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Next week, I have an unprotected correspondence at BKK. I am aware I can lose the last leg if I miss the connection, but I had no choice since Mrs. SD long haul flight on QR (who declined to check the luggage through) was purchased with point, while mine with cash. And that last leg is domestic so the risk is not huge. I would like nevertheless to make it!
So I am about to book a “VIP service” at BKK to maximise my chances (they provide golf cart and immigration fast track services). There are a couple of service providers there. Does any of you have used them? Any recommendation that could help my choice?18 Jan 2019
Nope, Google doesn’t know what it means either
:-). When a correspondence takes place between two flights booked on the same ticket, it is protected. In other words, the airline must take care of the passenger (subsistence and accommodation when required). Here it is unprotected as I had to purchase the last leg of the trip separately.
Now of course there is that typo in the title (in French, correspondance, in English, correspondence, so I did not spot it)…19 Jan 2019
I can change it, but as you say, it’s correct in French.
I think it’s better known as an unprotected connection (sometimes “non-protected” if thinking about it legally).19 Jan 2019
I have used Bangkok Flight Services when transferring from one international flight to another.
They are very reasonably priced but full service doesn’t seem to be guaranteed.
I got gate reception, golf cart transfer and a queue jump at security only once or twice.
On some occasions when the plane parked away from the terminal I was received at the top of the steps and taken to the terminal in a mini van. There, someone else walked me through security, jumping the queue.
On other occasions I was received at the gate when the plane docked or only at the terminal entrance when the plane parked at a remote stand and was then accompanied through security without a golf cart ride (but always jumping the queue).
As the full service is erratic, I only use it for early morning tight connections when invariably there are long queues at transit security at both ends of the airport.
This isn’t the service you are looking for but I hope it helps.19 Jan 2019
Thanks, Ahmad. At least I know now the service actually exists.
I’ve checked three services with huge pricing differences.
Worst one was actually a concierge service, Assist-Ant, that asked USD 480 for 2!
The second one, First Class Corporations, asks for THB 4’600 (about USD 150) without luggage and THB 8’300 with (what’s funny though is the fact they didn’t ask for my travel class, which became very important at BKK since fast track access is now restricted to premium passengers).
Third one is indeed Bangkok Flight Services, that asks for THB 2’900 for arrival and departure, with luggage. And I was warned that the cart won’t be available if the plane is not docked. All set now.21 Jan 2019
I ended up paying THB 3’200 for two (this is about USD 100). We were picked up at the gate, driven by cart to customs, escorted then to the luggage belt where a porter joined us, then brought to the Bangkok airways check-in desk and to the lounge. Perfect service by Bangkok Flight Services.
1 user thanked author for this post.17 Feb 2019