print your own boarding pass, please contact THAI Internet Check-in counter at the respective airports for boarding

pass issuance and travel documents verification.

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International law prohibits the placing of magnetised, infilammable, corrosive, redioactive,oxidising, or explosive articles; pressurised gasses, toxic substances, oxygen cylinders, paint, mercury,munitions,and fireworks in checked or unchecked (carry-on) luggage. In many countries, strong-smelling materials, lighter fuel and refills, fresh food or fruit, infected live animals, or weapons must not be taken aboard the aircraft. Such items are subject to confiscation and the owner may be subject to a fine, depending on the country. If you are not certain if an item you are carrying is prohibited, please ask a THAI agent before you arrive at check-in.

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If you are traveling solely on THAI for the duration of your journey, please familiarize yourself with our following baggage rules:
The baggage allowance is divided to two concepts:
    1. For travel outside Canada and the U.S.A, the following regulations are:
      -  Royal First Class : 40 kg (88 lbs.); Royal Silk Class : 30 kg (66 lbs.);  Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers : 20 kg (44lbs.).
      -  Royal Orchid Plus Gold Card Members are entitled to check an additional 20 kg (44 lbs)
      -   Royal Orchid Plus Silver Card Members can check an additional 10 kg (22 lbs.)
         ● Child (2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free baggage as an adult passengers.
         ● Infant (not occupying seat) are allowed 10 kg (22 lbs.) excluding one fully-collapsible child stroller, pushchair, or infant carrying basket.
    2.    For travel to/from Canada and the U.S.A., the following regulations apply two pieces of   check baggage.
       - The sum of the three dimensions (length+height+width) for each piece cannot exceed 158 cm.(62 inches). 
       - The maximum weight per piece is 32 kg (70 lbs.) for Royal First and Royal Silk Class and 23 kg (50 lbs.) per piece for Premium Economy and Economy Class.
          ● Child (2-12 years) occupying a seat is entitled to the same free baggage as an adult passengers.
          ● Infant (not occupying seat) is entitled to one piece of checked baggage, the sum of whose three dimensions does not exceed 115 cm.(45 inches) at maximum weight of 23 kg  Plus one fully-collapsible child stroller or pushchair or infant-carrying basket
Note: Frequent Flyer Gold Members are permitted to one extra piece in any class of services

 

         If your journey involves multiple airline partners, please be aware that baggage rules may vary. In some cases, the baggage rules that apply for your journey may be those of our partner airlines, please contact your travel agent or our ticketing/reservation agent for further advice.

 

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THAI will do our best to ensure your checked baggage is always transported on the same flight(s).  Then we strongly encourage you to also place a tag with similar information inside your bag to facilitate identification.  To download and print baggage name card, please click Baggage id card

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In Thailand, one hour before international departures and 45 minutes for domestic departures. At airports abroad, check-in times vary, but generally no later than one hour prior to departure.

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Your assigned seating may be released for other passengers.

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1. If you are the credit card owner, and had used your card to purchase a ticket yourself, the documents required to be presented during check-in are: your itinerary receipt, photo ID or passport, and the credit card used for the purchase.

2. If the travelling passenger is not the credit card owner, the documents required during check-in include; the new itinerary receipt (for details, see Regulations), and photo ID or passport.

 

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THAI is under the process of migration for the new departure control system and self-service check- in. This will be completed by Aug2014. Consequently, you will see the old Internet or mobile check-in if your flight is still hosted on our old system. On the other hand, if the flight is already managed by the new system, you will be redirected to the new application for checking-in.

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Additional features are: 
- Multiple passengers check in is available (the existing application is limited to 4 passengers).
- Information of special meals and baggage allowance will be displayed. 
- For a group check- in passengers, a home print boarding pass can be sent to each passenger individually.
- For all international flights, passengers must provide the necessary regulatory information and answer the security questions required by the destination country.

Mobile Check-in FAQs

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With THAI’s Mobile Check-in service, use your internet-enabled mobile phone to check-in for your flights by accessing https://m.thaiairways.com. There are online stations both domestic and international.

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All passengers holding e-Tickets  except passengers requiring special assistance at the airport.

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Mobile Check-in is available from 24-1 hours prior to your flight departure.

