Haven’t even yet start the journey to Darwin, Australia, I got another flight tickets, and hence another trip confirmed. This time the trip will bring me to Bangkok, Thailand. The air tickets on Cathay Pacific Airways are courtesy of UOB (United Overseas Bank) after I had the most lavish weekend in my life – spent a total sum of SGD $3,500 in the span of 3 days on UOB Visa Signature credit card.
I went to redeem the free air tickets from UOB Travel Planner located in Toa Payoh Hub. Can’t really waked up too early, but luckily the response is not as good as I had imagined as the queue was not long when I reached the UOB Travel Planner office, even though the redemption is limited to only 300 tickets. May be it’s because the flight tickets was not actually totally free after all. I still had to pay SGD $118.00 per ticket with total of $236.00 for 2 tickets as fees and charges for airport tax, insurance surcharge, fuel surchage and administration fees.
But to my surprise is that the surcharge for this free return air ticket from Singapore to Bangkok, Thailand is not expensive. Cathay Pacific Airways is a full service airline, with meals and drinks on board. So reasonably it should charge more for fuel, airport usage, insurance and whatever else. Yet, at last check, for Singapore-Bangkok sector return flight, low cost carriers or budget airlines such as AirAsia charges SGD $148.00, Tiger Airways $120.00, and Jetstar Airways is $128.00.
Luckily, the departure tax of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport which is not cheap price of THB 700 or SGD $35.20 (1 THB = $0.0502913 SGD), is already included in the airfare.
Anyway, as Li Tit and I are going to Australia early July, and the journey to Bangkok has to complete by 31st July, we decided to set the trip at end of July, which is from 27th July to 31st July.