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I was, admittedly, fairly tired but BNE-SIN on EK in F. (Also interesting as I’d bought an Economy ticket and upgraded with miles, then got further upgrade). Got on, told flight attendants I wanted nothing to eat or drink, and was asleep straight after takeoff until 30 minutes out of SIN.in reply to: Best night ever sleeping on a plane?29 Nov 2017
Crocodile steak in China; rooster’s testicles in Taiwan (NOT to be repeated!!!)23 Nov 2017
I fly regularly with EK (Platinum cardholder) and in the air they’re great. Customer service is, as you say, an oxymoron however. As I have posted in a separate thread, their fares ex-BKK have become massively less competitive, and so I’m increasingly using Finnair for my flights back to UK or Ireland. Good service, and often an A350 – though I miss the limo service!in reply to: EK – Good n Bad on same ticket20 Oct 2017
Normally an Emirates stalwart, but have booked Finnair BKK-DUB at Christmas as EK wanted £3,000 and AY £1,900. Then had to book DEL-DUB-BKK for next April – EK quoted £7,000 (!!!) whilst AY was rather more reasonable £1,350 (yes – 1/5 the price!). No contest really. My relatively few flights with AY have all been good, and Helsinki is a joy to use as a transit airport.20 Oct 2017
I live in Thailand and would tip as follows:
taxis – round up by 5 or 10 baht. Maybe 20 baht if exceptional (i.e. knows where he’s going; doesn’t have mental health issues)
restaurants – 5-10% depending on service
housekeeping – maybe 50 baht (just over £1/$1.50) per night. Tend to tip at START of stay – it seems to evoke better service overall.
drivers – max of 100 baht (e.g. Emirates limo driver)in reply to: Up-to-date tipping advice?11 Oct 2017
Have actually had two good experiences of seat-changing. First was EK 777 DXB-MAN in J when I offered to give up my window seat to someone who was clearly flying with the person in the seat next to me (both England cricket team). I ended up in aisle seat in middle block…and then got Sir Alex Ferguson and wife next to me, which was a real bonus.
Second experience was TG BKK-DEL on A330. When I got to my Ec Class window seat it was occupied by teenage girl. Older man in aisle seat then asked if I would swap seats with him, so he could sit with his daughter….his was a Business Class seat! Needless to say I happily accepted the offer!4 Oct 2017
Into my second year of Platinum with Emirates and have to say I really enjoy the access to First Class lounges and the extra recognition from cabin crew. Maybe BA could take a lesson from Emirates (on this and so much else!!!)in reply to: BA Gold EC line – getting cut off29 Sep 2017