Transit time in BKK After Claiming Luggage

Old Jun 27, 18, 2:13 pm
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We will be traveling CNX-BKK via Thai Airways, arriving at 16:20 and transferring to Etihad to AUH leaving at 20:45. A few questions:

1. Will Thai Airways allow through checked baggage from CNX to AUH even through the CNX-BKK is on a separate ticket ?
2. If we end up having to clear immigration, claim luggage and re-check at BKK with Etihad, does this leave enough time ?


Thanks in advance for your guidance.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 2:51 pm
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My guess is you will have to recheck your bags and cannot check them through, but I will let other TG experts chime in on that.

I flew RJ ATH-AMM-BKK - landed at 15:00 and had plenty of time to get through immigration, collect my bags and check in with TG for a 19:00 flight to Phuket. I think your time will be fine.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 2:54 pm
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Thanks.
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Originally Posted by 1K-DFW View Post
1. Will Thai Airways allow through checked baggage from CNX to AUH even through the CNX-BKK is on a separate ticket ?
Maybe. TG is more lenient than most airlines about this kind of thing.

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2. If we end up having to clear immigration, claim luggage and re-check at BKK with Etihad, does this leave enough time ?
You have more than enough time.
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Originally Posted by 1K-DFW View Post
We will be traveling CNX-BKK via Thai Airways, arriving at 16:20 and transferring to Etihad to AUH leaving at 20:45. A few questions:

1. Will Thai Airways allow through checked baggage from CNX to AUH even through the CNX-BKK is on a separate ticket ?
2. If we end up having to clear immigration, claim luggage and re-check at BKK with Etihad, does this leave enough time ?


Thanks in advance for your guidance.
TG may be willing to check you bags from CNX to AUH, but are under no obligation to do so.

In any case, the domestic sector CNX-BKK is trivially easy - there is no 'immigration to clear' in CNX (AFAIK in this situation), so outbound immigration is done at BKK.
Luggage collection is a breeze. Once you have your bags from domestic arrivals, it is a short walk 5-10 (mins max) up to the departure level and to your international check in counter. The most time would likely be consumed with outbound immigration at BKK.
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Old Jun 28, 18, 1:38 am
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Relax!
likelihood that TG will check through on separate tickets of a non alliance partner: 50% (it would be 100% for a separate ticket of a Staralliance airline)
in case they will not check through
domestic arrival and pick up luggage: normally 15-20 minutes, max 30 minutes
take elevator to international check in area and walk to check in: max 10 minutes
so you have then 3 Hours 45 minutes for normal international check in, outbound immigration and security, more than enough
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In May me and my wife flew MAN-BKK with QR and then BKK-CNX with TG on separate bookings.

For our return trip we went to check-in at Domestic Check-in for TG and they asked us if we had an onward international flight..... When we said yes we got sent round to International Check-in who checked us in for both the TG and QR flights. Our cases were checked-in all the way through to MAN and boarding passes issued for CNX-BKK, BKK-DOH and DOH-MAN.. We cleared Immigration at CNX and were given "CIQ" stickers and told to follow the "CIQ" signs at BKK.

Saved us a lot of time by not having to queue for check-in on QR at BKK..

Just booked another trip for October and again we have separate booking for QR and TG.
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Originally Posted by The Fiend View Post
In May me and my wife flew MAN-BKK with QR and then BKK-CNX with TG on separate bookings.

For our return trip we went to check-in at Domestic Check-in for TG and they asked us if we had an onward international flight..... When we said yes we got sent round to International Check-in who checked us in for both the TG and QR flights. Our cases were checked-in all the way through to MAN and boarding passes issued for CNX-BKK, BKK-DOH and DOH-MAN.. We cleared Immigration at CNX and were given "CIQ" stickers and told to follow the "CIQ" signs at BKK.

Saved us a lot of time by not having to queue for check-in on QR at BKK..

Just booked another trip for October and again we have separate booking for QR and TG.
thanks for this info
TG is very generous and flexible re check through of luggage
in this case even on a non Partner Airline on separate tickets
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Old Jul 13, 18, 6:17 am
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Originally Posted by BinSabai View Post
thanks for this info
TG is very generous and flexible re check through of luggage
in this case even on a non Partner Airline on separate tickets
We are booked in Y on CNX-BKK but in J class BKK-AUH-BOM on EY. Any thoughts on whether TG will apply priority tags ? Also, can TG issue the boarding pass for EY ?
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Originally Posted by 1K-DFW View Post
We are booked in Y on CNX-BKK but in J class BKK-AUH-BOM on EY. Any thoughts on whether TG will apply priority tags ? Also, can TG issue the boarding pass for EY ?
unlikely priority tag as you are Y on their flight; but EY should handle as priority
check through luggage and issue boarding pass are two different issues...there are transfer desks in BKK's international departure area, where you could get your Boarding pass, if not issued in CNX, so you could stay airside in BKK and proceed from domestic to international through transit security
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Old Aug 2, 18, 10:10 am
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Thanks for the great advice. We had a seamless connection in BKK on our way from CNX-BKK on Thai and BKK-AUH on EY. We were asked if we wanted our bags tagged all the way to AUH but we opted to claim our bags and recheck in BKK. It was a nice change to step out of the airside area for a while especially since the lounge offering in BKK was horrendous for EY business class passengers. I do find that there's quite a bit of walking depending on where you land in BKK to get through baggage claim and back up to departures. It took us about an hour from the time we we disembarked from the CNX flight to getting back airside.
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Originally Posted by 1K-DFW View Post
Thanks for the great advice. We had a seamless connection in BKK on our way from CNX-BKK on Thai and BKK-AUH on EY. We were asked if we wanted our bags tagged all the way to AUH but we opted to claim our bags and recheck in BKK. It was a nice change to step out of the airside area for a while especially since the lounge offering in BKK was horrendous for EY business class passengers. I do find that there's quite a bit of walking depending on where you land in BKK to get through baggage claim and back up to departures. It took us about an hour from the time we we disembarked from the CNX flight to getting back airside.
...and it would be 5-10 minutes if you stay airside as the walk is short and queues in front of the security never long
EY lounge is so bad? any details you would like to share?
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