Flights dilemma...

#1 Jul 23rd, 2005, 20:04
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Hi all - I have a dilemma with flights...

I am going to Bangkok in October - flight to India, overland to Kathmandu, back to Thailand (maybe overland to Cambodia/Vietnam) flight to Beijing and back to Bangkok then back to London.

The best quote I have had for this is 1,100 but this will mean I have to be back to the UK within 6 months of leaving. For up to a year i'd have to pay an extra 300. This is my first backpacking trip and now sure how long i'll be!

Would you pay flight by flight or pay the whole lot in advance? Beijing is the biggest problem I guess but I have to go there to see a friend.

I was thinking... perhaps I could get back to Bangkok from Beijing, then if i want to stay longer, then not come back on the flight to the UK and but a one way ticket later on when I want to return... is this feasable?

Apologies for the long post! I can't decide which way to do it! Also I know it's not specifically to do with India but any suggestions are appreciated!

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#2 Jul 23rd, 2005, 20:49
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Hi,

Your best bet would be to check http://matrix.itasoftware.com/cvg/dispatch/ for flight prices (it's not a travel agency, so once you get a price you'll have to contact a travel agency for the tickets). Put in LON (that's short for London) as the sales city and see what you can find for one way prices, or multi city itineraries. It makes sense to try several cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai or Goa, and on the return check Beijing, Shanghai, and maybe Hong Kong if that will work for you.

On complex itineraries, it sometimes ends up being cheaper to buy a set of one-ways, sometimes not. Also, do try out all the various major cities you could fly to/from.

For example, one-way flights to Bangkok run around 365 pounds with Emirates in October, while London-Delhi you can score for as low as 242 pounds with Syrian Arab Airlines. (I used October 13 to get these results).
For May- June, it looks like one-ways from China to the UK run in the under 400 pound range on British Airways.

As an added caution, as far as I know, if you arrive in Thailand by air, you must have a confirmed ticket out when you check-in for your flight to Thailand (they want to make sure you've got a way out of the country)
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