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You are able to check-in for you and your travelling companions up to four passengers, change to a new preferable seat using a seat map, and receive flight confirmation on your mobile phone. Besides, you have three options to receive mobile boarding pass (travelling from selected cities) through Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) by your service provider, through your e-mail address or collect your boarding pass at the airport.

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The Mobile Boarding Pass is an electronic boarding pass containing a 2D barcode, used to replace an original boarding pass. Recently, the mobile boarding pass is available for a single passenger having a single flight, holding an electronic ticket which is not purchased via web or telephone sale, for check in to domestic flights departing from Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This new service allows you to receive a Mobile Boarding Pass either via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) or via your e-mail.

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Your mobile phone number needs to be registered in Thailand and have internet enabled with ability to receive e-mails and display images.

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This option will not be available if your booking is for more than one person. But you still have the option to collect your boarding pass at the airport.

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You have to retrieve the mobile boarding pass from your mobile phone and make sure the entire barcode is visible to be scanned. Then present it at any checkpoints at the airport.

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You can proceed to the bag drop counter at the respective airport and display your mobile boarding pass for printing your destination tag. Then, proceed to the security checkpoint. If you have no bag, you can then proceed directly to the security checkpoint and to the assigned gate.

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You do not need to check-in again at the airport. Just contact the THAI mobile check-in counter and provide your flight information and your boarding pass will be printed. If you have already proceeded to the security checkpoint, you can contact THAI Royal Silk Lounge (business class) or boarding gate for printing your boarding pass replacement.

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THAI is under the process of migration for the new departure control system and self-service check- in. This will be completed by Aug2014. Consequently, you will see the old Internet or mobile check-in if your flight is still hosted on our old system. On the other hand, if the flight is already managed by the new system, you will be redirected to the new application for checking-in.

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Additional features are: 
- Multiple passengers check in is available (the existing application is limited to 4 passengers).
- Information of special meals and baggage allowance will be displayed. 
- For a group check- in passengers, a home print boarding pass can be sent to each passenger individually.
- For all international flights, passengers must provide the necessary regulatory information and answer the security questions required by the destination country.

Royal Orchid Holidays FAQs

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In Southeast Asia there is no winter or summer, only a wet or dry season. The wet season is associated with the monsoons. Travellers are often warned to avoid travelling during the monsoons. Here's the rub. Thailand has two monsoons, the Northeast and the Southwest, and when the winds are blowing on one coast and the weather may be foul, the other coast is certain to have clear skies and be sunny. That's when you choose either Phuket on the west coast or KohSamui on the east coast. So when is the best time to travel in Thailand? The answer: any time.

Also, for a moment, let's consider these monsoons. Monsoons are actually winds, and these winds are what bring the rains. But they are not like the rains we find in Europe and America. When it rains in Southeast Asia, it is generally for short periods of time, an hour or two; nor does it rain every day. There is, actually, an advantage to travelling during the monsoons. The weather is cooler, and when it isn't raining you can be certain the sun will be out and the air will be crisp and clean. This is also a good time to travel for there are fewer travellers, towns and resorts are less crowded, and for certain, prices will be lower.

Aside from the monsoon season, when's the best time to visit a country? Obviously, it's during a festival, and in Thailand that means just about any time. Thailand is, in fact, a land of festivals. There's certain to be one or two festivals of some sort every month, all year long. Some, naturally, are more interesting than others.

An interesting feature about festivals in Thailand is that they are more than just special events; they are an essential part of social life that is performed by Thais for Thais. Foreign visitors are always invited.

Festivals have many inspirations and follow diverse forms. Some of the most important ones revolve around the main religions of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, while others mark the changing cycle of rural planting and harvest. There are festivals for eating, for traditional sports such as longboat racing, for flowers and fruits, arts and crafts, while others celebrate the hot season, rainy season, or no season at all.

Thais are a fun-loving people and although some of their festivals are serious and solemn, most involve colourful displays of dancing and music, processions and shows, where everyone, locals as well as visitors, can have a good time.

