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Inter-Thailand Flights   Bangkok Airways (PG)

PG flights are bookable on points through JAL, CX, EY and AB.

JAL
Required Mileage: Transferable from SPG. JAL uses a distance based award chart and allows up to a maximum of 7 stopovers (8 segments). To figure out how many points you will need, add up the total amount of miles that will be flown (can do this on GCMap.com) and then find the appropriate row in the award chart (http://www.ar.jal.com/ar/en/jalmile/use/partner_air/p_jmb/jmb_mile_ar.html). If you are traveling before 3/31/2017 there is a promotion for trips up to 4,000 miles (see http://www.jal.co.jp/121campaign/pg_discount/index_en.html for reduced mileage rates). The promotion makes JAL the best award redemption option for PG flights. 

Booking the Flight: The only way to find out if there is availability on the flight that you want is to call JAL. Recommended that you do so before transferring points. JAL doesn't allow you to hold a reservation so you have to hope that the flight doesn't get booked up while you're waiting for the point transfer to go through. Once the points post to your JAL account, call JAL back to book.
+1 800-525-3663 (5:00 - 18:00 PT) press 1 - 4 - JAL membership number - # - pin - # - 0 (for human or 1 for computer search)

Traveling with Infant: Tell JAL that you are flying with a lap child. They will put the infant on the reservation, but they will also tell you that you need to call PG directly to get the infant's ticket issued and pay for any taxes etc. JAL will only charge you for the adults on the reservation. Unless you speak Thai, calling PG won't work (when you press 9 for English when calling any of the Asian offices, the message will tell you to go to their website, and the office in Germany can't issue tickets). To add the infant, send an email to reservation@bangkokair.com with your confirmation number and tell them you want to have the lap infant's ticket issued. They will email you back with the price (data point: it was ~$96USD for CNX-USM-HKG for me) and ask you to reply with your cc info split into two separate emails for security (one email with first 8 digits, exp. and name on card, second email with last 8 digits, cvv, and billing address). I believe they only take Visa or MC. You'll then get an email back with confirmation.

Baggage Allowance: Economy passengers are allowed 20kg, infants (and dolls) are allowed 10kg. Excess weight on domestic flights will incur a charge of 80thb ($2.25ish) per kilo. International overage fee chart can be found here. Join the PG FlyingBonus program to receive an additional 10kg.

Contacting PG: In general, if you have any questions, the only way to speak with them in English besides email is PG Live Chat. You can find the link if you log in to your Flyer Bonus account. Chat reps are very helpful.

IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE TO PAY (JAL AND PG) WITH A CC BELONGING TO SOMEONE THAT IS TRAVELING ON THE ITINERARY. PG WILL SOMETIMES ASK YOU TO SHOW THE CC USED TO PAY FOR THE TRIP WHEN YOU CHECK IN, AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DENY BOARDING IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT.

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Required Mileage:

EY
Required Mileage:

AB
Required Mileage:



Bangkok   BKK/DMK

Hotels                                              Activities                                          Chabad                                                                Additional Info
Viengtai Hotel (Ohr Menachem)
Davis Hotel (Beth Elisheva)
Shangr-La (Even Chen)
Sheraton Resort (Hua Hin)
Riva Surya
Kao Sahn Rd
Night Markets (near stadium)
Shopping Malls
Grand Palace
Kanchanaburi (2 hrs away)
Floating Markets
Beth Elisheva (Financial & Shopping district)
Even Chen
Ohr Menachem (Kao Sahn Rd)
ALWAYS use meter in taxis and
   try to say destination in Thai - if you
   need help with numbers as Cbs ;)
(Free) sim in airport at kiosks -(true move(h- sim), dtac
   (happy(micro) sim for iPhone)
Songkran (water fight week)- April 13th!
Kosherthailand.com
BKK Luggage Lockers - 100 baht/day/bag (~$3)
Public Transport
Domestic flights:
   Air Asia, Tiger Air, Thai, Bangkok Air
Tailor:
   Rajawongse




Phuket/Patong/Koh Phi Phi/Krabi   HKT/KBV

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Westin
JW Marriott
Sala Resort
Sheraton Krabi
The Pavilions
Holiday Inn Koh Phi Phi
Ritz Carlton Reserve
places w/ private pools
Beaches
Monkey Show
Cable Skiing
Longtail Boats
Island Tour
Koh Phi Phi:
Diving
Fire Show (wed is biggest)
Maya Bay (full day trip)
Nice Lookouts
Kayaking (to Monkey Beach)
Thai Boxing
Beware of summer weather; monsoon season
Best weather: Jan - May
Island Tour (can be done as a day trip or overnight):
   Andaman River, Maya Bay, Similian Islands, Krabi Islands,
   Koh Lanta (Emerald Cave)




