Today’s article brings to you options to visit more cities in Asia, with these good-looking business class fares on Star Alliance member airlines.
UPDATE: We should remind readers that Thai Airways is currently undergoing rehabilitation proceedings through the Thailand Central Bankruptcy Court. It has also paused the processing of refunds at present - so you may want to consider that when you’re weighing up the fares we’ve highlighted. In general, it’s best to be cautious for the time being and Guru is only booking attractively-priced travel which we are happy to gamble on going ahead in 2021. As always, pay with a reputable credit card company that has a good track record of refunding you when things don’t go to plan.
Kolkata to Bangkok
Whether you want to go crazy in one of the most hectic cities in the world, or just spend some time relaxing on beautiful beaches, you'll be interested in our first deal - a Thai Airways flight from Kolkata to Bangkok for just INR 34,000 (USD 450).
This direct flight will be especially appealing to those who want to avoid connections due to the risk of virus spread, a subject we touched on this week with our article Why Vistara sees a silver lining in coronavirus.
Thai is flying its Boeing 777 on this route and you can expect to get comfortable in the business class cabin while you enjoy some of Thailand's famous dishes.
This fare is widely available until March 2021, and for an extra INR 2,000 (USD 26) you can book it for April and May 2021 as well. This journey will earn a total of 8,060 miles for Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus members, and the same amount of miles for Air India's Flying Returns members.
Fares from Chennai:
Chennai to Hanoi
If you feel like exploring Vietnam, this return fare from Chennai to Hanoi with Thai Airways is priced at INR 55,574 (USD 734). On the legs between Chennai and Bangkok, you will be flying the Boeing 777, while the shorter hop from Bangkok to Hanoi will be on an Airbus A330.
This fare is widely available till March 2021, and will earn Royal Orchid Plus members a total of 5,004 miles on this journey (AI’s Flying Returns members will earn the same).
Chennai to Bali
Price aside, this could possibly be the most attractive fare in today's article. Personally speaking, I would want to get away from the isolation of my home, but am just not ready to get back to hustle-bustle of the city life. This would be the perfect opportunity to get away in style and relax at the final destination.
A return business class fare from Chennai to Bali, Indonesia with Thai Airways is priced at INR 59,675 (USD 789) and is widely available until March 2021. The journey will earn 8,060 miles for Thai Royal Orchid and Air India Flying Return members.
If you wish to travel in April and May 2021, there are fares available from Hyderabad with Singapore Airlines at a higher price. This will give you a chance to try out SQ’s Boeing 787 business class product.
This journey with Singapore Airlines will earn a total of 7,732 miles for KrisFlyer members, and Flying Returns members.
Kolkata to Manila
We have covered some very good business class fares with Singapore Airlines in the past, including to East Asia and the US. Here’s another good-value return fare, this time from Kolkata to Manila, Philippines and priced at INR 65,000 (USD 859).
This fare is widely available until May 2021, and all legs of this journey are on Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350 aircraft. Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer members and Air India’s Flying Return members will earn 8,196 miles.
What will you fly?
Thai Airways business class
While perhaps not as highly regarded as Singapore Airlines, Thai's 'Royal Silk' business class is plenty good enough for the short flights we have covered in this article. Spacious seats, good food, complimentary massages at the Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa and lounge access make these deals worth a try.
Seating is a bit of a lottery, however, as Thai has multiple business class products on its 777s - and not all are fully-flat. The different configurations include 2-2-2 seating, as well as 2-3-2 and 1-2-1 set-ups.
Similarly, Thai's A330s have different business class seating. The first type features fully-flat seats in a staggered configuration, while the second has angle-flat seats in a 2-2-2 set-up.
Singapore Airlines business class
Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 business class between Singapore and Bali is in a 1-2-1 configuration. A good hard product is accompanied with a world-class soft product, making SQ very desirable.
Singapore Airlines’ A350s have two slightly different business class products, though both have a 1-2-1 configuration. The second variation is a revamped version of their business class product, and the seats are more sleek and comfortable now (note that you could be flying either variation, depending on the change in aircraft).
There still remains a lot of hesitance when it comes to travelling long distances away from home, and therefore these fares present a great opportunity to try out good business class products to destinations closer to India.
I have presented an option to fly with Singapore Airlines to Bali which is more expensive than the one with Thai Airways, but note that SQ is a five-star rated airline. The choice is yours as to whether you find an extra INR 17,000 justified, or if you think Thai has the better deal.
What do you think about these fares? Which one are you most excited to fly?