Member since 13 Aug 2013
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I've booked a trip for my elderly parents Business Class from Milan to Bangkok Arriving in Bangkok at 5.20pm in March. The best connection for a flight back to Melbourne is Jetstar leaving 4hours later at 9.20pm. My friends think 4hours might not be enough, but others think it will be ok. I realize there are no guarantees, but what do you guys think? I am willing to pay for a hotel overnight and to send them the following morning, but hoping to avoid the extra expense. If Oman air arrives on time, the 4hr layover wont be so bad as Oman has a great Business Class lounge at Bangkok.
But is it cutting it too fine?
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Member since 28 Jul 2013
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Hmmm 4 hourscould be ok, but if it was my parents, I wouldn't put them through the stress. Book the Novotel Airport. I booked it for an upcoming trip. Its $AU160 a night inc breakfast. If your parents don't know the airport well enough, go the hotel.
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Member since 29 Jun 2013
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To remove any stress arrange a airport concierge to assist them ,they will be met airside and assisted through customs and taken to their next check in point ,after assisting with checkin they will be taken to the air lines lounge ,this is a great service my wife and I use it regularly as we are in our mid 60's .diamond air is the company's name .hope this helps.
Awesome advice. I love the idea of an Airport Concierge and quite frankly I had no idea such a service was available! :)
It would certainly take the stress out of the situation, but I am still worried about the 4 hours, because what if Oman Air is late or there are other unforeseen delays? Even having a concierge might not help. Decisions decisions!
I assume you guys have flown business class before. Do Airlines allow you to use the Business Class lounge at the conclusion of your return flight? Ive contacted Oman Air to find out about this. I assume it would be standard. Also asked them what time ( if at all ) they close. I assume they go til reasonably late, allowing for family to pick up travellers etc.
Just taking a look at diamond air's website. Looks interesting! I will look at it thoroughly when I have a moment. Is the service expensive?
Oman Air provides free chaffeur service within 50km of the Airport even on the return leg, but I don't think my parents would appreciate being dropped off in Bangkok city lol. Unless they get lucky and someone speaks Italian!
Member since 10 May 2011
Total posts 249
Hi Jay, Bangkok is easy to navigate and has walkalators at every pier. Yes, sometimes distances are long but 4 hours is more than enough, even if they would have to clear customs and re-check bags (probably not necessary, most airlines interline.
Member since 01 Feb 2012
Total posts 218
If time and money is not important, then it is less stressful to go to the hotel.
However, in the normal course of events, 4 hours is more than enough. Even if the first flight is 3 hours late you will make your next flight comfortably. In my experience it is more likely a long haul flight is cancelled than for it to be 3 hours late, especially if the city of departure does not usually have storms or cyclones.
Used 2 months ago,in heathrow ,cost approx 150 pounds ,I always fly buisiness and found a lot off airlines have arrivals lounges ,if you can't get access to a lounge re jetstar!! Look at priority pass a product that allows you lounge access no matter what class or airline used , hope this helps.
p.s diamond air may be able to help with a lounge
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