Koh Samui   USM

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                          Additional Info
The Conrad
Sunday Resort
Sheraton
Le Meridian
The W
Le Murrya (Near Chabad)
Fx Hotel (Near Chabad)
Beaches
Diving (Koa Phangan, Koh Tao)
Ang Thong Marine Park Islands
Water Sports (at chaweng and boh phut),
Safari Island (elephants, tigers, zip line)
Scooter (around island)
Kayaking $30
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan Island trip w/ snorkeling
The Conrad will gladly make arrangements with
   the Chabad restaurant for Kosher food. Email them at usmks.fb@conradhotels.com




Chiang Mai   CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Le Meridien (10 min. Walk to Chabad)
Shangri La (2 min. Walk to Chabad)
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Sukantara Cascade Resort
Maese Elephant Show
Maetaeng Elephant Park
Patara Elephant Farm
Thai Elephant Home
Thoms Pai Elephant Camp
Bamboo Rafting
Tiger Kingdom
Monkey Shows
Snake Shows
Crocodile Shows
Zip Lining
Trekking
White Water Rafting
Longneck Tribe
Gun Shooting
Night Safari
Temples/Palaces
Chiang Mai River Boat (To Cooking School)
Extreme Sports!
Repelling
Caving,
ATVing
Bungee
Segways
Rent motorbikes (5$ day)
3D museum right down the road from Chabad
   (if you have an hour or two to kill)
Sunday Market (ratchadamonoen  Rd, old city)
Night Market (Changklan Rd, near Chabad & Le Meridien)
Sat Night Market (Wua Lai)
Tiger Kingdom is best in morning
Use ישראל 669  as travel agent for trips
   (next door to Chabad)
Recommended Zip Line: Flight of Gibbon or Flying Squirrel,
   can be reserved through Yackov (המרכז המטייל)
   for best price.
When reserving tours, ask for a discount due to
   using your own transportation
Tailors:
   CM Tailors
His and Hers- 3 minute walk from LM on the way to chabbad.




Chiang Rai   CEI/4hr drive from CNX

Hotels                                                            Activities                                                                            Additional Info
Le Meridien
Four Seasons Tent Camp Golden Triangle
Black House
Queens Residence
Night market
Day trip to Burma/Myanmar
Waterfalls
White Temple
Ruaamit elephant camp
Pai village (3 hr drive)
Hot Springs
Scooters
Golden Triangle

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: June 21, 2012, 02:21:18 AM »
Nice hotel for sure. But a lot more money that my budget (not over $70).

If you have Starwood points it will cost 4000 points and $60 a night...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: June 22, 2012, 10:37:04 AM »
I don't have these points and I want to spend up to $70.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: June 22, 2012, 10:41:40 AM »
Citrus looks good. I also see the S Sukhumvit Suites which is a bit closer to the train for a little less and I might take that off of hotesl.com which has a 10% discount

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: June 27, 2012, 07:12:42 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: June 27, 2012, 08:28:55 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?
chiang mai was fine last august. phuket on the other hand...

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: June 29, 2012, 10:59:27 AM »
Is it worth visiting Thailand in August? Seems like it rains tons that time of year.

Was in Chiang Mai for only a day and a half and would love to go back and visit other cities/resorts as well. Will rain just ruin the whole thing?

i ended up going to HKT - cheaper and flight availability (return on motzei shabbos) and it rained all the days besides shabbos - like heavy rain - flooded streets, so i didnt go to islands, just rented a moped for 150 baht a day and went cable skiing.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: July 12, 2012, 10:33:46 AM »
I'm looking into a Thailand around late December/early January time and tickets from NYC are around the $1500 range. Anyone have any ideas for getting cheaper rates. I have mileage with UA, Avios and, UR

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: July 12, 2012, 01:53:23 PM »
Ko Samui in fine in August... Chiang mai will prob rain a bit but doesn't ruin the experience in my opinion. Phuket you can probably skip

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: July 12, 2012, 01:55:43 PM »
Here's my story, and I'm looking for advice.
As of now, unless I find a better flight plan, I'll be arriving Wednesday evening in August, and returning on Tuesday morning. (If you want a $50 AA gc, check out my post on the award travel thread).

This is a couple and infant traveling.

As of now, it looks like I'll have 2 main parts of the trip. Thursday night till Sunday, and Sunday till Monday evening. The 2 places we'd like to stay are as follows:
1) Chiang Mai
2) A beach resort
3) (And probably a night in Bangkok)

In Chiang Mai, I intend to stay at the Le Meridian. For the beach part, I'm looking at the different resorts available through SPG.

