• Thai Airways dials back Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane flights

    Thai Airways will reduce its flights to Australia over the coming six months, affecting services between its Bangkok hub and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with Perth passengers also in for an aircraft swap during the same period. In a memorandum sent to Australian travel agents, the airline at...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2018 33 Comments

  • Fare Offer: Thai Airways business class return, Sydney to Europe

    Enjoy Royal Silk Business Class as you jet off on Thai Airways to Europe, from just $5,239.26 including taxes. Your fare includes your return flight from Sydney to Paris, but other destinations are available for additional costs.  Fare highlights - Fly Royal Silk Business Class on Thai Air...

    POSTED 29 May, 2018 0 Comments

  • Earning Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus miles: best credit cards

    Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) scheme isn’t the most popular frequent flyer program in Australia, but with Thai having no Aussie airline partners and running its own flights from Bangkok to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, it’s not hard for travellers Down Under to ...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2017 1 Comment

  • Thai Airways Royal First Class upgrade guide

    If you're already flying with Thai Airways in business class, you may be able to upgrade your journey to the even-more-comfortable surroundings of first class, either by using miles, purchasing an upgrade at the airport, or swinging a free return first class upgrade as a Gold or Platinum frequent...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2017 6 Comments

  • Thai Airways begins Airbus A350 flights from Melbourne to Bangkok

    After delays stretching back more than a year, Thai Airways has finally swung its Airbus A350 jetliner onto the Melbourne-Bangkok route. The Star Alliance member has locked the A350 into the daily TG465/TG466 schedule, replacing an older Boeing 777-200, with the Bangkok-bound TG466 from Melbourn...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2017 17 Comments

  • Bulk-buy United miles for huge savings on business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new United Airlines 'buy miles' promotion is underway, giving bonuses of up to 75% on MileagePlus purchases through 2:59pm (Sydney time) on July 4 2017 which can then be redeemed for travel on Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines and other Star Alliance members...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 57 Comments

  • The best business class on Sydney-Bangkok flights

    There's more than one way to fly between Sydney and Bangkok in business class, with Qantas, Thai Airways and even Emirates jetting between the two cities. Depending on which airline and flight you book, you could end up in a fully-flat bed with an inflight cocktail bar at your disposal, or in an...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • Fly in Thai Airways' first class seats at business class prices

    Passengers flying between Melbourne and Bangkok with Thai Airways in October have a short window in which they can buy a business class ticket but enjoy the luxury of a first class suite. That’s because Thai is switching out its usual Boeing 777s – fitted with business class and econ...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 7 Comments

  • Avianca LifeMiles unlocks low-cost business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new Avianca 'buy miles' promotion is paying out up to 125% more LifeMiles until September 30, which can be redeemed for travel on Thai Airways, Air Canada and across the Star Alliance. For this promotion only, the usual 150,000 miles-per-year cap is boosted to 337,500 miles (including...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 25 Comments

  • Thai Airways business class upgrade guide

    Just because you’re booked in economy with Thai Airways doesn’t mean you can’t fly in business class instead! That’s because Thailand’s national carrier lets you upgrade using Thai Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) miles, along with points or miles from other Star Alliance fr...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2016 4 Comments

  • Thai delays Airbus A350 on Melbourne-Bangkok to "late October"

    Thai Airways has delayed the debut of its Airbus A350 aircraft on the Bangkok-Melbourne route until late October. The Star Alliance member had hoped to begin A350 flights to Melbourne on September 16, but a spokesperson tells Australian Business Traveller that “additional inspections and r...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2016 35 Comments

  • The best seats in business class aboard Thai Airways' Boeing 747s

    Appearing on all Thai Airways flights between Sydney and Bangkok, the iconic Boeing 747 might be the Queen of the Skies, but for business class passengers, it means angled flat beds and a lack of direct aisle access from every seat. Instead, you’ll find ‘sloping sleepers’ confi...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 17 Comments