 

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An interesting feature about festivals in Thailand is that they are more than just special events; they are an essential part of social life that is performed by Thais for Thais. Foreign visitors are always invited. Festivals have many inspirations and follow diverse forms. Some of the most important ones revolve around the main religions of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, while others mark the changing cycle of rural planting and harvest. There are festivals for eating, for traditional sports such as longboat racing, for flowers and fruits, arts and crafts, while others celebrate the hot season, rainy season, or no season at all. Thais are a fun-loving people and although some of their festivals are serious and solemn, most involve colourful displays of dancing and music, processions and shows, where everyone, locals as well as visitors, can have a good time.

Some Thai festivals occur on fixed dates, others follow the lunar calendar, which means they change from year to year. Travellers should check exact dates in advance, through worldwide offices of Royal Orchid Holidays at Thai Airways International. Below are some of the festivals Thailand has to offer, and which are available through ROH. Remember, the list is not complete.

Elephant Roundup (Mid-November) This annual event held in Surin, eastern Thailand, is the largest gathering of elephants to be seen anywhere. Over a hundred of the great beasts take part in many types of spectacles, from parading in ancient war formation and the re-enactment of old battles, to taking part in a football match and tug-of-war contest. There are also demonstrations of how wild elephants were once captured and trained. Near Surin is the Jumbo Village, established by THAI to help orphaned and sick elephants.

River Kwai Week (Late November) A commemoration of historic events surrounding the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi province. A spectacular sound and light show, fireworks, rides on vintage trains and historical exhibitions.

Loy Kratong (November) Perhaps the most charming and unique of Thailand's traditional festivals, Loy Kratong is celebrated throughout the Kingdom on a full moon night. Celebrants gather beside every lake, river and canal to launch tiny floats, usually made of banana leaf, decorated with flowers, candles and incense. This act symbolises forgiveness of past misdeeds and is a gesture for wish fulfillments. The festival is most spectacular by Bangkok's riverside hotels, in Chiang Mai and in the ancient capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

H.M.The King's Birthday (December 5th) The love and respect felt by Thai people for their King is on display throughout the country, around this day. City buildings are decorated and brilliantly illuminated after dark. People also assemble on streets during the evening with lit candles to honour their monarch. The most spectacular event is the review of massed Royal Guards by Their Majesties the King and Queen at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok.

Chiang Mai Winter Fair (Early mid-January) The diversity of locally produced handicrafts is the theme for this festival held in Chiang Mai and its surrounding villages. There are many exhibitions, and a large variety of traditional arts and crafts are offered for sale. Processions and beauty contests highlight the fair.

MakhaBucha (February) This is an important Buddhist lunar festival celebrated nationwide. Highlighted during full-moon evenings, devotees join candle-lit processions around temples. It's most colourful.

Songkran (April) The hottest month in Thailand is ideal timing for this celebration of the traditional New Year. Water, lots of it, is thrown around by and at everyone. Processions, parties and temple fairs are great fun, but the more serious origins of this festival revolve around ritual blessings to bring good luck for the coming year. Wear your old clothes and leave your camera back in your hotel, unless it's an underwater camera.

Pattaya Festival (April) Asia's most cosmopolitan beach resort is on spectacular display during this full week of processions, beauty and sports contests, music, dancing, local produce markets, fireworks and special entertainment, on the beach and in many hotels.

YasothonBanglai Rocket Festival (May) This is one of Thailand's very popular festivals that draws foreign tourists by the thousands. It's a spectacular two-day rocket festival held in many northeastern villages, but the main village is Yasothon. In addition to huge rockets being launched, there are splendid pageants, art and culture shows.

Ploughing Ceremony (May) Marking the official beginning of the rice-planting season, this ceremony is attended by farmers from all over Thailand and presided over by H.M. The King. It takes place in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Ceremonial oxen draw the plough and special rituals are performed to predict the quality of the coming crop.

VisakhaBhuca (May) This is the most important religious festival, marking the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. In every temple and monastery, throughout the country, worshipers form solemn candlelit processions during the evening, to circle their temple.

Buffalo Races (October) Held in Chon Buri, near Pattaya, this festival celebrates the end of rice harvesting. It is a lively time for all, with much eating, partying, beauty contests and processions. The main event, obviously, is the water buffalo races.

Vegetarian Festival (October) For ten days people of Chinese descent in Thailand's southern provinces, mainly Phuket and Trang, observe a strictly vegetarian diet. Sound boring but it's not. Rituals by religious ascetics are unbelievable. There are parades and colourful ceremonies at most Chinese temples.

