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JFK to Bangkok

First time traveling to Thailand. We want to leave on Friday, November 20; returning Monday, November 30 or Tuesday, December 1. Would appreciate others' experiences with airlines, routes and layover times. Many of the cheaper flights have one and a half hour layovers in, for example, Tokyo. That doesn't sound like it would be enough time to make the connecting flight especially if take off is delayed even just a bit in new York. Thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

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At Tokyo Narita, 90 minutes is plenty of time, especially if your flights are within the same terminal. Delta and Northwest use Terminal 1, as do United and it's Asian partners Thai and ANA. American Airlines partners up with Japan Airlines in Terminal 2. I've changed planes at Narita lots of times without any delays, missed connections or complaints. Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei are also easy airports to transfer through.

As far as airlines go, the Asian carriers are usually going to offer the best in-flight experience even though they are just as apt to drop the ball as US airlines do when it comes to the airport experience. If you're flying economy, I'd say there is no big difference between any airlines' economy products. It's towards the front of the plane where the Asian airlines really outshine their US counterparts.

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90 min can be a problem if your flight arrives late by 30 min or more and that has happened tome many times flying into Tokyo from the US. Even 2 hrs has been a problem sometimes. So now I always make sure I book flights that have at least a 3 hr layover. Also, sometimes you don't get boarding passes for you connecting flight until you get to Tokyo and that is another line you have to stand in and can eat up to 30 min of your connection time. It just all depends and it alwasy better to be safe and not miss a flight.

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Thank you for the quick and helpful replies -- much appreciated.

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Barbara:

We've done the trip twice in October of 2006 and 2008. The first time we took the Thai Air non stop from JFK to Bangkok. We had planned to do the same in 2008 when Thai did away with the flight in July of 2008. Since we wanted the premium economy option, we took EVA Air. We left out of Newark at 11:00PM on a Monday, did a refuel at Anchorage and arrived in Taipei around 7:AM on a Wednesday and connected with a flight to Bangkok that arrived around 11:30 AM. Remember bangkok is 12 hours ahead. We arrived in relatively decent shape. Going back, you skip the refuel. You do have quite a few options, but at that time Eva had the better pricing. The food and service were average and they had a decent entertainment system. I believe the coach seats have 36" of pitch.

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Hi,

Lucky for you in that the airports that you're most likely to use as your transit/connection point, such as Tokyo/Narita, Hong Kong, Seoul/Incheon and Taipei are, for the most part, well laid out and efficient when it comes to international-to-international connections- even those that involve transfer to another carrier..

Each airline will set a minimum connection time (MCT) that you must allow for when making flight connections.. Times vary due to things like facilities layout and walking distances. Generally they will range from 90 to 120 minutes for international-to-international flights.

Which airport is best? Hard to say. If I'm just concerned about distance- in other words I don't want to walk too far, then Tokyo/Narita would probably be your best bet as it's physically the smallest airport of the major Asian gateway cities.

If you want things to see/do while in transit then Hong Kong or Incheon would be better picks.. Both of these are some of the newest built airports in Asia.

I personally prefer the flight schedules of the Asian carriers-- they generally depart the US very late at night.. This is done so that your arrival in Asia is early in the morning (usually +2) and that way you have a full days flight schedule to choose from should you have a flight cancellation or delay.

This also lets me have a full day in my origin city before flying out.

My personal favorites are, in no particular order, EVA, Thai, Asiana and Singapore.

Travel Safe,

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I replied in a PM, but thought this might benefit others. I checked the various cheap air websites, but found that Cathay Pacific appears to have the best prices from NY directly from their website. Right now a flight from JFK to BKK via HKK is as little as $921, including taxes and fees and that flight is less than 21 hours. The fare on the cheap air site I checked was $1300 for the same flight. That's the good news. The bad news for me is that I booked it 3 months ago and paid $170 more!

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I've been taking the Tokyo (and Seoul) connections for 20 years and never missed one. If you traveling budget, just take the cheaper flight. One thing to keep in mind is that the Tokyo (Narita) connection always seems to be better with a shorter layover. That is the route I prefer. BTW, I travel from NY out of JFK... that is, before I lived here.

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I have flown into Narita lots of times with shorter layover times and always made my flights. The only real problem I can think that might come up is if you are flying into Japan on one airline company and then transferring to a totally different airline company for the continuing flight.

I have been on NWA when an arriving flight was a little late coming in and the connecting flight left a little later so they could make it to the plane. Sometimes an airline rep will meet some of the arriving passengers and escort you to the front of the security check line to get you to the plane on time.

Out of JFK I used China Airlines a lot in the past. I prefer their schedule of leaving the US late and arriving in Asia during the day hours. I hate arriving overseas late at night close to midnight. When you arrive overseas during the daytime you have access to cheaper local transportation to get you to your hotel plus you actually get a whole night in the hotel instead of only a half night with late arrivals. With China Air when you leave you can also choose an afternoon flight and not have to get up in the middle of the night for an early departing flight.

The only reason I changed to NWA from CI is because I fly a lot and get more free stuff with NWA (now Delta.) I get more free upgrades and bonus miles which I use for future flights. I rreally hate getting up early to make my flights on both ends and I hate real late or midnight arrivals in Asis.

If you don't plan on flying often then go with the cheapest airline which has departure and arrival times that you can live with.

With some airlines a Friday departure may be more expensive, check flights leaving a day before and see if there is a difference.

Flying from the U.S. I wouldn't do it for less than 14 days!

Good luck.

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