CX F Departure from BKK

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  1. gleff
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    I've never departed CX from BKK before, I have an upcoming booking that has me flying CX F BKK-HKG (then returning home via CX F HKG-ORD).

    Now, as I think on it, I've arrived in BKK on a multitude of carriers. But I've never departed international on anything other than Star Alliance. So I have no sense of the lounges, etc.

    CX has its own lounge at BKK, yes? Is it the best choice?

    Is there any personalized service, eg escort from checkin to lounge or lounge to gate, or are you on your own throughout?

    I suppose it could wind up a moot point, as it could turn out that there's an aircraft swap and I could wind up in business! But any experiences appreciated.
     
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    There are a number of OW lounges at BKK. Many say CX's are the worst of the lot. Beyond CX's two lounges, there are two joint BA/QF lounges and a single JL lounge. BA/QF and CX have distinct J and F lounges.

    I think the BA/QF F lounge is the best call. http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/qantas-club-bangkok/global/en

    Traveling in F, you'll have access to any one you wish. Not all are open all of the time, however. They're all relatively close to each other.

    OW would have been wise to make a combined lounge like at LAX-TBIT in the new BKK terminal when it first opened.
     
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    Thanks, assume then no form of escort from lounge to gate, or checkin to lounge, from CX.. And that the CX F lounge must be pretty mediocre as the BA/QF lounge doesn't look 'special' :)

    Guess I'm spoiled with all my Thai departures from BKK! (Admittedly, it's their home airport, and I'm not even a huge fan of The Wing or The Pier, let alone CX dedicated lounges at outstations, I mean, have ya seen MNL??? :( )

    Appreciate the update, any other toughts appreciated.
     
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    Don't think so.
    I enjoy The Wing. The Pier feels claustrophobic to me with the oversized furniture and low ceilings.

    Nope, though I'm thinking about it (to the extent I visit Amanpulo, I'd anticipate flying JFK-HKG-MNL). How bad is it?
     
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    My personal lounge experiences at BKK, any airline, have been average at best.
     
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    MNL is not really a high revenue port for CX that I suspect they don't put too much money over there
     
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    The last time I was at the BKK lounge (3 years ago), the food quality and choices were the most dismal aspect. Don't know if things have improved ever since.
    Same here. I much prefer the open airiness of the Wing.
     
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    gleff, any updates to your BKK experiences? I'm flying CX F out of there next month and also curious about what my best options are.
     
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    Actually wound up not doing the trip I had originally planned, though I do have a similar booking for November. So I guess I'll get to learn from you ! :)
     
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    Ha... and now that *I* am here, I realized I *have* flown CX F out of BKK. Within the last 15 months. So I clearly either have a poor memory or have been flying TOO much!

    Nothing special here - two F check-in lanes at BKK. Bags are priority tagged, you are given a fast-track immigration card and a lounge invitation.

    You are on your own to get to the lounge/gate. Presumably to spend lots of baht first at the King Power shops. *sigh*. Bugger, I can *normally* avoid most duty-free, but damn if I don't stop at freaking Jo Malone for a bottle of cologne every damned time I come through BKK. I've gotten used to just budgeting for it.

    Lounge is downstairs in the D concourse. Lounge is now exactly as I unfortunately remember it. Nothing super special. Labeled as a Business/First lounge but no separate first area. Loud. Very loud. Decent array of packaged food. Some dim sum. Mediocre selection of alcoholic beverages. Loud. A couple computers. Shared restrooms out in the hallway. Loud. Kind of worn and threadbare. Did I mention loud?!

    I'm not sure what my other options are and I'm honestly too lazy to walk around and look. Recall JAL being worse than this though. I can't remember who I've used on QF or BA. Not exactly my favorite airport to begin - other than on Thai. I can't remember having a stellar OW in-airport experience. Perhaps that's by design?
     
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    And now a second update.

    There IS apparently another CX lounge on the G concourse. My lounge invitation specifically said D and I was also verbally directed there. Not sure if that one is nicer - it looked like it might at least have a view, which the D lounge lacked. QF and BA also have a joint Business lounge further down on G. Across from it is a BA first lounge. It is open from 2:30-5:30 pm and again at 8:00 pm. Presumably ONLY for their departures. It was 6:15 when I was walking past both and with a 6:40 pm departure, I dared not dally to check out any of those options.

    Anyhow... that's as detailed as I can be. :)

    I would think that BA first would have some kind of bubbly (CX did not) although again, I don't recall it being remarkable.
     
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    They're actually both in QF lounges in substance, but operated jointly for BA and QF. Both are decent, but I agree that neither is remarkable. They both have some sort of bubbly (but I've not really noticed what).

    I've never been in the CX lounge, although ISTR it having been said somewhere that it may be a useful standby for a shower if the BA/QF J lounge showers are too busy.
     
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    Interesting - so I guess the one in G has a shower then? The one at D does not even have a lavatory!
     
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    That's what I've heard, though fortunately I have yet to have to try this.
     
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    In BKK, I've only been to the lounge in G and unless there has been some changes recently, it didn't even have a toilet the last time I was there (late 2009). It does have a nice view of the tarmac and the west runway though.
     
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    No change. I was there back in June. Tiny lounge and not much to desire for
     
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    Here now, and concur with previous posters. My wife and I are flying CX F BKK-HKG (Avios redemption). Upon check in we were provided an invitation to the CX lounge in D with an explanation that (despite it being labeled a First and Business lounge) it was their F lounge, and the one in G is the business lounge.

    The D lounge is still Dismal. Small, with uninspired food offerings, although there was a bit of dim sum. Wine consisted of one red (dolcetto) and white (an Italian blend). Sampled the white; it was dubious. Acceptable as a C class lounge, I suppose, but nothing F about it. (I will say it wasn't loud, but there were only two other pax present).

    We headed to the BA/Qantas lounge while I mentally prepared for a charm offensive, but upon arrival were ushered in with nary a problem. Perhaps she could tell from our faces the mediocrity we'd just experienced and took pity.

    BA/Qantas has a shower, a more elaborate food spread (a couple hot options, some small sandwiches, a wee salad bar, some petits fours) and improved beverage offerings including Moet Brut Imperial, a 2004 Gigondas (from one of the large negociants) and a few other bottles. (Given the cost Thai duties add to wine here, I've been a bit starved!)

    Now relaxing for another hour or so, looking forward to my first CX F experience.
     
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    Well, it looks like I will be flying CX, but the HKG-BKK and SIN-HKG segments will be in J (the HKG-YVR segment's in F, but at present it's a 65 minute connection, so uncertain if I'll spend much time in the lounge). Looks like I won't be missing much out of BKK and SIN (though I will see if I get an F lounge invite since the onward segment's in F).

    I think the plan is hit the Cabin outbound HKG-BKK (midday departure) and question marks on the inbound from SIN- is hitting the Pier or Wing coming home really (and adding padding for the connection) worth it?
     

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