Longboat races (September-October) Longboat racing has been popular in Thailand for centuries. Regattas are held on many river locations, among the most spectacular being at Phichit, Phitsanulok, Narathiwat and Nan.

 

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Time was when the only way to travel was with travellerscheques. We live in a plastic world today. Credit cards will get you anywhere. In fact, if you want to rent a car, you will need a credit card. Travellerscheques will not do, no matter how much you want to deposit. In Thailand, as in most Southeast Asian countries, and China as well, you will find ATM machines anywhere from airports to the smallest village or hamlet. Most restaurants and shops will take credit cards. For cash, I always carry a few dollar bills. One never knows when you might need them.

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ROH is designed and priced specifically for THAI passengers. The airlines see ROH as, a kind of, value-add they offer to THAI passengers. All the content in ROH have been carefully reviewed and negotiated to give THAI passengers the best value possible, everything from hotels to tours. Unlike most travel agencies that are in business to make profit, ROH will even lose money to satisfy its passengers. However, ROH is extending its services to clients traveling on services operated by partner airlines (the Star Alliance), though some fees may be involved.

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Indeed, Bangkok is the gateway to China, with eight destinations, and a few more scheduled. If we were travelling to China overland, by bus or train, distances would be a concern, but with flight aboard THAI distances is not a problem. An hour or two when a flight is comfortable really doesn't matter. But let's look at some of the destination. Now that Hong Kong (ROHS12) is part of China, it too is a major destination. The others are Beijing (ROHS23), the capital. Shanghai (ROHS24) for shopping. There's Xian, not a direct flight from Bangkok on THAI but it is part of an ROH itinerary (ROH21). It's the home of the terra-cotta army, some 8,000 life-sized warriors in battle array. Chengdu is another of my favourite cities. Anyone who loves pandas will agree, as Chengdu is home to the loveable pandas. You also have the choice of Kunming (ROHS36), Lijiang Extension (ROHE36), and Guilin (ROHE27). The latest destination is Jinghong, a favourite for the THAI people as they can race their heritage to here. And there's more, Guangzhou, and Xiamen. In deed, Bangkok is the gateway to China.

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Over the years we have been asked this question many times-is it safe for a woman to travel alone in Thailand?

The advice we give to these women are those things they already know but tend to disregard. For example, we suggest not to travel with fine jewelry, expensive watches or such things as high-priced leather goods. Why? These items will attract unwanted attention. That, of course, we all know, but do we follow it? Not always. We know we should leave expensive items at home.

The best ways for women to stay safe while traveling are still the simplest:

·         Don't do things on trips that you wouldn't do at home. That includes flashing lots of money and jewelry, walking alone at night or in parts of town you don't know well, going off with strangers and/or not telling anyone where you're going.

·         While overseas, make sure that someone - even if it's just your hotel receptionist-knows your destination, and if you're going out with someone you barely know, tell the desk clerk his/her name.

·         Remember, too, that many behaviors that would be acceptable at home send other signals abroad. In some cultures, for example, even the mere fact that you are female and travelling alone can signal sexual availability. Going out on a date with a man you've just met can do the same thing in a culture where dating is more supervised than at home.

·         Learn all you can about the underlying values of the culture in the area where you'll be traveling, and be conscious of your own behavior and the signals it might send in that culture. Don't travel with such opinions as "I wear shorts at home why can't I here?"

All these worries can be eliminated, of course, if you travel with Royal Orchid Holidays. And, to answer your last question, October is a fine month to travel in Thailand. It's one of the coolest months.

 

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The climate of Thailand varies widely from region to region. Rainfall patterns and temperature levels are subject to the monsoon. The summer monsoon brings three distinct seasons: cool (November-February), hot (March-June), and rainy (July-November). Monsoons, not latitude, determine the seasons in Thailand. Monsoons are seasonal winds that change direction during the year as a result of differences in temperature and pressure between land and sea. Derived from the Arabic word mansim, monsoons are the life source for farms across the country.

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There are some very fine hotels that have sprung up in the area. So there is no need to find accommodation in Phuket, although it is possible to rent a car which is available in Royal Orchid Holidays Fly-Drive progeamme, and make the drive with ease. The roads are excellent.