  • Thai Airways brings Boeing 787 onto Brisbane-Bangkok route

    Brisbane will become Thai Airways’ next Boeing 787 destination with the city’s daily Bangkok flights upgraded to the Dreamliner from October 25 2015. Replacing Boeing 777s which mostly saw angled-flat beds in business class, Thai’s Boeing 787-8s offer travellers 24 fully-flat s...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2015 18 Comments

  • Thai Airways boosts London flights, shortens Aussie transit times

    Thai Airways will reinstate its previously-axed second-daily flight between Bangkok and London from later this year, cutting transit times on the Kangaroo Route by up to 19 hours in each direction. That takes place from October 25 when TG916 returns to the skies – departing Bangkok each da...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 5 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Oneworld, Star Alliance frequent flyers

    Want to fly from Australia to Bangkok in Thai Airways' first class cabin for $1,400? How about business class to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for around $1,000, or Sydney to New York in business class for less than $2,500? Those are some of the amazing deals you can line up courtesy of ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways upgrades London to A380, halves Heathrow flights

    Star Alliance member Thai Airways will upsize its Bangkok-London flights to the Airbus A380 from July 1, but will drop from double-daily to daily service on the route come the same date. Currently served by two of Thai’s refurbished Boeing 747s, the sole A380 flight will offer travellers 1...

    POSTED 29 May, 2015 12 Comments

  • Turn your frequent flyer points and status into a special weekend

    Frequent flyer points and lofty loyalty tiers go hand-in-hand with solo business travel, but they also pair well to create dream getaways in your downtime. Whether that’s a quick getaway with your spouse or several weeks away sunbathing and working on your respective tans, here’s jus...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2015 17 Comments

  • Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Perth

    Qantas partner Emirates will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 between Perth and Dubai from May 1 2015, less than 12 months after Qantas axed regular international flights from Perth. Emirates will upgrade its daily EK420/421 flights to the superjumbo, which boasts private first class suits ...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2014 25 Comments

  • Thai Airways to resume Boeing 787 Dreamliner Perth-Bangkok flights

    Thai Airways will resume its Boeing 787 flights between Perth and Bangkok from January 17 2015 as the five-times-weekly TG483/484 service. Making its debut on the route – and to Australia – in September of this year, Thai's Dreamliner was quickly withdrawn in October in favour of an ...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • This week in frequent flyer news

    Have you always wondered what a Qantas Frequent Flyer point was worth, or how you could take advantage of the Qantas ‘status bonus’ when flying with other airlines such as Emirates, Alaska Airlines and British Airways? That’s covered in this week’s wrap, along with how th...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways upgrades London flights to Boeing 747, new first class

    Thai Airways passengers travelling to London Heathrow will soon enjoy an upgraded first class service at the pointy end with the airline switching the route to its newer Boeing 747-400 aircraft. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that from October 26, passe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 6 Comments

  • Thai Airways offers flight simulator sessions for frequent flyer points

    Members of Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) can now trade just 9,900 frequent flyer points for an hour-long session in one of Thai Airways’ flight simulators – the same used to train the airline’s pilots. Located at Thai’s head office in Bangkok, honorary pilots will earn their st...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2014 2 Comments

  • Thai Airways to reinstate first class, Boeing 747s on Sydney flights

    UPDATE | Thai Airways has backtracked on its decision to withdraw first class from Australia, with 'Royal First' flights to continue between Sydney and Bangkok. TG471, 472, 475 and 476 were all to be downgraded to a Boeing 777 from October 26, although the airline has reinstated the Boeing 747 o...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2014 22 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer round-up

    Fancy flying to Hong Kong with Qantas or Cathay Pacific for only $1,812 in business class, or a Bangkok getaway with Thai Airways for just $2,110 in first class? It’s done by buying Avianca LifeMiles and US Airways Dividend Miles on the cheap and then swapping them for heavily-discounted s...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points wrap

    Members of United MileagePlus and Avianca LifeMiles are about to lose one of the best redemption options from Australia when Thai Airways axes first class on its Sydney flights from next month. Also in this week’s wrap, we’ll show you how unwind in Virgin Australia’s domestic l...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

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