Trip Report: Thailand (part 13) Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)

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Introduction
United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)
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Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT to Chiang Mai (CNX)

I booked our one-way Air Asia flight via Kayak.com. This flight was the lowest price in my search results.  Air Asia reminds me a lot of Southwest.  They are a successful airline with a reputation for lower fares with a decent route network for southeast Asia.  They, like Southwest, had no bag fees.  We got to the airport about 2 hours prior to boarding and hung out for a while. Security was a breeze and we found ourselves hanging out simply hanging out in the boarding area walking around checking out the few shops on offer.

Eventually they called our flight for boarding but we weren’t in a hurry to get in line for this one.  We ended up towards the end of the line when we finally got up but the line moved quickly and boarding was smooth.

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Our gate to our Chiang Mai flight

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Heading for our Air Asia plane

The cabin consisted of three by three seating with average leg room. We were just behind the wings in the middle of the plane and my wife took the middle seat and I took the Isle.  One of the last people to board had the window seat in our row so we made way for her to get in.  The lady had the sniffles like no other and while I didn’t notice early on it was super annoying after about 30 minutes. Sniffling every 10 seconds but she must have bad allergies or something.  Anyhow the flight was pretty uneventful otherwise.  No meal served on this flight unlike our flights on Bangkok Airways.  What I did find strange was the fog or humidity venting from the top of the cabin.  I nice touch I suppose since airplane air is usually pretty dry.

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On board

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Economy seating

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View from our seat

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Interesting fog effect coming out the top of the cabin, sort of like a humidifier

This was a simple flight and we were on the ground within an hour! All in all I would fly Air Asia again if they have the cheapest flight to my destination.

 

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

The price was about $170 bucks for our two one-way tickets or about $85 per person. We did not redeem any points for this flight. The options are limited so you would need to redeem some Barclays Arrival points (which we used all ours prior) or you could use Chase Ultimate Rewards points and pay yourself back with a statement credit but I don’t feel thats a great value so we just went ahead and paid cash in this case.

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Our Air Asia itinerary 

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Pricing confirmation email

As always let me know if you have any questions!

-pointspinnacle


 

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