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Bangkok does indeed have an elevated train called the Skytrain as well as the underground subway. It's now possible to get across town in 15 minutes.

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Go to the first page of ROH and click at Spa & Medical Check-up and you will find the full packages there. We understand the program is getting more and more popular every day.

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If you click here , there is “Health in Thailand. What if I Get Sick?” in our Weekly Travel Feature. This will answer your questions. In the meantime, we assure you, travelling in Southeast Asia isn't what it was fifty years ago, even fifteen years ago. In fact, many travellers are coming to Bangkok these days for medical treatment.

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When you say “up north” that's a broad statement when referring to northern Thailand. ROH offers many diverse tours there. Here, for example, are a few of ROHprogrammes. Mae-Sa Taste of Adventure (ROHA33); Chiang Mai Trekking (ROHA40); Hmong Hilltribe Adventure (ROHA25); Northern 4-WD & Rafting Adventure (ROHA2); Golden Triangle Minibreak (ROHS32); and a number of other Minibreaks and Extensions. I suggest you go to Royal Orchid Holidays tour detail in this website, and contact the nearest TG office to you. I hope you have a pleasant journey - we know you will.

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Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam lies some 20 kilometres up the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok. ROH has a leisurely overnight river cruise (ROHE47) upriver departing from Bangkok aboard “Mekhala,” a beautifully converted rice barge. Guests have private facilities, all meals that include a candlelit dinner, sightseeing tours and shore excursions. We also offer day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya as well as dinner cruise along Chao Phraya River.

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There are overland trips to Cambodia but for security reasons, and comfort, I strongly recommend taking a Thai flight to Phnom Phen ROH37. Travelling to Singapore by train is an exciting adventure, but a roundtrip by train is repetitious and time consuming. I suggest taking the train one way, with a stopover in Penang and perhaps Kuala Lumpur, depending upon how much time you have, and return by air. ROH has programmes for Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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Indeed, it is possible. Royal Orchid Holidays has just the thing for you called Experience Thai Life (ROHE2O). You travel by boat and van to your destination and spend a night in a Thai home, an actual wooden houses built on stilts. You live the way the Thais do. Your meals are typical Thai, prepared by your Thai hosts. In the early morning hours you watch or participate with the villagers as they offer food to the monks, who arrive there by rowing boats. You couldn't get closer to Thai ways and culture.

 

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ROH has many wonderful package tours available, and your request is one. You would need at least a week to do all the things you asked about. There are self-drive packages as well as accommodation arrangement available in ROH.

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The exceptions to the left-hand driving rule are Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, all having been under French domination at one time. Anyone who is worried about the driving rules in Thailand shouldn't be. International rules are generally accepted. There is a speed limit of 80 kmph in town and 100 kmph on open roads. A driver must always be in possession of a valid driving license from the country of origin. An international driver's license is not required. What is needed is the vehicle's Registration Book. It's a great way to travel, behind the driver's wheel, driving one way and returning by air the other way.

Royal Orchid Plus FAQs

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Royal Orchid Plus membership is open to any individual 2 years of age or older.

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No, you must be enrolled in the program prior to flight departure, or when using the services of Travel Partners that are eligible for mileage accrual.

Click here to enroll instantly.

 

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Yes, enrollment forms are available at all THAI offices world-wide.

Please allow up to 3 weeks for your enrollment to be processed.

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· By quoting your Royal Orchid Plus membership number when making reservations with THAI, airline partners, your travel agent, or

with hotel and car rental partners helps to ensure automatic mileage credit.

· Presenting your card at flight check-in is also advised so that check-in staff can ensure your membership number has been correctly

included in your reservation.

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Yes, tickets and boarding passes should be kept until the miles appear in your account.

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·     For flights with THAI, Star Alliance and partner airlines, the ORIGINAL boarding passes and a copy of your ticket must be submitted to your local THAI office, or the Members Service Centre in Bangkok, within 6 months of the activity.

      ·     Faxed or scanned boarding passes cannot be accepted for mileage claims.

      ·     Please allow up to 4 weeks for miles to be credited to your account.

 

·     For hotel stays and car rentals with partners, your receipt must be also submitted as above. On partner verification, miles will be credited to your account within 4 weeks.

