40,000 United miles secured a business class seat on Thai Airways 614 from Bangkok (BKK) to Beijing (PEK), with a first leg departing from Singapore (SIN). Today’s post will focus on the second segment to Beijing, which is a premier Thai Airways flight.
- Flight: Thai Airways 614
- Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
- Length: 4 hours, 40 minutes
- Route: Bangkok BKK to Beijing PEK
- Seat: Fully-flat pod
- Seat Configuration: 1-2-1
- Entertainment: 100 movies, 200 TV shows
- Lounge: Royal Orchid Lounge
- Miles Used: 40,000 United
- Grade: A-
The Royal Orchid Lounge in BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport has eight different locations, meaning there will almost certainly be a lounge close to your boarding gate. This was exactly the case when I flew Thai Airways 614.
The lounge itself is closed for just three hours, remaining open from 5:00am to 2:00am. It was a spacious lounge, offering more than enough room for the handful of passengers at 9:00am on a Wednesday.
There were the standard offerings of a buffet with complimentary food and drinks, computers with printing capabilities, several sleeping rooms and multiple showers. No guests are allowed when flying business class.
I am not Thai Airways biggest fan – after flying business class with them on four different occasions, this was the only flight with fully flat pods for seats. If this were my only experience with the airline though, I would have been quite impressed. The seats were staggered, so “A” and “K” seats were the windows – while everyone had aisle access.
Business class passengers were provided Bose headphones and orange Borghese amenity kits immediately upon sitting. The kits were just OK, but the entertainment section really surprised in a positive way. There were dozens of new American movies to choose from (I chose American Sniper) and hundreds overall, along with two working USB ports.
Food options were also good, while not on the same level as the elite airlines. Starters included a chicken “yakitori” (grilled, on a skewer Japanese-style), mixed salad and duck liver. Mains included a choice between beef with scallion, chicken curry with peanuts, braised pork and seafood with squid ink linguine. I chose the latter (and Andrea passed).
The Final Word
40,000 United miles is a decent amount these days, especially for a one-way flight. I did have a prior leg from Singapore, so the total distance flown is considerable. But only the Bangkok to Beijing leg was in the fully flat pod seats.
Which means I’m torn on a recommendation. I always advise flyers to take business class if they have substantial miles. But if you don’t have much of a United balance and already received the Chase United, Chase Sapphire and/or Chase Ink offers, then I would suggest you save 20,000 miles and stick to economy.