Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines currently offers attractive prices for tickets to Bangkok. Possible origins spread all over Europe. The cheapest tickets are available from Oslo at €380 for a roundtrip to Thailand. All fares include one checked bag up to 30 kg as well as full board service. A stop in Istanbul is necessary on the in- and outbound flights.
While Turkish Airlines waives any rebooking fees, you still have to pay the fare difference between your old and new flight date if you change dates on your own. This means you won’t be able to benefit from the promotional fares. Fare differences can quickly raise up to several hundred Euros in economy class.
Further, worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
From these airports, you can find round trips for less than €500 in September 2021. Other airports may feature cheap tickets as well, but availability ceases in June:
- Oslo at €380 (~NOK 3,886)
- Warsaw at €411 (~PLN 1,880)
- Helsinki at €419
- Brussels at €458
- London at €469 (~£405)
- Amsterdam at €475
- Stockholm at €487 (~SEK 4,959)
You can usually find similar prices from other airports in the countries mentioned above.
Most connection flights between European cities and Istanbul will be handled by narrow body aircraft, although Turkish Airlines occasionally sends an A330 to high capacity destinations. En route to Bangkok, a Boeing 777-300ER or another Airbus A330 (most probably) will host you, depending on your flight time.
Search & Book
These fares are available until February 24, 2021 Your trip may not exceed one month. Availability is great in the last three weeks of September 2021.
Since Google Flights displays these fares accurately, we recommend using it to search suiting flight dates (instructions). You can book directly at Turkish Airlines. A stopover in Istanbul can be added in both directions, free of charge.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Please note that some fare rules may slightly differ, as this deal summarizes a lot of possible origins.
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