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There are reasons, most of which can be easily avoided or explained.
•    Always quote your membership number at reservations and present your card at check-in.
•    Check that you name and membership number on your flight boarding pass or travel partner receipt are identical to the information on your Royal Orchid Plus card. If there are any errors, miles will not automatically be credited to your account.
•    If you have changed your flight time or date and not informed reservations or presented your card at check-in, again miles will not be credited automatically.
•    Award travel does not accrue miles.
•    Some discounted Economy Class fares on Star Alliance and partner airlines are not eligible for mileage accrual. Check with the airline you are flying with if miles are earned. • Miles earned with partner hotel stays or car rentals are determined by the paid rate. Again check with the partner if your paid rate will earn miles.

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Miles are earned by each individual account holder and cannot be transferred or combined with other Royal Orchid Plus, or other Star Alliance frequent flyer programme accounts.

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Yes, Qualifying Miles that determine membership status are earned on THAI and Star Alliance operated flights. The number of Qualifying Miles is determined by the paid fare and/ or distance or sector flown.

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Qualifying Miles earned with THAI and Star Alliance operated flights determines Royal Orchid Plus membership status - Member, Silver or Gold. See Status & Benefits on our home page for full details.

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First Class 150% of actual miles flown
Business Class 125% of actual miles flown
Premium Economy Class 110% of actual miles flown
Economy Class 100% of actual miles flown

 

Discounted Economy Class fares in booking class G earns 50% of actual miles flown and on international flights in V / W classes 25% of actual miles are earned. Discounted fares on Star Alliance airlines may also earn reduced mileage, or may not be eligible for mileage accrual.

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Yes, these can be replaced by contacting the Members Service Centre in Bangkok, your local THAI office or by sending your replacement request to ropsvc@thaiairways.com

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Selected Awards can be redeemed instantly at Redeeming Miles.
•    THAI Air Awards within Thailand
•    THAI Air Awards
•    International (Departure from Bangkok only)
•    Hotel Stay Awards
•    Promotional Awards
Contact THAI reservations world-wide to redeem:
•    Air Awards and Mileage Upgrade Awards for international travel

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As a member, you can redeem any Royal Orchid Plus Award for yourself, or for one of your Award Nominees.
When redeeming for another person, including family members, they must be one of your Award Nominees.
Your personal Award Nominee List can contain up to 5 names. After you have added or changed 5 names, you may make up to 5 changes each calendar year. Each change is subject to a service fee.
Fees are payable in Baht in Thailand and US Dollar in all other countries.
Award Nominee fees are waived for Gold status members.
Your Award Nominee can be updated instantly at Manage Your Account, or by requesting an Award Nominee form at any THAI office world-wide.

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Yes, the same mileage is required for children's Award tickets as they earn the same miles as adults for paid flights.

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If your account does not contain sufficient mileage for your preferred Award, up to 30,000 miles per Award can be purchased by contacting THAI world-wide.
Points to miles transfers can also be made with credit and charge card partners Contact your card issuer for transfers and allow at least 2 weeks for miles to be credited to your account.

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Air Awards
•    Once ticketed only flight dates and times may be changed for Air Awards subject to service fees, and you must contact THAI reservations to request these changes.
•    Destination changes for Air Awards within Thailand can be requested subject to service fees. Re-credit of domestic Air Awards is not permitted.
•    No other changes are permitted to international Air Awards. However, these Awards can be re-credited to your account, less any expiring miles, and subject to service fees. A new Award may then be requested.
•    Any changes on Star Alliance Award Travel is subject to Star Alliance Award travel conditions.
 
Mileage Upgrade Awards
•    Once miles have been deducted and upgraded travel is confirmed on THAI, these Awards cannot be re-credited.
•    Valid for one year from the date of issue, Mileage Upgrades that are not used on the designated flight may be used for another flight within the same Award zone.
•    Upgrade Awards can also be redeemed or selected Star Alliance Airlines. Hotel Awards
•    Once issued, no changes can be made to a Hotel Award
 
Certificates
•    Valid Certificates can be re-credited, less any expiring miles, and subject to service fees. A new Hotel Award can then be requested.