Here are some of my questions:
1) What is the eruv status? If I stay on a resort island, I need to find out if that'll cover me or not, but if I'm in Chiang Mai, what options do I have? How can I bring the baby to the chabad house?
2) All in all, does it make sense to stay at a beachy place for shabbos? That way, I'd at least be able to enjoy the beauty. What could I do in Chiang Mai on shabbos afternoon?
2-a) Can I order shabbos food from Chabad on Thursday, or to be delivered to the BKK airport?
3) Which SPG beach options would you recommend? All in all, I'd like s/t with a nice property, good snorkeling/scuba diving, and accessible by flight.
4) If I take a late night flight, and land after midnight, is it easy/safe to get to the ultimate hotel destination?
5) Does AirAsia usually run on-time, or late? Should I not risk booking a flight back to BKK too close to my departing flight? Any other good flying options?
6) Any tips for being upgraded at SPG for a gold member? How about for a villa with a private pool? Looking at the low costs of the rooms, I may just decide to pay for it, but would that make it more likely or less likely to be upgraded? Does the $20 sandwich trick work at these places?
7) If I fly from Chiang Mai, it'll take me to Phuket. If I need to access one of the resorts further up the coast, do you recommend renting a car, or a cab, or ...?

I'll have plenty of questions, and would greatly appreciate all advice.
Thanks ya'll!

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: July 12, 2012, 02:14:59 PM »
Here are some of my questions:
1) What is the eruv status? If I stay on a resort island, I need to find out if that'll cover me or not, but if I'm in Chiang Mai, what options do I have? How can I bring the baby to the chabad house?

Chabad can arrange to have a goy bring you baby to Chabad if you so desire..
2) All in all, does it make sense to stay at a beachy place for shabbos? That way, I'd at least be able to enjoy the beauty. What could I do in Chiang Mai on shabbos afternoon?
You were looking into maldives, keep in mind you won't be staying in anything like that. If weather is important, you are most likely to find good weather in Ko Samui and surrounding areas.  Snorkeling and Diving are done further away near other islands via day trips
2-a) Can I order shabbos food from Chabad on Thursday, or to be delivered to the BKK airport?
I wouldn't bother from BKK think it would be harder bc they have a big operation bkk is far.. easier from Chiang Mai or Ko  Samui
3) Which SPG beach options would you recommend? All in all, I'd like s/t with a nice property, good snorkeling/scuba diving, and accessible by flight.

Good snorkeling scuba this time of year will only be on the gulf (ko samui, phangan and tao) there are two SPG, W overly prices, and le meridian which I haven't seen.. neither will have snorkeling right there but you can arrange a day trip to ang thong marine park or snorkeling near ko tao...)
4) If I take a late night flight, and land after midnight, is it easy/safe to get to the ultimate hotel destination?

Yes!

5) Does AirAsia usually run on-time, or late? Should I not risk booking a flight back to BKK too close to my departing flight? Any other good flying options?
Bangkok Air is a more reliable airline. Air Asia nickel and dimes you for luggage seats etc...

6) Any tips for being upgraded at SPG for a gold member? How about for a villa with a private pool? Looking at the low costs of the rooms, I may just decide to pay for it, but would that make it more likely or less likely to be upgraded? Does the $20 sandwich trick work at these places?
Never heard of the money working for upgrade, probably have to pay.. if you want private pool you probably need to go to Khao Lak but again sea is rough there and swimming isn't recommended (no diving or snorkeling..)

7) If I fly from Chiang Mai, it'll take me to Phuket. If I need to access one of the resorts further up the coast, do you recommend renting a car, or a cab, or ...?
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: July 12, 2012, 02:26:01 PM »
Thanks brytch!
I'll be back with some more q's, but that's a great help.

And I may need to just hold off on my snorkeling wish this trip, and wait till I actually do make it out to MLE.

Which SPG beach place is the nicest IYO?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: July 12, 2012, 04:20:30 PM »
Thanks for recommending Bangkok Airways. Service sounds good, and prices are similar.

Any benefit to booking on Thai since they're part of the Star Alliance? I don't have status.

Maybe hire rice paddy farmers to fly back and forth, and have the miles credit to my account?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: July 12, 2012, 05:42:39 PM »
Another question.
My HH just posted, so I have 200k to use.
Is the Conrad Koh Samui worth it at 50k per night for 2 or 3 nights? The room has a plunge pool.

Any other HH properties anyone would recommend in Thailand?

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: July 16, 2012, 05:00:26 PM »
Anyone been to Phi Phi? Was told by boss that it was his favorite spot there.

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Re: Thailand Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: July 16, 2012, 05:02:01 PM »
Anyone been to Phi Phi? Was told by boss that it was his favorite spot there.
In this time of year it can be very rainy and windy so make sure u have good weather before u go.