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•    Lost or stolen tickets international tickets or Hotel Award Certificates can be reissued subject to service fees. A police report must be provided for a stolen ticket when reissuing at any THAI city ticketing office.
•    Lost or stolen Air Award tickets within Thailand cannot be replaced under any circumstance.

Online purchasing Extra Excess Baggage allowance

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 Online purchasing extra baggage allowance on http://www.thaiairways.com  is non-refundable, non-endorsable and non-transferable.

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Prices

Online purchasing extra baggage allowance will be applied on table of the rates below

 

 

Online purchasing Excess Baggage
Between Bangkok and Weight
(Kg)
Prices
(THB)
Prices
(USD)

DOMESTIC

 

Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Khon Kean,

Hat Yai,Phuket, Krabi, Samui

5 250 7
10 500 14
15 675 20
20 900 26
25 1,100 32
30 1,300 38
From Bangkok to
Weight
(Kg)
Prices
(THB)
Prices
(USD)

Dhaka, Phnom Penh,
Kunming,
Yangon, Mandalay,
Kuala Lumpur, Penang,
Singapore,
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh

5 1,000 32
10 2,000
63
15 3,000 95
20 4,000 126
25 5,000 158
30 6,000 189
Beijing, Guangzhou,
Chongqing, Changsha,
Chengdu, Shanghai, Taipei,
Xiamen, Hong Kong,
Ahmedabad, Bangalore,
Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi,
Hyderabad, Chennai,
Gaya, Varanasi,
Denpasar, Jakarta,
Kathmandu, Manila, Colombo,

5 1,300 40
10 2,600
80
15 3,800 120
20 5,100 160
25 6,400 200
30 7,700 240

 

Narita, Haneda, Osaka,
Sapporo, Fukuoka, Nagoya,
Sendai, Seoul, Busan,
Karachi, Muscat,
Islamabad, Lahore, Dubai

5 3,200 100
10 6,400
200
15 9,600 300
20 12,800 400
25 16,000 500
30 19,200 600

 

Auckland,
Copenhagen,
Johannesburg,
Milan,
Rome,
Stockholm

5 6,200 193
10 12,400
385
15 18,500 578
20 24,700 770
25 30,800 963
30 37,000 1,155

Moscow

5 3,400 105
10 6,800
210
15 10,100 315
20 13,500 420
25 16,800 525
30 20,200 630
Between Bangkok and Weight
(Kg)
Prices
(THB)
Prices
(USD)

Perth

5 3,200 100
10 6,400
200
15 9,600 300
20 12,800 400
25 16,000 500
30 19,200 600

 

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

5 3,400 105
10 6,800
210
15 10,100 315
20 13,500 420
25 16,800 525
30 20,200 630

 

Brussels,
Frankfurt,
Munich,
London,
Madrid,
Oslo,
Paris,
Zurich

5 6,200 193
10 12,400
385
15 18,500 578
20 24,700 770
25 30,800 963
30 37,000 1,155
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Online purchasing extra baggage allowance is applicable only in weight concept and is in pentads basis (every 5kgs will be counted). The maximum online extra baggage allowance 30kg per one passenger is allowed.

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 An online extra baggage allowance must be made at least 24 hours prior to flight departure and it is valid only for the flight and date shown on the Ancillary voucher.

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 Online purchasing extra baggage allowance is available to all passengers (except Group booking, Stand by passenger and Infant passenger are not applicable) whose tickets have been issued for Thai Airways operated flights only.

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 Passenger is required to present the Ancillary Voucher at airport check-in counter on departure. The Ancillary Voucher will be available to view and print on confirmation of purchase step. System will automatically send confirmation of purchasing Excess Baggage by email, mobile to the address specified during the online purchase process.

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 One time online purchase extra baggage allowance is allowed only per person and per sector in each booking. Any additional Excess Baggage over online purchased amount must be charged with the standard rate upon presentation of baggage at departure airport.

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Only Visa/MasterCard both credit and debit cards are acceptable for online payment with currency in Thai Baht ,US Dollar and Euro.

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Online purchasing Excess Baggage available on all Thai Airways operated flights:
-          All domestic flights from/to Bangkok
-          All International flights from Bangkok (except flights to Los Angeles)
-          All flights to/from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo and Zurich